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Melissa Crawley has a PhD in media studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her book: Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's \x34The West Wing\x34 was published in 2006. She has also published work online ...
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Melissa Crawley has a PhD in media studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her book: Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's \x34The West Wing\x34 was published in 2006. She has also published work online at PopMatters and Flow as well as chapters in the edited collections: The American President in Popular Culture and The Great American Makeover. Her weekly syndicated television column, Stay Tuned, is part of GateHouse News Service. Follow her on Twitter @melissacrawley
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By smal3082
Sept. 2, 2013 12:01 a.m.



This fall, TV networks are fighting for your attention with over 30 new series. While I’m not officially allowed to review most of them yet, I can give you a heads up on the line up. Here’s what’s coming your way in September.

TNT kicks things off with “Cold Justice” (9/3), a reality show from “Law & Order’s” Dick Wolf. Two women, one a former prosecutor, the other a former crime-scene investigator, work together to find new evidence in unsolved murder cases.

If you’re feeling like trivia games just aren’t long enough, NBC has the solution on September 9th with “The Million Second Quiz.” 1) Put contestants in a life size hourglass in Manhattan where they must live and compete all day, every day for 12 days. 2) Add Ryan Seacrest as host.

Fox makes its fall TV entrance with a drama and two comedies. Ichabod Crane chases the horseman with no head in a modern take on “Sleepy Hollow,” (9/16). SNL alum Andy Samberg plays a detective to Andre Braugher’s captain in the comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (9/17) while Seth MacFarlane writes his particular brand of jokes for “Dads” (9/17).

On the 23rd, Anna Faris brings her comedic skill to TV as a single mom living with her mother in “Mom” (CBS). Another mom feeling an entirely different kind of pressure is Toni Collette in “Hostages” (CBS, 9/23). Collette is a surgeon hired to operate on the President who she must kill in order to save her kidnapped family. Finishing off the 23rd, James Spader, rocking a bald head, plays a master-fugitive who offers to help the FBI track down other master-criminals in “The Blacklist” (NBC).

ABC wants your attention on the 24th with four new shows. If you like your agents top secret and easy on the eyes, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be for you. But if revisiting the 1980′s sounds like more fun, check out “The Goldbergs,” a family who haven’t met matching sweaters they didn’t like. Bradley Whitford leaves “The West Wing” far, far behind for the comedy “Trophy Wife” where he plays a twice divorced father of three kids who finds his third wife at a karaoke bar. Think winning the lottery fixes everything? It’s more money, more problems for seven employees of a Queen’s gas station on “Lucky 7.” On the 25th, ABC sneaks in one more with “Back in the Game,” about a father (James Caan) and daughter who find common ground when they agree to coach a Little League team together.

Here’s hoping Will Arnett finds the comedy magic in “The Millers,” his third network show in four years. He plays Nathan Miller, a recently divorced reporter whose father decides to follow his lead and leave his mother. And what the heck, Nathan has a spare room…(CBS, 9/26).

Robin Williams returns to television in “The Crazy Ones” (CBS, 9/26), as Simon Roberts, the owner of an advertising agency. Simon works with his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar). One guess as to who the crazy one is. Over on NBC, Michael J. Fox also returns after a long hiatus to star in “The Michael J. Fox Show” (9/26). He plays a news anchor with Parkinson’s who retired but returns to work five years later.

Think your kids need to do a little more around the house? How about whipping up a few gourmet meals? See what’s cooking on “Masterchef Junior” (Fox, 9/27).

If you like your “Revenge” served with a side of “Betrayal,” ABC delivers on the 29th. (Literally, the show follows “Revenge”). In this tangled tale, an unhappily married photographer is married to a prosecutor and has an affair with a defense lawyer. Surprise! They’re on the same case. Cue the hot mess.

Over on Showtime things get intimate in “Masters of Sex,” (9/29) based on the work of William Masters and Virginia Johnson. It features Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as the real life couple who researched human sexuality in the 1950′s.

From pioneering research into sex to a guy with no chance of having any, HBO gives us “Hello Ladies” (9/29) starring Stephen Merchant as Stuart, a British web designer whose attempts at wooing the ladies in Los Angeles give new meaning to awkward.

September comes to a close with the comedy “We Are Men” (CBS, 9/30) about a group of you guessed it, men, living in a short-term apartment complex. Two are divorced, one is jilted at the alter and one is trying to reconcile with his wife after he had an affair. It stars Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and Kal Penn.

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