Randy Holmes, ABC

I love television. There are probably other people who say they love television, but I promise I love it more than they do.

When I was in middle school, I saved up all the money I could to buy my own TV. In college, I studied producing and writing for television at New York University. After that, I spent a few years working in the television industry at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Now I get to write about TV. I am living the dream.

And the fall premiere season is the most wonderful time of the year. Besides the handful of shows about parenting ("Mom," "Dads," "Trophy Wife" and more), the lineup this year includes a modern-day Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Avenger’s Agent Coulson and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, not one but two vampire shows and an Oscar winner’s comeback to television.

As always, it’s a wide variety of programming — except for the CW, which once again offers magical stud-muffins with an undying love for the Girl Next Door. (Even the CW's new historical drama has a supernatural undertone. And yes, I did just use "historical" and "supernatural" in the same sentence.)

Following is my forecast of the fall TV season, based on available online previews and, in a few cases, pilot episodes.

Ratings Scale:

Must Watch = What don’t you understand about must watch?

Try It Out = Willing to give it a try when I’m bored of reality singing competitions

Pass = Thanks for trying

Booooo = Not for me

"Back in the Game" – ABC, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Randy Holmes, ABC

Rating: Try it out



"Psych" fans going through Maggie Lawson withdrawals will be excited to see that she’s back on TV and back in the game as a recently divorced mom who moves back home with her dad and ends up coaching her son’s baseball team of misfits.



While I found nothing particularly special about this show, I have been following Maggie’s career since she starred in the Disney Channel movie "Model Behavior" with Justin Timberlake, so I guess I will give this sitcom a try.



Scheduled day: Wednesdays


"Betrayal" – ABC, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Jean Whiteside, ABC

Rating: Booooo

"Betrayal" appears to be ABC’s attempt to ride the success of its currently popular show "Scandal," in which a young woman has an affair with the president of the United States.



Set in Chicago, "Betrayal" is about a beautiful young wife who cheats on her husband with a man she later finds out is the defense attorney on a case that her husband, a high-profile prosecutor, is going to (as he puts it) “destroy.” Whoops. Call me old fashioned, but I typically don’t enjoy rooting for adultery.



Scheduled day: Sundays

"The Blacklist" – NBC, Sept. 23, 10 p.m.
David Giesbrecht, NBC

Rating: Try it out



One of the FBI’s top 10 fugitives comes out of hiding to help one special agent hunt down the terrorists the FBI can’t seem to find on their own. It takes a criminal to know one, I guess.



The reason I’ll be watching "The Blacklist" is because James Spader ("Boston Legal," "The Office") does a great job playing the creepy yet somewhat charming crime-fighting villain. It’s a complicated role.



Scheduled day: Mondays

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" – FOX, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Beth Dubber, FOX

Rating: Must Watch

With the success of "Law & Order" and every other detective drama out there, I’m surprised that a sitcom about detective work hasn’t been done before. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" looks genuinely funny, and with an all-star comedic cast including Andy Samberg ("SNL," "Hot Rod"), I can’t wait to see more.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays

"The Crazy Ones" - CBS, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Cliff Lipson, CBS

Rating: Must Watch

Two words: Robin Williams. It’s been 32 years since the movie star took to the TV soundstage in the sitcom "Mork and Mindy." (And for all those '90s babies out there, he’s the blue genie in "Aladdin.")



"The Crazy Ones" could be about anything (Williams plays an executive at an ad agency trying to save his job), and I’d still watch it.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"Dads" – FOX, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Jennifer Clasen, FOX

Rating: Booooo

Before I saw this preview, I had no idea dads were so terrible. From the creator of "Family Guy," Seth MacFarlane, comes a sitcom about what happens when childhood friends find themselves living with their dads. Yes, sometimes dads are embarrassing, but this just comes off as disrespectful.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays



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"Dracula" – NBC, Oct. 25, 9 p.m.
Jonathon Hession, NBC

Rating: Booooo

There are only two reasons NBC would’ve scheduled "Dracula" for a Friday night slot: It’s either so good the network believes viewers will tune in on a night when no one watches TV, or NBC spent a lot of money on this failure and decided to air it on a night no one watches TV.



Even though this show was created by the producers of "Downton Abbey" and "The Tudors," it’s a well-known fact that vampires don’t live in the 19th century anymore.



Scheduled day: Fridays



Well, that’s all I’ve got. As for returning shows, I am looking forward to "Modern Family," "The Neighbors," "The Middle," "Parks and Recreation" and more. If you want, just invite me over and I’ll set your DVR for you.



Which new shows are you looking forward to?

"The Goldbergs" – ABC, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
Eric McCandless, ABC

Rating: Must Watch

Ah, the '80s. It was a glorious time. Crimped hair, brightly colored clothing, REO Speedwagon — and this sitcom captures it all.



"The Goldbergs" remembers what family life was like before cellphones, twitter and Miley Cyrus. I can’t wait.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays

"Hostages" – CBS, Sept. 23, 9 p.m.
Monty Brinton, CBS

Rating: Must Watch

This preview gave me chills, but not in an inspirational, I-just-watched-the-movie-"Rudy" kind of way. An FBI agent-turned-terrorist kidnaps the president’s surgeon and her family. She has to assassinate the president while he's in surgery the following day or her family dies. This should be intense and terrifying and, if done right, one of my favorite dramas this season.



Scheduled day: Mondays

"Lucky 7" – ABC, Sept. 24, 9 p.m.
John Medland, ABC

Rating: Pass



What happens when a group of co-workers wins the lottery (except for the one guy who decides he’d better just save his money instead)? Total mayhem. Can money buy happiness? We’ll see. Well, I won’t see, but I’m sure someone will watch it.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays

"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." – ABC, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Justin Lubin, ABC

Rating: Try it out



As a big fan of the movie "The Avengers," I’m having a hard time getting excited for this show. While I love Agent Coulson and was excited to see that he wasn’t dead, whoever his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are, they won’t compare to Thor, Ironman, Hulk and the rest of the Marvel hero crew.



In my opinion, without them, this show can only be a letdown.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays

"MasterChef Junior" – FOX, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Greg Gayne, FOX

Rating: Pass



Gordon Ramsay, cooking and kids? Oh, good idea! Put the angriest chef on TV in a room with a bunch of kids.



"MasterChef Junior" is the first American cooking competition where the competitors are kids. Oh, great, another reason for me to feel bad about my domestic inadequacies. When I was a kid, my specialty was Rice Krispies with as much sugar as I could pour into the bowl before my mom noticed.



Scheduled day: Fridays

"The Michael J. Fox Show" – NBC, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Eric Liebowitz, NBC

Rating: Must Watch

You can’t dislike Michael J. Fox. It’s an unwritten rule. He is charming, and his new sitcom couldn’t look more entertaining. In it, he plays a news anchor struggling with Parkinson’s disease who decides to go back to work despite his illness. I don’t just want to watch this, I need to watch this.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"The Millers" – CBS, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m
Richard Foreman, CBS

Rating: Pass



As someone who is a big Will Arnett fan, I’m not excited about his return to TV in this sitcom about a brother and sister whose parents decide to get divorced after 45 years of marriage.



There are already too many sitcoms coming out this season with the same “My parents are the worst and won’t stop ruining my awesome life” schtick. I don’t think this one has a chance of survival.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"Mom" – CBS, Sept. 23, 8:30 p.m.
Monty Brinton, CBS

Rating: Try it out



After getting pregnant in high school, becoming an alcoholic, then a recovering alcoholic, and blaming her mom for all of her mistakes, these women need each other. We laugh because otherwise we’d cry. The theme for "Mom" seems to be, the more dysfunctional life gets, the funnier it is.



Scheduled day: Mondays

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" – ABC, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Jack Rowand, ABC

Rating: Try it out

 

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" — or, as I like to call it, "Alice in Wonderland on Steroids" — is the first of what I expect to be many spinoffs of the show "Once Upon a Time."



For those who love "Alice in Wonderland," I wouldn’t expect this show to stick closely to any original storylines.



"Once Upon a Time," for the most part, is kid-friendly, so here’s hoping "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is, too.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"The Originals" – CW, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Bob Mahoney, The CW

Rating: Pass



The first spinoff from the highly successful "Vampire Diaries," "The Originals" follows the first vampire family. Because what would the world be like without multiple vampire television shows? I stopped watching "Vampire Diaries" last season because every time I tried to explain to my husband what was happening, I got embarrassed. "Vampire Diaries" fans, on the other hand, will love it.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays


"Reign" – CW, Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
Joss Barratt, The CW

Rating: Booooo

Kings, queens, betrothed princes and princesses, silly accents and a lot of makeup for an era that didn’t have indoor plumbing, "Reign" is a period drama that supposedly follows the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots.



While I can’t promise historical accuracy, I can promise gorgeous scenery, as most of the show was shot in Ireland.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"Sean Saves the World" – NBC, Oct. 3, 9 p.m.
Vivian Zink, NBC

Rating: Pass



Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") plays a single dad struggling to get by with his feisty mother by his side.



How’s this show different from all the other parenting shows? Sean is a single gay dad with a feisty mom. I’m disappointed that this show has a laugh track, and I don’t think even a talented cast like this could help me get over it.



Scheduled day: Thursdays


"Sleepy Hollow" – FOX, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
Brownie Harris, FOX

Rating: Booooo

This is not the Ichabod Crane I grew up with. Not only was the pilot episode for "Sleepy Hollow" confusing, but I’m not sure I need to see decapitated heads on a regular basis.



This modern-day remake of the tale of the Headless Horseman involves witches, curses, demons, spells, the Bible, the apocalypse and judgment day.



As someone who appreciates a scary story, this version of "Sleepy Hollow" is a little too dark, especially for viewers (myself included) who grew up watching the Disney cartoon version of this classic story.



Scheduled day: Mondays

"Super Fun Night" – ABC, Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m.
Colleen Hayes, ABC

Rating: Try it out

 

Conan O’Brien is the executive producer of this comedy starring Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect").



"Super Fun Night" is full of awkward moments mostly caused by wardrobe mishaps. We’ll see how Rebel’s comedic chops hold up against fellow female comedians and sitcom stars Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project") and Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"). Be warned, though. There seems to be a lot of sexual humor here.



Scheduled day: Wednesdays


"The Tomorrow People" – CW, Oct. 9, 8 p.m.
Barbara Nitke, The CW

Rating: Booooo

In true CW form, "The Tomorrow People" is a story about an angst-filled teen with supernatural powers. What kind of powers? Who cares, he’s cute!



Scheduled day: Wednesdays

"Trophy Wife" – ABC, Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m.
Peter "Hopper" Stone, ABC

Rating: Must Watch

With the divorce rate as high as it is, it’s no surprise to see a sitcom about a man, his ex-wives and his shiny new trophy wife.



Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") plays a man with three kids, two crazy ex-wives and an attractive, young new wife who is trying to navigate her place in this bizarre family.



Although the pilot had some funny scenes, it didn’t blow me away. However, it features an all-star cast, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the writers take them.



Scheduled day: Tuesdays

"We Are Men" – CBS, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Sonja Felmming, CBS

Rating: Pass



CBS is finally following the rest of the networks' lead and making a sitcom without the traditional laugh track.



Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Kal Penn star as three divorced men who befriend a young man whose fiancee recently left him at the altar. With such an amazing cast, I was hoping for a storyline about more than desperate attempts to meet woman.



Scheduled day: Mondays

"Welcome to the Family" – NBC, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Adam Taylor, NBC

Rating: Try it out



After happily sending their daughter off to college, she comes home pregnant and engaged, and neither set of parents wants to get along.



The father of the bride, played by Mike O’Malley, has appeared in a ton of television shows over the years but hasn’t starred in a sitcom since the show "Yes, Dear" ended in 2006.



Scheduled day: Thursdays