TV fans know what September means: prime time is back. While new episodes of hit series like How I Met Your Mother and The Walking Dead will air, cable connoisseurs are also eager to welcome this season’s slew of newcomers. Here are some of those shows and what you should know about them before picking up the remote.
The New Normal
– This new series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy has been the center of much controversy. The plot features Goldie, an out-of-luck waitress who starts over as a surrogate mother for a gay couple wanting a baby. While the quirky show tackles issues such as bigotry and tolerance, the crude dialogue and eyebrow-raising subject matter of the show already face opposition from two major sources. Utah-based station KSL-TV blacklisted the show from its fall schedule and activist organization One Million Moms has called for a boycott, both concerned the show is inappropriate for the average family’s values.
– This heartwarming comedy features Friends star Matthew Perry as Ryan King, a radio sportscaster coping with the loss of his wife while being forced to attend group therapy.
The Mob Doctor
– Expected to be the next big medical drama, it features a young surgeon caught between her blossoming career and her family’s debt to the mob. Here’s hoping House fans will idolize this next multifaceted doctor.
– CBS puts a modern twist on the wildly popular Sherlock Holmes. Set in New York, this version of Holmes checks into rehab and meets Joan Watson, a female alternative to the Dr. Watson of the original stories. This show will certainly bring feedback from fans of both the Guy Ritchie films and the BBC show Sherlock.
– Country music lovers will enjoy seeing Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere face off in ABC’s portrayal of the music business. As one’s career fades, the other seeks to break into the industry.
– Though shows about fires have not always held their ground, NBC is taking the chance that Chicago Fire will spark an interest with audiences this fall. It stars Jesse Spencer of House and Taylor Kinney of Trauma.