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Ranking the 12 New Fall Series on ABC Based on their Trailer Previews

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 14, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 14, 2013 |

There’s a lot of new series over on ABC, but aside from “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.” I don’t find any of them that compelling, even the Rebel Wilson sitcom. It goes from tepid to bad around the 7th trailer.

1. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

Watch here.

2. Super Fun Night

The Rebel Wilson sitcom is the best sitcom on this list, and I’m afraid that’s not saying much. They’re really going for broad comedy over on ABC. They’re single-camera sitcoms with multi-cam mentalities. Lots of sight gags, only a few of them work.

3. The Goldbergs

It’s “The Wonder Years” set on the 80s, only wackier. No. Really. It IS “The Wonder Years” set in the 80s. Bill Lawrence is behind it, so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt, despite all the “wacky.”

4. Back in the Game

James Caan and the awesome blonde (Maggie Lawson) from “Psych”? Unfortunately, it’s not quite enough for what looks like yet another typical family sitcom with a baseball twist. The trailer on too many of the shows on this list look like the trailers for bad movie comedies.

5. Mixology

This dating sitcom — which all takes place in a bar on a single night — has a huge cast and looks like it has potential, but not that much potential. Feels like the premise could wear thin quickly.

6. Resurrection

A boy who dies 32 years ago reappears, still the same age as he was when he disappeared, and is reunited with his parents, who are now very old. I think he fell into a wormhole. It looks … interesting, but again, I’m not sure how long the series can sustain the premise. It’s a good mystery, but I don’t want to watch 22 episodes — or 5 seasons — to see it be solved.

7. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

The “Once Upon a Time” spin-off actually looks like a slightly less interesting “Once Upon a Time,” following Alice, which I guess is the point. But it’s not grabbing me at all.

8. Mind Games

Christian Slater and Steve Zahn are brothers who start some kind of quirky agency that “changes people’s minds without people knowing it.” It’s got Steve Zahn going for it, but Slater means it’ll be dead in the water a month after it debuts.

9. Lucky 7

A series about seven down-on-their-luck people winning the lottery, and the aftermath of that.

Trophy Wife

10. Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford! It’s Step-Mom the sitcom, minus the cancer. I like the cast, so I want to like the sitcom, but I don’t really care for the trailer. It looks like one of those badly focus-tested shows with, again, way a lot of broad, slap-sticky sight gags.

11. Killer Women

A sexy female Texas Ranger with a trigger finger! I like the idea, but the trailer bored me to tears.

12. Betrayal

This adultery soap opera, with a murder mystery, looks like something in the vein of “Revenge” with older characters, which is to say: Dull as hell, and it doesn’t help that the boyfriend and the husband look so similar.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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