Darkness (and Beavis) permeates fall cable fare

Fall TV Preview 2011-12: Cable networks

It’s nostalgia time at the non-broadcast nets, which are tapping some old favorites for new projects.

Claire Danes, Rosie O’Donnell, and even Beavis and Butt-Head are back on TV. And the revival of the Western comes courtesy of AMC. Once the king of cringe with his wicked “Nip/Tuck,” ”Glee” creator Ryan Murphy goes back to the dark side this October with “American Horror Story” on FX.

Here’s a look at some of what’s new this fall on cable:

“Homeland”
(Showtime, premiering Oct. 2)
Claire Danes plays a CIA agent convinced that a released POW (Damian Lewis) is now a terrorist operative.

“American Horror Story”
(FX, Oct. 5)
Chilling series about a family (Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga) who move into a haunted house. Jessica Lange co-stars as the creepy neighbor.

“Rosie”
(OWN, Oct. 10)
Rosie O’Donnell returns to her roots with this new latenight talker.

“Enlightened”
(HBO, Oct. 10)
Laura Dern stars with Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd in this comedy about a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening after a nervous breakdown.

“Five” (Lifetime, Oct. 10)
Drama anthology of connected stories directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris exploring the impact of breast cancer on five women.

“Boss” (Starz, Oct. 21)
Kelsey Grammer stars as a ruthless Chicago mayor.

“The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis” (Encore, Oct. 22)
An original documentary celebrating the life and career of the comic.

“Beavis and Butt-Head”
(MTV, Oct. 27)
The dim-witted duo is back in an all-new series

“Hell on Wheels” (AMC, Nov. 6)
Post-Civil War Western focusing on a soldier out for vengeance.

“The Exes” (TV Land, Nov. 30)
Mark Reisman (“Frasier”) sitcom about three divorced men living across the hall from their attorney.

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