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It’s almost that exciting time of year when we get to catch up with our favorite TV characters (if their shows haven’t been nixed…I’ll sort of miss you, Secret Circle, but I can’t wait to see the Mystic Falls crew on Vampire Diaries in a few short weeks) and make some new fictional friends.
Yup, that sounded a little weird.
In any case, there are a whole slew of new shows of every genre coming out this fall. Here are a few that caught my eye:
666 Park Avenue (ABC)
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10/9c
You know anything that starts with “666” is going to be a little wicked. This show, an adaptation of Gabrielle Pierce's book series, is described as a combination between the eeriness of Lost with the ruthlessness of Desperate Housewives. The supernatural drama stars ABC alums Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) and Rachael Taylor (Charlie's Angels) as an innocent Midwestern couple who get hired as resident managers of The Drake, an Upper East Side apartment building owned by Lost's Terry O'Quinn and his wife, Housewives' Vanessa Williams. Too bad there’s only one catch: the residents have all made deals with the Devil to have their deepest desires fulfilled.
I find that primetime supernatural dramas seem to be ratings flops, so I’m sure this one will scrapped as soon as I start liking it, but I’ll give it a try. I just hope it’s more spooky than hokey (Please no Real Housewives of Hell)!
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c
A modern take on the comic book tale of Oliver Queen, Stephen Amell stars as Queen, aka the Green Arrow, a wealthy playboy by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night, in a gritty, brooding retelling of the famed superhero. Queen honed his archery skills on a deserted island for five years after surviving a boating accident that killed his father and girlfriend's sister, with whom he was having an affair. He returns to civilization to take down his father's enemies and to clear his family name. Sounds like Batman meats Revenge to me!
I expect this show will do well with the CW’s audience if they avoid going too macho with it, although the Wednesday timeslot has proven a little difficult for them to fill.
Beauty and the Beast (The CW)
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c
Kristin Kreuk (formerly of Smallville) and Jay Ryan star in the title roles, but don’t expect a Disney story with one. Ryan's Vincent Keller/beast will have nothing more than a scar on his face, though his actions will get "beastlier," as the producers put it, as the series progresses. The show is a remake of the 1987 procedural starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.
I remember the old series and, frankly, I don’t know how a dude with a scar on his face is going to measure up to Perlman’s hideous beast. Sounds more like the show should be called Beauty and the Jerk to me if it’s Keller’s actions that make him beastly, but I’m willing to give it a chance. This show gets the coveted timeslot after The Vampire Diaries, which gives it lots of ratings potential…but didn’t do much for Nikita (which is still dying a slot ratings death on Friday nights) or Secret Circle, which had promise but never really hit its stride.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c
This is a modern take on crime-solver Sherlock Holmes with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict and NYPD consultant. His Watson is his "sober companion," a former surgeon — and a woman (Lucy Liu). Twist! I think this show will do better with viewers if they take it in a quirky direction like Monk or Psych, but I haven’t heard much about it yet. I’m a Sherlock Holmes fan, though, so I’ll check it out.
Made in Jersey (CBS)
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c
It’s no surprise that with the success of Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, and Real Housewives of New Jersey that a network would try its hand at a Jersey-themed drama. Martina Garretti (played by Brit Janet Montgomery) is a streetwise Jersey girl attorney trying to make it in a big-time Manhattan law firm. And yes, from the pics it looks like she has a little bit of “guidette” style. While I think I’ve had about all I can take of Jersey shows, I’m hoping this one is more like the Stephanie Plum book series (although that’s about a bounty hunter not a lawyer) than Snooki meets Legally Blonde!
The Mindy Project (Fox)
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30
I’ve heard this is like Bridget Jones' Diary meets Scrubs. Mindy Kaling, who created the show, stars as the titular character, a single woman whose career is blossoming, but is much less lucky in her love life. Mindy works as an OBGYN and is a shameless rom-com aficionado. I loved Kaling’s work with The Office so this one could be worth watching, but the premise doesn’t totally interest me. Comedies like this don’t tend to fare well on Fox.
The New Normal (NBC)
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30/8:30c
In this show created by Ryan Murphy, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) hire Goldie (GeGeorgia King), a single mother, to be their surrogate just as she's trying to start a new life for herself and her daughter Shania (Bebe Wood). The series is the first new fall show to be boycotted (by One Million Moms), so at least it got some publicity. Modern Familyhas done well, so I think there’s hope for this one.
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 17 at 10/9c
The commercials for this one have me pretty interested. Creators J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) have come up with the mythology-heavy drama. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where there is no electricity, the series stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke, and Giancarlo Esposito as a group of people struggling to figure out how the technology vanished and who holds the figurative power among the survivors. Sounds more like something for SyFy than NBC, but we’ll see.
The premise leaves lots of room for interesting development, and it could catch on with Lost addicts, but if they make it too complex, viewers are likely to lose interest. Abrams has played around with some interesting projects since Lost buthas failed to recapture its success; hopefully, this one will be a winner.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c
Ready for another 1960s period drama? This one’s based on the true story of Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb. The drama stars Dennis Quaid in his TV series debut as Lamb, a rancher who goes up against a powerful gangster (Michael Chiklis) to help bring order to Sin City. Jason O'Mara, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Sarah Jones co-star. The premise pretty much doesn’t interest me at all, but I tend to give anything Chiklis is in a try since I loved his work on The Shield and think he’s well-suited for a gangster role (though CBS will never let his character have half the grit of The Shield’s crooked cop, Vic Mackey).
Which of these shows do you think will stick around, and which will be dropped faster than you can say “Well that was pretty terrible”? What new fall shows interest you?