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Ranking the 10 Most Promising New Network Shows of the Fall, Based on the Trailer Previews

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | May 16, 2013 | Comments ()


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We've been posting previews of the trailers for the new network shows this fall all week, and if you haven't been keeping up, here's a quick recap, centered on the 10 shows that show the most promise (not necessarily ratings-wise, but the ones most likely to be good, or at least decent).

1. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. (ABC, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)

What did you expect? Joss Whedon's action drama looks like it has all the Whedon-y goodness we could ask for, plus there's apparently a great mystery surrounding the resurrection of Agent Coulson. You know that "S.H.E.I.L.D." will mix action with wit, and hopefully a great Myth Arc that will keep the series from becoming a comic-book procedural.

2. Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10 p.m.)

I am almost reluctant to put this at number two, because the trailer looks outstanding (even if it does give away the entire pilot). Yes, there is a certain procedural element to it -- they have to cross off a bad guy from the Black List each week -- but Spader sells this, and he sell it hard.

3. The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.)

I already love "The Michael J. Fox Show," mostly because I can't help but love Michael J. Fox. He makes a non-issue of the Parkinson's almost immediately by making fun of it, making it the butt of the joke, but not in a cruel way. It has a sweet vibe, it's self-effacing, and home-y. It could save the network, but the 9:30 Thursday slot is an odd one.

5. Rake (Fox, Thursdays at 9 at midseason)

The adaptation of the quirky Australian legal drama starring Greg Kinnear as a brilliant f*ckup actually looks nearly as good as Blacklist looks on NBC. I'm in. It looks much better than "The Following," though Fox is using the same roll-out strategy to launch "Rake" during the "Glee" hiatus at mid-season.

6. Us and Them

The "Gavin and Stacey" remake, with Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter, has a Hall & Oates song playing over the trailer, so I cannot remain objective. Ritter's "panic dancing" pushed me over the edge, but more than anything, it's the quirky supporting cast that may make "Us and Them" the best new sitcom of next season.

7. The Crazy Ones (CBS, Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.)

This is old-school, beardless, 50-miles-a minute, schizophrenic Robin Williams, and honestly, I'm kind of looking forward to "Crazy Ones." I do have some nostalgic affection for that Robin Williams, before the family-movie beat dragged him into the comedy sewer. I think there's still something in the tank, and Sarah Michelle Gellar isn't so bad, either. Williams seems well-suited to this pilot, which is about a father and daughter working at an ad agency. He's manic, but tempered by the fact that he's on CBS. It reminds me of "Mork and Mindy" Robin Williams, and I'm OK with that.

8. Almost Human (Fox, Mondays at 8:00 p.m., late fall)

The J.J. Abrams sci-fi cop procedural, set in a future where humans partner with androids, looks promising, in part because of the cool visuals and a great cast that includes Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as a batsh*t robot. Ealy is always fantastic, but I love that he's also being used as comedic relif. There's certainly potential, but the procedural element is a bit of a turn off.

9. Brookyn Nine Nine (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.)

It's weird seeing a Michael Schur sitcom that's NOT documentary style, and I wish I liked the preview more. Andre Braugher is fantastic (and it's nice seeing him in a comedic role), but Andy Samberg already feels like a detriment to the series. It's a sitcom, and sitcom pilots are typically mediocre, so I will certainly give it a lot of leeway to get its legs, based simply on the talent involved.

10. The Millers (CBS, Thursdays 8:30 p.m.)

The Will Arnett sitcom, from Greg Garcia ("Raising Hope"), gets the nice post-"Big Bang Theory" slot, and unfortunately, it's a multicamera, laugh track sitcom, and the jokes suit the format. But, it has Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove, and Beau Bridges, so I can't overlook it.


Two other sitcoms with break-out potential: The Goldbergs (with Patton Oswalt narrating a wacky 1980's "The Wonder Years," and "Super Fun Night," based only on the presence of Rebel Wilson).




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  • Please No

    The look on Will Arnett's face in that picture accurately conveys how I feel about his new sitcom.

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. Must have rainbow suspenders.

  • jptaylorsg

    Bunk!!
    That is all

  • kali yuga

    Will Arnett, fart jokes, unbearable laugh track. "The Millers" looks like a parody of a bad sit-com. I couldn't make it through three minutes of the promo.

  • Guest

    am i the only one who finds 'us&them' creepy?
    here is why- she was the daughter of lauren graham on 'gilmore girls'
    lauren and jason dated on 'parenthood'. engaged even.
    now he is kissing her previous tv daughter?
    no. ew.

  • PaddyDog

    The status of Claudia (Margo Martindale's character) was left in limbo at the end of The Americans this season because they want to leave the option open for her to return if her sitcom doesn't work out. For this reason, I desperately want her sitcom to fail.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Agreed. They have her saying absolute crap on this new show. Masturbation, no-sex and fart jokes??

  • Jerce

    1) First Hannibal and now Blacklist...[Eddie Murphy voice] NBC has changed.[/Eddie Murphy voice]

    2) Greg Kinnear and Karl Urban and Andre Braugher...FOX is deliberately trying to get me to watch their network again, isn't it?

  • BAM

    Are those Rebel Wilson's nipples or just a bad shirt?

  • kushiro -

    I'm aware of the show Us & Them is based on, but for some reason my brain won't stop telling me it's a remake of Ned & Stacey.

  • JenVegas

    Soooo many awesome actors....so much room for abject faaaaailure. pleaseletthembegood. pleaseletthembegood.

  • Homestar

    Greg Kinnear and James Spader are two of my favorite people. Both their shows look good. Maybe I'll finally be able to stop watching Nashville.

  • Nicole

    Interesting cultural observation: In Gavin & Stacy, they slept together when they met up in London and it wasn't even remarked upon, etc. The American version has Stacy get sick but the not-conventionally-attractive BFFs still get it on. Hmm.

  • Homestar

    I thought that was interesting, too. I'm thinking the American writers needed to set up a reason why they wouldn't continue seeing each other, because she puked and ruined the romantic moment, or something. It seems like the cultural difference between the two leads in the UK version was more of an issue, and so their pairing was unlikely as a result. This is all just speculation. I love Gavin & Stacey so much that I'm super afraid the US version will eff it up forever.

  • "SHEILD"

    What is your problem with number 4?

  • kushiro -

    That's the wild card slot.

  • Controversial opinion: I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the SHIELD trailer.

  • ERM

    I was too. Although they probably had to put a lot less effort into their trailer than the creators of shows with less chance of getting picked up.

  • John W

    I'll be watching SHIELD because of Whedon, Michael J Fox because of Michael J Fox, Crazy Ones because of Buffy, Us and Them because of Rory, The Millers because of Will and Margo, and Almost Human because duh...robots.

  • Reno 911 alumni Kerri Kenney (Us & Them) and Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs)... someone had to post a comment citing the best part of this update...that is all.

  • Alex Smith

    There is no number 4 to see here, move along, move along.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    How long have networks been putting out trailers that spoil the entire first episode? I wish I hadn't watched the one that I did, now!

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I'll probably only end up watching SHIELD (weird spelling there, Dustin...twice) and Blacklist. With all the old shows I'm watching, I just can't afford to add more shows to my list. But who am I to resist Whedon and creepy Spader?

  • wonkeythemonkey

    Spader looks to be finally owning his baldness. I'm glad, it's so much better to just be bald than to sport a Robert California semi-combover thing.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I agree with you, but then Mr. J pointed out that no one looks askance at women who dye their hair or wear wigs and that I am a complete hypocrite for judging men who perform similar follicular acrobatics. So now I have to add, "it's his body" to my "it's her body" when the judging goes down on people doing weird things to themselves, even when what is happening to someone's scalp bears a more than passing resemblance to either a. a dead squirrel or b. pasta aioli.

  • PaddyDog

    I do think there's a difference between a person (man or woman) dying his/her hair and the weird fluffy comb-over shenanigans that Spader has been dabbling with for years which takes second place only to Trump's efforts. If a woman did a similar thing, I do think she would be laughed at also.

  • I can't wait for the Michael J Fox show. Finally something on NBC looks worth watching.

  • "Hannibal" and "Parenthood" would like to eat your face and give you a long warm hug, respectively.

  • Hannibal I enjoy (though it's not as good as people make it out to be), and I have not watched Parenthood at all.

  • Homestar

    You need to watch Parenthood. Dustin's review of it made me try it, and it's wonderful.

  • I have watched the first 7 episodes and I am so pissed at myself for not watching this show before. Easily one of the best on TV. I don't know about you, but when I watch the "previously on..." portion, I can see why I would have been turned off. It doesn't do the series any justice and I don't think the previews do any better. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Homestar

    Yeah, those are pretty annoying. I sometimes put the "previously on" on mute.

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