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As students begrudgingly go back to school, they may only see negatives for the fall season. Summer is over, classes have started and schoolwork will start piling up. However, most people fail to realize one of the best things about the season–fall is the best time for television. With favorite shows returning and new shows grabbing the audience’s attention, we are currently entering the most exciting time to flip on the TV, laptop or phone. Here’s what the major networks have to offer this season:


What to Watch on Mondays:

ABC – Dancing with the Stars returns for its 21st season, where more “stars” will be vying for the “coveted” Mirror Ball Trophy. The delightful Castle also returns after somewhat of a letdown of last season.

CBS – The show that feels like it has been on since before my mother was born, The Big Bang Theory, returns. The highly anticipated Supergirl premieres as well. It will be refreshing to see a female superhero in the sea of male superheroes on TV.

NBC – The seemingly infallible talent show, The Voice, returns for a new season with Gwen Stefani taking Christina Aguilera’s seat. Possibly the most anticipated new drama, The Blindspot, will air Mondays on NBC. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this show about a woman who is covered in tattoos and is seen in the promo coming out of a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square. It will be interesting to see if the show lives up to the hype.

FOX – The return of the successful Gotham will be happening as well as a new show called Minority Report airing which looks pretty “meh” at best.


What to Watch on Tuesdays:

ABC – This network will be offering the promising new show, The Muppets. I suggest watching the hilarious promos in which the Muppets interact with other ABC stars. The hit comedy, Fresh Off of the Boat and drama, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D will also return.

CBS – Tuesday will be a night filled with returning NCIS shows, both the original and the New Orleans version. The network is also debuting the new drama, Limitless, which is based off of the film of the same name, featuring Bradley Cooper. After I learned Cooper would only be in the first episode, I quickly lost interest.

NBC – A new show called Heartbreaker premieres as well as the variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. Having watched the first episode of the latter, I found the show refreshing and Harris to be an entertaining host.

FOX – A slew of new shows will be entering the viewers’ homes this season. I believe this will be the most successful news shows. Grandfathered, a new comedy starring John Stamos and Josh Peck looks very funny, as does The Grinder, which stars Rob Lowe and Fred Savage as brothers and lawyers. Scream Queens, is a new program from the creators of Glee about a serial killer on the loose at a college campus. This dramedy features an ensemble cast—starring Lea Michelle, Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande, and Nick Jonas–to name a few.


What to Watch on Wednesdays:

ABC – This night features the return of the hit comedies The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Blackish as well as the return of country drama, Nashville.

CBS – I read that Survivor will return for its hundredth or so season, and I ask myself iof this can really still be a show. Criminal Minds also returns and new medical drama, Code Black, will start this season.

NBC – Grace, er – I mean Debra Messing, will be returning on her cop show, The Mysteries of Laura. Law and Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. also return for new seasons.

FOX – The new drama Rosewood will be premiering this season. This show features a detective/pathologist duo that solve crimes. The pathologist seems tougher than the detective. The incredibly successful Empire and Cookie Lyons return for a second season as well.


What to Watch on Thursdays:

ABC – Thursday night is Shonda Rhimes’ night, featuring the return of her hit shows, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.

CBS – A new show entitled Life in Pieces will star James Brolin and Dianne Wiest. It seems to have an interesting concept of interweaving character perspectives that audiences will either love or hate. Elementary will also return.

NBC – The risky new reboot of Heroes, called Heroes Reborn will premiere as will a slightly stupid looking show that involves gambling and crime, aptly called, The Player. The powerhouse known as The Blacklist will also return.

FOX – Audience favorite shows, Bones and Sleepy Hollow will return on Thursdays this season.


What to Watch on the Weekend:

Fridays – A new comedy, Dr. Ken, is based on the story of real-life doctor and comedian Ken Jeong and also stars Ken Jeong. This show will be on ABC.

Saturdays – Saturday Night Live returns for its 41st season on NBC.

Sundays – Fan favorite comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth return on FOX.

This season is sure to have hits and misses, but what I am most excited for are new shows like Scream Queens, Grandfathered, and Life in Pieces. This season looks to be exciting for the new comedic shows that the networks have to offer. Returning dramas that include Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Empire should be coming back with fresh, new, interesting seasons to keep their audiences entertained. As the nights get darker and the temperatures drop, you will still have the bright lights of the TV to cuddle up to at night.