It’s that time of year where the days start getting shorter, kids go back to school, and the networks roll out their shiny new programming, hoping to find the next big hit. After a long summer of mostly reruns, all of our favorite shows are back (except the cancelled ones!) and schedules are packed full of debut shows. Here are some promising new shows that have teen appeal, as well as the status of some returning favorites.
What shows are you most looking forward to this fall?
2 Broke Girls
CBS Premieres Sept. 19, Mondays 8:30–9 p.m.
This traditional sitcom follows two twenty-something women with clashing personalities — the sarcastic, street-smart Max played by Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and the refined, trust-fund princess Caroline played by newcomer Beth Behrs. The pair works in a greasy spoon diner while trying to save money to open a cupcake shop.
Premieres Sept. 26, Mondays 8–9 p.m.
This ambitious adventure drama from producer Steven Spielberg features a group of colonists from 2149 who travel back to prehistoric times in hopes of restarting human civilization. The central protagonists are the members of the Shannon family, including a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl.
Hart of Dixie
Premieres Sept. 26, 9–10 p.m.
O.C. alum Rachel Bilson stars as Zoe Hart, a young doctor who finds herself out of her element with a medical practice in small-town Alabama.
The Lying Game
Premiered Aug. 15, Mondays 9–10 p.m.
Based on the best-selling new series from Sara Shepard, this hour-long drama follows Emma and Sutton, twins separated at birth, as they unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their lives.
Premieres Sept. 20, Tuesdays 9–9:30 p.m.
Zooey Deschanel headlines this new comedy as Jess Day, a newly single 20-something who moves in with three guys in an attempt to get over her bad breakup.
Premieres Sept. 13, Tuesdays 9–10 p.m.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returns to television in this hour-long drama. Gellar’s Bridget witnesses a murder, so she escapes to New York to hide with her estranged twin sister, Siobhan. When Siobhan mysteriously disappears, Bridget takes over her glamorous New York life, which is full of intriguing secrets. Sounds a lot like The Lying Game…
Premieres Sept. 28, Wednesdays 8:30–9 p.m.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa (newcomer Jane Levy) tries to navigate life in the surreal suburbs after her single father decides that they need to escape the big city.
The X Factor
Premieres Sept. 21, Wednesdays 8–9:30 p.m., Thursdays 8–9 p.m.
Simon Cowell imports another popular British singing competition after ditching American Idol and brings Paula Abdul with him. Similar to Idol in format, this show differs by allowing both solo and group acts of all ages.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
Premieres Nov. 23, Wednesdays, 9:30–10 p.m.
Moms Annie and Nikki were social outcasts in high school, but have ended up with daughters who are the type of mean girls they used to hate. While this is about teenagers, it’s mainly from the moms’ perspectives, so may not appeal to a young audience.
Premieres Sept. 22, Thursdays 8–9 p.m.
Drew Barrymore brings the hit ’70s show back to the small screen. Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, and Rachael Taylor star as the angels, three femme fatales brought together by the unseen Charlie to solve crimes in Miami.
The Secret Circle
Premieres Sept. 15, Thursdays 9–10 p.m.
Teenager Cassie Blake moves in with her grandmother after her mother dies and discovers she’s the last member of the Secret Circle, a group of powerful witches. Like The CW’s popular Vampire Diaries, this show is also based on a series by YA author L.J. Smith.
Premieres Oct. 21, Fridays 9–10 p.m.
The Grimms are an elite group of hunters who track down the supernatural creatures of the world.
Once Upon A Time
Premieres Oct. 23, Sundays 8–9 p.m.
Jennifer Morrison’s Emma Swan is tracked down by the son she put up for adoption ten years earlier. He believes she is actually Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter, banished to our world by the Evil Queen, and brings her to Storybrooke, a town where the real world and fairy tales collide.
Returns for its fifth season on Sept. 26
Mondays 8–9 p.m.
Returns for its third season on Sept. 20
Tuesdays, 8–9 p.m.
Returns for its third season on Sept. 21
Wednesdays, 9–9:30 p.m.
Returns on Oct. 5
Wednesdays, 10–10:30 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries
Returns for its third season on Sept. 15
Thursdays 8–9 p.m.
Returns for its seventh seasons on Sept. 23
Fridays, 9–10 p.m.
Returns for its tenth season on Sept. 25
Sundays 9–9:30 p.m.