Ross Bonaime, Staff Writer

While televison viewers will have to wait a few extra months to get their next seasons of Lost, 24 and American Idol, this month kicks off the new seasons of some old favorites and premiere episodes of quite a few new series.

Maybe the most highly anticipated show of the season is ABC’s FlashForward. Based on the Robert J. Sawyer novel of the same name, the show unfolds after the entire world experiences an event causing them to see six months into the future.

The show features a great ensemble cast including Joseph Fiennes, John Cho and Gabrielle Union. ABC hopes this show will replace the void left in many viewers’ hearts after Lost concludes next season.

On the CW, the new iteration of Melrose Place will hope to ride on the success of the 90210 reboot, The Vampire Diaries. This seems like great timing, thanks to the success of the Twilight franchise.

The network is also premiering The Beautiful Life, a show about teenage models starring former OC resident Mischa Barton.

Now that ER is off the air after 15 seasons, three new doctor shows try to fill the gap. NBC is hoping both Trauma (based on, you guessed it, a trauma team,) and Mercy, a doctor show told from the side of the nurses, will replace their old standby.

Meanwhile, CBS plans to premiere Three Rivers, about three doctors at a transplant hospital. Finally, CBS’ The Good Wife finds former ER nurse Julianna Marguiles returning to her job as a lawyer after her politician husband admits to an affair. This unique courtroom drama looks to be one of this season’s best.

For those looking to tickle their funny bone, this season looks to be ripe with new comedies. The Soup star Joel McHale finally gets his shot at primetime stardom with Community. McHale plays Jeff, a former lawyer who has his license taken away when it turns out he has lied about his college career.

To get his license back, Jeff enrolls in community college, where he meets a girl who he attempts to tutor in Spanish to get closer to her.

Community is looking like one of the better comedies of this fall, and should be a perfect fit with other great NBC comedies The Office and 30 Rock.

Not to be outdone, Fox’s comedy lineup is bringing its A-game. A few months ago, Fox premiered their new show Glee, about a teacher who takes over the glee club at his school and tries to invigorate it with the addition of popular songs such as “Gold Digger” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

The show went over well with both critics and audiences, and is expected to be one to watch.

Thanks to his Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, Seth MacFarlane will now be taking up an hour and a half each Sunday, instead of the usual hour. The show follows Peter Griffins’ least eccentric friend’s move to Virginia with his new family.

ABC might have one of the biggest comedy surprises of the season with Modern Family. The show follows three very different families and their relationships with each other.

The show feels like a combination of Arrested Development and The Office and has some of the best laugh-out-loud moments of any pilot this season.

With so many great established shows returning and some intriguing new ones premiering, no one should be stuck saying there is nothing to watch this fall.