It’s a big year for women on TV—especially for these 16 returning favorites who are tackling new series after long runs in previous hits.
Then: Married…with Children (1987-1997), Jessie (1998-2000), Samantha Who? (2007-2009).
Now: Plays a 40-something first-time mom and working woman on Up All Night, costarring Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.
Starts Sept. 14, NBC, 10 p.m.
Then: The O.C. (2003-07).
Now: Plays a New York doctor who inherits a small-town practice from a mysterious benefactor in the CW’s Hart of Dixie.
Starts Sept. 26, CW, 9 p.m.
Then: ER (1997-98 season during its 1994-2009 run).
Now: Stars in this Americanized version of Prime Suspect, the award-winning U.K. crime series that won Helen Mirren two Emmy Awards.
Starts Sept. 22, NBC, 10 p.m. (same timeslot as ER)
Then: Friday Night Lights (2006-11)
Now: Stars with Dylan McDermott as a couple who buys a haunted house in American Horror Story.
Starts Oct. 5, FX
Then: My So-Called Life (1994-95, short lived but brilliant).
Now: Stars as a volatile CIA officer in the psychological thriller Homeland.
Starts Oct. 2, Showtime
Then: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).
Now: Plays a witness to a crime who is hiding out as her twin sisters in Ringer.
Starts Sept. 13, CW, 9 p.m.
Then: Big Love (2006-2011).
Now: Plays two roles—a storybook princess and a modern-day school teacher in Once Upon a Time.
Starts Oct. 23, ABC, 8 p.m.
Then: Friday Night Lights (2006-09).
Now: She is one of Charlie’s angels in the new reboot of the 1970s action-detective series.
Starts Sept. 22, ABC, 8 p.m.
Then: Emmy winner for Will & Grace (1998-2006).
Now: In Smash, she plays a wife, mother and Broadway songwriter creating a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Starts Feb. 6, NBC
Then: Without a Trace (2002-09).
Now: Stars in Unforgettable as a former cop with the gift of total recall who is recruited to help the NYPD.
Starts Sept. 20, CBS, 10 p.m.
Then: House (2004-2010).
Now: Plays a woman with a troubled past in the dark fantasy, Once Upon a Time.
Then: The Rosie O’Donnell Show (1996-2002).
Now: The one-time Queen of Nice stars in a new talkathon, The Rosie Show.
Starts Oct. 10, OWN
Then: That ‘70s Show (1998-2006).
Now: Plays the title character in Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (based on the Chelsea Handler’s bestseller (while the late-night talk-show host plays her own sister).
Starts mid-season, NBC
Big Hit: Emmy winner for My Name Is Earl.
Now: In I Hate My Teenage Daughter, she plays a mom who realizes the daughter she raised is a mean girl, just like the ones who tormented her in high school.
Starts Nov. 30, Fox, 9:30 p.m.
Then: Becker (2002-2004).
Now: Plays Tim Allen’s hard-working wife in Last Man Standing.
Starts Oct. 11, ABC, 8 p.m.
Then: Everwood (2002-06); Brothers & Sisters (2007-10).
Now: She seeks Revenge among the elite in the Hamptons.
Starts Sept. 21, ABC, 10 p.m.
Related: 20 TV Shows to Watch this Fall
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