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Returning TV Shows Of 2012-2013: TV Critics Share Their Most Anticipated

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Critics picks: Returning TV shows we're most excited for
Critics picks: Returning TV shows we're most excited for

We've already praised the best new comedies and the best new dramas, sufficiently bashed the worst new shows and gushed about all the stars of the new TV shows we can't wait to see more of, but what about all your old favorites?

Today's video -- the fifth and final installment in HuffPost TV's critics series -- is all about returning TV shows we love. From always-on-the-bubble NBC comedies to blood-sucking vampires, Atlantic City gangsters and Observer-fighting crime-solvers, 20 of the country's top TV critics gush about the returning TV shows they love most, and their answers will get any TV fan excited for what's happening on TV this fall.

Watch and see which shows made the list:


A special shout-out to all of the critics who shared their opinions, in order of appearance: Dan Fienberg from HitFix; Carina MacKenzie from Zap2it; Damian Holbrook from TV Guide Magazine; Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News; Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly; Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe; Meg Masters from TVLine; Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV; Matt Roush from TV Guide Magazine; Todd VanDerWerff from The A.V. Club; yours truly; Alan Sepinwall from HitFix; Gail Pennington from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Alyssa Rosenberg from ThinkProgress.org and Slate; Denise Martin from Vulture; HuffPost TV's own Mo Ryan; Michael O'Connell from THR.com; Jace Lacob from The Daily Beast; Eric Deggans from the Tampa Bay Times; and Jarett Wieselman from ETonline and TheInsider.com.

Check out the HuffPost TV snap judgments of all the new pilots here, by network:

NBC | Fox | ABC | The CW | CBS


Tune-in info:
*"Boardwalk Empire" Season 3 premieres Sun., Sept. 16, 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
*"The Vampire Diaries" Season 4 premieres Thurs., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
*"Fringe" Season 5 premieres Fri., Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
*"Community" Season 4 premieres Fri., Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
*"The Walking Dead" Season 3 premieres Sun., Oct. 14, 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
*"Homeland" Season 2 premieres Sun., Sept. 30, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.
*"Parks and Recreation" premieres Thurs., Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
*"Happy Endings" Season 3 premieres Tues., Oct. 23, 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
*"New Girl" Season 2 premieres Tues., Sept. 25, 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
*"Sons of Anarchy" Season 6 premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 10 p.m. ET on FX.
*"Revenge" Season 2 premieres Sun., Sept. 30, 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
*"The Good Wife" Season 4 premieres Sun. Sept. 30, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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