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TV Shows Moms Should Watch This Fall

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Hi. My name is Leah, and I am addicted to television.

Whew. That felt so good to get out there.

The truth? I'm a busy single mother who is an avid reader and writer and doesn't even have cable. Knowing just those facts about me, you probably wouldn't think I'm all that big on sitting in front of the television for hours on end. But you would be wrong. Sure, my television addiction has dwindled quite a bit since becoming a mother, but I still totally look forward to those few hours of "me-time" in front of the TV every night after the kiddo is in bed.

Of course, that me-time is now so much more valuable than it once was, so I don't want to waste it watching just anything. I'm very picky about the shows I get invested in, so I tend to do a fair amount of research into the new fall lineup every year before deciding what to add to my DVR. And because I'm a nice girl, I figured I would go ahead and share with you what I've learned about the shows that will be gracing our screens in just over a month.

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If you're looking to add a few new storylines to your own addiction, these are the ones I would recommend:

"Life in Pieces" (Premiering Monday, September 21 at 8:30/ 7:30 p.m. central on CBS)

"Life in Pieces" is the next multi-generational family comedy to hit the airwaves. Think "Modern Family," just with a different set of characters. I'm really excited about this one. It's got Colin Hanks in it, who is adorable, and it's aimed at exploring all the different stages of life and family. One son is just starting out in a new relationship, another is welcoming his first child into the world, and their sister is sending one of her kids off to college. My fingers are crossed that this one lives up to the potential, because I think it could be absolutely endearing (and hilarious) if done right.

"Scream Queens" (Premiering Tuesday, September 22 at 9 / 8 p.m. central on Fox)

You know who I love? Ryan Murphy. This guy brought us both "Glee" and "American Horror Story"—two vastly different shows that still both managed to completely suck me in. And "Scream Queens," dubbed a "horror-comedy," seems like it could encompasses all the best pieces of both of those shows. It even has an actress from each, with Emma Roberts and Lea Michele headlining the cast. The show itself is set in a sorority house, and with Murphy at the helm, it promises to be the perfect blend of campy and irresistible.

"Oil" (Premiering Sunday, September 27 at 9 / 8 p.m. central on ABC)

I'm going to be honest and admit that the premise of "Oil" didn't immediately appeal to me. A bunch of people driven by greed and fighting to get rich off the oil boom just doesn't sound like my kind of show. But then, I saw who was staring in it: Chace Crawford, the boy who made me love Gossip Girl. He will forever be Nate Archibald in my mind, and seeing his sexy determination in the preview, I'm suddenly convinced this may be a show I'll grow to love after all.

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Premiering Monday, October 12 at 8 / 7 p.m. central on CW)

We've all been there, right? Getting out of a relationship we're not quite ready to move on from, making decisions we're not entirely proud of. Oh, wait … you mean that's just me? Well, for the record, I've never moved anywhere for a boy (though I did once move next door to an ex—not on purpose, I swear!) But still, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (a show centered around a girl who does just that, moving to California to be closer to her ex) seems like a show I just might love. It kind of reminds me of Felicity on the outset, and who can forget all the amazing things that came into that girls life all because she chased Scott Speedman to New York? We all have a little crazy in us, and I'm all for a show that is willing to embrace that.

So those are the new shows I'll be checking out this year. And then, of course, there are some of my returning favorites to look forward to:

"How to Get Away With Murder" (Premiering Thursday, September 24 at 10 / 9 p.m. central on ABC)

This was my favorite new show from last year—count me in as totally hooked.

"iZombie" (Premiering Tuesday, October 6 at 8 / 7 p.m. central on CW)

My guilty pleasure show. I can't even tell you why I love this one as much as I do, but it totally makes me smile.

"Chicago Fire" (Premiering Tuesday, October 13 at 10 / 9 p.m. central on NBC)

It's the firefighters. They do it for me every time.

"Nashville" (Premiering Wednesday, September 23 at 9 / 8 p.m. central on ABC)

If I could only watch one current show on television right now, this would be it. Connie Britton is pretty much my idol, from way back in her Friday Night Lights days, and the rest of the cast and storylines on Nashville are also absolutely amazing. I can't look away, and I can't wait until it's back!

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Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a few Netflix shows to finish binge-watching before the fall season starts back up. What will you be watching when September rolls around?

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