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You can keep Christmas, we’ll take fall TV season, thank you very much!
The five big networks released their fall schedules last week at their upfront presentations in New York City, but what we get really excited about is getting our first look at the new shows coming to a TV screen near you in just a few short months.
From Kevin Bacon starring in The Following to Connie Britton playing a country superstar on Nashville, here are the 10 new shows we’re anticipating most eagerly…
Let’s be real, we’re pretty excited to see Scott Speedman back on our TV and in uniform. This submarine action drama from the genius behind The Shield, Shawn Ryan, is set to give us everything we never knew we wanted from ABC. Quite the departure from housewives and fairytales, this thriller is unlike anything else on the small screen.
It’s Connie Britton, y’all! Music and rivalry, what’s not to love? The Friday Night Lights actress wows us with her country twang as a singer trying to reinvent herself in the music mecca. Of course, every hero needs a nemesis, and hers is a young Taylor Swift-esque singer played by Hayden Panettiere. With some great music and longing looks between band mates, we are ready for all the episodes, ABC.
We have to admit we were skeptical about this Sherlock Holmes reboot until we saw the trailer. Jonny Lee Miller looks awesome and just crazy enough to pull off the recently rehabbed British detective. Plus, the much-talked-about twist of Lucy Liu as Holmes’ female companion, Dr. Joan Watson, could give this Big Apple version a very different dynamic.
One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush + Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie = win! From the creators of Will & Grace, Urie and David Krumholtz play best friends/architects whose working relationship resembles a marriage. Bush plays Krumholtz’s fiancée, while former Superman Brandon Routh is Urie’s significant other. From the footage we’ve seen, it seems like Urie has found himself yet another scene-stealing role.
Um, hello washboard abs and killer bow-and-arrow skills that are giving The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner a run for his money as Hollywood’s hottest archer! Stephen Amell stars in the network’s dark retelling of DC Comics’ Green Arrow, which looks to be taking a much different approach to the superhero genre than Smallville (Think Batman Begins). Bonus? Katie Cassidy, one of our favorite TV gals, is the show’s leading lady (and eventual Black Canary!).
The Carrie Diaries
Sure, we already know who Carrie ends up with, thanks to a little HBO show you may have heard of called Sex and the City, but isn’t the journey usually more fun than the destination? Judging from the first trailer for the prequel, we’re going to enjoy watching a 16-year-old Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) fall in love for the first time…with a boy and New York City. Is it midseason yet?!
Hands down, the best pilot script we read this season, Kevin Williamson’s The Following looks to be a creepy and compelling ride. If the killer (pun fully intended) script wasn’t enough, the cast is top-notch, with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy starring as a former FBI agent and the serial killer he caught, but can’t quite seem to shake. The only negative? We have to wait until midseason to join this cult.
The Mindy Project
Does any show go more perfectly with Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl than Mindy Kaling’s new comedy The Mindy Project? Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question! Mindy had us at being arrested for drunkenly riding a bicycle into a pool.
The New Normal
“A family is a family and love is love.” Yeah, this is definitely a Ryan Murphy show! The New Normal centers on a gay couple’s (played by The Hangover’s Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) search for a surrogate to carry their child and the hijinks that ensue once they find the perfect match: Goldie (Georgia King), a Midwestern waitress and single mother, who kind of reminds us of a blonde Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).
We want to watch this show, like yesterday. One of our TV gods, J.J. Abrams, has teamed up with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke to bring us this high-concept drama that asks one harrowing question: What would happen if all forms of technology just stopped working? The pilot is directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, and judging by the four-minute movie-trailer-style promo, it’s going to be just as awesome as the superhero flick. And hello, Billy Burke being a total badass! (So long, Twilight’s Charlie Swan!)
2 Broke Girls: Renewed
48 Hour Mystery: Renewed
60 Minutes: Renewed
Blue Bloods: Renewed
Criminal Minds: Renewed
CSI: New York
Hawaii Five-0: Renewed
How I Met Your Mother: Renewed
Mike & Molly: Renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles: Renewed
Person of Interest: Renewed
The Amazing Race: Renewed
The Big Bang Theory: Renewed
The Good Wife: Renewed
The Mentalist: Renewed
Two and a Half Men: Renewed
Undercover Boss: Renewed
A Gifted Man: Canceled
CSI: Miami: Canceled
How to Be a Gentleman: Canceled
NYC 22: Canceled
Rules of Engagement: TBD
Friend Me, from Raising Hope’s Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, follows 20-something best friends who move to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum will also executive-produce.
Golden Boy (2012)
The one-hour drama chronicles one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner. Nicholas Wootton will write and executive-produce alongside Berlanti, who also has set up drama pilots at Fox (Guilty) and The CW (Arrow).
Made In New Jersey (AKA: Baby Big Shot)
The Janet Montgomery-led drama – about a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a Manhattan law firm – is the latest hour heading to series at the Eye. Dana Calvo penned the project for Jamie Tarses and Julia Franz’s Sony Pictures Television-based FanFare Productions. Erin Cummings, Felix Solis, Kyle MacLachlan, Pablo Schreiber, Stephanie March and Toni Trucks co-star while Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner.
Partners, from Emmy winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is the personal story of two lifelong friends and business partners whose friendship has lasted longer than any of their romantic relationships. When one decides to propose to his girlfriend, the other’s neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in a breakup.
The Lisa Ling-hosted reality competition – in which five contestants will go head-to-head for the chance to score their dream job at one of America’s most prestigious companies – has made the cut for Eye’s 2012-13 season lineup. James Sunderland, Mark Burnett and Michael Davies are all behind the project, which is being co-produced by Embassy Row Productions, Mark Burnett Productions and Sony Pictures Television.
The period drama – about Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), the cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s – rounded out the Eye’s wave of 2012-13 season pickups. Greg Walker and Nicholas Pileggi are behind the project, which comes from CBS Television Studios, director James Mangold, and fellow executive producers Arthur Sarkissian and Cathy Konrad. Carrie-Anne Moss, James Russo, Jason O’Mara, Michael Chiklis, Michael O’Neill, Michael Reilly Burke and Taylor Handley round out the hefty ensemble.