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The Blue & Gray Press | September 25, 2017

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Fall TV Says Goodbye to Some Old Favorites and Welcomes New Ones

It’s that time of year again. The fall TV season has arrived, bringing back old favorites, new shows and remakes of old classics. Some series that we loved are not coming back, namely “LOST,” “Law and Order” and “Heroes,” while many others are.

The 11th season of “Dancing with the Stars” kicks off on Monday, Sept. 20, on ABC. With an interesting mix of stars, including David Hasselhoff, Margaret Cho, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge and Florence Henderson, this season is one to watch.

Also premiering on Sept. 20 is the fourth season of NBC’s spy comedy “Chuck,” and CBS’s remake of the 1970’s crime drama “Hawaii Five-O.”

“Glee” is back on Tuesdays, with new songs, more Sue Sylvester and guest star John Stamos. Also on Tuesdays is the return of “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” as well as ABC’s new sci-fi drama, “No Ordinary Family,” about a family who gains superpowers after a plane crash.

Wednesdays see the return of “Modern Family” to ABC, as part of its Wednesday night comedy block, along with “The Middle,” “Cougar Town” and a new show, “Better With You.” NBC uses Wednesdays for dramas with new series “Undercovers” and the latest “Law & Order” series, “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and new series, “S*** My Dad Says,” staring William Shatner, are only two of the comedies on Thursday nights. NBC showcases four comedies, including Steve Carrell’s final season on “The Office” and newcomer “Outsourced,” set in a call center in India. Rounding out the Thursday comedies is FX’s oddly hilarious show, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

The CW’s “Smallville” and “Supernatural” are the highlights of the Friday night schedule, while Saturdays are devoted to mostly repeats of shows from earlier in the week and college football.

One of the few shows that’s been on longer than most college students have been alive, “The Simpsons,” begins its 22nd season on Sept. 26 on Fox, with guest stars Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Cory Monteith.

Which shows will sink and which will swim this season? You’ll have to watch and see.

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