Nothing beats curling up on the couch after a long day of pumpkin carving and hay riding (okay, I’m dreaming– make that test-taking and paper-writing). Well, whatever your day involved, be sure to tune in for some of the season’s hottest new TV shows when you finally do get a chance to relax.
Ready, set, veg!
666 Park Avenue
Drama, drama, and more drama; television networks have added quite a slew of new serious shows to this fall’s TV itinerary. ABC introduced “666 Park Avenue,” featuring “Ugly Betty” actress Vanessa Williams and “LOST” actor Terry O’Quinn. The show airs every Sunday at 10 p.m., and has a plot that has supernatural twists (a young couple moves into a “haunted” Manhattan apartment complex) so don’t be surprised if things get a little spooky.
Also from ABC comes the new country drama”Nashville” which premiered just last Wednesday. Think Faith Hill meets Carrie Underwood; an up-and-coming (and sexier) country singer (Hayden Panettiere) threatens to steal the limelight from well-established country queen Rayna (Connie Britton from “Friday Night Lights”). Catch it Wednesdays at 10 p.m. to see how this diva power-struggle plays out.
The Mindy Project
This fall, FOX brings you “The Mindy Project” starring “The Office”’s very own Mindy Kaling. The show follows a successful woman (she’s a gynecologist so that explains where some of the laughs come from…) who, despite her professional success, could use some pointers in her love life (or lack thereof).
Given that Kaling has an Emmy for her performance on “The Office,” a show she personally wrote several episodes for, and holds the title of New York Times best-selling author, this is sure to be a “LOL.” Move over “Modern Family,” Mindy is here on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m.
Also new this fall, NBC introduced the new comedic sitcom “Go On” featuring the beloved Chandler Bing. For you non-“Friends” viewers, first of all, you don’t know what you’re missing, and second of all, that’s Matthew Perry.
Despite the fact that the show’s main character, sportscaster Ryan King (Perry), is trying to “go on” after the loss of his wife, it is classified as a comedy. King draws comfort from his therapy sessions where the group’s eclectic members trigger a few raised eyebrows, several puzzled expressions, and – of course – lots of laughs. Would we expect any less from Chandler – er, Perry?
Watch King cope and laugh along the way Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Married to Jonas
E!’s new reality hit “Married to Jonas” follows the “normal” everyday lives of Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers trio and his wife, New Jersey native Danielle Deleasa. The show mimics MTV’s 2003 hit “Newlyweds” and yep, Kevin and Dani are the new, though still married, Nick and Jessica.
It might have premiered at the end of the summer on August 19, but if you haven’t been watching, no worries – you’ll have plenty of chances to catch up on passed episodes thanks to E!’s obsession with constant re-runs (seriously, how many times can they air the same “Keeping up with the Kardashians” episode?).
Round out the weekend by tuning in Sundays at 10 p.m.
The network that brought you “19 Kids and Counting,” “Little People, Big World” and “Extreme Couponing” is adding another one-of-a-kind series to its repertoire. TLC’s latest hit “Breaking Amish” follows four Amish-adolescents and one Mennonite member, as they trade the countryside for New York City in their efforts to decide which lifestyle they prefer. Will it be hay fields or 5th Avenue? Will they abandon the lifestyle in which they were raised, and thus be shunned by their communities and families, or will they opt for a more modern way of life? Track their remarkable journeys Sundays at 10 p.m. to find out.
With so many new shows you’ll have a hard time deciding what to watch first; and there’s more where these came from –this site has an even more extensive list. We hope you have that DVR set and if not, well…there’s always channel surfing.