Summer may be gone, but who cares? It’s TV time! Fall TV 2013 will prove among the more exciting seasons in recent years, including everything from the premiere of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ to the return of our beloved ‘Walking Dead’ for season 4, but with so many options to choose from, which of the offerings are really must-see?
We break down the 20 can’t-miss premieres from the ABC to the NBC to the BBC, including those that will have us talking for months on end and a score of saucy secrets from each of fall TV’s best!
'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4Premiere: Sunday, September 8 on HBO
Raise your glasses, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is back for season 4! Now that the threat of Gyp Rosetti has come and gone, Nucky must reunite his Eastern allies, as race takes center stage in the form of Chalky White’s new club and ominously well-spoken Harlem leader Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright).
'Sons of Anarchy' Season 6Premiere: Tuesday, September 10 on FX
The boys of SAMCRO are back for season 6 and somehow managing to make things an even bloodier mess than the previous year. The new season of FX’s biker drama will open with both Tara and Clay behind bars, while Jax and the club deal with the continued threat of disgraced US Marshal Lee Toric (Donal Logue) and any number of divided loyalties that promise to tear the club apart forever.
'Sleepy Hollow'Premiere: Monday, September 16 on FOX
These days, attaching the name J.J. Abrams to a project doesn’t mean very much (we remember you, ‘Undercovers’), but placing ‘Star Trek’ writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at the helm of a new sci-fi mystery procedural certainly has our attention.
The modern update of the classic tale sees Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) transported to the modern day to face his immortal nemesis, The Headless Horseman, while the pilot gave us just enough to go on for an enthralling mystery that doesn’t oversell its premise. We’re keeping a cautious eye to be certain, but ‘Sleepy Hollow’ will be one to watch.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'Premiere: Tuesday, September 17 on FOX
We’ll have to get used to seeing Andy Samberg portraying the more down-to-earth “Comedy McNulty” over his usual ‘SNL’ and Lonely Island personas, but it’s been no secret that ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has proven among the best-received comedies of the fall.
Created by ‘Parks and Recreation’ minds Mike Schur and Dan Goor, and featuring such comedy heavy hitters as Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and a surprisingly well-fit Andre Braugher, FOX’s dysfunctional cop comedy may hit a few growing pains over the inaugural season but should prove a fall-favorite to watch.
'New Girl' Season 3Premiere: Tuesday, September 17 on FOX
When last we left the ‘New Girl’ crew, Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) were headed off to parts unknown in exploration of their newfound romantic connection, while Schmidt (Max Greenfield) was left to decide between Cece (Hannah Simone) and college love Elizabeth (Merrit Wever).
We haven’t heard of all-too-many mind-blowing guest stars for season 3 thus far, but the arc of returning ‘Happy Endings’ star Damon Wayans, Jr. in his pilot role of “Coach” has us more than excited to get the loft gang back together. Will Nick and Jess’ newfound relationship keep the funny from falling flat? We’ll find out!
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Final SeasonPremiere: Monday, September 23 on CBS
It may have taken us nine years to finally get the titular characters to meet, but we’ll surely miss the ‘HIMYM’ gang when the final season closes out Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend in style, putting Ted Mosby face to face with the as-yet-unnamed girl of his dreams (Cristin Milioti).
'Mom'Premiere: Monday, September 23 on CBS
Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'Premiere: Tuesday, September 24 on ABC
As if you hadn’t heard everyone and their mysteriously resurrected mother shouting it from the rooftops already, Marvel’s first live-action TV series will debut on ABC this fall to continue Phil Coulson’s post-‘Avengers’ adventures with an all-new team of non-super heroes.
We’ve seen the pilot enough to know that Marvel fans new and old will love the trademark Whedon wit and humor, but, given all the secrecy, will the subsequent episodes sustain the same highs? You can bet we’ll be tuning in to find out.
'Revolution' Season 2Premiere: Wednesday, September 25 on NBC
If you thought the first season of NBC’s post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Revolution’ was electric, you ain’t seen nothing yet! The season 2 premiere will pick up months after we left off attempting to defuse a nuclear threat from eliminating what remains of the United States, while the new run of episodes will feature such guest stars as ‘Falling Skies’ and ‘7th Heaven’ lead Stephen Collins, Zeljo Ivanek and ‘Supernatural’ vet Jim Beaver.
‘Revolution’ season 2 will likely prove even more illuminating as the gang attempts to track down the remains of the scattered Monroe Republic, but what role will a surviving US president have to play within it all? And will we adjust to life without electricity ... again?
'Parks and Recreation' Season 6Premiere: Thursday, September 26 on NBC
'Elementary' Season 2Premiere: Thursday, September 26 on CBS
We’re not as beholden to ‘Elementary’ as our beloved ‘Sherlock,’ but we have to admit that the first season of CBS’ Jonny Lee Miller-Lucy Liu-starring drama made quite the impression, going beyond the bounds of a typical procedural while managing to incorporate famous Sherlock Holmes mythology in inventive new ways.
'Once Upon A Time' Season 3Premiere: Sunday, September 29 on ABC
The magic of ‘Once Upon A Time’ may not be for everyone, but even we’re curious to see how the ABC fantasy drama handles the incorporation of Peter Pan as a mysteriously villainous figure while the gang heads to Neverland to rescue Emma’s son Henry.
'Homeland' Season 3Premiere: Sunday, September 29 on Showtime
The CIA has been left in tatters, while Nicholas Brody has gone on the run as the world’s most-wanted and falsely accused terrorist. 'Homeland' tensions will be high between Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) this year, as Carrie works to clear Brody’s name while Saul desperately tries to preserve the CIA’s good name in the wake of the devastating attack.
And even though Brody might not pop up for the first few episodes, his family will remain very much in the limelight this year as they come to grips with Nicholas’ apparent actions. We’re excited to see Showtime's Emmy winner build a new mystery out of the ashes of Abu Nazir, though Lord help us if Carrie gets too cry-facey during one of her jazz freakouts.
'Supernatural' Season 9Premiere: Tuesday, October 8 on The CW
The Winchester boys are back for season 9, and, boy, do they have company! After season 8 finale “Sacrifice” saw the angels of heaven all falling powerlessly to Earth, the new season for Sam and Dean will see any number of new ‘Supernatural’ menaces arise, some less obviously menacing than others.
'Arrow' Season 2Premiere: Wednesday, October 9 on The CW
Still wary though we are that ‘Arrow’ season 2 intends to do away with the “no powers” rule and incorporate DC superhero the Flash into its arc, the first season in Starling City left us with more than enough goodwill to see things through.
‘American Horror Story: Coven’Premiere: Wednesday, October 9 on FX
We’re on board to see what Ryan Murphy and co. come up with for season 3, because it can’t prove any more insane than the alien-demon-nazi mash-up of season 2, right? Right?
'The Walking Dead' Season 4Premiere: Sunday, October 13 on AMC
The new season for AMC’s monster hit will pick up some months later with Rick’s group having taken in the Woodbury survivors and made some major living improvements, but how long will it be before the Governor returns for revenge? Will Michonne manage to hunt him down first? Will Daryl make it through another season? Answers to all these and more lie just inside the prison gates!
'Grimm' Season 3Premiere: Friday, October 25 on NBC
Just when you thought you’d never be able to pronounce another ‘Grimm’ creature’s name, the surprisingly resilient NBC supernatural drama returns for a third season on its familiar home of Friday nights. This season will see Nick coming to grips with his new zombified condition, but don’t expect any ‘Walking Dead’ references just yet.
Even more exciting, ‘Grimm’ season 3 will reunite ‘Grimm’ producer David Greenwalt with ‘Angel’ alum Alexis Denisof, as the Buffyverse star begins a multi-episode arc as Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart, funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain).
'Dracula'Premiere: Friday, October 25 on NBC
Even with the vampire pantheon of TV well past its apex, we’re willing to give NBC’s Jonathan Rhys-Meyers-led ‘Dracula’ a shot. The new incarnation will make a fitting companion for ‘Grimm’ as it returns vampire mythology to the period pomp.
‘Doctor Who’ (50th Anniversary Special)Premiere: Saturday, November 23 on The BBC
Alright fine, so we’re cheating a bit! But who among us ‘Doctor Who’ fans can resist talking about the upcoming 50th anniversary special, returning fan-favorite David Tennant to the role of the 10th Doctor alongside Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler?
Geronimo, allons-y, and so forth!