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Fall TV Preview: 27 new network series you need to know about

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Fall is traditionally the biggest season for new network television series, and this year is no exception to the rule.

You’ll see some familiar faces like Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams make their triumphant returns, new stars on the rise such as Rebel Wilson, and even some heroes making the leap from the movies to the small screen.

amNewYork takes a look:

ABC
‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

“The Avengers” director Joss Whedon brings the Marvel Comics movie universe to the small screen with this series about agents from Nick Fury’s covert organization. Making the leap from the films is Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who we last saw dying in “The Avengers.” I guess he got better. While set in the world of superpowered heroes, this show focuses on these specially trained agents, though there is certainly a chance we’ll see some heroes, both from the movies or ones new to the show. (Debuts Sept. 24, airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)

‘The Goldbergs’
Kind of like “The Wonder Years,” this family sitcom is set in the past (the 1980s), has a gruff dad (played by Jeff Garlin) and features a trio of kids. Inspired by the childhood of writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg, it also features “Bridesmaids” star Wendi McLendon-Covey. (Debuts Sept. 24, airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)

‘Trophy Wife’
After meeting Kate (Malin Akerman) at a karaoke bar, Pete (Bradley Whitford) gets married a year later for a third time, bringing this former party girl into his complicated family unit of multiple ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins). (Debuts Sept. 24, airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.)

‘Lucky 7’
At the Gold Star Gas N’ Shop in Astoria, seven employees have been going in on lottery tickets for years. And one day they win it. What follows is a drama about how this changes the lives of these Queens residents. Steven Spielberg is an executive producer. (Debuts Sept. 24, airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.)

‘Back in the Game’
After three strikes in life — a baby, a lost college softball scholarship and a failed marriage — Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) is left raising her son on her own in this sporty sitcom. Her estranged dad, middling baseball player Terry “The Cannon” Gannon (James Caan), takes her in. Her son is in Little League on a team of leftovers. It’s up to the two Gannons to coach them to success, if they can get along. (They can’t.) (Debuts Sept. 25, airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.)

‘Betrayal’
As the title indicates, this new drama will be full of philandering. A photographer and an attorney, who are each married, meet by chance and soon they’re pondering their feelings. And then there is a murder and we have a show. Starring Hannah Ware, Stuart Townsend, Henry Thomas and James Cromwell. (Debuts Sept. 29, airs Sundays at 10 p.m.)

‘Super Fun Night’
The always wonderful Rebel Wilson stars in (and writes and executive produces) this hilarious new sitcom about attorney Kimmie Boubier and her pals (Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash). Despite her tough, time-consuming legal job, Kimmie and company make sure they maintain their tradition of having their “Super Fun Night” every Friday. (Debuts Oct. 2, airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.)

‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’
“Once Upon a Time” gets a spinoff in the land of Wonders. Alice (Sophie Lowe) goes to the fantastical land with a genie (Peter Gadiot) and a white rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow). Or is she crazy? (Debuts Oct. 10, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m.)

CBS
‘Mom’

Fans of “Two and a Half Men,” take note: “Mom” is the new sitcom from producer Chuck Lorre. Here, he turns to the ladies with this comedy about a single mother (Anna Faris) of two who is freshly sober and dealing with her estranged mother (Allison Janney). Also starring Nate Corddry and French Stewart. (Debuts Sept. 23, airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m.)

‘Hostages’
There’s a seriously high concept in this new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced thriller, in which Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) plays a surgeon who is set to operate on the president. A rogue FBI agent (played by Dylan McDermott) takes her family hostage and is forcing her to kill the president if she wants her family to survive. It sounds more like a movie than a series, and I’ll be held in suspense just to see how this will work. Suspense, of course, is the key to a thriller, I suppose. (Debuts Sept. 23, airs Mondays at 10 p.m.)

‘The Millers’
After NBC’s “Up All Night” fell apart, Will Arnett went on to take the lead in this sitcom about Nathan Miller, who hides his divorce from his parents (Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges). When they show up at his place, they learn the truth: Their son decided to split from his wife to be happy. Of course, Nathan’s dad wants to be happy too, and ditches his wife of 43 years. So mom moves in with son and a sitcom is born. Also starring JB Smoove. (Debuts Sept. 26, airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.)

‘The Crazy Ones’
Let’s all welcome Robin Williams back to TV. The Oscar winner is playing Simon Roberts, the kooky head of an advertising firm with a penchant for funny voices and long riffing tangents. So yeah, he plays himself. His daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is there to try and rein him in. Also starring James Wolk and Hamish Linklater. (Debuts Sept. 26, airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

‘We Are Men’
Four very different men, all split from their wives, are living in an apartment complex. Three of the veterans (Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Kal Penn) take in the newly single Carter (Chris Smith, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”) when he arrives there. (Debuts Sept. 30, airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m.)

NBC
‘The Blacklist’

James Spader (“Boston Legal”) stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former government agent turned one of the FBI’s most wanted. The mystery builds as Red turns himself in, offering to help the agency track down a terrorist. Two things make this fishy: That terrorist was thought to be dead, and Red will only work with a green FBI profiler (Megan Boone, “Law & Order: Los Angeles”). (Debuts Sept. 23, airs Mondays at 10 p.m.)

‘The Michael J. Fox Show’
Here’s your feel-good story of the new television season: Michael J. Fox is back to work full time after his Parkinson’s disease stabilized enough for him to return for this new sitcom. In a case of art imitating life, Fox plays an NYC news anchor who has Parkinson’s returning to work after time away to raise his kids and deal with his illness. Welcome back! (Debuts Sept. 26, airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.)

‘Ironside’
Originally played by Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason”) from 1967 to 1975, the role of Det. Robert Ironside is taken on by Blair Underwood in this remake of the series about a detective — in a wheelchair, but that won’t slow him down for a second — taking on some of the biggest cases around. (Debuts Oct. 2, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m.)

‘Welcome to the Family’
Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) and Mary McCormack (“In Plain Sight”) play the parents of Molly (Ella Rae Peck, “Deception”). Ricardo Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) and Justina Machado (“ER”) portray the parents of Junior (Joey Haro, “Awkward”). When their kids, who just recently graduated from high school, announce that their secret relationship is now an engagement, it doesn’t bode well for these future in-laws. Comedy ensues. (Debuts Oct. 3, airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.)

‘Sean Saves the World’
If there’s ever a network in need of saving, it’s NBC, which has recently lost its biggest sitcom favorites in “30 Rock” and “The Office.” Time will tell if Sean Hayes, who once helped the network rule with “Will & Grace,” will be a savior with his new comedy about a divorced dad trying to juggle work and home, where his 14-year-old daughter has moved in full time. (Debuts Oct. 3, airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

‘Dracula’
Just in time for Halloween, “The Tudors’” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers sinks his teeth into the role of Dracula in this new drama from the producers of “Downton Abbey.” Here, the bloodsucker is in Victorian London posing as an entrepreneur, but actually out for revenge on those who turned him into a vampire. (Debuts Oct. 25, airs Fridays at 10 p.m.)

FOX
‘Sleepy Hollow’

The classic Washington Irving story is revived and twisted in this new thriller series, in which a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, “One Day”) is brought into modern times, where he faces off against his old nemesis, the Headless Horseman. (Debuts Sept. 16, airs Mondays, 9 p.m.)

‘Dads’
From “Family Guy” writers-producers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild comes this sitcom about a pair of longtime friends who now run a video game company. The 30-somethings, however, have to deal with their respective dads, who are incredibly difficult, each in his own unique, annoying way. (Debuts Sept. 17, airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Andy Samberg ditches “Saturday Night Live” for this hilarious comedy centered on a police precinct in the Borough of Kings. He plays Jake Peralta, a freewheelin’ star detective who clashes with the new hard-edged Capt. Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher. (Debuts Sept. 17, airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.)

‘Almost Human’
In the future, police officers are partnered with robots, which doesn’t go over well for John Kennex (Karl Urban, Bones in “Star Trek”), who had been in a coma for 17 months. After some run-ins with the by-the-books, unfeeling robots, he’s partnered with Dorian (Michael Ealy, “Common Law”), who is from a discontinued line of the mechanical officers that were found, surprisingly, to be emotional. (Debuts Nov. 4, airs Mondays at 8 p.m.)

‘Enlisted’
Supersoldier Pete Hill (Geoff Stults, who was great on the short-lived “The Finder”) makes a big mistake while in action overseas and is redeployed to a military base in Florida, where his hapless brothers Derrick (Chris Lowell, “Veronica Mars”) and Randy (Parker Young, “Suburgatory”) are stationed.(Debuts Nov. 8, airs Fridays at 9 p.m.)

CW
‘The Tomorrow People’

Remember that live-action “X-Men” television series you’ve been wanting? “The Tomorrow People” is the next best thing. Robbie Amell — cousin of another CW star, “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell — stars as a normal teen who suddenly begins developing superpowers and hearing voices. He follows one of those voices, bringing him into contact with The Tomorrow People, who also have powers. Their nemesis? Dr. Jedikiah Price. And ... fight! (Debuts Oct. 9, airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m.)

‘Reign’
Head back in time for some regal history crossed with teen angst for this drama about Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane, “Teen Wolf”), aka Mary Queen of Scots. But don’t expect this to be a serious drama like you’d see on PBS’ “Masterpiece.” This is The CW, so, of course, it’s a steamier take on history. (Debuts Oct. 10, airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

‘The Originals’
Spinning out of the network’s hit “The Vampire Diaries,” this series, set in The Big Easy, follows the Mikaelsons: brothers Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and sister Rebekah (Claire Holt). They’re original vampires, and Klaus wants to take control of New Orleans, the city he built. And what’s this? There’s a vampire-werewolf baby … (Debuts Oct. 15, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)

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