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Fall Is Coming: The TV Shows That Can't Wait to Premiere

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | August 3, 2012 | Comments ()


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The dog days of summer are here, but already networks are rolling out both new and returning TV shows. Here's a look at the series debuting this month ahead of the fall lineup.

"Hell On Wheels" (Season Two)
8/9C Sunday, Aug. 12 -- AMC

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It may be "Deadwood" Light, but AMC's take on the Western has its moments. Instead of a gold mining town we've got a traveling railroad town in this post-Civil War tale led by former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount). Common, Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott and Christopher Heyerdahl round out the cast.


"Major Crimes"
10/9C Monday, Aug. 13 -- TNT

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A spin-off of the channel's popular "The Closer," Mary McDonnell leads the crew of the LAPD's Major Crimes unit as Captain Sharon Raydon now that Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda Lee Johnson is out. Although this show likely won't be groundbreaking, McDonnell is always great to watch.


"Bullet in the Face"
10/9C Aug. 16-17 -- IFC

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Blood flows and spurts freely in this, described as the most violent comedy in history, this two-night event on IFC stars Canadian actor Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, a psychopathic German assassin-turned-cop. Eric Roberts and Eddie Izzard star as mob bosses.


"Boss" (Season Two)
8/9C Friday, Aug. 17 -- Starz

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Kelsey Grammer is back as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, a man with a firm grip on the city if not his personal life or health (he has a debilitating brain disease). Sanaa Lathan and Jonathan Groff ("Glee") join the cast as aides to Kane in this look at corruption in politics and people in general.


"Copper"
10/9C Sunday, Aug. 19 -- BBC America

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Set in 1864 New York City, Tom Weston-Jones ("MI-5") stars as Kevin Corcoran, an Irish-American former boxer turned cop who patrols the city's Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran returned from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead, and when he's not trying to uncover the truth of what happened to his family, he's finding comfort in the arms of Eva Heissen (Franka Potente), the neighborhood madame.


Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio.


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  • chisolmism
  • does Eric Roberts have clones running around or something?

  • Gina

    BBC America? don't get that channel in my lineup. Is there any other (legal) way to watch that show?

  • Green Lantern

    Probably not.

  • CitizenErased

    Hell on Wheels is a great show, I enjoy it more than True Blood these days, its third on my list behind GOT and Boardwalk.

  • damnitjanet

    Hell on Wheels is pretty good stuff. Especially the boxing match last year between a mostly nekkid Anson Mount and Common.

  • I will give Hell on Wheels a shot, because I like watching Christopher Heyerdahl, and True Blood totally wasted his guest spot. Also, I am a sucker for costume drama, which means I will likely watch Copper, too - at least for a little while.

  • Wednesday

    "Hell on Wheels" has been a pretty stinky show. The best part about it is the soundtrack. Every character is just so predictable. The only one that holds any interest for me is The Swede.

  • Rocabarra

    I desperately wanted to like this show. I love Common, I love all things Old West-y, I love AMC. But I watched four episodes and just couldn't keep watching. My Dad is a fan and tried to convince me to come back, but your comment seems to back up my original assessment.

  • alm6762

    Deadwood lite is right. But that is one fine looking women.

  • Torgotronic

    After so many years of seeing Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, it's absolutely jaw-dropping to see him play such an out and out bastard, and do it so well. Someone's said it before, but it bears repeating; we seem to be in another Golden Age of television ("Boss", "Breaking Bad", "Game of Thrones", "Justified", just to name a few).

  • alm6762

    Did you see him as the Beast in XMen 3? He was the best thing in that movie, just great.

  • Maguita NYC

    I often wonder what Ari Emanuel's brother thinks of Grammer's portrayal in Boss...

  • badkittyuno

    Does anyone think the conspicuous lack of a certain someone in that promo for Major Crimes (not to mention all the commercials) may reveal who the leak in Brenda's squad is? Because if so, I'm going to be a very sad girl.

  • dizzylucy

    Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing. I hope the show manages to surprise us, it will be a let down if that's the case.
    I didn't realize Fritz was in the new show too - huh.
    I'm looking forward to Major Crimes though, I like the dynamic all the guys on the team have, especially on the lighter, humorous moments, and I've grown to really like Sharon as a character as well. The reluctant respect and sort of friendship she and Brenda developed has been interesting.

  • Louise

    Yup, I agree. I'm going to be sad, too -- though I've suspected it, and I think it's consistent characterization. What I want to know (and I'm so close to reading spoilers) is how Fritz is still here. I thought for sure their characters would move out of town when Kyra left.

  • Fluffy Duvet

    Kyra Sedgwick's performance in the latest episode of "The Closer" deserves special note (spoilers): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Snath

    Franke Potente is so underutilized. Hurray for her being in more stuffs.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Bullet in the Face" looks like violent mind-numbing goodness. I love it when underrated Eric Roberts plays bad guy. Just his lips, they are sleazy!

  • no one

    Roberts is one of the worst actors of his generation, worse then his sister, and anything he touches he ruins.

  • Clearly you didn't see him in Strange Frequency then because he was quite good in it.

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