Rueben's Ramblings

Preparing for Fall TV 2013

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My favorite time of the TV season is almost upon us: Fall Programming

Every September for nearly as long as I can remember, the fall TV season has been one to anticipate because of all the possibilities, including all of my returning drama favorites for which I have been waiting since last May to continue their stories as well as all of the new dramas that are set to debut between September and November.

With so much to look forward to on TV over the next few months, I wanted to share the big moments that I am eager to see and then I would love to hear what our readers are looking forward to from fall programming.

First, let’s take a look at some of the great dramas that will be airing on the major and cable networks in September:

The BBC America acclaimed series Luther is returning for its third season, coming back with a back-to-back four-night powerhouse airing from September 3 to September 6.

Then on September 12, the much-anticipated (albeit dreaded) series finale of the long-running spy drama Burn Notice will air on the USA Network.

The next night, September 13, Haven will return for its fourth season on Syfy with Eureka star Colin Ferguson joining the cast that will find our favorite FBI agent Audrey Parker turned small town detective back in an all-new guise.

A few nights later on September 16, FOX will debut their new thriller Sleepy Hollow based on the incredible story of legendary Ichabod Crane only this time the story will be taken in a whole completely new way, placing the lead and the headless horseman in modern day Sleepy Hollow.

September 23 will be a busy night with three big dramas all going head-to-head with each other: Castle on ABC and the new dramas The Blacklist, starring James Spader as one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives on NBC and Hostages, starring Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette in a tense cat-and-mouse situation on CBS.

The following night, September 24, will be a power-backed night on CBS with long-running procedurals NCIS and its spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles airing their season premieres as well as the relocated Person of Interest taking over its new timeslot. Meanwhile, probably the most anticipated new show of fall – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (from the creative mind of Joss Whedon and Marvel Universe, of course) launching on ABC.

September 25 will then find the second season premiere of Revolution, now on its new night on NBC airing as well as Nashville returning to ABC for its sophomore season.

And lastly for the month, Once Upon a Time and Revenge will be back with their season premieres on ABC on September 29.

Next, we have the dramas for which I am looking forward to in October, both new and returning:

Blair Underwood returns to the small screen in the NBC remake of the classic TV series Ironside that will debut on October 2.

The next night , October 3, The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals, will air over on The CW, their season and series premieres respectively. And, that same night Scandal will be back with its season premiere on ABC.

Then on October 6, Drop Dead Diva will be back with the final five episodes of its current season on Lifetime followed by the debut of the new supernatural-laced series Witches of East End.

Part of that coming week will then be dedicated to the new and returning dramas on The CW, starting with Hart of Dixie and Beauty And the Beast on October 7; Supernatural on October 8 and then the return of Arrow and the debut of The Tomorrow People, loosely based on the UK series of the same name that will be slightly reminiscent of Heroes on October 9. It should also be noted that Wednesday nights on The CW will be known as “Amell night” because acting cousins Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell are the stars in both shows on The CW

On October, ABC will debut the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland that will take a new look at Alice and the world of Wonderland as only Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (the creators of both shows) can tell.

Another busy night will be October 17 when the new series Reign will debut on The CW. That series will focus on the days of Mary Queen of Scots as she arrives in France prior to her marriage to Prince Francis. That same night, White Collar will air its season premiere on the USA Network along with Covert Affairs coming back for the back half of its current season.

As we move over to October 25, the much-anticipated return of Grimm will happen on NBC followed by the new thriller Dracula that will star box office star Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the legendary vampire in a vivid period piece that will, assuredly, have viewers talking.

Lastly, as least for October, the annual Halloween episode of the ABC Family soap opera Pretty Little Liars will air followed by the debut of the show’s spin-off series Ravenswood will debut.

November will be filled with plenty of episodes of all of the above shows, but there are still a couple of new programming options to look forward to that month. One of the new November dramas to anticipate is the debut of the futuristic FOX drama Almost Human that features film star Karl Urban in his first TV series. This new series will debut on November 4 and viewers can think of the show as very similar to I, Robot (without all the killer robots, though).

Also that month not only will there be the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special that will air on BBC America on November 23 in which series star Matt Smith will make his last appearance and new Doctor Peter Capaldi will take over the reins; but also the special docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, also on BBC America, will chronicle the humble beginnings of Doctor Who back in 1963.

Needless to say, there is going to be a lot of fall programming to enjoy so mark your calendars; but now, it’s your turn to talk about what you are most looking forward to seeing when the new TV seasons start next month. Share away!

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at