Fall is Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s resolutions and the return of prime time TV

There are many things I love about Fall: celebrating Rosh Hashanah, making New Year's resolutions, enjoying the weather while it's still nice, dressing up for Halloween and most importantly, the return of prime time television!

(Side note-as a kid my birthday (October 13) was always at the top of the list, but as I've gotten older I've noticed it's conspicuously fallen off the list. Anyone else feel that way?)

In no particular order, this yenta has the scoop (she scoured lots of TV sites and articles) on what's in-store for your favorite Jew-ish** shows. Warning: there are some minor spoiler alerts below.

**By Jew-ish I mean these shows star Jewish actors, have Jewish characters or Jewish themes.

Shows that are scary

American Horror Story is back for a second creepy season starring one of my favorite MOTS, Adam Levine of Maroon Five, in his first big acting debut. Season two takes place in an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange who won an Emmy for her role as the nosy neighbor Constance in the first season. Levine will co-star opposite Jenna Dewan and round out a pairing described as "The Lovers." Check out the scary season two trailer, here. The show returns on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on FX.

Shows about singing

Speaking of Levine, he's back in the judge's seat on the third season of The Voice which premiered this past Monday on NBC during the same time as The X Factor on FOX. Talk about competition! On the other hand, American Idol has yet to announce a premiere date or for that matter, who will even be sitting in the judges chairs next to veteran Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey. While the rumors point to Keith Urban and Nikki Minaj, maybe it will end up being a MOT like Levine.

There are no spoilers to share here because season four of Glee has already premiered, but this list wouldn't feel complete without at least a mention of Glee. Just sayingis there anything about this show that isn't somehow Jewish?

Shows from Israel

Political thriller Homeland is based on the Israeli series Hatufim. For that reason alone, it's a must watch. The second season doesn't look to disappoint. Check out the season two trailer. Homeland returns to Showtime on Sept. 30.

Shows with Jewish characters

Not only does the show Happy Endings take place here in Chicago, but breakout star Adam Pally plays Max, the loveable, single, permanently unemployed MOT.  According to the Huffington Post, this season Max will end up in another relationship along with several other characters on the show, including Dave and Alex who rekindle their romance. Happy Endings returns Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8p.m. on ABC.

I don't actually watch New Girl, but from what I've been told, Schmidt is sort of like the opposite of Max, except for the fact that they are both Jewish. For those of you who watch New Girl, Max Greenfield, who plays Schmidt, along with Jake Johnson, who plays Nate, were interviewed by Wet Paint about the Sophomore Season.   New Girl premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8p.m. on Fox.

Shows with critical acclaim

Big Bang Theory is unarguably the best show on TV. No, that wasn't a typo. There should be no argument about this. Big Bang Theory is. the. best. show. on. TV. Period. Last season's finale was especially satisfying for long time fans: Bernadette and Howard get married. Howard leaves for outer space. Sheldon and Amy hold hands. Leonard proposes to Penny. And Poor Raj is still single. Want to know more about what's to come from your favorite loveable geeks? TV Guide has the scoop from the shows executive producers. The Big Bang Theory returns Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. on CBS.

Side notethis yenta will be rooting for Mayim Balik come Emmy night, Sunday, Sept. 23. She is nominated for her first Emmy for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler.

Grey's Anatomy season nine picks up with the aftermath of the plane crash. Rumors are swirling that Lexie will not be the only one to die in the crash and with the confirmation that actor Eric Dane will be leaving the show at the beginning of the season, Dr. Sloane's fate appears up in the air. The residents, including Dr. Yang, will now be attendings and not all of them are remaining in Seattle. The Hollywood Reporter did a large story on the potentially final season of Private Practice, get the detailed scoop here. Both shows return Thursday, Sept. 27 on ABC.

What TV shows will you be tuning into in the New Year? Let me know below. Wishing a happy, healthy, sweet new year to each of you!

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