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What to Watch: Fall TV sneak preview

September 12, 2011 | 12:00 pm

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A barrage of new fall shows hits the TV screen over the next few weeks, and to help you digest it all, we've put together a fall TV sneak preview page with advance coverage of the fall season.

Los Angeles Times critic Robert Lloyd runs through a selection of new offerings for the fall season, from "Allen Gregory" to  "Whitney." (Clips of many new shows are also available on the sneak preview page.)

In her critic's notebook, Mary McNamara notes the curious thread of nostalgia running through fall programming -- "as if writers and network execs were sharing a collective Facebookian desire to resurrect old relationships, to reconnect viewers with the people we once knew and the people we once were." She notes the remakes of "Charlie's Angels" and "Prime Suspect" as well as the retro chic of "Pan Am" and "Playboy Club." "Terra Nova" goes so far back, it's prehistoric.

This season also heralds the return of many familiar faces to prime time, including Tim Allen in "Last Man Standing," Kelsey Grammer in "Boss," Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Ringer" and Claire Danes in "Homeland" (all of whom are profiled in our fall preview). Even "Beavis and Butthead" return to the small screen -- and they haven't aged at all.


Fall TV preview page

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Photo: Christina Ricci, left, and Margot Robbie in "Pan Am." Credit: ABC.