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Fall TV preview: Must-see cable debuts, wicked westerns and more

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 If you’re paying for cable, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be getting your money’s worth this fall. From the return of a few old friends to a gritty western and a few fashion-forward reality series, here are some new must-see cable series:

Must-see cable debuts

‘Beavis and Butt-Head’
Oct. 27, MTV, TBD
Settle down, Beavis. The classic cartoon from the 1990s is making its way back to MTV, and based on the clip we’ve seen, the show is pretty much the same as before, except instead of watching music videos, they’re watching programs such as “Jersey Shore.” And from what I’ve seen, Butt-Head might dislike “Jersey Shore” almost as much as I do.
Starring: The voice work of Mike Judge

‘Mad Fashion’
Oct. 4, Bravo, 10 p.m.
Chris March — whom you may recall from Season 4 of “Project Runway” — takes a starring role in this reality series, in which the designer and his crew create outrageousclothes.

Oct. 2, Starz, 10 p.m.
After playing one character for 20 years or so, Kelsey Grammer can’t seem to keep a gig. His latest role is playing Chicago mayor Tom Kane, who does whatever he has to do to get things done. Problem is, he’s got a degenerative brain disorder. Grammer said he wants to run for mayor of New York City one day, so this might be a good test run.
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Kathleen Robertson, Hannah Ware

Wicked Western

‘Hell on Wheels’
Nov. 6, AMC, TBD
The new period piece from AMC is set in post-Civil War America, far out west in the roving town of “Hell on Wheels,” which houses the folks who are building the first transcontinental railroad. The show is centered on a former Confederate soldier in search of the Union soldier who killed his wife. You can guess what he’s going to do when he finds him.
Starring: Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott, Colm Meaney, Ben Esler, Philip Burke, Eddie Spears

Oct. 2, Showtime, 10 p.m.
A Marine sergeant, held as a POW for eight years, is released and returns home a hero. But a maverick CIA agent believes that he’s been turned and is now working for al-Qaida. What follows is a tense investigation to find out the truth.
Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patankin, Morena Baccarin

‘Fashion Hunters’
Oct. 4, Bravo, 10:30 p.m.
Kind of like an antique-picker show for fashionistas, this new series follows the clothing mavens at Second Time Around in NYC as they go looking for some premium secondhand threads.

‘Horror,’ dinosaurs and the Hulkster

‘American Horror Story’
Oct. 5, FX, 10 p.m.
Called a “psychosexual thriller” by creator Ryan Murphy (“Glee”) in the Hollywood Reporter, this new chiller follows a family that moves into a creepy Los Angeles mansion after they experience a tragedy. Expect a lot of scares and mysteries. I assume Murphy will leave the song-and-dance numbers to “Glee.”
Starring: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Frances Conroy

‘Hulk Hogan’s MCW’
Sept. 14, TruTV, 10 p.m.
The Hulkster is taking on his biggest challenge yet: the tiny wrestlers of Micro Championship Wrestling. No, Hulk won’t be fighting them, but he will take you on tour with the wrestling federation as it tours America.

‘Dinosaur Revolution’
Sept. 4, Discovery, 9 p.m.
I don’t typically cover miniseries here, but for dinosaurs, I’m willing to make an exception. In the four episodes of “Dinosaur Revolution,” which airs the first two Sundays of September, you’ll see the story of these massive creatures told in impressive animation. The series examines evolution, survival and offers a new look at the king of dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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