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Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.

The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the "Roseanne" and "Will & Grace" mode. More heartwarming dramas taking a circle-of-life page from "This Is Us." More crime and medical dramas in which the good guys always win, and in just an hour (minus commercial time).

As once-mighty broadcast ratings continue to be shredded by media alternatives, the networks are going where viewers are pointing...