Fall TV Preview – 10 Returning Shows

September 19th, 2010 // 1 Comment

Warm up your DVRs, kids! All of your favorite shows are back for a new season. We listed some of the best new shows for fall already, so now lets find out what shows you are going to make “must-see TV” in our preview! From dancing d-listers and gregarious geeks to a serial killer with a heart, there’s something for everyone in the 2010-2011 season. Take a look some of TVs most highly anticipated returns!

Dancing with the Stars
Season Premiere Tonight, 8pm ABC
The 11th season of the reality favorite features one of the more…umm…eclectic casts, including Hills fixture (I refuse to call her a star) and blank slate Audrina Patridge, America’s Favorite TV Mom, Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch, comedienne (and Drop Dead Diva co-star) Margaret Cho are among the contestants vying for the mirrored disco ball trophy and a shot at pop culture history. And, of course, let’s not forget the Hoff! Let’s hope David Hasselhoff made the right decision when he left America’s Got Talent for this. As much as I loathed Dirty Dancing, Jennifer Grey kicked ASS in Ferris Bueller and made me fall in love with her all over again on the short-lived sitcom It’s Like You Know. With her dancing prowess and winning personality, she looks like a real contender. By the way, if anyone pulls a Nancy Kerrigan on The Situation from Jersey Shore, I’d be eternally grateful!

Check out more (and videos too!) after the jump!

HouseSeason Premiere Tonight, 8pm, FOXEveryone’s favorite cantankerous physician is back! Yep, Hugh Laurie is back for season number 7 and this one is set to address the complicated relationship between House and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who are now admiring each others’ bedside manners quite closely! Not only is House going to have to deal with the repercussions of sleeping with the boss, he’s also going to have to assist in breaking in a new doctor at Princeton-Plainsboro, the bookish Amber Tamblyn (filling the void left by the departure of Olivia Wilde‘s Thirteen.) Cupid’s arrows have been in the air, as Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) has been romantically reunited with his ex. Yes, love is in the air, but how long can this bliss actually last? GleeSeason Premiere Tuesday, September 21, 8pm, FOXGLEE! As a devoted “Gleek”, I am giddy with excitement about the return of Sue, Schu and the McKinley High gang. With an episode devoted to Britney Spears and one featuring some of the stars of the midnight movie classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, this Emmy nominated series is sure to have something for everyone! (The Glee kids’ interpretation of “Empire State of Mind” is already creeping up the charts!) In addition to some new cast members, Sue (Jane Lynch) could meet her match in the form of a new female football coach, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) are going to give dating another try and Kurt (Chris Colfer) is getting a boyfriend! Modern FamilySeason Premiere Wednesday, September 22, 9pm, ABCThis show didn’t win six Emmys for nothing! Our favorite family is back for even more shenanigans. This season promises more awkward situations, like the young Dunphys catching their parents Claire and Phil (Julie Bowen and the wonderful Ty Burrell) in action in the bedroom, more great guest stars – like Nathan Lane as a flamboyant (I know, it’s going to be a stretch!) friend of Cameron (Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and lots more Gloria (Sofia Vergara) in tight outfits! Other things to expect this season are a closer bond between Jay (Ed O’Neill) and his wise beyond his years stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and the demise of the relationship between Claire and Phil’s oldest daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) and her rocker beau Dylan. Sadly, none of the suggestions made during this Emmys sketch made it to air:And, I just couldn’t resist adding a clip from what many thought was one of the funniest Modern Family moments from last season:CommunityPremieres Thursday, September 23, 8pm, NBCI never thought the cast of this show, now in its sophomore year, could get any better – I mean, Joel McHale, Allison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and now…BETTY WHITE! Yep, America’s Sweetheart plays a wacky anthropology professor in the season opener, which promises to address the season-ending kiss Jeff and Annie shared. Chevy Chase‘s eccentric Pierce and Troy are most likely going to get to know each other better as Troy moves into Pierce’s mansion and Abed’s sure to make oodles more movie references (expect lots of space-themed ones when the gang take part in Greendale’s new space program. Big Bang TheoryPremieres Thursday, September 23, 8pm, CBSThe programming geniuses at CBS decided to reward Emmy winner Jim Parsons by moving his show to Thursday night in direct competition with Community. This, loyal readers, is why they invented the DVR. While Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) start off the season still in “just friends” mode, could Sheldon be the character to find love with his female counterpart Amy Farrah Fowler (Blossom‘s Mayim Bialik)? Probably not, but the word is that Mama’s boy Howard (Simon Helberg) will tangle with not only his ex-gal pal Bernadette, but Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff, Howard’s sexy conscious (this Jiminy Cricket with curves.) Bazinga!30 Rock Premieres Thursday, September 23, 8:30pm, NBCThe highlight of this upcoming season is a live show, scheduled for October 14, featuring my future husband Jon Hamm. The show’s producers plan to focus on Liz (Tina Fey), celebrating her 40th birthday in an upcoming episode and Jack (Alec Baldwin), who finally chose pregnant girlfriend Avery (Elizabeth Banks) over Julianne Moore‘s awful Bawh-ston accent. Matt Damon is scheduled to return as Liz’s dream man, while Michael Sheen will also pop up as Liz’s worst nightmare, Wesley Snipes. In addition, Kenneth will deal with his post-page life and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) will make an art film. But let’s talk about Jon Hamm. His cameo during last season’s Valentine episode (along with Jason Sudekis) is a classic!The OfficePremieres Thursday, September 23, 9pm, NBCNBC is making the most of Steve Carell‘s last season as the bumbling Michael Scott. Not only is he going to have to undergo counseling with his arch nemesis Toby, both Jan (Melora Hardin) and Holly (Amy Ryan) are returning to Scranton. With Michael soon to be out of the picture, Jim (John Krasinski) will spend some of the season assessing his career, Darryl (Craig Robinson) will show some extra ambition and Andy (Ed Helms) will continue to woo Erin (Ellie Kemper). The second half of the season is going to focus on Michael’s replacement – names that have been floating around include Danny McBride from Eastbound and Down and Rhys Darby, the hapless manager on Flight of the Conchords (a perfect match, I think!) In honor of Steve Carell’s last season, let’s take a look back at his favorite catchphrase:Grey’s AnatomySeason Premiere Thursday, September 23, 9pm, ABCThere’s lots of changes in store at Seattle Grace, as the hospital drama enters its seventh season. Commitment-shy Cristina (Sandra Oh) marries Owen (Kevin McKidd), Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) are back in the sack after last season’s near-death experience. The biggest cliffhanger of this upcoming season is whether or not Izzie (Katherine Heigl) will be back on the show!DexterPremieres Sunday, September 26, 9pm, ShowtimeThe story picks up just moments after last season’s earth-shattering revelation that Dexter’s wife met her fate at the hands of the cold-blooded Trinity Killer (John Lithgow). Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is now a single dad, dealing with his own guilt as well as one resentful stepdaughter. While attempting to deal with Rita’s loss and juggling his inner “dark passenger”, Dexter meets the enigmatic Lumen, played by Julia Stiles. If that wasn’t enough, Quinn is still suspicious of Dex and now brings his mentor, Robocop‘s Peter Weller into the fold. Deb – trying to help Dexter with the kids and the now married Angel and Maria are all back as well.

What shows are your returning favorites? Let us know in the comments!

By Christine Fitzgerald
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