Quality night programming is something that Americans bank on as they ditch their shoes after a busy day of school or work, but what tops the list this fall?
The answer lies in a mix of promising newbies and reigning television champs.
The season for new shows starts with a fresh take on America’s favorite puppets, “The Muppets.” Everyone who is young at heart may rejoice at the gang’s return, but make no mistake – this show will be far from juvenile. The program chronicles their heartache, humor, happiness, and everything in between, and premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 on ABC.
The updated comedy will be followed by an endearing, humorous sitcom entitled “Grandfathered.” In this unconventional coming-of-age story, a middle-aged Casanova is forced to shed his selfish ways when he discovers that he is not only a father, but also a grandfather.
The protagonist must come to terms with this discovery and learn what it is to care for someone other than himself. The show features on-screen favorites John Stamos and Josh Peck, and will begin its run on Fox at 8 p.m. Sept. 29.
Appealing to more serious viewers, DC Comics and CBS have joined forces to create “Supergirl,” an action-adventure drama based on one of DC Comics’ original characters.
The show follows Kara Zor-El, Superman’s 24-year-old cousin, as she learns to embrace her identity as a superheroine and finally put her superhuman abilities to good use. The show is scheduled to premiere at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 on CBS.
Established programs, such as “The Walking Dead,” are coming back this fall as well.
The series takes place in a quasi-apocalyptic era, and follows a band of survivors as they attempt to combat the dead, who have risen and feed on living flesh, to stay alive. New episodes air on AMC at 9 p.m. Oct. 11. Viewer discretion is advised due to language, violence and gore.
Another favorite that resumes this fall is NBC’s “The Voice.”
The singing competition, which gives both seasoned and fledgling artists the chance to live their dreams, returns with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
According to JustJared, an entertainment site, Levine said that he can’t believe that it is already the ninth season and that his fellow cast members “have become a second family for me, and I’m always so excited to come back to it.”
The singer-songwriter is not the only one anticipating the new season – fans are excited to hear the fresh talents compete for a chance to record their own album.
New episodes begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 on NBC.
The “Goldbergs” is renewed for another season as well.
Set in the 1980s, this comedy is loosely based on the creator’s own family’s hare-brained antics.
At once heartwarming and hilarious, the show hits the spot for anyone looking for some side-splitting entertainment with a feel-good message: At the end of the day, family always has each other’s back.
Viewers can expect to see the first episode of the season at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23 on ABC.
Other popular returning shows include CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” FOX’s “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “How to Get Away With Murder” and The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and “The Flash.”