Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Made in Jersey and Staying There

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do.  This week, we tuned in and watched two brand new shows with female leads for our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews—ABC’s Nashville and CBS’s Made in Jersey.

What do you get when you cross a high-powered New York law firm with street-smarts from New Jersey?  The perfect attorney for the job—Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery, from Human Target and Entourage).

Of course, that doesn’t mean the other members of her firm won’t doubt Ms. Garretti’s abilities—after all, most of her colleagues have Ivy League educations.  Plus, with a traditional Italian family back at home, we can expect Martina to be pulled in many different directions.  Despite all of the naysayers and interruptions, will she successfully balance her family life with a high-powered legal career?

The series also stars: Kyle Maclachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives) as firm founder, Donovan Stark; Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) as Nolan Adams; Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU) and a few other familiar faces.

A few weeks ago, I previewed Made in Jersey on my Tele-Tuesday series.  Granted, I wasn’t very excited about this new show.  Heck, I even rated it at the bottom along with Mob Doctor when I ranked the week’s previews in order of which ones I was most excited about.  But, I still watched it…

I went in with very low expectations, but the series fell in-between two of my Friday favorites—CSI: New York and Blue Bloods—so I gave it a whirl.  First, the lead character (Ms. Garretti) is very likable; viewers can’t help but yell for her as she works with some really snooty people who think she’s many rungs in the social and educational ladders beneath them.  While she may appear confident on the outside, she’s still a tiny bit insecure and her job and co-workers make her very nervous.  But, Ms. Garretti has worked hard to get where she is and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way of upholding the law, of defending her clients, or of her future.

I won’t lie; I was pleasantly surprised with Made in Jersey.

After watching the first episode, I hung in there for the second.   It appears that the series will feature a new legal procedural each week and not an ongoing in-depth storyline that we all have to work hard to follow.  In other words, if we miss an episode, we can pick right back up where we left off without worrying too much about what we’ve missed.  After all, Friday night is a tough night for watching television…

Usually when I review a new television program, I can’t help but award it with the SSTV rating; but not today.  That’s right—I’m not awarding Made in Jersey with any rating!  Why?  Because CBS has already cancelled the show and removed it from the television schedule.  Made in Jersey is the first to suffer the axe so far this season.

This is upsetting… not because Made in Jersey was my new favorite show, but because of how, in essence, the network treated this series.

Back to my Friday night comment above…

Friday night is our night to unwind from the week’s events.  Friday night is the start to our weekend.  Friday night is not typically a night we’re sitting in front of the television just waiting for our shows.  Therefore, on more than one occasion, Friday night has proven fatal to many TV programs.

So why is it that the networks are so quick to judge?  Knowing that Friday nights can be fatal for television shows, why schedule a new series on the toughest night of the week?  Even when sandwiched between two network favorites and Friday night success stories, a freshman series can still struggle, so why not give it a chance?  Why not air more than two episodes, or move it to another night or time slot?  Or why not at least air the episodes already “in the can” instead of hastily removing it from the TV schedule?

Networks, please stop playing with viewers.  Give us a chance to fall in love with new shows.  Dropping a bomb on a freshman series like this does not make us, particularly me, want to give the new shows on your network a chance until they’ve established themselves… and by then, it could be too late.

Did you watch Made in Jersey?  Are you surprised with the early cancellation?  Do you think the networks should give the new shows more of a chance or just cut ‘em when they’re not working?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and see what she thinks about ABC’s Nashville.

Come back next week when Amber and I take on the CW and review Arrow and Beauty and the Beast!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Just a Few More New Shows to Talk About This 2012 Fall Season

Just when someone might think there can’t possibly be even more new shows to talk about… there are!

After all, it is that time of year again.  The fall television schedule is here and the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.  Of course, the networks have also spread out the debut of all of these new programs—some of which premiere this week and one that doesn’t air until November.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!  And pay special attention—one of these shows needs higher ratings than usual… keep reading to find out how.

Today, we’re focusing on television’s newest shows coming later this month and into November…

*****

What happens when our adult life is just as awkward as high school?  We’re about to find out…

Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer, daughter of Academy Award Winning Actress Meryl Streep) is excited to start her internship at Denver Memorial Hospital.  Her future looks bright when she learns one of her former crushes also works at the hospital… but then things get a bit awkward when she realizes her high school nemesis also works there.

Just like high school, Emily learns that the hospital’s staff has also formed cliques—the staff has its own version of jocks, mean girls, and rebels.  Will Emily survive high school again?  I mean, will she survive her medical internship?

The series also stars: Justin Hartley (from the CW’s Smallville) as Will Collins, another intern and Emily’s former crush; Michael Rady (from the CW’s Melrose Place reboot) as Micah Barnes, the manager in charge of the interns; Necar Zadegan (24) as Dr. Gina Bandari, the doctor who intimidates all; Aja Naomi King as Cassandra Kopelson, Emily’s high school nemesis; and Kelly McCreary as Tyra Dupre, the chief resident’s daughter and Emily’s new friend.

I have a feeling that for those who love Hart of Dixie, this show might be just right for your viewing pleasure.

Emily Owens, MD premieres tonight (October 16th) on the CW.

*****

What is Mockingbird Lane?  Does this ring any bells?

That’s right!  NBC has put together an all-star cast in a reboot of the 1960s classic The Munsters.  I’ve been waiting for this show since Jerry O’Connell first announced his new role as Herman Munster on Live with Kelly.  I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally saw the first trailer for the Halloween special this weekend.

Halloween special?  What happened to Mockingbird Lane being a new series?

Well, NBC has decided to air an episode on Friday, October 26th before the Halloween episode of Grimm.  Let me reiterate—NBC has decided to air one episode.  Depending on whether the special picks up high ratings will directly affect the network’s decision to give Mockingbird Lane a chance at a weekly series in 2013.

This news crushed me, but at least the reboot is getting a chance.  So, if you’d like to see Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia Rossi DeGeneres as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, be sure and tune in!  Friday night is a death trap for television series, so Mockingbird Lane will need all the help it can get.  Here’s to hoping all of the Grimm-fanatics turn on their TV an hour early later this month…

Oh, and it’s a Bryan Fuller development… remember Pushing Daisies?

Mockingbird Lane airs its Halloween special Friday, October 26th on NBC.  Remember—depending on how many watch it, we may get to see a complete reboot of The Munster series next year.  So watch!

*****

She’s baaack….

Reba McEntire is back in the new ABC sitcom Malibu Country.

After Reba Gallagher (played by country music superstar Reba McEntire) discovers her husband’s infidelity and leaves him, she uproots her family from Nashville all the way to California.  With the move, she hopes to reboot her music career and give her family the fresh start she feels they deserve.  But will this Tennessee family fit in or will they want to make their way back home?   No one ever said life is an easy road… but life’s experiences sure make for some great country music, don’t they?

The comedy also stars: Lily Tomlin (yes, THE Lily Tomlin) as Lillie Mae, Reba’s mama; Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) as Kim, Reba’s neighbor; and Jeffrey Nordling (Once and Again) as Bobby, Reba’s ex-husband.

Malibu Country premieres November 2nd on ABC.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Mockingbird Lane at number one—even though it’s just a Halloween special, I’m hoping this Munsters reboot gets what it needs to come back next year!  And because I’m also a big CW fan, Emily Owens, MD probably comes in second with Malibu Country falling into last place. But, don’t worry, MC—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!

Tele-Tuesday: New October Drama

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 focusing on the new television dramas premiering during the month of October…

*****

We all know how much of a success Smallville was; heck, it lasted ten seasons on the CW.  Fighting crime alongside Clark (aka The Blur; aka Superman, played by Tom Welling) in the later seasons of Smallville was Oliver Queen (aka the Green Arrow, played by Justin Hartley).  Personally, I loved Oliver and was thrilled to hear the CW was launching a Green Arrow show; but I’d be remiss to not mention that I was just a tad bit disappointed when I learned Mr. Hartley would not be reprising his role.

Instead, in the new series Arrow, the role of the “billionaire playboy” Oliver Queen is played by the very attractive Stephen Amell.  I’ll try to let the re-casting slide for this very reason… he really is cute.

Following an accident at sea, Oliver Queen was presumed dead.  After being discovered alive, Oliver finally returns home… but the last five years have changed him.  While his closest friends and family welcome him back with open arms, Oliver wants more—he needs more—so he decides to reconcile his past, starting with his ex-girlfriend.  But he doesn’t stop there; Oliver also wants to restore his city from the “ills of society.”  And with that, his new vigilante persona is born—Arrow.

The series also stars many familiar faces: Catie Cassidy (Harper’s Island and the “new” Melrose Place) as Laurel Lance, Oliver’s ex; Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files and The River) as Detective Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father;  David Ramsey (Dexter) as John Diggle, Oliver’s driver and bodyguard; Willa Holland (the O.C.) as Thea, Oliver’s sister; Colin Donnell (Pan Am) as Tommy, Oliver’s best friend; Susanna Thompson (Once and Again) as Moira, Oliver’s mother; and Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Robert, Oliver’s father.

Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 10th on the CW.

*****

There’s just something about fire fighters… they’re sexy, courageous, generous, and did I mention sexy?  But seriously, can you imagine the pressure our firefighters are under on a daily basis?  Saving lives; risking their lives; protecting everyone, including one another at all costs; living with some of the highest levels of stress imaginable—they really are heroes.

Chicago Fire follows a group of firefighters and paramedics as they serve Chicago and work to maintain and balance their personal lives.  And as if the job isn’t tough enough, the new drama starts off with these brave men and women losing one of their own.  Who will they blame?  How will they move forward?  And will there be time to truly mourn the loss before another emergency calls them away?

We all know that every fire starts with an ignition source; and with Chicago Fire, that source would be the sexiness.  Just look at this cast: Jesse Spencer (House) as Lt. Matthew Casey; Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) as Lt. Kelly Severide;  Eamonn Walker (Oz) as Chief Wallace Boden; Charlie Barnett (Men and Black 3) as Firefighter Peter Mills; and Lauren German (Happy Town and Hawaii Five-0) as Paramedic Leslie Shay.  The series also stars David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) as Firefighter Christopher Herrmann and a few ladies I’m not familiar with (Monica Raymund and Teri Reeves).

Maybe it’s the expected heat; maybe it’s the promising flames; either way, I am ready for Chicago Fire!

Chicago Fire premieres Wednesday, October 10th on NBC.

*****

Is this the one starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester about the aging country beauty and her young and talented competition on tour together?  No… that’s Country Strong.

This is Nashville—a story about an aging country beauty (Rayna James, played by Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story) and her young and talented competition (Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere from Heroes) on tour together.

See, two totally different shows…  No really; they probably are different, I just can’t seem to see past the similarities at this point.  To me, it looks like television is hoping to cash in on motion picture success.

The series also stars: Powers Boothe (Deadwood) as Rayna’s daddy, a rich and powerful politician; Eric Close (Without a Trace) as Rayna’s scumbag husband—he’s one of my TV crushes, but why has he been playing a scumbag lately? I’m talking about his Suits recurring character for those not familiar; Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital) as a fellow musician; and Charles Esten (Who’s Line is it Anyway?) as Rayna’s former love.

Nashville premieres Wednesday, October 10th on ABC.

*****

It’s been twenty-two years since we all fell in love with Catherine (Linda Hamilton, the Terminator movies) and Vincent (Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy) in CBS’s Beauty and the Beast.  Twenty-two years… can you believe it?  Viewers watched as the “world above” and the “world below” joined together to fight evil, but unfortunately the series was short-lived (only three seasons) and television has been without it ever since.

But now Catherine and Vincent are back, only this time they are younger and the story is a little different…

Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk from Smallville) is a homicide detective with a haunted past (her mother was murdered in front of her).  She probably would have been killed too, but she was saved by an animal… no, a human.  Catherine takes her past experiences and uses them to become the woman that she is today—strong, independent, and very capable.

While working a case, Catherine and her partner stumble across fingerprints of Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan from Terra Nova), a man who supposedly died years earlier.  But because of his past with Catherine (I’m sure most everyone can guess this one…), he confides in her and tells her his secret—when enraged, he transforms into a beast with super strength and powers.  Catherine agrees to keep his secret; after all, she owes him her life… and she can’t seem to keep from obsessing about him at the same time.

The series also stars: Max Brown (The Tudors) as Evan Marks, the medical examiner and Catherine’s “human” love interest; Brian White (The Shield) as Joe Bishop, Catherine’s boss; Nicole Anderson (Make It or Break It) as Heather, Catherine’s sister; as well as relative new-comers Nina Lisandrello (Tess, Catherine’s partner) and Austin Basis (JT, Vincent’s confidant).

Beauty and the Beast premieres Thursday, October 11th on the CW.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Chicago Fire at number one.  This was a tough decision because I’m a really big CW fan… that said, Arrow probably comes in a very close second with Beauty and the Beast following closely behind at number three.  No offense to Nashville, but it 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!

P.S.  Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!!

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…

*****

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.

*****

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.

*****

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.

*****

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.

*****

“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.

*****

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!

Tele-Tuesday: New Fall Drama

It’s that time of year again!  The fall television schedule is right around the corner, 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 a few of the new fall dramas…

*****

If there’s anything we’re all guilty of in today’s world, it’s our addiction to technology.  But what would we do if all of the technologies in the world were wiped out forever?  How would we survive?  And as if living in a world without everything we’ve become accustomed to isn’t bad enough, what if the one we love the most is taken away from us?

Revolution follows the Matheson family after a blackout destroys everything we rely on heavily today—phones, computers, transportation, electricity, etc.  This family possesses the truth behind why the blackout occurred and holds “the key” to reversing its effects and restoring power.  But along the way, and with public order non-existent in this post-apocalyptic world, an evil militia has taken over and wants the power to rule all to themselves.

The series stars: Tracy Spiridakos as Charlotte “Charlie” Matheson, a young woman who will stop at nothing until she reunites with her brother taken by the militia; Billy Burke as Uncle Miles, a former Marine who supposedly has MAD sword-fighting skills; Ginacarlo Esposito as Tom Neville, a captain in the militia; Tim Guinee as Ben, Charlie’s father, the one with the supposed “key” to restoring the power; and Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Charlie’s mother.

Revolution premiered last night on NBC.  But don’t worry; catch an encore presentation this Wednesday, September 19th.

*****

We’re all familiar with The Hippocratic Oath, right?  The Oath every single doctor, nurse, and healthcare professional takes, swearing to practice medicine both honestly and ethically…  But what happens when a top surgeon’s family is indebted to the mob and medical expertise is expected as a form of payment toward such a debt?

The Mob Doctor follows Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro), one of the top surgical residents in Chicago.  Everything is falling into place for Grace and her future looks promising, until she makes a deal with the devil—or mafia—to save her brother.  As a part of her “arrangement” with the mob, Grace agrees inadvertently to do whatever it takes to repay her debt… even if that means killing a patient in her care.  But will she actually go through with it?  Or will she fight the mafia, trying to do what’s right—staying true to The Hippocratic Oath?

The new series also stars: William Forsythe as Constantine Alexander—the mob boss; Zach Gilford from Friday Night Lights; James Carpinello, Broadway alum and husband to one of our favorite Whedonites, Amy Acker; Jesse Soffer, from the Brady Bunch movies; and Michael Rapaport, one of my favorites from the 1995 movie, Higher Learning, and TV series Boston Public and Prison Break.

But here’s what’s concerning—Michael Rapaport is clearly in the commercials for The Mob Doctor, but his name doesn’t appear in the credits online.  Very interesting…  Maybe he is killed off early?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but that would be a shame… considering he’s one of the main reasons I’m tuning in to watch.

The Mob Doctor premiered last night on Fox.  But again, don’t worry; catch the pilot episode again this Friday night, September 21st.

*****

I used to like a show about Vegas a LOT—remember NBC’s Las Vegas, starring James Caan, Josh Duhamel, James Lesure, Molly Simms, and Vanessa Marcil?  Heck, even Tom Selleck starred for a few seasons after Caan left.  Now that was a good show…

But that’s not this Vegas.

Inspired by a true story, Vegas follows a sheriff and rancher (Dennis Quaid) as he battles a Chicago mob boss (Michael Chiklis) looking to take over the desert town in the 1960s.  As their personalities and lifestyles clash, these two men with completely different ideals battle head-to-head.  Who will win?  After all, Vegas is all about winning and losing…

The series also stars Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix movies) and Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova).

Vegas premieres Tuesday, September 25th on CBS.

*****

Certain literary masterpieces continue to live on just as strong today as they did centuries ago…  like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Jane Austen’s Emma, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes just to name a few.

Elementary is television’s latest adaptation of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Hoping to bask in the popularity of the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, as well as the BBC’s Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, CBS’s new drama places a modern-day twist on the classic story.

Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) stars as Sherlock Holmes, a former London detective with a bit of a drinking problem.  At the insistence of his father, Sherlock is shadowed by Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu, from Ally McBeal) who is looking to get back into the medical field after her license is revoked.  But Sherlock’s sobriety is not a concern for him and he knows a normal rehabilitation program is not what he needs—instead, he wants to do what he does best—solve crimes.  Together, the duo will solve some of New York City’s toughest cases… whether Watson likes it or not.

The series also stars Aiden Quinn (Prime Suspect, but more importantly Legends of the Fall) as NYC Police Captain, Tobias Gregson.

Elementary premieres Thursday, September 27th on CBS.

*****

What do you get when you cross a high-powered New York law firm with street-smarts from New Jersey?  The perfect attorney for the job—Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery, from Human Target and Entourage).

Of course, that doesn’t mean the other members of her firm won’t doubt Ms. Garretti’s abilities—after all, most of her colleagues have Ivy League educations.  Plus, with a traditional Italian family back at home, we can expect Martina to be pulled in many different directions.  Despite all of the naysayers and interruptions, will she successfully balance her family life with a high-powered legal career?

The series also stars: Kyle Maclachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives) as firm founder, Donovan Stark; Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) as Nolan Adams; Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU) and many other familiar faces.

Made in Jersey premieres Friday, September 28th on CBS.

*****

If I had to rank these in order as to which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Elementary at number one.  Not to mention, Elementary falls on my favorite TV night of the week—Thursday.

Revolution probably comes in second behind Elementary, with Vegas following closely behind at number three.  Fourth and fifth place is probably a tossup between The Mob Doctor and Made in Jersey, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give both of these a chance here on Tele-Tuesday.

And just in case anyone missed the premiere of The Mob Doctor and Revolution last night and can’t decide whether or not to check out the encore presentations later this week, come back tomorrow and find out what Amber West and I thought of the two in our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews.

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

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