From fall's TV crop, these 10 shows deserve a look
This image released by ABC shows Terry O'Quinn as Gavin Doran in a scene from the ABC series "666 Park Avenue," premiering Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Patrick Harbron)
NEW YORK (AP) — You know how it goes. With the arrival of fall, a flurry of new shows descends from the five broadcast networks.
Many will be gone by next spring's thaw. A year from now, most will be faint memories, if that.
This image released by ABC shows Hayden Panettiere as Juliette in a scene from the new series "Nashville," premiering Oct. 10, at 10 p.m. EST on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Katherine Bomboy-Thornton)
But a handful will take hold. Which? No one knows.
What can you do while you wait to find out? Sample the new crop (and take special note of the 10 recommended shows below). Then pick your favorites, tell your friends and keep your fingers crossed.
This image released by NBC shows Andrew Rannells as Bryan, left, and Justin Bartha as David in a scene from "The New Normal," premiering Sept. 11, 2012 at 9:30p.m. EST on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)
— "Ben and Kate" (Fox; premieres Sept. 25). In a nutshell: This is the funniest new comedy of the fall and an instant candidate for most charming sitcom on the air. Ben is a high-rev, up-for-anything flibbertigibbet. Kate, his younger sister, has been pressed into timidity by setbacks in life. A single mother of adorable Maddie, she is barely making ends meet as a bar manager. She's stuck and reluctant to move. How fortunate that Ben drops in to stir up his trademark brand of chaos. Meanwhile, she and Maddie are ready to help ground him a bit. This slender premise is made robust by the writing and the actors, notably Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson in the title roles, who both are irresistible in vastly different ways (he is kinetic, she is winsome), not to mention being skillful comedians. And Lucy Punch is a scene-stealer as Kate's co-worker and her sexy, screwball best friend. "Ben and Kate" strikes a wonderful balance: wacky and warmhearted, a gang you'd want to join crouched under the nearest dinner table for their regular "family meetings."