The Fall TV season is upon us, and FOX continues to give viewers highly entertaining and dependable programming, thanks to the return of Bones and the intricately plotted Fringe. The Office’s Mindy Kaling is front and center with her new sitcom The Mindy Project and one of Alfred Hitchcock’s leading ladies (Tippi Hedren) pops up on Raising Hope (along with daughter Melanie Griffith). It should be another solid year for the network, even though House is history. Here’s a look at some of the shows you can look forward to:
Bones (September 17th, 8/7 central) - It’s hard to find a twosome who have better chemistry on television than Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and their back and forth banter is what makes Bones an engaging show as it enters its eighth season. This season may be a bit darker, as Bones (Deschanel) is the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
David Boreanaz, who plays FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, says it’s been a pleasure to work with Emily Deschanel. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Boreanaz).
As for Emily Deschanel, she feels even closer to Bones than she has in years past. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Deschanel)
The Mob Doctor (September 17th, 9/8 central) - Any show which has the potential to mix the Goodfellas and Grey’s Anatomy is worth of a look, but who knows if that’s the intent behind The Mob Doctor, a Chicago set drama centering on a doctor (Jordana Spiro) torn between two worlds. Spiro gives us the details on her character Grace Devlin. (Click on the media bar below to hear Spiro).
William Forsythe, who was featured last season on Boardwalk Empire and plays a crime boss in The Mob Doctor, gives the premise of the series. (Click on the media bar below to hear Forsythe)
Ben and Kate (September 25th, 8:30/7:30 central) - Although Nat Faxon worked on FOX’s short-lived animated series Allen Gregory and received an Oscar nomination as a co-writer on The Descendants, his visibility will dramatically increase this year as a cast member on Ben and Kate. The show focuses on the loving yet eccentric bond between siblings (Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon). Co-star Dakota Johnson, whose father is Miami Vice star Don Johnson, talks about the premise of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dakota Johnson).
Nat Faxon describes the similarities between him and his character on Ben and Kate. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nat Faxon)
The Mindy Project (September 25th, 9:30/8:30 central) - Mindy Kaling is hilarious in The Office, but can she carry her own sitcom? Created and co-written by Kaling, the sitcom is hoping to reach similar heights to last year’s New Girl, the FOX sitcom that turned Zooey Deschanel into a TV darling.
The Mindy Project, although filled with snarky and off the cuff humor, originated from an extremely personal place, as the program is inspired by Kaling’s late mother. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mindy Kaling)
Mindy Kaling elaborates on playing Dr. Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mindy Kaling).
Fringe (September 28th, 9/8 central) - One of television’s most complex shows comes to a close, as Fringe ends its run after five seasons. The brainchild of J.J. Abrams and screenwriters/TV producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the show has built a steady and devoted fan base over the years.
As for the new season - it is now 2036 as the Fringe team (Jasika Nicole, Joshua Jackson, Georgina Haig) are searching for Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv). Series regular Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop on the show, is highly content with the program’s finale. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joshua Jackson)
As for Anna Torv, she believes there is one simple reason for Fringe’s survival into its fifth season. (Click on the media bar below to hear Anna Torv)
The Simpsons (September 30th, 8/7 central) - Television’s most beloved family continue their Springfield adventures at the end of this month, and the most refreshing aspect of the iconic show lies in its continued excellence. Dan Castellaneta, who has carved out a solid career as the voice of Homer Simpson, is extremely proud of The Simpsons’ success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dan Castellaneta)
Family Guy (September 30th, 9/8 central) - Seth McFarlane had a memorable summer thanks to the monumental success of Ted, and now he’s back to oversee and voice Family Guy. Although the program’s acerbic humor is inspired by McFarlane’s own comedic sensibilities, he credits his writing staff for keeping Family Guy a first rate show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Seth McFarlane)
Raising Hope (October 2nd, 8/7 central) - Raising Hope is back for its third season, and the show will feature guest starring roles for actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl). The Raising Hope cast features talented veteran actress Martha Plimpton, who also starred in the films The Mosquito Coast and Running on Empty. Plimpton credits Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia for the show’s off the wall and engaging humor. (Click on the media bar below to hear Martha Plimpton)
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