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The fall season is finally upon us, and that means television is worth watching again. The summer has a few hot shows, but it is really just a waiting station for our favorites to return in September. Soon the Tivo will be completely full, every night will be a new adventure, and all our answers from last season’s cliff hangers will (hopefully) be answered. Take a look at 10 TV shows we can’t wait to see this coming season!
Gossip Girl (returns September 14)
Season two had a few shaky moments, including the illicit teacher-student affair with Dan and Chuck’s flirtation with the underground sex scandal that turned out to be snoozeworthy. Nate and Blair tried to give their romance another try and realized they were just as boring the second time around. They both returned to their original significant others, Vanessa and Chuck. Serena almost got married to a scam artist while she tried to bring back the party girl in her, and Lily and Rufus got engaged. Chuck finally said those three little words, and now the whole crew is off to college! A lot of shows suffer when the main characters move from high school to college, but “Gossip Girl” plans to keep its bite and NYC roots. Georgina’s back and Blair’s new roommate, Hilary Duff, will be a guest star, and Blair and Chuck will try to keep their relationship. Which is unlikely to go well since they love to destroy one another. Say it ain’t so, Chair! Xoxo.
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Fringe (returns September 17)
The newest science fiction show brought to us by J.J. Abrams did very well in its first season, and it has big plans for the second one. We met FBI agent Olivia Dunham, crazy scientist Walter Bishop, and his son Peter. They became a team who investigated the supernatural things that common science couldn’t explain. The season ended with Olivia stepping into the parallel universe, and the surprising truth about Peter: he’s actually other-universe Peter! Next season the mystery continues to develop as Olivia gets to know the other universe, and Abrams says that season two will be about getting to know ‘the enemy.’ They’re keeping pretty close lipped about the show, however, and that’s the best way to keep people coming back trying to figure out what is next on this fast paced sci-fi drama.
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The Office (returns September 17)
“The Office” continues to be one of the funniest and kookiest shows on television, and last season was no exception. Michael met his soul mate, the new HR lady, but they were broken apart and he was still smitten with her by the end of the season. Andy found out about Angela and Dwight and broke off the engagement, although he then became BFFs with Dwight. Michael, Pam, and Ryan made their own paper company and managed to make a profit by being bought out, and now Pam’s a saleswoman! The best part of all came in the finale, however, when Pam and Jim were given very happy news: she’s pregnant! This season will have the highly anticipated wedding before the office-crossed lovers, and hopefully plenty more shenanigans.
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Bones (September 17)
In the past few years this procedural dramedy has really come into its own, with the chemistry between its two leads really pushing the plot forward. Booth and Brennan lead a team of scientific squints and solve murders, while ever so slowly inching their way into one another’s hearts. Booth started having strange hallucinations this season and it all led to a brain tumor. He wakes up with amnesia. Yes, this is kind of too soap opera-y and a little cheap for the otherwise intelligent show, but maybe it will finally push Booth and Brennan into bed together and everyone can breath a sigh of relief. It’s been years of highly anticipated sexual tension! It’s about freaking time!
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House (returns September 21)
Gregory House is many things, but now you can add ‘madman’ to his list. Season five was a very solid season for “House,” starting with the aftermath of Amber’s death and Wilson’s ‘break up’ with House. Eventually the best friends reunited, and the Cuddy/House attraction began to take a more prominent seat on the show. Cameron and Chase got married finally, and House started to hallucinate that Amber was back and talking to him. This is after the shocking and sudden suicide of his own underling, Kutner. House tries to figure out the hallucinations himself, but when he made up an entire sexy night with Cuddy, he realized his brain no longer was his friend. House voluntarily checked himself into an insane asylum. This season promises a few episodes with House still locked up, and Cameron and Chase returning to the team to help out while he’s gone. It’s great to know that they won’t just skip House’s time in the loony bin, but actually give it a few weeks with him there.
How I Met Your Mother (returns September 21)
If you haven’t tried out “How I Met Your Mother” yet, you’re really missing out on one of the best sitcoms on television. This charming comedy is about a group of friends in NYC, and specifically the main character Ted’s search for “the one.” Or really, the woman who will eventually be the mother of his children in the future. Last season Barney struggled with his feelings for Robin, Marshall and Lilly tried to keep their little traditions alive, and Ted had a very rough year after being left at the altar and beaten up by a goat. Ted ended the season getting a job as an architecture professor and spoiler alert, it looks like that’s how he met the mother of his children! We don’t know if that means she’s a student or something else, but they’re getting to the point. Barney and Robin are finally giving their chemistry a go, although it will probably be rocky for the commitaphobe pair.
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Dollhouse (returns September 24)
No one expected this show to get a second season, but FOX managed to surprise and delight all of the Joss Whedon fans by picking “Dollhouse” up again. While the show did not have a huge following on its dead Friday night line up, it had a large amount of DVR tapings, Hulu views, and the DVD sales were strong. The show started out weak but about halfway through Whedon was able to stretch his legs, and it became a show worth watching. Now Ballard is working on the inside of the Dollhouse, Echo went through all her personalities and survived it, and there will be guest stars galore on season two. Including Whedon alumni Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles“) and Alexis Denisof (“Angel“), and then two “Battlestar Galactica” Jamie Bamber and Michael Hogan.
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Dexter (returns September 27)
No one could anticipate that a show about a serial killer would become so beloved and popular, but Showtime pulled it off with “Dexter.” Maybe it is because Michael C. Hall‘s shy sweetness comes through even as Dexter is killing a fellow murderer. Last season provided a really large turning point for the show, however, when Rita became pregnant and Dexter was faced with having a child. He married his future baby momma right after killing former BFF Miguel, because even though Miguel shared his bloodthirsty habits, he didn’t withhold the ‘code.’ And Dexter still very much believes in the code. Next season Dexter copes with actual fatherhood, newly married life, and finding ways to kill people in his very little free time. Plus John Lithgow is joining the cast as a serial killer. Awesome.
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30 Rock (returns October 15)
“30 Rock” is probably the most successful sitcom on television right now, what with its huge amount of Emmy and Golden Globe awards and the star studded cast. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin continue to amuse as Lemon and Jack, plus last season Jack met his real father and tried to find him a kidney using a telethon. The quirky antics of the show should be in full swing for the new season, and Liz is now looking for a new person for their show. Comedy genius on the horizon for a new cast member? “30 Rock” hasn’t taken a wrong step, so I think the answer is yes yes yes!
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Lost (returns in February)
“Lost” doesn’t come back until 2010, but it is definitely the most anticipated return on television because it will be the very last season. Critics of the show will be glad to hear the sci-fi mind bender will be over, whereas the cultish fans will obsessively pick apart everything in the last season hoping to get all the answers to their five years of questions. Last season the Oceanic Six returned to the Island and became the ‘variables.’ Faraday assured them there was a way to change everything, and Jack upheld Faraday’s idea even after the poor scientist was killed. Juliet broke apart the bomb at the end of the finale, and what is ahead for the Losties now? Did everything change, did the plane never crash, will they ever be together again, why are they traveling through time, who was Jacob really, who was the man in black that took over Locke’s body, what did the statue represent, why do pregnant women die on the Island, why does Richard never age, why do dead people walk around, and WHAT IS THE SMOKE MONSTER?! Tune in for season six and hopefully we’ll find out!