Fall TV Preview: 21 Reasons We'll Be Tuning In

Fall TV is chock full of exciting faces you never thought you'd see on the small screen—from Jada Pinkett Smith and Viola Davis to Octavia Spencer and Laurence Fishburne. As we gear up to snuggle up in front of our tellies, here are 21 reasons to get excited about this year's TV lineup.

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Premieres: Sept. 9 at 9pm ET on OWN
A group of wives, husbands and friends in an affluent neighborhood deal with broken marriages and deception, while maintaining their veneer of success and happiness.

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Premieres: September 11 at 11am ET on FOX
Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon Adrienne Bailon are the new voices of daytime talk.

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Premieres: Sept. 17 at 9pm ET on FOX
Spencer’s character Nurse Jackson is described as a caregiver “with a take-no-prisoners approach” to helping rule-bending teens hospitalized at the fictional Los Angeles Ocean Park Hosiptal.

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Premieres: September 20 on HBO
The Carter’s bring their ‘On The Run Tour’ to the small screen.

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Premieres: September 21 at 9pm ET on CBS
Diggs will star in a multi-episode arc on the critically-acclaimed drama. Diggs will play Dean Levine-Wilkins, a "meticulous and talented" partner at the Lockhart/Gardner law firm.

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Premieres: Sept. 22 at 8pm ET on FOX
Pinkett’s character Fish Mooney is a "sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner” in this gangster drama based on the early life Batman and the villains and heroes who make Gotham City

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Premieres: September 22 at 8pm on FOX
Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) resume their mission of fighting fighting demons and monsters in this supernatural drama. 

8 of 21 NBC

Premieres: September 22 at 9pm ET on NBC
Pharrell joins The Voice as a judge for season seven.

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Premieres: Sept. 24 at 9:30pm ET on ABC
Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson play an upwardly mobile couple struggling to instill a sense of cultural identity in their children. Laurence Fishburne stars as Anderson's father.

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Premieres: September 24 on Comedy Central
We’re prepared for even more laughs as Key and Peele return for season 4.

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Premieres: Sept. 25 at 10pm ET on ABC
Davis is Annalise DeWitt, a criminal defense professor who gets entangled in a murder case with four of her students in this Shonda Rhimes drama.

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Premieres: Sept. 25 at 9pm ET on ABC
Because we all want to know one thing: Where in the world is Olivia Pope?

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Premieres: Oct. 4 on Starz
This Lebron James-produced drama about a basketball player coming into his stardom—starring Teyonah Parris, Mike Epss, Tichina Arnold and more—will have us all talking, and tweeting. "Pro Money, Pro Problems!"

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Premieres: Oct. 8 on FX
Bassett is back as Marie Laveau, the “Queen of the Voodoos,” in this terrifying, but utterly addictive, horror anthology. 

15 of 21 NBC

Premieres: Nov. 17 at 10pm ET on NBC
Woodard plays President Constance Payton in this this powerful drama about women in politics.

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Premieres: October 8 at 10pm ET on TVOne
Paula Jai Parker, Countess Vaughn, Golden Brooks, and Elise Neal come together to self-produce an independent film. Add in the usual mix of diva-tude, and a reality star in the form of Lisa Wu. Sounds like a great Wednesday night in.

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Premieres: October on BET
“Be prepared. Be ready. Be scared,” says BET on season 3 of this roaringly funny faux reality show.

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Premieres: October 12 at 9pm ET on AMC
ESSENCE October issue cover girl Danai Gurira says her character, Michonne, yearns “for something more stable in life,” on season five. “Is she trying to move away from how much of a warrior she is? But will the world allow that?”

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Premieres: December on OWN
Braxton will play legendary backup singer Darlene Love on the OWN network's upcoming biopic, My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.

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Premieres: October 27 at 9pm ET on VH1
The Nick Cannon-directed sequel to the 2002 Drumline movie stars Alexandra Shipp (who also plays Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic) stars as Danielle Bolton, a Brooklyn girl who defies her parents to attend Atlanta A & T’s once-illustrious drumline.

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Premieres: January 2015 on Comedy Central
Comedic writer Larry Wilmore, aka The Daily Show's  "senior black correspondent,” will take over the Stephen Colbert’s slot on weeknights after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.