By Tara Bennett
We all know summer is great, but let’s face it. There’s a primetime-sized hole in our hearts that summer TV just can’t fill. Networks have announced the dates for the latest in TV, so we can rest assured that they all have firm premiere dates. Check out what’s on the horizon, as we pick out several shows that are guaranteed won’t turn into cancelled casualties.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 8 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite troupe of puppets are finally back home on TV. This version of The Muppets is reminiscent of the mockumentary style seen in shows such as The Office and Parks and Recreation but with the same Muppet humor we love. Who else can’t wait to catch up with Kermit, Miss Piggy and everyone else as they run their late-night show?
Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 27 at 10 p.m.
Let’s just call this one How to Get Away with Terrorism, because this new thriller shares similarities to ABC’s big hit from fall 2014. The show focuses on the newest class of FBI recruits at Quantico, who have joined the FBI for various reasons, which will be revealed via flashbacks. But the kicker? One of the recruits is responsible for the biggest domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history since 9/11.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 15 at 10 p.m.
Who better to revive the variety show than Neil Patrick Harris? An Emmy and Tony Award-winner, Harris can sing, dance, performs magic and is generally a jack of all trades. Best Time Ever will be based off of the British series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and features appearances by stars, stunts, comedy skits, incredible performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks.
Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 24 at 8 p.m.
A reboot of NBC’s Heroes, this new series is like the old one but instead of Milo Ventimiglia we get Zachary Levi (*swoon*). While Peter Petrelli won’t be back, fans will see other familiar faces including Jack Coleman as H.R.G., Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura. The show picks up following a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas that left the city decimated and folks with extraordinary abilities are automatically blamed. Most have gone into hiding or are on the run, but they won’t stay hidden for long.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 10 p.m.
Anyone else wish the drug from Limitless was real? Jake McDorman stars in this new thriller as a man who gains access to 100 percent of his brain, after taking that nifty little pill. With heightened physical abilities and intellect, naturally, this makes him the perfect person to solve crime. Bradley Cooper, the star of the original 2011 film and executive producer of the series, will reprise his character.
Premieres: Monday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m.
The superhero phenomenon continues as Melissa Benoist suits up as Superman’s cousin in this new drama. This will be a much more lighthearted series than the gritty Man of Steel as bubbly heroine Kara saves the city from disaster, while balancing working for a nightmare boss (Calista Flockhart) who is on par with Meryl in The Devil Wears Prada.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Bless Rob Lowe, he can’t stay off TV for too long as he headlines this comedy about an actor on a popular legal TV drama. The kicker is he returns to his small-town home to work in his family’s law practice along with his brother (Fred Savage), despite only knowing law from TV scripts. What could go wrong? Lots, I can assure you.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 8 p.m.
Locally shot, Scream Queens is the latest anthology from Ryan Murphy. This comedy-horror series’ first season will be centered on a series of murders involving a snooty sorority — a ripe horror setting naturally — just when the school’s dean decrees that all pledges sisters must be accepted. And with one murder per episode, of course, we know where the girls’ priorities lie. Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande make up this impressive cast.