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Ted Danson, Jessica Lange and Kelsey Grammer are just a few of the familiar 50+ faces on TV this fall

For grownup viewers, there's a lot to love on television this fall.

There are plenty of mature faces returning in favorite shows: Mark Harmon in NCIS, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, Ed O'Neill in Modern Family, Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia in Parenthood, Dana Delany in Body of Proof, just to name a few.

You'll see some stellar guest casting, too. Tony Bennett will help launch the new season of Tom Selleck's Blue Bloods Sept. 23 and Peter Fonda will show up as a bad guy on Hawaii Five-0.

But some very familiar 50ish faces that you haven't seen on TV for a while will also be returning to weekly shows, most of them new. Take a look at who's back.

Faces of Fall tv season,  Ted Danson, CSI

Ted Danson (center) stars in CSI. — Robert Voets/CBS

TED DANSON, 63: Cleverly cast as new supervisor D.B. Russell, Danson may be just the magic CSI needs to lighten and freshen the show in Season 12. He is charming as Russell, a happily married family man, on the CBS crime show. The Cheers TV comedy icon, who in Damages proved he's a dramatic actor too, doesn't need to take on another series, but he says he finds it a joy to go to work.

Faces of Fall TV season, Tim Allen, Last Man Standing

Tim Allen stars in Last Man Standing. — ABC/Randy Holmes

TIM ALLEN, 58: Allen's Last Man Standing on ABC has him as a guy's guy surrounded by females — his wife (Nancy Travis) and their three daughters. After some retooling, the show looks like a second generation of his popular 1990s comedy Home Improvement. Whether Last Man stoops to buffoonery (judging from the pilot, it could go either way) will depend on how sharply it is written. One good omen: The boss is Jack Burditt of 30 Rock.

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