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Cheat sheet: Fall TV preview guide

Wednesday - 8/20/2014, 1:58am  ET

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Katherine Heigl portrays CIA agent Charleston Tucker in NBC's new series, 'State of Affairs.' (AP Photo/NBC/Michael Parmelee)

WASHINGTON -- As kids head back to school, it's time to plan for another big fall event: new TV shows.

This upcoming season features dozens of premieres for your viewing pleasure. Here is a breakdown of what to expect and when:

"Intruders" (BBC America) Premieres: Aug. 23 at 10 p.m. "Dr. Who" star John Simm is a former L.A. cop who relocates to the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Mira Sorvino, in search of a simpler life. But her sudden disappearance sparks a parade of strange, and perhaps magical, happenings in the small town.

"Houdini" (History) Premieres: Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. This two-part miniseries stars Adrien Brody as the world-famous Harry Houdini.

"Utopia" (Fox) Premieres: Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. A reality series in which 15 contestants must spend an entire year building their own society with their own rules in the wilderness.

"Red Band Society" (Fox) Premieres: Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. A coming-of-age drama follows young cancer patients as they navigate the increasingly complicated world of adolescence.

"Madam Secretary" (CBS) Premieres: Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Tea Leoni plays a former CIA agent who takes on the role of Secretary of State.

"Gotham" (Fox) Premieres: Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. The origin story of future Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon.

"Scorpion" (CBS) Premieres: Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. Nerds form a team to solve some of the world's most complex problems.

"Forever" (ABC) Premieres: Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. The New York City medical examiner can't die, so he studies the dead in order to figure out what makes him so special.

"NCIS: New Orleans" (CBS) Premieres: Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. Scott Bakula, Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan take on the Big Easy in yet another crime drama.

"Black-ish" (ABC) Premieres: Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. Comedian Anthony Anderson tries to figure out what it means to be "black enough."

"The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC) Premieres: Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Debra Messing is an NYPD homicide detective who spends her days cleaning up the streets and her nights cleaning up her messy personal life.

"How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC) Premieres: Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. Viola Davis plays a law school professor whose students get into some serious trouble.

"Manhattan Love Story" (ABC) Premieres: Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. TV Guide says: This new comedy uses the power of voiceover to broadcast the internal monologues of a New York City dude (Jake McDorman) and a Midwestern transplant chick (Analeigh Tipton) as they navigate an awkward first date and subsequent budding romance.

"Happyland" (MTV) Premieres: Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. MTV's newest teen drama about the inner workings of one of the country's most popular theme parks.

"Stalker" (CBS) Premieres: Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. A division of the LAPD hunts stalkers and voyeurs from killing women. Starring Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott.

"Gracepoint" (Fox) Premieres: Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. Based on the British series "Broadchurch," this drama follows a pair of cops (David Tennant and Anna Gunn) investigating the mysterious death of a young boy in an idyllic beach town.

"A to Z" (NBC) Premieres: Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m. A romantic comedy that chronicles a relationship from beginning to end. Think "How I Met Your Mother" meets "500 Days of Summer."

"Bad Judge" (NBC) Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. A successful judge, played by Katie Walsh, can't seem to get her private life in order.

"Survivor's Remorse" (Starz) Premieres: Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. Produced by LeBron James, this comedy follows a young rookie as he joins the big leagues and has to decide who to keep, and who to ditch, from his previously un- glamorous life.

"Mulaney" (Fox) Premieres: Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. Former SNL writer John Mulaney is a New York City writer who works for a game-show host and comedian played by Martin Short.

"The Flash" (CW) Premieres: Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. TV Guide says: "The CW's highly anticipated Arrow spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who becomes the fastest man alive."

"Kingdom" (DirecTV) Premieres: Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. A family drama set in the violent, competitive world of mixed martial arts.

"Cristela" (ABC) Premieres: Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. Comedienne Cristela Alonzo is a busy lawyer-to-be balancing school, internships and a traditional Mexican-American family.

"Jane the Virgin" (CW) Premieres: Oct. 13 p.m. A virgin is artificially inseminated by her doctor. Things get tricky when she realizes the sperm donor is not only her former crush, but also her new boss.

"Marry Me" (NBC) Premieres: Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. A rom-com about a couple ready to get married if only they could get the marriage proposal right.

"The Affair" (Showtime) Premieres: Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. A look at the emotional and psychological effects of infidelity on two different marriages.

"Constantine" (NBC) Premieres: Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. Based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer, the titular character is a seasoned demon hunter is dragged into the timeless fight of good versus evil.

"The McCarthys" (CBS) Premieres: Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. A sports-obsessed Boston family is turned upside-down when a gay relative is asked to be an assistant coach.

"State of Affairs" (NBC) Premieres: Monday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. Queen of the rom-com Katherine Heigl returns to the small screen as a national security adviser to the president (Alfre Woodard), whose son (and Heigl's fiance) is killed by terrorists.

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