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Let the fall television season begin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Peter Riegert is one of the stars of the new Fox sitcom "Dads," premiering at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

It's finally time. The first new network show of the fall hits the air Monday.

That would be Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" at 9 p.m. It's followed by the new sitcoms "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" at 8 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, also on Fox.

The rest of the premieres this week are of the seasonal variety (see below); the next series debut doesn't come until Sept. 23. But once that day arrives, the floodgates open and a whopping 14 series and 39 season premieres take place in an eight-day span -- all on just four networks!

Before all that hits, here's a look at the three newbies premiering this week:

"Sleepy Hollow": 9 p.m. Monday, Fox. Sci-fi/drama transplanting Washington Irving's Ichabod Crane into the 21st century, where he partners with a female cop to save the world from his nemesis, the Headless Horseman, who's also found his way into the future. Starring Tom Mison ("One Day"), Nicole Beharie ("42"), Orlando Jones ("MADtv"), John Cho ("Star Trek" reboot) and Katia Winter ("Dexter" season 7).

I've seen a lot of promotion for this but haven't heard much buzz. I couldn't get a good read on the promo; on the one hand, Ichabod's bewilderment at his new world and his partner's exasperation with him are kind of fun and the Headless Horseman is suitably intimidating, but on the other hand, it looks like it's walking a very fine line between interesting and just plain silly. If nothing else, it could end up like "The Following," where it becomes entertaining for how bad it gets.

"Dads": 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fox. Live-action sitcom from Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") about best friends/successful video-game developers whose awful fathers move in with them. Starring Seth Green ("Family Guy"), Giovanni Ribisi ("Avatar"), Martin Mull ("Roseanne"), Peter Riegert ("Animal House"), Vanessa Lachey ("Disaster Movie"), Brenda Song ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") and Tonita Castro ("Go On").

It was one of the most hated shows of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, with numerous critics - and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans -- calling it out for its racist jokes. Even if you overlook that (a Seth MacFarlane show being offensive? Never!), promos for the show just look bad; it doesn't seem like there's anything fresh or funny about this one, which is a shame given the talented quartet at its core.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine": 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox. Sitcom set in a NYC police precinct, where an unconventional slacker rubs his new by-the-books captain the wrong way. Starring Andy Samberg ("SNL"), Andre Braugher (most recently of "Last Resort"), Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris"), Chelsea Peretti (stand-up comedian and comedy writer), Joe Lo Trulio ("Superbad"), Melissa Fumero ("One Life to Live") and Stephanie Beatriz (who guest starred as Gloria's sister last season on "Modern Family").

Maybe Fox should have switched timeslots and let this lead into "Dads" because as much critical hate as that show is getting, this one's getting at least that much love; it's been called the season's best new sitcom by numerous critics. I haven't familiarized myself enough with what else is coming to say whether I agree, but judging from promos, it does look like it could be a good time, and the chemistry between Samberg and Braugher is evident.

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Cable series premieres: "Liv & Maddie," 8 p.m. Sunday, Disney (a teen TV star returns home, complicating her twin's life); "The Great Santini Brothers," 10 p.m. Sunday, History (Brooklyn-based, family-owned moving business); "I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (Atlanta "Housewives" NeNe Leakes remarries her ex); "The New Atlanta," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (young professionals in the city).

Network season premieres: "The X Factor" results show, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox; "Masterpiece Mystery: Foyle's War," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS; "Bones," 8 p.m. Monday, Fox; "Dancing with the Stars," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC; "New Girl," 9 p.m., and "The Mindy Project," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox (guest starring James Franco); "Survivor," 8 p.m. Wednesday, PBS.

Cable season premieres: "Haven," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy; "Kendra on Top," 10 p.m. Friday, WE; "19 Kids and Counting," 9 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse," 9 p.m. Wednesday, OWN.

Returning: "Toddlers & Tiaras," 8 p.m. Wednesday, TLC.

Series finale: "Burn Notice," 9 p.m. Thursday, USA (marathon of last 15 episodes starts at 6 a.m.).

Season finales: "Rookie Blue," 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "Graceland," 10 p.m. Thursday, USA; "Supermarket Superstar," 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "Jessie," 8 p.m. Friday, Disney; "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show," 11 p.m. Friday, Comedy Central (with W. Kamau Bell and more); "Tamra's OC Wedding," 8 p.m. Monday, Bravo; "American Ninja Warrior," 9 p.m. Monday, NBC; "Marrying The Game," 9:30 p.m. Monday, VH1; "Under the Dome," 10 p.m. Monday, CBS; "Siberia," 10 p.m. Monday, NBC (likely series finale); "Heroes of Cosplay," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; "America's Got Talent," 9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC; "Big Brother," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, CBS.

Midseason finales: "Covert Affairs," 9 p.m., and "Suits," 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA.

Specials: "CBS Fall Preview," 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS; "The It List: Top 10 Fall Trends," 9 p.m. Thursday, Style Network; "CMT Crossroads: Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum," 10 p.m. Friday, CMT; "Miss America Competition," 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC ("20/20" special at 8 p.m.).

Of note: "The Middle" begins in syndication Monday on ABC Family. The launch kicks off with an eight-hour marathon from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., before the show settles into its regular 5-7 p.m. weekday timeslot on Tuesday.

W.Va. alert: Thomas Mallo, his family and the murder of 82-year-old Phyllis Phares in 2010 are the subject of an episode of "Evil Kin," 9 p.m. Wednesday, ID.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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