By Heidi Kolar
Guys with Kids (NBC)
Executive Producer Jimmy Fallon brings television a whole new spin on dads. Gary (Anthony Anderson), Chris (Jesse Bradford), and Nick (Zach Cregger) are three 30-something dads who are a little reluctant to trade-in their youth and care-free days for diapers and 3 a.m. feedings. These three friends are helping each other navigate the ups and downs of fatherhood, divorce and single parenting.
The New Normal (NBC)
Brought to you from the creators of Glee, this show tackles political and moral issues and exaggerates stereotypes to the extreme. Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are a gay couple in Los Angeles looking to start a family, but they run into the obvious challenges. However, fate intervenes when they meet Goldie (Georgia King), a down on her luck waitress from Ohio who ventures to Los Angeles with 8-year-old daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) in tow. Once in Los Angeles she meets Bryan and David and they ask her to be the surrogate-mother for their baby, and a part of their non-traditional family as well.
Go On (NBC)
Ryan King (Matthew Perry), a recent widower and sports talk radio host, finds out his boss Stephen (John Cho) demands he attends grief counseling before returning to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group, “life change,” where he meets an eccentric group of characters. An uncertain Ryan, not ready to deal with his grief (that he denies he has) decides to convince the group to digress from the norm and start a tournament-style competition to find out whose story is the worst. This show proves to be both heartwarming and whimsical.
The Braverman family is back for their third season. This one-hour drama delights week after week. The Braverman clan is led by Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia), two loving, crazy parents who would bend over backwards for their children; Sarah (Lauren Graham), Adam (Peter Krause), Julia (Erika Christensen), and Crosby (Dax Shepard) who deal with their own issues. The shows cast deals with their own trials and tribulations exploring everything from breast cancer, aspegers syndrome and cheating spouses. Parenthood is an absolute delight.
The Mob Doctor (FOX)
Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) thinks she has it all and has her life together. She is on the fast track to becoming one of the country’s top notch surgeons doing her residency at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. But mob boss Paul Moretti (guest star Michael Rappaport) has other plans for Dr. Devlin. Because of her Southside roots and constant screw-up brother, Dr. Devlin is indebted to the mob and must do as they ask in order to keep her brother safe and her secret life a secret.
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
American Horror Story premiered last fall and immediately had the internet buzzing about the twists and turns this series had in store for its viewers. This season American Horror Story is becoming American Horror Story: Assylum, another new twist. It will now be set in 1964 in a Church-run haven for the criminally insane run by a nun with a checkered past, Sister Jude (Jessica Lange). The show delves into everything from Nazi’s to aliens, and it is sure to delight thriller fanatics alike.
Homeland is a Showtime original series that hits home with people across the globe. Emmy winner Damian Lewis plays Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody who has been a prisoner of war for eight years and he is finally coming home. Meanwhile, CIA officer Carrie Mathison, (Emmy winner Claire Danes), is certain he has been turned against the United States and is part of a plot to be carried out on American Soil. This series will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end; it is not a show you should miss.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
According to AMC, “The Walking Dead is the most watched drama in basic cable history,” and it is returning for its third season Sunday, October 14 at 9/8c. In this post-apocalyptic world Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) along with the rest of the survivors must band together to fend off not only the living, but the dead. This show has captured the attention of millions, and the count continues to rise.
Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) are back for their eighth season. This unlikely pair is back after a jaw dropping season finale, where Brennan fled with her and Booth’s daughter, Christine, after being framed for murder. The eighth season began with Brennan’s colleagues at the Jeffersonian’s Medico-Legal Lab, Angelo Montenegeo (Michaela Conlin), Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne), and Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), working around the clock to clear Bennan’s name and bring her home. The end of the first episode leaves viewers gasping with a twist nobody saw coming. It’s a must watch this season.