Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall TV Shows to Look For...

I am super late with this post like I have been with every post lately, but since most people have on-demand, you can catch up if you have missed the first one or two episodes.  These are some new shows that are getting attention:
"Nashville," Oct. 10 (Wednesday 10pm on ABC)
In the best new drama of the season, Connie Britton is a country music superstar who finds success slipping away; Hayden Panettiere is a fast-rising young diva who threatens her. The pilot is well-written and mostly well-acted (Panettiere doesn't ring entirely true), and the music covers the broad range of what's labeled "country" today. "Nashville" isn't perfect, but the pilot shows lots of soapy promise.

"The Mindy Project," Sept. 25 (Tuesday 9:30pm Fox)

Mindy Kaling created and stars in this potentially amusing comedy about a doctor who's inept at love. It's a very Mindy project, so how much you like it may depend on your tolerance for Kaling; I was moderately charmed.
"Ben & Kate," Sept. 25 (Tuesday 8:30 pm on Fox)

A young single mom (Dakota Johnson) has to cope with her lovable loose cannon of a brother (Nat Faxon) in a comedy with so much charm (and such a cute kid, played by Maggie Jones) that you'll overlook the fact that the pilot is more amusing than hilarious.
"Elementary," Sept. 27 (Thursday 10pm on CBS) 
Fall's best new procedural stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson, living in contemporary New York and consulting with the police on challenging cases. Well, he consults; she keeps an eye on him as his "sober companion," hired by his father. It's all surprisingly engaging.
"Revolution," Sept. 17  (Monday 10pm on NBC) 

Written by Eric Kripke ("Supernatural") and produced by J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), "Revolution" begins intriguingly, as all the power in the world goes out, never to return. Fifteen years pass (and I'd have liked to see some of those 15 years) before a young woman (Tracy Spiridakos) sets out for Chicago to find her uncle. I'm still intrigued, but "Revolution" feels a bit too much like "Terra Nova" for its own good.
"The New Normal," Sept. 11 (Tuesday 9:30pm on NBC)
Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells are gay partners who want a child,  and Georgia King is the single mom who may become their surrogate in a comedy from Ryan Murphy ("Glee") and Ali Adler. The pilot is shrill and silly, with stereotypes (especially Ellen Barkin as King's hateful grandmother) overflowing, but also with heartfelt scenes that suggest the better show this might become.
"Partners," Sept. 24 (Monday 8:30pm on CBS)

David Kohan and Max Mutchnick ("Will & Grace") are longtime friends and writing partners, one straight and the other gay. They've written their relationship into this heavy-handed comedy about a stereotypical gay guy (Michael Urie of "Ugly Betty") and a strait-laced straight one (David Krumholtz) who are architects and best friends, until a fiancée (Sophia Bush) enters the picture.
"Emily Owens, M.D.," Oct. 16 (Tuesday 9pm on the CW) 

Way more fun than it sounded, "Emily Owens" stars Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep's daughter) as a young doctor who was a high school nerd and thinks she can get a fresh start at her new hospital. Sadly, the bullying and heartbreak follow her. Gummer is charming and relatable, and "Emily Owens" comes off as a younger, more innocent "Grey's Anatomy."
"666 Park Avenue," Sept. 30 (Sunday 10pm on ABC)

Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams star in this drama where the residents of The Drake, Park Avenue's most devilish address are subject to evil, obsession and supernatural occurrences included in the rent.


"Vegas," Sept. 25 (Saturday, 10:00 pm on CBS) 

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid star as a mobster and a lawman butting heads in 1960 Las Vegas. What a great show that could be. "Vegas," unfortunately, is dull and uninvolving.
"Made in Jersey," Sept. 28 (Friday 9pm on CBS)

Janet Montgomery (she's British; see if you notice) balances her big, loud New Jersey family with a new job at a fancy Manhattan law firm in a drama that's a typical CBS procedural, with Jersey humor that may escape people who don't get the whole New Jersey thing.
"Guys With Kids," Sept. 26 (Wednesday 8:30pm on NBC)

Men toting babies. Hilarious! And how about them trying to change diapers? Wacky, huh? Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford are dads coping in manly fashion in a sitcom that doesn't aim high.
"Chicago Fire," Oct. 10 (Wednesdays 10 pm on NBC)

Firemen clash with paramedics, often with their shirts off, in a Dick Wolf drama with a been-there, sprayed-water-on-that feeling.
"Malibu Country," Nov. 2 (Friday 8:30 pm on ABC)

If you were a fan of "Reba" -- well, this is the same show, with full-on Reba McEntire (as a country singer who moves her family to Malibu) but somewhat less charm. The best I can say  is that it is precisely what it aims to be.

"The Carrie Diaries," midseason on the CW 

AnnaSophia Robb is young Carrie Bradshaw, in high school in the 1980s, in a "Sex and the City" prequel that has elements going for it (notably, Carrie and her family and friends) but may be taking a wrong turn by bringing in the New York fashion world prematurely.

1 comment:

Wade Wilson said...

Thanks for the compilation; I’ve been able to catch quite a few of these premieres on my DVR. So far Elementary has caught my attention, and I think that The Mindy Project will be a great success. A friend that I work with at DISH said that if the new faces of Holmes and Watson get enough fans, it might reshape the entire Sherlock Holmes franchise. I’m glad that my Hopper has so much memory, because I want to keep the full seasons to watch some episodes over. Now I just need the time to watch everything I need (want) to.