I do love my fairy tale riffs, and Grimm has a promising premise: Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns that he’s descended from a group of hunters known as Grimms, and that he’s destined to guard humanity from the ghoulies, ghosties, and long-legged beasties out in the world. Supernatural cop show? I’ll take it! Grimm will air on Fridays at 9pm on NBC starting October 21.
6) Hart of Dixie
I’m kind of a closet The O.C. fan, so it’s likely that I will watch this next one sometime in the dead of night where no one can see me or judge me for what I’m watching. In Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson reunites with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, where she plays a New York doctor who moves to Alabama when work in the city dries up. I’d like to note that the town she moves to is called Bluebell. Yes, it’s ridiculous. Hart of Dixie premieres on the CW directly following Gossip Girl at 9pm on September 26.
7) Once Upon a Time
More fairy tale riffs! Hoorah! Once Upon a Time is a little less gritty-looking than Grimm, but hey, that’s okay. When a bail bonds collector (Jennifer Morrison) discovers that she holds a certain “key,” she and the son she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier find themselves in a town in Maine called Storybrooke. The catch? The citizens of Storybrooke are fairy tale characters who remember nothing of their true identities. Also, Storybrooke is a parallel universe, and—you guessed it—Jennifer Morrison has to save both it and the real world. Confusing? Maybe. But worth a shot? Almost definitely. Once Upon a Time has its debut on October 23 on ABC at8pm.
8) Pan Am
Another ‘60s period piece, this one follows the pilots and flight attendants of Pan American World Airways. We’ve got a runaway bride, and we’ve got Christina Ricci, though Christina isn’t the runaway bride—that’s Kelli Garner. Super stylish and potentially hilarious, ABC’s Pan Am will air on Sundays at 10pm starting on September 25.