Here is some of what will be available to viewers beyond the commercial broadcast networks. It includes cable, public television and online options, both new and returning shows. Because of the immensity of television, this is only a small sample. You should keep an eye on individual programmers and their websites for more possibilities and information.
American Horror Story: Coven, FX. Oct. 9. Third installment in the creep show from Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee).
Behind the Mask, Hulu. Oct. 29. A look at sports mascots from the point of view of mascots from a high school, college, minor-league hockey team and the NBA.
The Birthday Boys, IFC. Oct. 18 Series with the sketch-comedy troupe named in the title, and with executive producers Bob Odenkirk (Saul on Breaking Bad) and Ben Stiller.
Downton Abbey, PBS. Call this a beware-of-spoilers alert. The series has a fourth season set for telecast in the U.S. in January — but it begins airing in England on Sept. 22. So if you want to keep your viewing experience pure, stay away from Google searches about the show, which will probably yield lots of posts from overseas watchers. In any case, the new season will be without Matthew (Dan Stevens), whose character died last season, and O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran, who decided three seasons was enough), but will have more Shirley MacLaine.
Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk, Cartoon Network. Thursday. Second season of the Dreamworks Dragons series. This time around, “Hiccup and his dragon Toothless lead the way as the gang graduates from experienced riders to confident defenders. The group will face a surprising enemy, rare and wild dragons and exciting adventures.”
Genealogy Roadshow, PBS. Sept. 23. The Antiques Roadshow formula is applied to family histories, as people try to get claims about their ancestors verified in what PBS calls a “part detective story, part emotional journey.”
Hello Ladies, HBO. Sept. 29. Stephen Merchant, a frequent collaborator with Ricky Gervais, stars in this new series as “a Web designer who recently relocated to L.A. from England in hopes of finding excitement, romance, and maybe even a soul mate.” Unfortunately he is also “half as charming as he thinks he is — and twice as desperate.”
Homeland, Showtime. Sept. 29. The third season of the Emmy-winning thriller.
House of Cards, Netflix. The second season of the acclaimed drama starring Kevin Spacey is due early in 2014.
Masters of Sex, Showtime. Sept. 29. Dramatic series about the life and work of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, played respectively by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
Mob City, TNT. Dec. 4. Gangsters and lawmen duel in 1940s Los Angeles. From writer-producer Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Green Mile), inspired by the nonfiction book L.A. Noir by John Buntin.
Ravenswood, ABC Family. Oct. 22. This spin-off of Pretty Little Liars — which will premiere following the telecast of the PLL Halloween special — involves the town of Ravenswood — not far from PLL’s Rosewood — “which has suffered under a deadly curse for generations.” Five strangers caught in the curse have to figure out what’s going on.
The Returned, Sundance. Oct. 31. Eight-part zombie drama from France.
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, DIY. Oct. 12. Vanilla Ice, who has of late been involved in home improvement, travels to an Amish settlement to learn the lost art of hand-craftsmanship and embeds himself with a traditional Amish family.
The Walking Dead, AMC. Oct. 13. In the fourth season of the hit series, says AMC, “Rick Grimes [Andrew Lincoln] and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living.”
Warehouse 13, Syfy. The series co-starring North Canton’s Eddie McClintock will have an abbreviated, final season in 2014.
Witches of East End, Lifetime. Oct. 6. Supernatural soap about an immortal witch (Julia Ormond) who has not yet told her adult daughters (Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston) about their powers and possible fate — until some spooky trouble comes into their lives. From Melissa de la Cruz’s novel.