CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Well, here we are in week two of the fall season, and the action is heating up. This week, we've got eight new shows premiering and 19 more returning, so get those DVRs ready.
Personally, I'm really only looking forward to ABC's superhero drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (I really enjoyed the "Avengers" movie last summer), though I am also mildly hopeful for CBS' comedy "Mom" with its top-notch cast. CBS' "Hostages" is getting a lot of critical praise, but I'm not sure I'm ready for another seemingly limited-run idea stretched to infinity; I grew bored with the network's "Under the Dome" about halfway through and certainly wasn't encouraged to tune back in next season after this past week's dreadful finale.
Here's a look at all the newbies, in order of appearance, with the season premieres listed after that:
* "Mom": 9:30 p.m. Monday, CBS. Chuck Lorre ("Big Bang Theory") sitcom about a newly sober single mom/waitress whose life is complicated when her estranged, demeaning mom returns to her life. Starring Anna Faris (the "Scary Movie" franchise), Allison Janney ("The West Wing"), French Stewart ("3rd Rock from the Sun"), Nate Corddry ("Harry's Law") and Matt Jones ("Breaking Bad").
* "The Blacklist": 10 p.m. Monday, NBC. Crime drama about one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, who inexplicably turns himself in -- but only to a rookie profiler, with whom he then teams to take down criminals and terrorists. Starring James Spader ("Boston Legal") and Megan Boone ("Step Up Revolution").
* "Hostages": 10 p.m. Monday, CBS. Political thriller about a surgeon who is preparing to operate on the president and is ordered to kill him by a rogue FBI agent holding her family hostage. Starring Dylan McDermott ("The Practice"), Toni Collette ("The Sixth Sense"), Tate Donovan ("Argo") and James Naughton (best known for his theater work).
* "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." : 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. Action adventure from Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") about Marvel Comics' Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division -- the people who investigate and protect the world from superhumans. Starring Clark Gregg (reprising his role as Agent Coulson), Ming-Na Wen ("ER"), Brett Dalton ("Killing Lincoln"), Chloe Bennett ("Nashville"), Iain de Caestecker (BBC's "The Fades") and newcomer Elizabeth Henstridge.
* "The Goldbergs": 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. Dysfunctional family sitcom set in the '80s. Starring Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), George Segal ("Just Shoot Me!") and Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") with Patton Oswalt ("The King of Queens") as narrator.
* "Trophy Wife": 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. Sitcom about a young former party girl who marries an older man with two judgmental exes and three difficult children. Starring Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), Malin Akerman ("Rock of Ages"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Mystic River"), Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live") and Natalie Morales ("White Collar" season one).* "Lucky 7": 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC. Drama about a group of gas station co-workers in Queens whose lives change when they win the lottery. Starring Matt Long ("Private Practice" final season), Christine Evangelista ("The Kill Point" miniseries), Summer Bishil ("Towelhead"), Luis Antonio Ramos ("The Huntress"), Isiah Whitlock Jr. ("The Wire") and Lorraine Bruce (who starred in the British hit "The Syndicate" on which this is based).
* "Back in the Game": 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC. Sitcom about an ex-softball player and recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her estranged father, also an ex-athlete, and begins coaching her son's misfit Little League team. Starring Maggie Lawson ("Psych"), James Caan ("The Godfather"), Griffin Gluck ("Private Practice"), Lenora Crichlow (BBC's "Being Human") and Ben Koldyke ("How I Met Your Mother" season five).
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