Fall TV Line-Up: Zombies, Vampires and Time Lords, Oh My!

Jessica Pena

Every summer we are welcomed by shows like White Collar, True Blood, and (do I dare say it?) reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians.

However, it is that time of year again where we say goodbye to those shows for now and say hello to the fall shows. Whether it’s vampires, doctors, cops, top models, family drama or crazy teenagers, we know good things are coming to entertain us viewers.

Therefore, if you are a fan to these fall shows, then sit back and read the following. But if you are new to these shows, then do the same exact thing, because this is your guide to know what is good and coming on television.

ABC—It started with everyone deciding to go their own way and it ended with a tearful goodbye. Grey’s Anatomy returns with more deaths than usual.

In the season finale, Meredith, Derek, Mark, Arizona, Cristina and Lexie found themselves in a plane crash that led to Lexie’s death, a heartbroken Mark, a very serious hand-injured Derek, and a paralyzed pilot.

Now, all the doctors must support each other to survive while help arrives, but it may be already too late. The show’s ninth season starts Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.

AMC—Forget about vampires and werewolves, and remember when zombies took over the world.

Yup, The Walking Dead is back, and this time there is no going back. Last season, Rick killed Shane, but then killed him again when he returned as a zombie.

Now as the boss, it’s his way or the highway, and not many are happy, including his son and his pregnant wife whose child could be Shane’s.

The season also starts off when the gang decides to get back what is theirs from the zombies and turn it into a safe haven. Whether or not they are successful, the season starts Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.

BBC AMERICA—If you are more into shows whose characters have a bit of an accent, then this is your network.

The top-notch show that you all should be watching on this network that may even give Syfy shows a run for their money is Doctor Who.

For those who know it, you know the deal. For those who don’t know it, let me give it to you straight up. A crazy but brilliant man is an alien, travels throughout space and time in a blue telephone box that is bigger on the inside, occasionally picks up hot women, and may cause some shenanigans here and there.

Don’t believe me? Then watch the show to see for yourself. The seventh season of the show is the beginning of the end for some characters, and it airs Sept. 1 at 9 p.m.

CBS—We all know the story of the bromance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

It is a story told countless of times through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Guy Ritchie’s movies, and Steven Moffat’s television series.

But now comes a new tale or twist to the story, in which a modern-day Sherlock Holmes is a recovering addict, and Dr. Watson is a woman.

Yup, Dr. Jane Watson to be exact. She will be played by Lucy Liu. Whether or not it will turn romantic, you can bet there will be a lot of tension between these two.

The show Elementary starts Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

CW—New president equals big changes. Yet, one thing that remains constant is the network’s biggest show, The Vampire Diaries.

Forget about Team Jacob or Team Edward, what about Team Stefan or Team Damon?

That’s right; the show’s storyline is driven by a girl’s choice between two vampire guys. But last season ended when the girl finally chose, then died and became a vampire. Now heading towards their senior year, the young group must face their biggest challenge yet, which could put everyone they love at risk and destroy the town they grew up in.

The show starts its fourth season on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

FOX—The Big Apple is calling their names. Glee returns with a whole new drama.

Last season, Finn let Rachel go, so she can pursue her dreams in New York City, while Sue Sylvester is becoming a mom.

You heard right. Motherhood is calling to the once villain of the show. But don’t worry, there is a new villain in town, and she goes by the name of Kate Hudson.

The actress will be guest starring in the show, along with Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Dean Geyer. The season begins on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.

FX—If you are more into the scary genre, then American Horror Story is your guilty pleasure.

From the creators of Glee, the show continues on with a whole new story and whole new cast. After killing off the Harmon family, the show will focus on Jessica Lange’s character Constance Langdon.

Some returning stars, such as Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, will make an appearance. New stars such as Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Clea DuVall, James Cromwell, Mark Consuelos, Chloë Sevigny, and Chris Zylka will join the cast. The new season starts in October of 2012.

NBC—Something new and hot is coming out to cool out the summer transition into fall.

From the creators of Law & Order comes Chicago Fire. The show will focus on the personal lives of heroic firefighters and paramedics, and show that life isn’t always as easy as it would seem.

Starring House’s Jesse Spencer, The Vampire Diaries’ Taylor Kinney and Sex in the City’s David Eigenberg, the show premieres Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.