Our 12 Most Anticipated Returning Fall 2015 TV Shows

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It’s not like we were short on stuff to watch this summer (hello, UnREAL, nice to see you, Mr. Robot), but when it comes to TV there’s no time like the fall. Along with the annual onslaught of new shows competing for our attention, we’re ready to welcome a bunch of old favorites back to our DVRs. After the jump, some of the fall 2015 returning shows we’re most excited for.

Doctor Who

Premiere Date: September 19th on BBC America

Why We’re Excited: Season 8 was the first one starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and it took everyone (including his companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman) a bit of time to adjust. But now that he’s settled into the role, we’re eager to see where he’ll go next. Especially since we know it involves Maisie Williams in some form.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has said Season 9 would focus less on a serialized mystery than on the characters’ emotional arc. Clara, in particular, seems about to go through some stuff. “Clara has now decided that the TARDIS is her real life and that’s what she loves and loves running around in the TARDIS with the Doctor and getting into scrapes. The more dangerous the better. She’s becoming like him,” he teased.

Empire

Premiere Date: September 23rd on FOX

Why We’re Excited: Has it really only been nine months since Empire‘s debut as one of the most talked-about shows on television? The second season looks to provide even more fodder for watercooler chats than the first one did. For one thing, it’s 50% longer — 18 episodes instead of 12. For another, it’s already lined up a murderer’s row of high-profile guest stars, including Marisa Tomei, Kelly Rowland, Vivica A. Fox, Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, Pitbull, Lenny Kravitz, and Oprah Freaking Winfrey.

Rumor has it Season 2 will see Lucious taking a bit of a step back, due to actor Terrence Howard‘s personal problems. On the bright side, that means more time for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who’s the real standout of the show anyway.

How to Get Away With Murder

Premiere Date: September 24th on ABC

Why We’re Excited: No matter how ridiculous How to Get Away With Murder got — and it got pretty damn ridiculous, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad — Viola Davis‘ performance as Annalise Keating was always worth tuning in for. She’s back in Season 2; ergo, so are we.

While the first season teased out the mystery of who killed Sam for nine episodes, the second will reveal who killed Rebecca in the first episode. As long as the show keeps delivering buzzworthy moments both silly (“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?”) and sublime (Annalise removing her wig and makeup), we’re happy to welcome a change in formula.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Premiere Date: September 27th on FOX

Why We’re Excited: We might be in another golden age of television (it depends who you ask), but it’s actually not such a great time for network sitcoms. It’s worth clinging tight to the few good ones we’ve got left. Brooklyn Nine-Nine boasts one of the most likable casts on television, and at this point knows exactly how to bring out the best in them — whether it’s introducing a nemesis to ruffle Captain Holt or shoving Gina and Boyle’s families together. Season 3 will see the office welcoming a new boss played by Bill Hader, but fear not — showrunner Dan Goor promises we haven’t seen the last of Captain Holt.

The Last Man on Earth

Premiere Date: September 27th on FOX

Why We’re Excited: One of the more unusual network comedy offerings, The Last Man on Earth got off to a strong start before taking a sour turn. But the show seemed to find its footing again by the end of Season 1, throwing in a couple of surprising twists to ensure its faithful followers would return for Season 2. Carol and Phil’s reconciliation was sweet, but we’re really dying to know what’s going on with the last man in space — Phil’s brother, played by Jason Sudeikis.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Premiere Date: September 29th on ABC

Why We’re Excited: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit its stride in its second season, and ended with enough huge developments and cliffhangers to set up an equally exciting third season. And as much as we like S.H.I.E.L.D. for its own merits, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t curious to see how the film may or may not tie into other Marvel movies and shows, especially after the recent shakeup at Marvel. Besides the potential wider MCU connections, expect to see many more Inhuamns — including Lash, played by Matthew Willig — and what executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen describes as “a very slow build” to the Secret Warriors.

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