With a smaller schedule to fill and “The X Factor” and “American Idol” eating up three hours a week, FOX didn’t have too many holes to fill. Given the success of “New Girl” this past season, the network wisely chose to increase their comedic offerings and created an all sitcom night on Tuesday. That move, pushes “Glee” over to Thursday night following the results show of either singing competition. Overall, I approve of this strategy as it’ll give the aging “Glee” a boost courtesy of a strong lead-in.
For its upfront presentation, FOX showed off their five new shows- three comedies and two dramas. To be perfectly honest, none of them seem like surefire bombs. They all have the potential to do really well for the network. That being said, the two I’m looking forward to the most- “The Following” and “The Goodwin Games“- won’t premiere til midseason. Check out all new offerings below. See if you agree with my choices.
Kevin Bacon certainly picked the right drama to mark his first time headlining a show. I was riveted and on the edge of my seat watching the trailer. I got a whole “Se7en” vibe from it. Sucks that we have to wait til midseason to watch the series premiere. It’ll be interesting to see how the writers keep the viewers’ interest on a weekly basis.
Edge-of-your-seat thriller THE FOLLOWING, created by Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Scream” franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning Kevin Bacon (“X-Men,” “Frost/Nixon”) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), premieres in midseason. The spellbinding and intense drama follows an ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called out of retirement to track down a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy), the mastermind behind a nationwide string of murders.
If you get past the cheesy title and silly premise, the show doesn’t seem half bad. That said, the show seems more well-suited for a movie of the week than a series. I’m also not sure how I feel about the lead actress. Are we supposed to root for her?
The compelling new drama THE MOB DOCTOR will debut this fall. Executive-produced by Josh Berman (Bones, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and Rob Wright (“Crossing Jordan”), the engrossing character drama stars Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”) as a brilliant, life-saving surgeon caught in a complex web between her promising medical career and her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob.
If this sitcom sucks, I’ll truly be heartbroken. It has two actors whom I absolutely adore. Ever since “Felicity” and “Ugly Betty” went off the air, I’ve waited for Scott Foley and Becki Newton to grace us again with their awesomeness. Foley was great on “Grey’s Anatomy” until they killed him off. BOO. The premise of three siblings and one random stranger playing a trivia game to win their father’s inheritance is brillballs. Spring 2013 can’t get here fast enough.
THE GOODWIN GAMES, the inventive new comedy from the executive producers of “How I Met Your Mother,” Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, is slated for midseason. Starring Scott Foley (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Felicity”), Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”) and Jake Lacy (“Better With You”), the family comedy tells the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest star Beau Bridges, “The Descendants”), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million – if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s trivial wishes.
Out of the three sitcoms, this one seems the weakest. The best thing about it is actress Lucy Punch. That bit where she draws attention to her mouth is absolutely hilarious. I’ve been a fan of Punch ever since “Bad Teacher”. That algebra joke about being a math terrorist still cracks me up.
BEN AND KATE, the heartwarming new sibling comedy created by Dana Fox (“What Happens In Vegas”) and directed by Jake Kasdan (“Bad Teacher”), also debuts Tuesdays this fall. Starring newcomer Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher,” Academy Award-winning co-screenwriter of “The Descendants”), the comedy follows a pair of odd-couple siblings – one, an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant kid-at-heart – and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.
I wasn’t expecting to like this, but I absolutely loved it. Comedienne Mindy Kaling could be the breakout star of the 2012-13 television season. She’s so darn likeable. With “The Mindy Project” following “New Girl”, it should receive a healthy sampling. Hopefully, the pilot wins them over.
THE MINDY PROJECT features Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding the perfect man and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending.
New shows in italics
THE FOLLOWING joins in midseason.
THE GOODWIN GAMES joins in midseason.
Hell’s Kitchen returns in midseason.
Cops returns in midseason.