Every spring the television broadcast networks trot out their fall and midseason lineups at annual presentations for advertisers and media. These so-called upfronts allow the networks to tell fans what shows are going to be renewed, what shows are getting the axe, and what they have in development. This year, the networks are rolling a vast slate of new sitcoms, some reality television, more than a handful of white guy-driven shows, and a lot of fairytale dramas. While a bunch of the new shows look like they could be dead on arrival, and very few totally blew us away, there were a handful of programs that we’re definitely already excited about. Today we are presenting five new fall shows we’re excited to see. Since we’re basing our judgment on clips and conjecture, we are prepared to eat our words when first episodes air and we realize the grave errors we have made (we take our words with gravy!) and/or bask in our brilliant ability to pick winners for television and take our talent to the horse track. Come back tomorrow when we pick five shows that should go back to the drawing board.
“Suburgatory” or ABC
Our interest in this show is based exclusively on casting in that we will watch Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) in anything. Adding Jeremy Sisto (“Six Feet Under”) to the cast is icing on the Cheryl Hines cake. The show follows single-dad Sisto as he moves his teenage daughter (Jane Levy) to the suburbs to prevent her from having sex. Because the suburbs are basically birth control, right? Cheryl Hines plays the friendly neighborhood woman trying to hook up with Sisto. The plot is thin, but the cast is so strong, this show is worth a look.
“Prime Suspect” on NBC
Maria Bello, Kirk Acevedo, and Aidan Quinn star in this adaptation of the British crime miniseries. While Maria Bello is no Dame Helen Mirren, the original show was brilliant and we are very hopeful that the script can withstand Americanization. However the main thing going for this show is that it is directed and produced by Peter Berg who against all odds made us (specifically, me) love football in “Friday Night Lights”: