Five reasons to get stuck on the couch in fall of 2014

The fall television line-up is typically the year’s most anticipated season. Network favorites pick up their latest seasons while highly marketed new shows finally see their premiere dates. The autumn airwaves are filled with new plots and pilots designed to attract attention and hook viewers. It’s also the best season to try out a new channel package from your local cable and Internet provider. This preview for fall 2014 will show you why cable television is such a worthy investment.

Show-stopping performances
Lovers of theater and performance arts are in luck this fall. 2014 promises the return of “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC. Both shows will feature a new cast of competitors and a fresh line-up of judges, according to People. Performers Pharell Williams and Gwen Stefani join the judges panel for “The Voice,” while two-time show champ Jennifer Hough will become the fourth judge for “Dancing with the Stars.”

Diverse comedy lineup
Comedy fans won’t be disappointed by 2014’s slate of humorous premiers. Surprise critical darling “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returns for its second season on FOX, joined by new seasons of “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” Fans of Fox’s animated comedy hits will enjoy new episodes of “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons,” while cult favorite “Bob’s Burgers” will also return for its fifth season. “About A Boy,” a sitcom based on the 2002 film and novel by author Nick Hornsby, will be making its debut on NBC in September. The final season of “Parenthood” will premier the same month.

Superheroes and Sci-Fi
Television networks have taken the cue of Hollywood and rolled out a bevy of new superhero shows for the 2014 fall season. The CW will pair guilty pleasure/fan favorite “Arrow” with a second try at the superhero formula in “The Flash.” ABC will continue to face off against the popularity of CW’s soap-opera themed “Arrow” with a new season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fox will also debut “Gotham,” a noir-inspired drama that follows the early years of Batman’s supporting cast.

Viewers looking for a different flavor of science fiction will enjoy the out-of-this-world programming available on the SyFy Network, according to TV Guide. A new season of “Haven,” based on the works of Stephen King, will entice viewers with its haunting plots and creeping camera work. SyFy will also pit their own zombie drama, “Z Nation,” against a new season of AMC’s smash, “The Walking Dead.”

Horror on the rise
Cable television has provided a new home for traditional horror programs in the recent years as shock-value films became mainstream on the silver screen. The fourth season of FX’s popular anthology, “American Horror Story,” will premiere in October and spook viewers with scenes from the dark side of circus shows in the 1950s. Fox is getting into the thriller game as well with another season of “Sleepy Hollow” debuting in September.

Thrilling weekly dramas
The end of “Breaking Bad,” widely recognized as one of the best television shows in history, has set a new standard for weekly drama. Every network is fighting to fill the void left by Vince Gilligan’s opus with another set of weekly cliffhangers. ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” is set in Philadelphia and features a female law professor who becomes involved in a murder plot with her students. New seasons of “Scandal” and NBC’s “Chicago Fire” are also slated to stoke water cooler discussion throughout the fall season.

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