Anna Faris, reigning queen of self-aware ditziness, plays a single mother trying to set a good example for her kids post-rehab. It won’t be easy for her with her slutty mom-ager (Allison Janney) hanging around, doling out questionable advice and tart passive-aggressiveness. But it’ll be perfection for us.
(September 23 at 9:30 p.m. EST, CBS)
We’ll watch anything with Marcia Gay Harden in it... and have (Lifetime’s 2011 Amanda Knox biopic, anyone?). The fact that she’s waging a bitter domestic war against her ex-husband’s perky new wife (Malin Akerman) is just the catty cherry on top.
(September 24 at 9:30 p.m. EST, ABC)
The Michael J. Fox Show
The highly anticipated return of Michael J. Fox looks promising in this self-referential show about a newscaster who heads back to work five years after going public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Bonus: Breaking Bad’s klepto-queen Betsy Brandt plays his wife.
(September 26 at 9:30 p.m. EST, NBC)
Sean Saves the World
And speaking of self-referential, Sean Hayes plays... Sean, a single gay helicopter dad intent on raising a perfectly well-adjusted teenage girl. We’re glad to see him rebound from the criminally canceled Up All Night, where he was proving a great sidekick to Maya Rudolph. Plus, Megan Hilty costars as his BFF.
(October 3 at 9 p.m. EST, NBC)
Masters of Sex
Experimental vibrators, Mad Men-era interiors, and the infinitely likeable Lizzy Caplan are just a few of the many draws of this 1950s drama about pioneering sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Also, premium cable = premium nudity (we hope).
(September 29 at 10 p.m. EST, Showtime)