Tele-Tuesday: New TV This Fall

It’s that time of year again… the fall television schedule is here!  And as always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Today, we’re looking at even more, but we’re mixing it up with comedy and drama…

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Ben and Kate… two siblings who have always had each other—and only each other on many occasions.

Ben Fox is the brother who “never grew up” and Kate Fox is the sister who “grew up too fast” by having a baby out-of-wedlock.  Like most sisters, Kate is the first one to admit that her brother is an idiot; but no matter how tough life gets, Ben and Kate will always have each other… and Maddy, Kate’s five year old daughter… and their two best friends, BJ and Tommy.

The comedy stars: Nat Faxon, a comedian with a familiar face and recent Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Descendants); Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson—yeah, THE Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson; as well as Maggie Jones (We Bought a Zoo), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher and Dinner for Schmucks), and Echo Kellum.

To see my thoughts on the pilot, click here.  I cheated and watched it online a few weeks ago…

Ben and Kate premieres tonight (September 25th) on Fox.

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Does watching romantic comedies skew a girl’s ideas on what relationships actually look like?  Yes…

And what happens when a girl meets a boy in a typical romantic comedy “cute encounter” type of situation, but it doesn’t end the same way as the romantic comedies do?  A girl obsesses about scoring her romantic comedy type of relationship and sets out to find herself the perfect man…

Meet Mindy (Mindy Kaling from The Office), a physician looking for love…  Yep, that’s it; that’s what The Mindy Project is all about from what I can tell.

Amber West snuck a peek a few weeks ago and tells us what she thought about the pilot.  Click here for more.

The Mindy Project also premieres tonight (September 25th) on Fox.

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Welcome to Hidden Hills, a gated community in the suburbs of New Jersey complete with its own golf course… sounds peaceful, right?  Not when the entire neighborhood consists of aliens…

The new ABC comedy follows the experiences of the Weaver family, the first human family to move into Hidden Hills in the ten years its current residents (aliens from the planet Zabvron) have been waiting for instructions to return home.  At first the Weavers believe their new neighbors are just weird (most are even named after famous athletes), but do weird neighbors really cry a nasty goo from their ears when upset?  No… that would be aliens.  Is it time to move?

The series stars Lenny Venito, one of Sipowicz’s snitches from NYPD Blue, and Jami Gertz, one of my favorite ‘80s actresses (Sixteen Candles, Lost Boys, and Less Than Zero).

The Neighbors premieres tomorrow night, Wednesday, September 26th on ABC.

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What happens when a Navy submarine crew, ordered to launch missiles at an enemy, is betrayed by their very own country?

This is the premise behind ABC’s new drama, Last Resort.  Realizing they’ve been hung out to dry by the United States government, the USS Colorado’s captain decides to take refuge on an island and protect his ship and crew no matter the cost—even if that means attacking Washington DC.

As if the story isn’t intense enough, Last Resort also stars one of my favorites—Andre Braugher (Glory, Hack, and Men of a Certain Age) as Captain Marcus Chaplin.  Viewers might also recognize a few other familiar faces: Scott Speedman (the Underworld movies and TV’s Felicity);  Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse and Being Human); Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family and Entourage); Jessy Schram (Veronica Mars and Falling Skies); and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2).

Our two favorite NCIS shows have some Naval competition…

Last Resort premieres Thursday, September 27th on ABC.

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“What would you do to have everything you desire?”

Residents at The Drake apartment building in New York City have it all—wealth, success, and good fortune.  But in this building, all good things come at a price… and it just so happens at 666 Park Avenue, a supernatural force demands possession of their souls in return.

Based on the books by Gabriella Pierce, 666 Park Avenue stars: Terry O’Quinn (Lost) as Gavin Doran, The Drake’s owner; Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) as Olivia, Gavin’s beautiful wife; Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) and Rachael Taylor (the beautiful Australian actress from movies such as Transformers and Shutter) as the apartment building’s new managers; and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) and Mercedes Masohn (The Finder) as a few of The Drake’s tenants.

Sexy, mysterious, and chilling are just three of the words used to describe this new series… I’m sold!

666 Park Avenue premieres Sunday, September 30th on ABC.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put 666 Park Avenue at number one.  Last Resort probably comes in second with The Neighbors following closely behind at number three.  Fourth place has to go to Ben and Kate, even though I’ve already watched the pilot, and The Mindy Project comes in last.  Someone always has to come in last, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give it a chance here on Tele-Tuesday.

What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  I’d love to hear from you!

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7 Responses to Tele-Tuesday: New TV This Fall

  1. Catie Rhodes says:

    I’d sort of like to see 666 Park Avenue. But you know something I’ve noticed? Nobody puts out edgy TV series like FX and AMC. And, for that matter HBO and Showtime. After being into several series on those channels, stuff on other channels seems sort of…tame, I guess.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Catie!! The “cable” networks have really raised the bar these past few years… we’ll jut have to see if ABC has what it takes to compete with 666 Park Ave. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Emma says:

    Bring on 666 Park Avenue, Gossip Girl meets The Devil’s Advocate.

  3. Julie Glover says:

    Ha! After reading that, I had my order of interest in mind, and it was the SAME AS YOURS! 1-5, exactly the same. 😉

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