By Calli White
The changing leaves and dropping temperatures can only mean one thing: pilot season has finally arrived. With the addition of new dramas and comedies, this fall’s TV schedule will be packed with many hours of entertainment starring Hollywood’s favorite celebs and some emerging talent.
Kicking off the wave of shows are NBC comedies “Go On” and “The New Normal,” which both premiered Sept. 11.
“Go On” stars “Friends” alumnus Matthew Perry as a recent widower forced to attend a support group. It airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Perry’s character, a sportscaster, encounters many interesting personalities in his ragtag collection of grieving individuals,
“The New Normal” has a “Modern Family” feel to it; it challenges the stereotypical family unit and addresses the prejudice against homosexual parents. The show centers on partners Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) who hire a surrogate to have their child. The comedic and enlightening show airs on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.
Other shows to keep an eye on feature familiar faces in new shows. “The Mindy Project” stars Mindy Kaling, who audiences will recognize as Kelly from “The Office.” Coproduced by Kaling and Howard Klein, the show revolves around Kaling’s character—a single doctor who yearns for the kind of love life found in her favorite romantic comedies. The hilarious and relatable show premiered this past Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
Vanessa Williams from “Desperate Housewives” now appears in the devilish new show “666 Park Avenue.” The show was adapted from Gabrielle Pierce’s book series, and it premieres Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. on ABC. Dave Annable (of “Brothers & Sisters” fame) and Rachael Taylor (“Charlie’s Angels”) play a Midwestern couple that moves to the Big Apple to become resident managers of the Upper East Side apartment building, the Drake. They soon learn, however, that the Drake’s owners (Williams and “Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn) and their tenants have all sold their souls to the devil in exchange for all their desires.
Another NBC show to look out for is Jimmy Fallon’s “Guys With Kids,” which premiered Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. This new comedy is about three new fathers living in the same apartment building trying to learn the ins and outs of parenting.
The last collection of new shows premiere in early October, including a superhero TV adaptation and an insight into country music’s rivalries and drama.
The CW’s “Arrow,” which premieres Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., is a scandalous, revenge-driven drama centering on famed superhero, the Green Arrow. It stars Stephen Amell as wealthy playboy Queen and crime-fighter, the Green Arrow. Still, the show picks up as Queen returns to his home to avenge his father’s death after having spent five years on a deserted island. “Arrow” should be noted as a show with lots of action and plot twists.
Premiering that same night at 10 p.m. is ABC’s “Country Strong”-esque new drama, “Nashville.” Former “Friday Night Lights” star Connie Britton stars as an aging country singer whose management suggests she open for teen sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). As predicted, egos and tensions run high as two country singers compete for the spotlight.
With plenty of TV shows premiering this fall, viewers of all ages will have a new program to follow.