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Everything You Need To Know To Catch Up On Fall TV

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    Fall, a.k.a. prime TV-watching season, is finally here — so let the games begin. But before you sit down to spend some quality time with your favorite returning characters, ask yourself this: Are you sure you remember where things left off during the spring finales? We didn't think so.

    So if you can't recall exactly who was in peril in May, or who was about to get married, or which secret agents were on the brink of a breakup, don't sweat it. We've got you covered. Our guide will clue you into who got coupled up, who broke things off, and who might have been killed with a baseball bat.

    Don't be that person constantly asking your friends to pause the DVR to refresh your memory. Go back to your favorite shows totally prepared. It should go without saying, but just in case: Spoilers ahead!


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    Scream Queens
    Season 2 premieres on September 20

    Where We Left Off: Hester (Lea Michele), the second baby born to the sorority sister who died in childbirth during the pilot's flashback, was revealed to be the Red Devil. Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) knows Hester is the murderer, but to keep her own sins under wraps, she lets the Chanels take the fall. Surprisingly, they actually handle being sentenced to a mental institution fairly well.

    What's Happening This Season: In the follow-up to its freshman season, Ryan Murphy's series is sending the Chanels and company from higher education to a psych hospital. The second season will also feature a few notable new cast members, including John Stamos as Dr. Brock Holt and Taylor Lautner as Dr. Cassidy Cascade.

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    New Girl
    Season 6 premieres September 20

    Where We Left Off: Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) planned then replanned their wedding before finally holding multiple ceremonies. Nick (Jake Johnson) is following Regan (Megan Fox) to New Orleans (very conveniently for about the length of a summer break, so he'll likely be back with an affection for jazz by the season premiere). Aly (Nasim Pedrad) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) finally got together. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) broke up with Sam (again) and realized she's totally in love with Nick (also again).

    What's Happening This Season: Cece and Schmidt are settling into domestic bliss. Will they start a family? Will they start a lifestyle brand? And anything is possible as Jess deals with the realization that she and Nick are endgame.

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    Grey's Anatomy
    Season 13 premieres September 21

    Where We Left Off: Last season on Grey's Anatomy, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) got beaten up by a patient (but she's okay!). Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) fell off the wagon but got back up again. April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) were enemies then frenemies, and are now besties who are low-key in love (with a baby!). Chief Bailey (Chandra Wilson) came down hard on her husband after a patient died, but they made up in the season finale (successful emergency C-sections often lead to reconciliation).

    What's Happening This Season: What's causing tension going into season 13? Amelia and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are married, but there are a million factors (her drug addiction, his PTSD, the fact that he and Cristina are destined to be together) that could get in the way of their union. Meredith hooked up with Owen's angsty ex-friend, but while they were making sex-eyes at each other, Maggie admitted she has a crush on him. Sister drama, for sure.

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    Blackish
    Season 3 premieres September 21

    Where We Left Off: Blackish is getting a new baby! Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) is pregnant, and Dre (Anthony Anderson) is worried he might get laid off from his job.

    What's Happening This Season:
    Sitcom pregnancy hijinks will most definitely ensue, the whole Johnson family will head to Disney World, and Daveed Diggs (of Hamilton fame) will appear in multiple episodes.

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    Empire
    Season 3 premieres September 21

    Where We Left off: Jamal (Jussie Smollett) got shot, but he's (mostly) fine. Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) got left at the altar, and he's sort of fine. But the season's major cliffhanger is the fate of a very pregnant Anika (Grace Gealey) and a vengeful Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday), who were last seen fighting on top of a tall building.

    What's Happening This Season: Judging by all the uninterrupted flirting between Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard), plus some brotherly bonding, it looks like the Lyons might be focusing on outside threats this season. They have plenty of enemies beyond the family, and it could be fascinating to see just how scary the dynasty can be when they're all totally united.