With the Fall TV Season just around the corner, this TV Addict can’t help but notice a distressing lack of excitement surrounding the new season. And while we’re the first to admit that September 2010 may be lacking an obvious breakout hit like say a GLEE or MODERN FAMILY, there are certainly more than a few reasons to be excited. With LONE STAR’s James Wolk, Adriana Pallicki, and Eloise Mumford just the tip of iceberg.
Move over GOSSIP GIRL, there’s a new man in town. That man: Fall TV’s next big thing and Kyle Chandler look-a-like James Wolk, who fans will soon be swooning over as Bob Allen — a con artist torn between two lives and two woman in separate parts of Texas. Executive producers Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (PARTY OF FIVE) call it “DALLAS without the Cheese.” We call it a guilty pleasure we don’t have to feel guilty about obsessing over. Premieres September 20 on FOX (GlobalTV in Canada) [See Trailer]
If you really have to ask why we’re so excited for RUNNING WILDE, FOX’s new half-hour comedy which brings together the comedy genius that is Mitch Hurwitz with the never-not-funny Will Arnett, you haven’t seen ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. And quite frankly, if you haven’t seen ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, you’re on the wrong site. Premieres September 21 on FOX.[See Trailer]
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
As four highly-uneven seasons of HEROES so clearly illustrated, we will watch absolutely any show that features ordinary people discovering they have extraordinary abilities. And if that show includes THE SHIELD’s Michael Chiklis, DEXTER’s Julie Benz, THE OC/ENTOURAGE’s Autumn Reeser and is created by EVERWOOD’s Greg Berlanti, everybody wins. Premieres September 28 on ABC. [See Trailer]
Despite the CW’s wonky track-record when it comes to re-imaginations and reboots, NIKITA has all the ingredients of a perfect spy show. You’ve got your larger-than-life star in Maggie Q, a kinda awesome supporting cast (including Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Melinda Clarke), and most importantly of all in this world of been-there-seen-that television — an ending we totally didn’t see coming! Premieres September 9 on the CW (ATV in Canada) [See Trailer]
THE WALKING DEAD
What do you get when you combine Frank Darabont, the director of one of our all-time favorite movies (The Shawshank Redemption), with the network that brought us MAD MEN and Zombies? An automatic season’s pass on our PVR for THE WALKING DEAD. Premieres October 31 on AMC. [See Trailer]
* Editor’s Note: If you’re curious as to why J.J. Abrams highly-anticipated new series UNDERCOVERS is conspicuously absent from this list, it’s because NBC remains the only major network that has failed to send us their Fall pilots. And on a somewhat related note, if you happen to work at NBC/Universal, we’d very much like to see them. Our contact information can be found here.