Fall Television Preview

Erica Siciliano

With school in full swing and the leaves turning from green to red, it only means one thing, fall television is back and ready to help transport you away from your piles of school work into the lives of TV’s latest and greatest. Here are six shows, both old and new, that will help get you through this upcoming semester.

Once Upon a Time- Premiering Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC, “Once Upon a Time” is back and ready for more action. Amid last season’s shocking cliffhanger, all the fairy tale characters’ minds were restored. Only time will tell what happened to Storybrooke, Maine after the scary purple fog came rolling in. With new characters being introduced, like Captain Hook and Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Phillip, viewers can expect a season full of magic and action, especially since the fight between Emma and the Evil Queen is in full swing. The questions remain the same: Can good really prevail over evil, and will the story time characters ever return to their world?

NEW! Go On- Friends’ alum Matthew Perry is ready to give comedy television another try. Ryan King, played by Perry, is going through a transition in his life after the loss of his wife. In order to return to his job as a radio personality, King must attend 10 therapy sessions and have a signed formal release from his therapist. Although reluctant, King agrees and attends the sessions hoping to just skim by and not do anything. Instead, he meets a crazy group of people who are each dealing with losses and challenges, ranging from bad breakups to obsessions with cats. Overall, the show brings a fresh set of comedy. One of the real stars is Brett Gelman, who plays Mr. K. Similar to the creepy personality of Alan from “The Hangover,” Gelman gets an A+ for not being afraid to cross the boundaries and get a good laugh. “Go On” premiered last night.

Gossip Girl­- After six long seasons, “Gossip Girl” is back for its final season. All bets are off, and with Serena (Blake Lively) completely MIA, the other GG’s spend their time worrying about her safety and figuring out their own lives. Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) are definitely back on, for now, and are working together to get the Upper East Side Bad Boy his empire back after losing it the season prior. As for the other players, Dan (Penn Badgley) wrote a book and Nate (Chace Crawford) is determined to figure out who Gossip Girl really is. Bad ass Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) has a role once again, and with the reign of one of TV’s most popular drama ending, it’s bound to be a season to remember. The final season kicks off on the CW Monday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.

NEW! The Mindy Project- Creator Mindy Kaling also plays the main character, Mindy Lahiri, in this new comedy about an OB/GYN looking for love. As Mindy travels through life trying to juggle her successful career and lackluster love life, she faces hilarious situations with a sarcastic and hilarious outlook on life. For those who aren’t sure if this comedy is for them, think “Bridget Jones’s Diary” meets “The Office,” just no Renee Zellweger or Steve Carrel. Instead you get Ed Weeks, who plays total badass Jeremy Reed, and Chris Messina, who plays a patient stealing, ill-tempered Danny Castellano. “The Mindy Project” hits your television screen Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m.

Boardwalk Empire- Last season left everyone completely shocked. With the death of Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) still in the air, season 3 jumps to 1923 where everything and everyone is in a race to come out on top. Things are going awry for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who is paying the price for his actions in season three, as well as the actions of others including his wife, ­­­­­­Margaret (Kelly Macdonald). While Nucky deals with his drama in Atlantic City, the rise of Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham) continues to develop and become a threat. Aside from dealing with the prohibition, the HBO series continues to develop the personal stories behind the gangster mob mentality men. The relationship between Nucky and Margaret continues to grow, although rocky and filled with lies and mistrust. In addition, the lives of little Tommy Darmody (Brady and Connor Noon), his grandmother Gillian (Gretchen Mol) and Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) take an interesting turn upon the death of Tommy’s mother, father and grandfather. The show returns Sept. 16 on HBO and is immediately up for viewing on HBO Go.

NEW! The Neighbors- ABC has been on a comedy high ever since “Modern Family” took off and became an instant classic overnight. Now the channel introduces “The Neighbors,” a well-rounded comedy about the Weaver family, your normal all-American family just looking to live the normal all-American life in their new town of Hidden Hill, N.J. Everything seems great until the Weavers meet the neighbors, headed by Larry Bird, who considers himself the “leader” of his less-than-normal family. Turns out, Bird and his family, who have a knack for naming themselves after famous athletes, are aliens. Although leaving this weird town would be the average thing to do, the Weavers decide to stay and help this small family acclimate to Earth life. Although the plotline is a little far-fetched, the series features funny situations leading to warm-hearted endings, making you realize that we’re all aliens just trying to fit in in this place we call home. Featuring Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz and Simon Templeman “The Neighbors” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.

How I Met Your Mother- Kicking off its eighth season, the CBS hit is back and ready for action. As viewers anxiously await Ted to just meet his kids’ damn mother already, season 8 once again brings back the comedy and drama viewers know and love. Picking up where last season left off, where Ted (Josh Radnor) and Victoria (Ashley Williams) rode off into the sunset after Victoria left her German fiance and Ted was left at the altar by his love Stella (Sarah Chalke). Aside from Ted and his quest to find the perfect wife, the storyline about his four best friends continues to grow. With last season’s shocker still in the midst, with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) marrying Robin (Cobie Smulders) instead of his stripper girlfriend Quinn (Becki Newton), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) having their baby this upcoming season is sure to stick with the same mantra, that no matter how far and complicated your life can be, it all can be solved at a great bar, with some beers and a couple of friends. “How I Met Your Mother” is set to premiere Monday, Sept. 24 on CBS at 8 p.m.