I'm the last sucker I know who still gives network TV series a shot, who spends hungover Saturdays in bed watching Last Resort
marathons on Hulu. Granted, there's usually not the quality you get from cable on broadcast television, but the networks still, almost accidentally, turn out interesting shows
every once in a while. (The River
was terrific! You probably never even heard of it!) I know it's early to be thinking about fall, but this weekend the major networks announced their new shows for the fall, and a handful stick out as promising. Here's what you should keep an eye out for, because, heck, they just might be good.
Hey, this has Brooklyn in the title! I'm sold! Network television has a terrible record lately with Brooklyn—I mean, who produces 2 Broke Girls
, the New York Times Style section
?—and, actually, there might be no reason to think this'll be different. It's a situation comedy. Set in a police station. Starring Andy Samberg. On Fox. BUT it's from the creators of Parks and Recreation
, so there's hope yet, maybe? Then you hear it described
as featuring "a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City," and you think, where? Brooklyn? Or is it really a police comedy set in East New York? How many stop and frisk jokes do you think there will be? [photo
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I know what you're thinking—that's some nerd shit. That's what I'd be thinking, too, EXCEPT Joss Whedon
is behind this show, his first since Dollhouse
(which was really good!). So it's nerd shit, but, like, respectable nerd shit. Joss Whedon has never made a bad TV show.
- Haha, cast photos are ridiculous
I was one of those jerks who wasted years of his life on Lost
, but I don't hold it against J.J. Abrams. His record on TV isn't perfect; I watched one episode of that terrible Person of Interest
show, but it's on CBS, so what do you expect? But it's not bad: Fringe
was the best
was watchable, Revolution
is bearable. (I like that last one because you can not watch it for a few weeks and watch a new episode and not be lost, because it's stupid.) This new one is described: "In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve." Which, sure, why not? The creator is J.H. Wyman, who worked on Fringe
, so this is very promising.
Well, that's actually pretty much it. Seth MacFarlane is executive-producing a live-action show called Dads
Green, about guys whose dads move in with them. There's a show called Mom
that stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris, which, you hear that and you're like "awesome!" and then you find out it's on CBS—and produced by fucking Chuck Lorre—and you're like "oh well." A lot of old TV people (Robin Williams, Sean Hayes) have new shows that I assume will be bad because old people go to cable to reinvent themselves and to networks to wallow in payday mediocrity. Michael J. Fox will have a show, The Michael J. Fox Show
, about a guy dealing with Parkinson's, which could be interesting. I mean, I just feel bad for NBC like you feel bad for an unpopular high schooler. I hope NBC gets a date to the prom. [photo
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