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Ten fall television shows we’re anxious to see

Updated: 2013-08-28T22:44:31Z

By DAVID FRESE

The Kansas City Star

Your new favorite shows are almost here.

In the next few weeks, the five broadcast networks are planning to trot out close to 30 new series, with familiar faces (Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox) and new spins (Ichabod Crane in the 21st century?).

Here are 10 we’re eager to see.

‘Sleepy Hollow’

There might be stranger ideas than turning Washington Irving’s 19th-century short story about a headless horseman into a 21st-century time travel TV series, but we’d be hard-pressed to come up with one. Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie, his present-day partner who has her own experiences with creepy stuff. Starts Sept. 16 on Fox.

‘Brooklyn Nine Nine’

A mass exodus from “Saturday Night Live” might be Fox’s gain, as Andy Samberg stars in “Brooklyn Nine Nine,” a workplace comedy set in a New York police precinct. He’s joined by Joe Lo Trugillo of “Reno 911” and Andre Braugher of “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Starts Sept. 17 on Fox.

‘Mom’

Anna Faris plays a recently sober single mom trying to break the cycle of dysfunction in her family in a comedy from Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Mike & Molly”). A great cast includes Allison Janney, Nate Corddry and French Stewart. Starts Sept. 23 on CBS.

‘Hostages’

A series about a family held against its will seems like it might have limited storytelling possibilities, but we’re in. Toni Collette, who recently starred in the excellent JoCo-set Showtime series “The United States of Tara,” plays the president’s personal surgeon, and Dylan McDermott plays a turncoat FBI agent. Starts Sept. 23 on CBS.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

When Disney (which owns ABC) bought Marvel Comics, fans hoped they’d see the day when their favorite third- and fourth-string heroes and villains would show up on TV and in the movies. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will do just that, as a resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and a team of young special agents explore the periphery of the Marvel ’Verse. “Avengers” director Joss Whedon directed the pilot and is on board as executive producer. Starts Sept. 24 on ABC.

‘The Crazy Ones’

At the Television Critics Tour this summer, Robin Williams said, “Last time I was on TV, ‘wired’ meant a gram of cocaine and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.” That was back in the “Mork & Mindy” days of the late ’70s and early ’80s. This fall he plays the unorthodox owner of an advertising agency who is at odds with his straight-edge daughter, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, former star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Starts Sept. 26 on CBS.

‘The Michael J. Fox Show’

Mork and Buffy aren’t the only folks returning to TV. Michael J. Fox plays a news anchor who decides to spend more time with his family after he’s diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The show also stars Wendell Pierce (“Treme” and “The Wire”) and Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”). Starts Sept. 26 on NBC.

‘Super Fun Night’

Scene stealer Rebel Wilson of “Bridesmaids” and “Pitch Perfect” plays part of a trio of geeky friends whose 13-year-long weekly stay-at-home “Friday Night Fun Night” is jeopardized by work and complicated by a new crush. Starts Oct. 2 on ABC.

‘Reign’

Not to be outdone in the period drama department, the youth-obsessed CW will air “Reign,” following then teenaged Mary Stuart, who will grow up to become Mary, Queen of Scots. Adelaide Kane plays her highness. Starts Oct. 17 on the CW.

‘Dracula’

NBC is dipping into the past with the granddaddy of vampires arriving in 19th-century London, posing as an American entrepreneur while he hunts the people who turned him into a nocturnal bloodsucker. Jonathan Rhys Meyers of “The Tudors” plays the bat man, and Jessica De Gouw plays Mina Murray. Starts Oct. 25 on NBC.

To reach entertainment editor David Frese, call 816-234-4463 or send email to dfrese@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DavidFrese.

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