I’m a television critic so I have to watch all of the new fall shows. But there are only a few programs that will actually make it on the DVR.
1. Nashville: Oct. 10, on ABC. Written by Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), it’s filled with music, politics and some of the best acting I’ve seen on network television in a while. Connie Britton, Powers Booth, Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten star. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of country music, that’s just a small part of what’s going on here. And if you don’t fall in love with Clare Bowen’s voice, I’ll eat my cowboy hat. (Or I would if I had a hat.)
2. Elementary: Sept. 27, on CBS. I’ll be straight up about this one. I adore Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) and I would watch him pick his nose if that’s what he wanted to do. But luckily for all of us, he’s playing Sherlock Holmes in a contemporary setting. This time around Sherlock is a recovering addict who has moved to NYC to consult with the police department. The only downside to this is Lucy Liu who plays a female Watson. She’s so cold, and horribly miscast in the role. Still, Miller is enough of a draw to keep me watching.
3. 666 Park Avenue: Sept. 30, on ABC. I love a fun paranormal series and this one seems to have all the right stuff. Set in an elegant apartment building, The Drake, the tenants are some of Manhattan’s finest. It’s a place where dreams come true. Of course, there is a price to pay and it’s a heavy one. Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels) and Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) star.
4. Animal Practice: Sept. 26, on NBC. This show has the best monkey (Crystal) ever. I’d watch just for her, but Justin Kirk (Weeds), Tyler Labine (Reaper), Bobby Lee (MadTV) and JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba) are a great combination. The writing is a little uneven, but I have faith they’ll work out the kinks. There are cute animals every week. It’s hard to go wrong with that sort of thing.
5. Arrow: Oct. 10, on the CW. I’d be willing to bet money that I’m one of the few that has this show in a top five of anything. But here’s the thing, it’s well done super hero series. Stephen Amell (Heartland) plays a wealthy young man who was lost at sea for five years. Turns out he was on a deserted island training to be a one-man vigilante force. It’s worth it just to watch Amell working out without his shirt on. (Sexist? You bet.) But the mythology and the relationships between the characters makes me want to see more.
6. Go On: Sept. 11, on NBC. This is the perfect vehicle for Matthew Perry (Friends). He plays a guy who’s wife died, and he’s trying to pick up the pieces. He thinks he’s fine, but his boss at the radio station sends him to therapy. That’s where he meets an eclectic group of people, who are seriously messed up in different ways. The writing is crisp, the acting is wonderful and I love a comedy that can make me laugh one minute and get teary the next.
So those six will for sure go on the DVR, and here are a few more that I want to see a little more of before making a decision: Revolution (NBC), Vegas (CBS), The Mindy Project (Fox), Made in Jersey (CBS), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Last Resort (ABC), The Neighbors (ABC).
Tell me about the new or returning shows you’d like to see.