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article imageOp-Ed: 9 TV shows returning in the fall you need to check out

By Michael Thomas     Jul 31, 2014 in Entertainment
The world of TV is pretty slim right about now, with a few shows to tide us over into the fall, when everything gets up and going. Here are nine established shows to look forward to come September and onward.
From superheros to the supernatural, from critically-acclaimed drama to gleeful animation, the 2014 season will be filled with shows worth checking out. Here's my list in alphabetical order, and be warned, there may be some spoilers from the previous season..
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After Joss Whedon's success with The Avengers in 2012 a TV show with his involvement seemed like the next logical step. Instead, it took more than half a season for the show to finally find its footing, But when it did, boy did it thrill. After bringing in actual Marvel characters like Lorelei, Blizzard and Blackout, the show looks to bring a new kind of challenge now that Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is tasked with rebuilding the government organization. Details about what's to come are sparse, but we do know that Lucy Lawless will make an appearance of some sort.
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy isn't really known for his subtlety, so his talents are probably best put to use in this horror anthology series. Previous settings have been a ghost-filled house and an insane asylum, and last season focused on witches. This time around, it's going to the circus, specifically a freak show. We already know there will be a two-headed woman and there's likely more monstrosities to come. There will of course also be speculation as to what the most insanely gory/WTF moment will be, similar to last year's infamous...relations between Gaboure Sidibe and a Minotaur.
The CW has long been the home for guilty-pleasure dramas but also flagships like Supernatural. It's now found a soft spot for superheroes, and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns for Arrow's third season. Now that the show has figured out how to balance the network-mandated drama with some thrilling action, season three looks unlikely to disappoint. With the addition of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Katana (Devon Aoki), things are about to get even more interesting.
Bob's Burgers
While FOX's adult-oriented animation is often pretty heavy with cynicism, Bob's Burgers manages to be a cartoon full of positivity along with its biting wit. It whole-heartedly embraces weirdness and musicality, and its upcoming fifth season will likely further add to its pedigree. It's also got an upcoming comic book and album on the way, so expect everything to be coming up Bob (or perhaps Tina).
Doctor Who
The buildup was feverish (and you can follow every new development thanks to extensive coverage by Digital Journal's Mathew Wace Peck), and the wait is almost over. This new season of Doctor Who features a new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, with his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and the possible return of Davros, creator of the famous Daleks. The premiere will be a feature-length adventure called "Deep Breath."
The Good Wife
CBS has long been known as the home for big comedies like The Big Bang Theory and procedural dramas like CSI, it has managed to also house The Good Wife, the award-nominated and critically-acclaimed drama starring Julianna Margulies. The show is a rarity on the network, balancing courtroom drama with season-long storyline, and last season's episode "Hitting the Fan" may go down as one of the best episodes in all of the 2013-14 TV season.
New Girl
What was once a Zooey Deschanel vehicle has evolved into a rich ensemble comedy that consistently adds new ways of being funny. While Schmidt (Max Greenfield) broke out in season one and Nick (Jake Johnson) had a great year in season two, Winston (Lamorne Morris) has finally broken out of his shell to round out the cast. The re-introduction of Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) adds a new dimension to the character pressure-cooker, and now that Nick and Jess are no longer together there's room for plenty of new storylines.
Once Upon a Time
If you thought the madness over Frozen is over, think again. Season three of the fairytale mashup drama covered Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz, and season four is looking to capitalize on the Disney mega-hit. Anna, Elsa, Prince Hans and Troll King Pabbie have been announced already, though we've yet to see if Olaf or Sven will be along for the ride too. If Once Upon a Time wants to do a musical episode, now is the time.
The Walking Dead
The survival horror series is now heading into its fifth season, with record viewership numbers to boot. As Rick, Daryl et al. reach Terminus, the battle for survival will only get more difficult as several members of the group are taken captive. There are also plans for a companion series, so the universe will likely be expanding even more.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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