New fall TV slate brings to the air eclectic mix of concepts

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It’s no surprise women are riding high this season. The biggest hits from last fall — “Revenge,” “2 Broke Girls,” “New Girl” and “Once Upon a Time” — all have women as their leads.

Among other female-dominated series ahead is ABC’s highly anticipated drama “Nashville.” Connie Britton plays an almost-over-the-hill country music queen who’s battling to hold her own against an upstart superstar played by Hayden Panettiere.

Also focused on the music scene, ABC sitcom “Malibu Country” finds country music star Reba McEntire ditching her Nashville home, packing up her family and heading for California for a fresh start after she discovers her husband was two-timing her.

Another five new sitcoms also dwell heavily on parenting.

On NBC’s “Guys With Kids,” three 30-something dads bond over the common overwhelming challenge of fatherhood.

On Fox’s “Ben and Kate,” a happy-go-lucky big brother moves back to town to help his single-mother sister raise her daughter.

On ABC’s “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” single mom Sarah Chalke is a boomerang offspring, returning with her daughter after her divorce to live with her freewheeling parents (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett).

On the same network’s “Family Tools,” lifelong bumbler Kyle Bornheimer is mounting his latest effort to win paternal approval by taking over the Mr. Jiffy Fix repair business run by his dad (J.K. Simmons).

NBC’s edgy “The New Normal” finds gay couple Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha concluding there’s only one thing missing from their happy home: a child. They line up a surrogate mom (Georgia King) to carry it for them, and she and her daughter become part of their not-so-normal family.

Also trading on the gay theme is CBS‘ “Partners,” with David Krumholtz as Joe and Michael Urie as Louis, partnered architects and best friends since high school. Louis is gay and Joe is straight, which isn’t a problem until Joe decides to marry his girlfriend and Louis feels the sharp pangs of jealousy.

Besides the hybrid “Beauty and the Beast,” the networks have scheduled five other series with a supernatural, sci-fi or fantasy twist.

At the start of NBC’s epic new drama “Revolution,” the lights abruptly go out around the world. This unexplained power outage deprives everyone of every piece of electrical technology, stranding humanity in a modern-day Dark Age.

On ABC’s “Last Resort,” the crew of a military submarine seeks refuge on a lost island after news that the U.S. may have been attacked. Not only are they cut off from the rest of the world, they’re considered rogue enemies being pursued by their own government.

Based on a series of graphic novels, CW’s “Arrow” features a dashing vigilante who aims to clean up his crime-ridden city as his alter ego Arrow in an effort to atone for misspent years as a millionaire playboy.

And on ABC’s macabre thriller “666 Park Avenue,” devilish Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams lord over their stately Manhattan apartment building, whose residents come seeking the fulfillment of their dreams but pay for them with their souls.

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