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What It's About: Four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.

Why It's Worth Watching: A seasoned cast suggests that this just might be the series to bring the genre of bro-down comedy out of the realm of the aggressively puerile. Premieres: Monday, Sept. 30 8:30/7:30c

Almost Human (Fox)

Who's Involved: Karl Urban. Creator J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams executive produce.

What It's About: A high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop is forced to pair with a part-human robot as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.

Why It's Worth Watching: Wyman and Abrams worked together on "Fringe," a beloved cult favorite that combined procedural drama with paranormal freakiness, so if there's anybody who could make a human-android buddy-cop drama something besides completely robotic, it's them. Premieres: Monday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

Who's involved: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Sam Laybourne, Alex Reid

What It's About: One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox), put his career on hold after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. But now the stay-at-home dad is becoming restless, so his family and former boss find a way to coerce him back into the newsroom.

Why It's Worth Watching: Because Michael J. Fox is back. Do you really need more reasons to watch? Oh you do. Also, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the first episode, "Breaking Bad" star Brandt plays Fox's wife, and the show will raise Parkinson's awareness: Win/win/win. Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 26 9/8c

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