Look for lots of familiar faces this season from TV shows past

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 12:00 am

As new TV shows start rolling out over the next two months, you're bound to notice a few trends.

You've got “Mom,” “Dads” and “Welcome to the Family,” alongside other family-themed sitcoms.

“Betrayal” is joining its ABC cousin in one-word emotions, “Revenge.” And both “Dracula” and “Sleepy Hallow” will rise from the supernatural world (not to be confused, of course, with CW returner “Supernatural”).

But what you'll see most are faces you recognize from TV shows past.

NBC is bringing back two popular stars from Peacock network sitcoms, Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes. CBS is hoping for some father-daughter chemistry in pairing Mork (Robin Williams) and Buffy (Sarah Michelle Geller). James Spader and James Caan are both back, along with Andre Braugher, Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Blair Underwood.

Here's the lowdown on those familiar faces:

Fox, originally of “Family Ties” fame, is back with an eponymous sitcom that puts his Parkinson's disease front and center. He plays a former TV news anchor who gave up his career after his diagnosis but decided after a time to go back to work. Sound like anyone we know?

Williams, once of “Mork and Mindy,” returns to the sitcom scene in “The Crazy Ones” with former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Geller playing his daughter. The show centers on a Chicago ad agency and lets Williams do his crazy thing. Its success probably depends on how much of the crazy there actually is.

Braugher, well-known for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” also has himself a sitcom, alongside Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox. The cop show, pitting an ambitious new captain against a laid-back detective, could be the best new comedy of the fall.

Collette (“The United States of Tara”), McDermott (“American Horror Story,” “The Practice”) and Tate Donovan (“Damages”) headline “Hostages,” a CBS thriller in which a doctor (Collette) must kill the president or lose her family.

Clark Gregg (“The Avengers,” of course; “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Ming-Na Wen (“ER”) lead an ensemble cast on the highly anticipated “Marvels' Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC.

Hayes (“Will & Grace”) stars in “Sean Saves the World” on NBC as a divorced gay father of a 14-year-old girl, who comes to live with him full time.

Underwood (“L.A. Law,” “The Event”) is the titular character in NBC's “Ironside,” a remake of the late-'60s Raymond Burr drama.

Spader (“Boston Legal,” “The Office,” etc.) is a notorious bad guy who turns himself in to the FBI to help catch criminals on “The Blacklist” on NBC.

Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) joins Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) on CBS's “Mom,” about three generations of one dysfunctional family.

Caan (“Las Vegas,” “The Godfather”) plays dad to Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) on “Back in the Game,” a sports-themed ABC sitcom.

You might be wondering: Is there anyone you won't recognize?

Full schedule by network

ABC LINEUP

SUNDAY

7 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (Sept. 29)

8 p.m. “Revenge” (Sept. 29)

9 p.m. “BETRAYAL” (Sept. 29)

MONDAY

7 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” (Sept. 16)

9 p.m. “Castle” (Sept. 23)

TUESDAY

7 p.m. “MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Sept. 24)

8 p.m. “THE GOLDBERGS” (Sept. 24)

8:30 p.m. “TROPHY WIFE” (Sept. 24)

9 p.m. “LUCKY 7” (Sept. 24)

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. “The Middle” (Sept. 25)

7:30 p.m. “BACK IN THE GAME” (Sept. 25)

8 p.m. “Modern Family” (Sept. 25)

8:30 p.m. “SUPER FUN NIGHT” (Oct. 2)

9 p.m. “Nashville” (Sept. 25)

THURSDAY

7 p.m. “ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND” (Oct. 10)

8 p.m. “Grey's Anatomy” (Sept. 26)

9 p.m. “Scandal” (Oct. 3)

FRIDAY

7 p.m. “Last Man Standing” (Sept. 20)

7:30 p.m. “The Neighbors” (Sept. 20)

8 p.m. “Shark Tank” (Sept. 20)

9 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY

7 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football” (Aug. 31)

CBS LINEUP

SUNDAY

7 p.m. “The Amazing Race” (Sept. 29)

8 p.m. “The Good Wife” (Sept. 29)

9 p.m. “The Mentalist” (Sept. 29)

MONDAY

7 p.m. “How I Met Your Mother” (Sept. 23)

7:30 p.m. “WE ARE MEN” (Sept. 30)

8 p.m. “2 Broke Girls” (Sept. 23)

8:30 p.m. “MOM” (Sept. 23)

9 p.m. “HOSTAGES” (Sept. 23)

TUESDAY

7 p.m. “NCIS” (Sept. 24)

8 p.m. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (Sept. 24)

9 p.m. “Person of Interest” (Sept. 24)

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. “Survivor” (Sept. 18)

8 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (Sept. 25)

9 p.m. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (Sept. 25)

THURSDAY

7 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory” (Sept. 26)

7:30 p.m. “THE MILLERS” (Oct. 3)

8 p.m. “THE CRAZY ONES” (Sept. 26)

8:30 p.m. “Two and a Half Men” (Sept. 26)

9 p.m. “Elementary” (Sept. 26)

FRIDAY

7 p.m. “Undercover Boss” (Sept. 27)

8 p.m. “Hawaii Five-O” (Sept. 27)

9 p.m. “Blue Bloods” (Sept. 27)

SATURDAYS

7 p.m. Comedytime Saturday

8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

9 p.m. “48 Hours” (Sept. 28)

CW LINEUP

MONDAY

7 p.m. “Hart of Dixie” (Oct. 7)

8 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” (Oct. 7)

TUESDAY

7 p.m. “THE ORIGINALS” (Oct. 8 — debuts on Thursday, Oct. 3)

8 p.m. “Supernatural” (Oct. 8)

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. “Arrow” (Oct. 9)

8 p.m. “THE TOMORROW PEOPLE” (Oct. 9)

THURSDAY

7 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries” (Oct. 3)

8 p.m. “REIGN” (Oct. 17)

FRIDAY

7 p.m. “The Carrie Diaries” (Oct. 25)

8 p.m. “America's Next Top Model” (Oct. 25)

FOX LINEUP

SUNDAY

7 p.m. “The Simpsons” (Sept. 29)

7:30 p.m. “Bob's Burgers” (Sept. 29)

8 p.m. “Family Guy” (Sept. 29)

8:30 “American Dad” (Sept. 29)

MONDAY

7 p.m. “Bones” (Sept. 16)/“ALMOST HUMAN” (Nov. 4)

8 p.m. “SLEEPY HOLLOW” (Sept. 16)

TUESDAY

7 p.m. “DADS” (Sept. 17)

7:30 p.m. “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” (Sept. 17)

8 p.m. “New Girl” (Sept. 17)

8:30 p.m. “The Mindy Project” (Sept. 17)

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. “The X Factor” (Sept. 11)

THURSDAY

7 p.m. “The X Factor” results show (Sept. 12)

8 p.m. “Glee” (Sept. 26)

FRIDAY

7 p.m. “MASTERCHEF JUNIOR” (Sept. 27)/“Bones” (Nov. 8)

8 p.m. “Raising Hope” (Nov. 8)

8:30 p.m. “ENLISTED” (Nov. 8)

SATURDAY

7 p.m. Fox Sports Saturday

NBC LINEUP

SUNDAY

7:30 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (Sept. 8)

MONDAY

7 p.m. “THE MILLION SECOND QUIZ” (Sept. 9)/“The Voice” (Sept. 23)

9 p.m. “THE BLACKLIST” (Sept. 23)

TUESDAY

7 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” (Oct. 8)

8 p.m. “The Voice” (Sept. 24)

9 p.m. “Chicago Fire” (Sept. 24)

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. “Revolution” (Sept. 25)

8 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU” (Sept. 25)

9 p.m. “IRONSIDE” (Oct. 2)

THURSDAY

7 p.m. “Parks and Recreation” (Sept. 26)

7:30 p.m. “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY” (Oct. 3)

8 p.m. “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD” (Oct. 3)

8:30 p.m. “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW” (Sept. 26 — first episode is at 8 p.m.)

9 p.m. “Parenthood” (Sept. 26)

FRIDAY

7 p.m. “Dateline NBC” (Sept. 27 — starts at 8 p.m. for first four weeks))

8 p.m. “Grimm” (Oct. 25)

9 p.m. “DRACULA” (Oct. 25)

SATURDAY

7 p.m. repeats

10:30 p.m.: “Saturday Night Live” (Sept. 28)

OTHER CABLE

SUNDAY

8 p.m. “Boardwalk Empire” (Sept. 8), HBO

8 p.m. “Foyle's War” (Sept. 15)/“THE PARADISE” (Oct. 6), PBS

8 p.m. “Homeland” (Sept. 29), Showtime

8 p.m. “The Walking Dead” (Oct. 13), AMC

9 p.m. “MASTERS OF SEX” (Sept. 29), Showtime

9 p.m. “HELLO LADIES” (Sept. 29), HBO

9:30 p.m. “Eastbound & Down” (Sept. 29), HBO

TUESDAY

9 p.m. “Sons of Anarchy” (Sept. 10), FX

WEDNESDAY

9 p.m. “South Park” (Sept. 25), Comedy Central

THURSDAY

8 p.m. “White Collar” (Oct. 17), USA

9 p.m. “Covert Affairs” (Oct. 17), USA

FRIDAY

9 p.m. “Haven” (Sept. 13), Syfy

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