Fall into new (and old) TV shows

It’s that time of year to grab your friends and your popcorn and gather around the TV.

Fall TV show premieres are well underway with exciting new shows and much anticipated returning shows.

The four major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX) premiered their top comedy series in mid to late September. “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Parks and Recreation” and “New Girl” continue to draw in large numbers and produce lots of laughs.

ABC leads the pack with producing top-notch dramas series. The break-out hit of 2012, “Scandal,” returned Oct. 3 for its third season. The political drama set in Washington D.C. continues to deliver the melodrama that leaves fans wanting more.

The highly popular show “Revenge” also premiered for its third season on ABC Sept. 29. Faith Kennedy, a senior fashion merchandising major, was looking forward to the premiere of “Revenge.”

“Season two finale left a major cliffhanger, so I could not wait for it to begin and find out what happened next,” Kennedy said. “The third season has exceeded my expectations,” she added.

“American Horror Story: Coven” premiered on Oct. 9. The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, tweeted that its premiere achieved the highest ratings of previous “American Horror Story” premieres.

FOX’s “Glee” premiered its fifth season on Sept. 26. But, because of the untimely death of Cory Monteith who played the musical comedy/drama’s main character, the show only premiered three episodes and will go on hiatus for a few weeks. On Oct. 10,the Monteith tribute episode premiered and it was impossible to watch without a tear or two.

The vampire craze continues with the fifth season premiere of The CW’s The “Vampire Diaries.”

The CW also premiered a spinoff of “Vampire Diaries” called “The Originals.” Magen Harvey, a senior nursing major, tuned into both shows on Oct. 3.

“I love shows with vampires, so I was excited to watch the premiere of the spinoff,” Harvey said. “With (Vampire Diaries) winding down, I’m glad The CW prepared a new show for me and my roommates to become obsessed with,” she added.

The highest-rated new TV show is NBC’s “The Blacklist.” The drama focuses on a career criminal who partners up with the FBI.

FOX also had a big hit with the premiere of “Sleepy Hollow” which puts a twist on the classic tale of Ichabod Crane. Robin Williams returned to his TV roots in the new CBS comedy series, “The Crazy Ones.” It’s one of the more successful new comedies of the fall season.

But, there were quite a few misses. Rebel Wilson’s ABC’s comedy series, “Super Fun Night,” is continuously falling in the ratings. Surprisingly, NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show” did not meet many people’s expectations. Fox’s return to TV is not seeing the same success he had with “Spin City.” Even more surprising, Seth MacFarlane’s new FOX comedy series, “Dads” is not doing well in the ratings.

Despite some unsuccessful starts for a few new shows, the fall season will still provide plenty of fun new comedies, new addictive thrillers and a return of some of our favorites.

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