Fall's 10 Best New Shows
Fall's 10 Best New Shows
The only upside to summer coming to an end is that it opens the floodgates for all the networks to release their new fall offerings upon our eyes and ears. Although, given the heavy-hyped debuts of a few freshman series, it's understandable if you thought some were already on the air (yea, I'm looking at you, The New Normal).
With 24 new shows headed your way in the coming weeks, it's important to separate the hits from the misses -- so check out my list of fall's Top 10 New Shows!
Although the Connie Britton/Hayden Panettiere-fronted series revolves around music, this is not ABC's answer to Glee -- there are no overly produced production numbers ... although the vocal-heavy performances are still show-stoppers! As is the unexpectedly layered performance Panettiere gives as Juliette Barnes, the heavily-damaged rising pop-country star who seems hellbent on dethroning Britton's reigning country queen, Rayna James.
The pilot ends with the year's most haunting (scripted) musical performance, and the promise that Nashville will deliver top shelf drama!
Premieres October 10 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Ben and Kate
Originally titled Ben Fox is My Manny, this comedy starts strong despite playing off a well-worn trope (the immature older sibling relying on the more mature younger sibling) thanks to genuinely funny writing, excellent chemistry across the board and the promise of more. Allow me to explain.
Following production on the pilot, former Community executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan joined as show-runners, teaming with B&K's truly divine creator, Dana Fox, who based the show on real life experiences with her brother. And this holy trinity indicates the pilot's excellence will be magnified in weeks to come.
Premieres September 25 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.
A simple premise (what happens to a world without power) turns out to be anything but under former Supernatural scribe Eric Kripke's guiding hand as his vision for this post-"apocalyptic" world is more Game of Thrones than Hunger Games.
Although Katniss fans will be in luck as Revolution's leading lady (Tracy Spiridakos' Charlie) is cut from the same worn cloth as Miss. Everdeen. A rich mythology is interwoven from scene one, but the first ep's highlights are the gripping action scenes and any time Emmy-nominee Giancarlo Esposito is on screen as the show's villainous (or is he?) Captain Neville.
Premieres September 17 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
The 1960's set drama not only marks Dennis Quaid's TV debut, but could also turn out to be the first show since Mad Men that thrives in this era (see: The Playboy Club, Pan Am, Swingtown). Helping the show succeed are a top notch cast (Carrie Ann Moss, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Jones), pitch-perfect set design and an effortless writing style that perfectly meshes with Quaid's portrayal of the put upon Sheriff Lamb, who would rather be tending to his farm than fighting gangsters.
Premieres September 25 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
The New Normal
Creator Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story) is once again pushing buttons and boundaries with his first sitcom that has already drawn the ire of a Mormon church owned NBC affiliate in Utah. But here's what you may not know about the "controversial" show: it's actually the most balanced project to ever have Murphy's name attached to it. And that's not a criticism, it's a huge compliment considering how easy it would have been for him to go over-the-top with this story about a gay couple's search for a surrogate.
The full spectrum of opinions are represented -- Ellen Barkin channels Archie Bunker as the surrogate's foul-mouthed mother, while NeNe Leakes is a walking, sass-talking Pride flag -- but at the end of the day, the show's central message comes from the mouths of babes as the surrogate and her biological daughter (played by a pair of divine finds, Georgia King and Bebe Wood, respectively) believe that love makes a family. And isn't that the most normal idea you've heard all day?
Premieres September 11 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.