Autumn brings new seasons of old favorites to the small screen

Katherine Roth

With a new year ahead, Villanovans are exposed to a new year of television. What should we expect for the coming season? Last season meant the end for once-coveted shows, “The OC,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “7th Heaven.” Should we anticipate more cancellations? Will characters make grand exits a la Preston Burke? Will Addison Montgomery thrive in LA or miss the elevators of Seattle Grace? Will someone die on Wisteria Lane?

When Season 4 of the drama-filled Sunday show premieres, viewers will immediately be introduced to a brand new family. New tensions and relationships will form when the show premieres on Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. But, as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new. With a new family moving in, viewers will most likely be saying goodbye to one character during the February 2008 sweeps. The Season 3 finale may have left viewers with questions, but the writers have set up an exciting fourth season for the medical drama. The former interns (minus George) are now residents and some will have issues in having to report to their new chief resident. With Addison leaving for Los Angeles, Mark will attempt to rekindle his once strong friendship with Derek. Premieres Sept. 27.

When the second season premieres, lives hang in the balance for several characters. Viewers will say goodbye to one of their favorite heroes by the end of the second season. Another huge threat is targeting all the characters of “Heroes,” but unfortunately this threat is far less attractive than Sylar. This second season of last year’s smash hit premieres on Sept. 24 on NBC. Viewers will be able to see Addison Montgomery in her new show “Private Practice” on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. We can expect similar patient situations as well as steamy relationships, elevator encounters, workplace debacles and the witty dialogue that creator Shonda Rhimes delivers in every episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” “Private Practice” premieres on Sept. 26.