As the air gets a little colder, our sangria buzz wears off, and tan lines fade, we prepare to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn — and more importantly, to the return of our favorite TV shows. You know you’re excited to have your friends from Homeland, Scandal, and New Girl back in your life. Like there’s anything else this entertaining to look forward to during your week? (We think not.)
Lucky for you, we’re here to help dust off your remotes and refresh your memory on where your favorite shows left off. Kerry Washington notoriously keeps her lips sealed about what we can expect from Scandal, as you can see in the video below, but will Olivia Pope and Jake Ballard return to D.C.? Will Nick and Jess really make it as “just friends”? Only time will tell. Because those cliffhangers are killing us, here’s the low down on what’s happening this fall, with some wishful thinking.
New Girl (Sept. 16)Where the show left off: After an awkward breakup, Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) finally call it quits. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) decides to stop going after his longtime love, Cece (Hannah Simone).
Major questions: Will anyone have a new boyfriend or girlfriend when the show starts again? If so, will there be jealousy? Will the relationships last?
What we hope happens: Everyone realizes how silly they’re being and gets back together. Maybe even have a double wedding — I mean, who knows? Stranger things have happened (like when Taylor Swift guest starred). –Taylor Ferber
The Mindy Project (Sept. 16)Where the show left off: Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are dating (again).
Major questions: How long before it’s trouble in paradise for these lovers and co-workers? They broke up after only a few weeks (months?) of dating last season, and Danny seems to have as many hang-ups about love as Dr. L has Sex and the City memorabilia. If Mindy and Danny are meant for each other, are we saying goodbye to a constant stream of guest stars (like Mark Duplass, Glenn Howerton, and Anders Holm)?
What we hope happens: Danny teaches Mindy the insane choreography from Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video; Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) ditch the practice and open up a bed and breakfast in Vermont. –Emily Exton
Sleepy Hollow (Sept. 22)Where the show left off: It’s been nine months since Sleepy Hollow wrapped its first season. Unless you’re Mad Men or Game of Thrones, sorry, you don’t get to make us wait that long for another season. In those nine months, you may have forgotten that Henry Parrish (John Noble) is actually Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Katrina (Katia Winter)’s son. And he’s not a great son at that, because he buried his father alive in a coffin. Also, he’s one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. So… great parenting, guys! The other problem? Abbie (Nicole Beharie) traded places with Katrina to release her from purgatory — if Katrina goes, someone had to stay. So even though Katrina and Ichabod are reunited (with each other and their demon son!), Abbie needs a lifeline.
Major Questions: What will happen now that Katrina and Ichabod are reunited? Will Abbie get help?
What we hope happens: Abbie and Ichabod have that Scully and Mulder relationship so you know he’s going to save her but…we have no idea how he’ll do it from inside a coffin. –Liz Black
Nashville (Sept. 24)Where the show left off: Will (Chris Carmack) admitted to his wife — that dumb-dumb Layla Grant (Aubrey Peeples) — that he is gay. An admission he made in front of reality show cameras. Luke (Will Chase) proposed, Rayna (Connie Britton) accepted. But Luke is so boring and she has no heat with him the way she has HEAT with Deacon (Charles Esten), who also professed his love for her and also gave her a “don’t marry that other guy” ring. JULIETTE (Hayden Panettiere) IS PREGNANT! OK, so the show didn’t necessarily leave off with that, but she screwed around with Evil Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson), got dumped by Avery (Jonathan Jackson), and then real life Panettiere announced she was pregnant.
Major questions: Obviously Will’s coming out is going to be a very annoying plot twist, and it’s about damn time that he did. But how will it be resolved? Will Rayna stay with Luke? Will Juliette be pregnant? Who’s father?
What we hope happens: As much as we love the juicy nighttime soapiness of it all, what I’m most looking forward to on Nashville is more music. Yeah, even Scarlett (Clare Bowen)’s delicate warble. We miss it. Hopefully Will will get a People magazine cover out of coming out of the closet to help with album sales. Also, Rayna should clearly choose the unstable but sexy former alcoholic she has an illegitimate child with — that’s the American dream. The producers must’ve rubbed their hands with glee when Hayden Panettiere told them she was pregnant, since they have milked every other plot twist (Murder! Comas! Fake pig’s blood miscarriages!) and now get to work Hayden’s real pregnancy into what we assume has to be a “Who’s the father?” plot line. –L.B.
Scandal (Sept. 25)Where the show left off: We learned that Papa Pope (Joe Morton) helped plan the death of Jerry, Jr., which in turn, caused the country to find empathy for President Fitz (Tony Goldwin). Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) got on a private jet with Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) and we have no idea where they went. Oh, and we’re pretty sure Harrison (Columbus Short) is dead.
Major questions: Where did Olivia and Jake go? Will their getaway spark some romance? What is the status of Fitz’s marriage to Mellie (Bellamy Young)?
What we hope happens: Olivia will have a steamy but short-lived romance with Jake on their getaway, then come running back into the arms of Fitz, and they will finally run away to the Vermont house he built for her. What? A girl can dream… –T.F.
Parenthood (Sept. 25)Where the show left off: After a season’s worth of marital struggles, Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) seemed to be inching towards giving their relationship another try. Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) made progress with their plans to open their own school, while Amber (Mae Whitman) was seen shopping for pregnancy tests. Oh, and Haddie (Sarah Ramos) is dating the founder of Rookie Mag.
Major questions: Is Amber pregnant? Will Joel and Julia get back together? Will someone in the Braverman family die?
What we hope happens: Since it’s the final season, I hope the Bravermans find resolution across all fronts, but not before I can enjoy the cathartic experience of crying my eyes out while simultaneously shaking my head at Sarah (Lauren Graham) picking up yet another unlikely career/hobby. Creator Jason Katims has recruited many of his Friday Night Live cast members over the course of the series, so why not go out with a bang and have Adam share a beer and some fatherly advice with Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler)? My heart would sing. –EE
Revenge (Sept. 28)Where the show left off: Holy David Clarke. Now this is a twist if I ever saw one. After an entire series of believing otherwise, we learn David Clarke (James Tupper) is actually alive when he stabs and kills Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny). And I will say, he looks damn good in his old age.
Major questions: How did David Clarke get away with being alive this whole time? When will Emily (Emily VanCamp) find out? Will Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) find out? How will they react when they do?
What we hope happens: David finds Emily in a magical reuniting scene, after which they team up with Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and take down the Grayson’s for good. And seeing the look of complete and utter shock and disbelief when Victoria sees David alive. –T.F.
Homeland (Oct. 5)
Where the show left off: Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) watched as her fugitive lover, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), was killed in a public execution. Carrie also decided to have her beloved Brody’s baby and was promoted to head a CIA station in Istanbul.
Major questions: Will Carrie have a new shady love interest? What will happen with moving the show’s action from Washington, D.C. to another locale?
What we hope happens: I just hope the writers can keep us engaged in the post-Brody era.-Rahsheeda Ali
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