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Who's involved: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt, showrunner Julie Plec

What It's About: The first vampires move to New Orleans to reclaim their old stomping grounds.

Why It's Worth Watching: If you've outgrown "TVD" or feel ready to explore a new part of that world, this is for you. It definitely feels a notch more adult than its parent show with all the same supernatural bells and whistles. Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c

Super Fun Night (ABC)

Who's involved: Rebel Wilson, Conan O'Brien is among the producers

What It's About: An upwardly mobile attorney tries to balance her new romance with her long-standing girls' night in.

Why It's Worth Watching: The pilot episode doesn't quite feel like it knows what it is right now. But, there's enough odd and hilarious nuggets there to make us feel that this could be the next "Mindy Project." Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c

Hostages (CBS)

Who's Involved: Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan. Jerry Bruckheimer is among the producers.

What It's About: This suspenseful drama revolves around a surgeon who's thrown into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent.

Why It's Worth Watching: McDermott established his creepy cred in spades with his two-season run on FX's "American Horror Story," and he brings intensity to his role as a renegade g-man. Premieres: Monday, Sept 23 at 10/9c

We Are Men (CBS)

Who's Involved: Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub. showrunner Rob Greenberg

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