While last week’s Guide was all about getting into another round of well-established shows, now it’s time to take a look at the newcomers. Find out which network is going to burn a shitload of cash by betting on the wrong horse and who will come up with the next Breaking Bad. The following shows are not necessarily the best, but they will be the ones everybody’s going to be talking about this fall.
Is this modern-day-Sherlock-Holmes-in-New York show really one of the promising candidates? Hard to say, because the trailer looks a bit overzealous. But Elementary is definitely among the shows to check out this fall. Especially since Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays Holmes in the modern day BBC version Sherlock, which is exceptional by the way) heavily criticized the decision of CBS to cast Johnny Lee Miller as their Sherlock (though he later took everything back and claimed that he was misquoted ). Lucy Liu is going to play Dr. Watson, by the way. Plenty of reasons to take a look at it.
Elementary premieres on September 27 on CBS.
J.J. Abrams is the magic word when it comes to Revolution, a show set in a near future where militias rule a world without electricity. Abrams acts as a producer, which is kind of a bad sign—after creating such milestones of TV history as Lost, Alias and Fringe, the shows he produced (Person of Interest and Alcatraz) were all terrible. Will Revolution be a Cormac McCarthy-inspired masterpiece or just a overproduced, softened waste of time? We’ll find out soon enough.
Revolution premieres on September 17 on NBC.
Not a big country fan, but I wasn’t into women’s boxing either and Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby blew me away. So I guess as long as the script is well written and the actors are great, a story can be set anywhere. In this case, the outlook is quite exciting: the show is about a fading country music legend (played by Connie Britton) who has to compete with her teen rival, and it might be this seasons biggest hit.
Nashville premieres on October 10 on AMC.
I know, I know. Who the heck needs quirky Mindy Kaling from The Office when we’ve got quirky Liz Lemon coming back with another season of 30 Rock with an alleged guest appearance from Bill Clinton? On the other hand, the trailer doesn’t look too bad, Mindy Kaling is quite fun on twitter and I really wanted to include a new comedy show to the list. The alternative to The Mindy Project would have been Ben and Kate, but nobody seriously wants to see that.
The Mindy Project premieres September 25 on FOX.
Published September 12, 2012.