Broadway fans may recognize some familiar faces on TV in the coming weeks: Many stage stars have landed high profile gigs on fall's buzzed-about new network series. To plan your viewing, check out our handy cheat sheet, then show your support for Broadway veterans on the small screen.
Broadway Headliners: Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed, The Understudy)
Synopsis: After his wife dies in a car accident, radio sportscaster Ryan (Matthew Perry) is forced to join a support group, where he butts heads with the group’s well-meaning, if not completely prepared, head counselor (Benanti). Perry soon forms an unlikely bond with the various ragtag members of the group, including a lesbian widow (White).
Watch: Tuesdays on NBC, 9:00 PM ET; premieres September 11.
The New Normal
Broadway Headliners: Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Tony winner Ellen Barkin (The Normal Heart), Justin Bartha (Lend Me a Tenor)
Synopsis: The latest series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy follows a gay couple living in Ohio (Rannells and Bartha) who decide they want to become parents. The duo hires a surrogate named Goldie (Georgia King), who is already a young mother. Goldie’s outspoken and conservative grandmother (Barkin) is far from pleased with the arrangement.
Watch: Tuesdays on NBC, 9:30 PM ET; premieres September 11.
Broadway Headliner: Michael Urie (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Angels in America)
Synopsis: Two life-long friends, one gay (Urie) and one straight (David Krumholtz), go into an architecture business together. The pair must now balance their personal and professional bonds as one gets engaged and the other enters a new relationship.
Watch: Mondays on CBS; 8:30 PM ET; premieres September 24.
Broadway Headliner: Justin Kirk (Other Desert Cities, The Understudy)
Synopsis: After eight seasons as Uncle Andy on Weeds, Kirk joins another TV wild bunch as Dr. George Coleman, the head doctor of a veterinary practice. Coleman treats his various animal patients while dealing with their equally rowdy owners.
Watch: Wednesdays on NBC; 8:00 PM ET; premieres September 26.
Made in Jersey
Broadway Headliner: Tony winner Donna Murphy (The People in the Picture, Into the Woods)
Synopsis: Driven lawyer Deb Garetti Keenan (Jessica Blank) may lack the Ivy League education of her co-workers at an esteemed New York law firm, but the New Jersey native’s street smarts help her to keep up with the pack. Murphy appears as Keenan’s supportive mother, Darlene.
Watch: Fridays on CBS; 9:00 PM ET; premieres September 28.
666 Park Avenue
Broadway Headliner: Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim, Into the Woods)
Synopsis: A young midwestern couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) land jobs as the resident managers of a swanky Upper East Side apartment building owned by Olivia Doran (Williams) and her husband, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn). They soon discover supernatural forces running rampant in a building in which the residents have made bargains with the devil.
Watch: Sundays on ABC; 10:00 PM ET; premieres September 30.
Broadway Headliner: Colin Donnell (Anything Goes, Merrily We Roll Along)
Synopsis: This modern take on the comic book series The Green Arrow follows millionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who is located on a remote island after having been presumed dead for years. Upon his return, Oliver, now armed with incredible strength and a knack for archery, sets out to right the wrongs caused by his family. Donnell plays Oliver's rich playboy pal Tommy.
Watch: Wednesdays on the CW; 8:00 PM ET; premieres October 10.
Emily Owens M.D.
Broadway Headliners: Mamie Gummer (Les Liasons Dangereuses, The School for Lies) and Necar Zadegan (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo)
Synopsis: After graduating from medical school, quirky Emily Owens (Gummer) lands a spot as an intern at Denver Memorial Hospital. Ready for the next step into adulthood, Owens is dismayed when she learns her high school tormentor (Aja Naomi King) and a former crush (Justin Hartley) are among her co-workers. Zadegan plays Emily's superior.
Watch: Tuesdays on the CW; 9:00 PM ET; premieres October 16.