Fall Premiere Dates: Don't Miss the Return of Your Favorite Shows

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It’s officially that time of year again: the return of fall TV. Even with new series premiering throughout the year, fall remains crucially important to the networks. Here’s our annotated schedule. We will update this as needed so feel free to bookmark this post.

Monday, September 21

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Gotham (FOX)
The Voice (NBC)

Personally, I’m not feeling any of these shows.

Life in Pieces (CBS) –The rare single-camera sitcom on CBS is an attempt to do an edgier Modern Family.

I’m going to give this one a try, because the trailer looks good, and they have a good cast. CBS doesn’t have history of hooking me with their dramas though, so I’ll be surprised if this one does the trick.

Minority Report (FOX) – Nah.
Scorpion (CBS) “A computer genius and his equally brilliant friends investigate high-tech crimes.” So much brilliance, so many crimes.

Blindspot (NBC) -An audacious concept from Greg Berlanti, featuring a woman whose entire body is covered in tattoos, each leading to a crime to be solved. This smells like a show with an exciting premise that probably has no end-game in mind. But we could be wrong
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Castle (ABC)

Are these last two past their prime?

Tuesday, September 22

The Voice (NBC)
The Muppets (ABC) – Yay, can’t wait.
Scream Queens (FOX) – Probably my most anticipated new show.



Fresh off the Boat (ABC) -The best freshman comedy of 2014 is back. Constance Wu is the best.

NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – I don’t know anyone who actually watches NCIS shows. Do you?

Limitless (CBS) – This is the series based on the 2011 movie featuring Bradley Cooper as a guy who takes a drug that allows him to use 99 percent of his brain. Of course what else could the show be about other than solving crimes? TV has a limitless capacity for brilliant people solving crimes with brilliance.

Wednesday, September 23

The Middle (ABC)
Survivor (CBS)
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC) – It is very unhip to love this show but we do, so sue us.
Rosewood (FOX) – Another genius-solves-crime show. This has a great cast and the trailer actually was pretty good.

The Goldbergs (ABC) – If you want to laugh and feel good about family, tune in.

Empire (FOX) – We will be recapping Empire this season.
Modern Family (ABC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – After watching this show since the beginning, I’ve finally become tired of it. The tone has decidedly changed.

blackish (ABC) – Another great family comedy from ABC.


Nashville (ABC) – Even Alex finally bailed on Nashville last season.

Thursday, September 24










Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Will fans tune out without McDreamy?

Heroes Reborn (NBC) – Attention Once Upon a Time fans, Robbie Kay is on this show.

Scandal (ABC) – Will Scandal rebound from a subpar season? Dreading more Fitz/Olivia. Looking at Twitter, I might not be alone.

The Player (NBC) – Hey kids, it’s another “genius-solves-crimes” show!

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – Viola Davis stars alongside a bunch of American Apparel models. I tried to get into this last year, and couldn’t. Davis is fantastic though.

Friday, September 25

The Amazing Race 26 (CBS)
Last Man Standing (ABC)

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Shark Tank (ABC) –Yes, I still watch Shark Tank.

Blue Bloods (CBS)


Saturday, September 26


48 Hours (CBS)

Sunday, September 27









60 Minutes (CBS)

Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – Been waiting for this for a while, I love this crazy family. One of the best shows on TV.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) – Once promises to give us plenty of batshit craziness once again. Can’t wait. (Also, we’re podcasting the show again!)

The Simpsons (FOX)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – This was a surprise hit with me last year, and I loved all of the characters, especially Andre Braugher’s turn as a gruff, gay chief.

Family Guy (FOX)
Blood & Oil (ABC) – “A young couple run afoul of a tycoon and his wife while trying to cash in on the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota.”

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – This show is funny, and has a great cast like Mary Steenbergen, January Jones, and Kristen Schaal, plus Will Forte and Jason Sudekis. I was worried that Forte’s character being the last man alive would get old, but they found new ways to raise the stakes and keep the characters interesting. Give it a try.

Quantico (ABC) – ABC loves shows that are twisty-turny whodoneits (See Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder). This one is about a group of FBI trainees, one of whom is a terrorist sleeper agent. I’m half and half about this.

Tuesday, September 29

Grandfathered (FOX) – A comedy about John Stamos finding out he’s a grandpa. We’re (Alex and me) in.

The Grinder (FOX) – Fred Savage and Rob Lowe star in a comedy about a TV lawyer (Lowe) whose hit TV show ends, prompting him to move home and work in his family’s law firm. Trailer made us laugh, and I do literally love Rob Lowe.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – Civil War.

Beyond the Tank (ABC) – More Shark Tank.

Wednesday, September 30

Criminal Minds (CBS)
Code Black (CBS) – Takes place in an ER. I feel like we’ve seen this same show 5 to 10 times now. Have we?

Chicago P.D. (NBC)

Thursday, October 1

Bones (FOX)

The Blacklist (NBC)
Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

Benders (IFC) – A hockey comedy I’ll try.

Friday, October 2

Dr. Ken (ABC) – Women are probably a lot less excited about a gynecologist comedy than you would think, ABC

Sunday, October 4

Madam Secretary (CBS) – Haven’t seen this. Thoughts? I’m going to watch the first season on Netflix.

The Good Wife (CBS) – Really needs to rebound from a poor season because it’s show a good show.
Homeland (Showtime)
The Leftovers (HBO)

The Affair (Showtime)
CSI: Cyber (CBS) – Guess what? A genius-solves-crime show!

Tuesday, October 6







The Flash (CW)

iZombie (CW)

Both are great offerings by the CW.

Finding Carter (MTV)

Wednesday, October 7

Casual (Hulu) “A bachelor and his divorced sister raise a teenager together and support each other through the trials of the dating world in this dramatic comedy.” – Hulu has had some great content lately, like Difficult People, and now The Mindy Project, so I’ll try it.

Arrow (CW) – So many Arrow fans at the conventions we went to this summer! Must watch the show soon.

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) – Hopefully this will be interesting for reasons other than Lady Gaga, but the rest of the series has been.

Thursday, October 8

SuperMansion (Crackle) – Stop-motion effort from Bryan Cranston and Robot Chicken about a team of irrelevant superheroes.


The Vampire Diaries (CW)

The Originals (CW)


Haven (Syfy)


Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street (TruTV)

Friday, October 9

Red Oaks (Amazon) – I saw this trial pilot last spring. An assistant tennis pro tries to figure out his future while working at a country club in suburban New Jersey. I think it will be good.


Undateable (NBC) – No.

Reign (CW)

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.



    September 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    YES … I LOVE THE ORIGINAL NCIS … MARK HARMON is my man … use to follow him when he played football and I do not like football.
    THANKS for the up date… I am seeing some shows I want to try out as there are holes in my TV viewing schedule …glad REIGN is still on but hope it is not up against GRIMM cause it will loose … I will catch up with the DVDs are released. Looking forward to BONES …. I liked iZOMBI … I won’t watch medical shows… Will I give up LAURA for ROSEWOOD, I do not know .. we will see….HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, lost me last year cause I got so confused… may come back not sure >>> SOMETIMES MY TV WATCHING depends upon what else is available on the boob tube.

    • Bri Ahearn

      September 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      The Mysteries of Laura has a very similar tone to Rosewood. Glad to see we weren’t the only ones who got confused with How to Get Away…


    September 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I should mention when no TV shows attack my attention as to something I want to watch… my stand by besides DVD is PBS all the channels… sometimes the foreign language shows, CREATE TV or main PBS … usually can find something of interest…. tonight is NOVA

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