The 12 New Shows We'll Be Watching Next Season
It's only May, but we're already reserving couch time for all the new TV shows debuting next season. We've examined each network's primetime schedule, we've watched every trailer, and we've come away with a dozen promising new series that we'll give at least a one-episode tryout. Take a look at our very early favorites.
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30 PM)
Who doesn't like Michael J. Fox? (Okay, if you raised your hand, we don't want to know you.) We're all rooting for the former Alex P. Keaton to make a triumphant return to primetime with his self-titled sitcom, where he plays a newsman returning to work after battling Parkinson's. And the trailer looks pretty good, with lots of familiar faces ("Breaking Bad's" Marie! Bunk from "The Wire"! Katie Finneran!) and a surprising willingness to wring laughs out of Fox's real-life affliction. Aside from maybe "S.H.I.E.L.D.," this is the surest-fire hit of the bunch.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC, Tuesdays at 8 PM)
"The Avengers" dominated the box office last summer; now we'll see if their S.H.I.E.L.D. pals can dominate the TV ratings this fall. "Avengers" director (and "Buffy" mastermind) Joss Whedon is at the helm of this bold, bright comic-book spinoff, which resurrects Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, the head of an elite task force of human agents fighting alongside superheroes. The trailer promises plenty of slam-bang CGI action and sly wit. (Three words: "Don't touch Lola.") Our only problem: that unwieldy title, with all those damn periods. Too bad "The Shield" is already taken.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM)
Andy Samberg was one of the best parts of "SNL" before he left, and "Parks and Recreation" is one of the best comedies on TV, so our expectations are sky-high for this new cop comedy from "Parks and Rec" producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor. Samberg stars as an always-goofing Brooklyn detective who has to straighten out his act — and wear a tie! — when a new captain (the never-less-than-great Andre Braugher) takes over. But the boss never said he had to wear that tie around his neck… Lots of potential for "The Office"-esque workplace laughs here, and we can't wait to see who wins the battle of wills between Samberg and Braugher. (Our money's on Braugher, obviously.)