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This fall weather brings with it some killer television programming. So clear your DVR of summer re-runs and get ready to procrastinate your homework even longer with the Fall 2012 TV Line-up!
Tried and True: A couple of returning shows everyone is excited for.
“American Horror Story”
Season one of this television thriller was a smashing success. I was thrilled once again when I heard it was coming back for a new season. The first season followed the Harmon family in their haunted house complete with the birth of the Anti-Christ. It left viewers on the edge of their seats and hiding under their covers, myself included. This fall, the series returns but doesn’t pick up where it left off. Instead, it takes place in a 1960s asylum, in which season one returning cast member Jessica Lange runs the place. Other cast members from season one will be returning, only no one will be playing the same character they did last season. New cast members include Chloe Sevigny and Adam Levine of Maroon 5. This is by far the scariest show on TV. Even though it can keep me up at night, it’s just too exciting and incredibly well-written to turn it off.
“American Horror Story:Asylum” returns to FX Oct. 17.
“How I Met Your Mother”
CUI Entertainment Reporter Chris Ayala is most excited for the return of this show that is comedic gold. “HIMYM” is returning for its eighth season to an audience of only the most loyal fans, those who have waited for seven seasons to find out how the heck he met their mother.
In season eight, it doesn’t sound like fans will get anything more than a few good hints. However, other story lines in the show will keep the viewers plenty satisfied. Season seven left off with Robin at the alter and it is confirmed that Robin and Barney will be getting hitched, even though it will take a good portion of the season for that to actually happen; it is Barney, after all. Also, Ted, the main character and narrator, went back to his previous love interest and potential soul mate, and Lily and Marshal are having a baby. This is promising to be a great season with characters that many have grown to love.
“How I Met Your Mother” returns to CBS Sept. 24.
“Once Upon A Time”
CUI Entertainment Reporter Sarah Elsea is bashfully excited for the return of “Once Upon a Time.” This fantastical show has mesmerized audiences and will be back this fall with even more to entertain us including princesses, giants, witches and other characters from our favorite fairytales. Lindsey and Elsea both admit to being embarrassed about loving the show, calling it, “corny, yet so good!” This show brings the stories from the page to the television screen, breathing new life into the stories we all know and love.
“Once Upon A Time” returns to ABC Sept. 30.
New Blood: Dozens of brand-spanking-new shows are premiering this fall that are gunning to be new favorites.
“The New Normal”
As if Ryan Murphy didn’t have enough on his plate with his other stunningly successful projects, such as “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” he has created a new show to become obsessed with. The show follows Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), a gay couple attempting to have a baby with a surrogate mother played by Georgia King. This show’s plot line is reminiscent of “Modern Family,” in that it is a portrayal of real life couples and families that no longer fit the 1950s traditional family structure. It is promised to make audience members of all kinds laugh and really connect with the struggles of families that are different, or maybe similar, to our own.
“The New Normal” premieres on NBC Sept. 11.
Where are all my comic book lovers at? This new series follows the life of Oliver Queen, who was assumed dead for five years after a yacht accident. However, he had been living on an island, learning archery and gaining super powers. Queen must re-adapt to society and come to terms with his newly gained powers while dealing with the people who thought he was dead this whole time, including his girlfriend (Katie Cassidy) and his newly divorced parents. This series, loosely based off of DC Comics’ “Green Arrow,” is sure to follow in the successful footsteps of previous superhero shows such as “Smallville” and “Heroes.”
“Arrow” premieres on the CW Oct. 10.
Staff Picks: Some of the lovely staff members at the CU Independent have said what shows they are most excited for this fall.
“I know as a sports editor my choice should be sports-related, but I have to admit that Glee is a guilty pleasure. Yes, I was a “theater kid” in high school. Judge all you want, it’s a great show!” – Sports Editor Caryn Maconi
“Glee” returns to Fox Sept. 13
“Yes, ‘The League’ is about fantasy football, but like me, you can know nothing about the NFL and still die from laughter while watching it. It’s 100 percent the most underrated comedy on TV.” – Managing Editor Isa Jones
“The League” returns to FX Oct. 11
“The New Girl”
“I’m pumped for the new season of “The New Girl”. And frankly, who isn’t? Zooey Deschanel returns as our favorite quirky heroine going through a major shake-up in her life, leading to a reinvention of herself. But, accompanied by her hilarious yet caring roommates, the group will go on a journey that may even be joined by a new roommate (Regis Philbin? Really?) and other guest stars that will only cement this show as one of our favorites.” — Entertainment Editor Kelsey Lindsey
“The New Girl” returns to Fox Sept. 25.
“The Walking Dead”
“The problem with zombie movies is that you cannot get to know a character in an hour and a half, but with a television series you get to know everyone involved. So when a zombie is chasing down your favorite character, you find yourself yelling at the tv and throwing things because you can feel his or her anguish.” – Photo Editor Rob Denton
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC Oct. 14.
I hope you are as pumped for this fall as the CUI is. There are so many shows coming on that not all made it on the list. So set your DVRs, snuggle up and see what everyone will be talking about this fall.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Ellie Patterson at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.