Fall 2013 TV Schedule: My Picks for the Best/Guiltiest

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I’ve gotten a lot of hits on my post about the TV shows I’ll be watching for the next year. So I decided to write a new post that actually gives the known premier dates (and a couple of finale dates) for fall 2013—in other words, the fall 2013 TV schedule according to me.

Yes, I’ve had to pare the list down to the fall 2013 TV shows I’m actually going to have time to watch. But don’t worry: while this list does include some guilty pleasures (here’s looking at you, Vampire Diaries), it also includes several of what I think are the best shows on TV. I’m going to talk about what I think qualifies a show for a “best show” label in another post.

First, let’s get those big finales out of the way:

Dexter (Showtime, 9 p.m.): series finale on Sunday, September 22
Breaking Bad (AMC, 9 p.m.): series finale on Sunday, September 29 (and check out my thoughts on the latest episode of Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias”)

Now, without further ado, here it is…


My Fall 2013 TV Schedule

SUNDAYS

Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8 p.m.): third season premiers September 29; it will be split up into two uninterrupted runs of 11 episodes each
The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.): fourth season premiers October 13

TUESDAYS

The Originals (CW, 8 p.m.): series premiers on a special night—Thursday, October 3 at 9 p.m., after The Vampire Diaries—and then settles in its regular schedule on October 8
New Girl (FOX, 9 p.m.): third season premiers tonight, September 17
Supernatural (CW, 9 p.m.): ninth season premiers October 8

WEDNESDAYS

American Horror Story (FX, 10 p.m.): third miniseries premiers October 9

THURSDAYS

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC, 8 p.m.): series premiers October 10; like Once Upon a Time, this show will go on a hiatus this fall or early next year, but it will be back, assuming ratings are good enough!
The Vampire Diaries (CW, 8 p.m.): fifth season premiers October 3
Glee (FOX, 9 p.m.): fifth season premiers September 26, with a 2-part Beatles tribute followed by what will presumably one of the show’s most difficult and emotional episodes yet—a tribute to recently deceased star Cory Montieth (RIP, Cory); the show will then go on a 2-week hiatus
Parenthood (NBC, 10 p.m.): fifth season premiers September 26, this time with a full-season order of 22 episodes


If you’re looking for shows that premier later in the year (e.g., Hot in Cleveland and The Exes will premier in December/January), I’ll have those dates for you as soon as they’re available. If you’re disappointed in my taste in TV…well, it’s my taste. And this isn’t all that I watch, FYI. Just wait until winter/spring!

What show (doesn’t have to be from this list) are you looking forward to the most this fall? Share in the comments!

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