September 10, 2012

Fall TV preview of new network shows

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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The New Normal - Season Pilot
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Ellen Barkin, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood and Justin Bartha in NBC’s “The New Normal.”


Go On - Season 1
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Brett Gelman, left, and Matthew Perry in NBC’s “Go On.”


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ARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS back for another season? Here's a list of some of the more popular returning broadcast network shows, listed under the day of their normal air time and followed by the season premiere date:


ABC: "Once Upon a Time,"

8 p.m. Sept. 30

FOX: "The Simpsons,"

8 p.m. Sept. 30

FOX: "Family Guy,"

9 p.m. Sept. 30


ABC: "Dancing with the Stars," 8 p.m. Sept. 24

CBS: "How I Met Your Mother," 8 p.m. Sept. 24

CBS: "Mike & Molly,"

9:30 p.m. Sept. 24

CW: "Gossip Girl,"

8 p.m. Oct. 8 (final season)

FOX: "Bones," 8 p.m. Sept. 17

NBC: "The Voice,"

8 p.m. Monday


CBS: "NCIS," 8 p.m. Sept. 25

CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles,"

9 p.m. Sept. 25

CW: "Hart of Dixie,"

8 p.m. Oct. 2

FOX: "New Girl,"

9 p.m. Sept. 25

NBC: "Parenthood,"

10 p.m. Tuesday


ABC: "Modern Family,"

9 p.m. Sept. 26

CBS: "CSI," 10 p.m. Sept. 26

CW: "Supernatural,"

9 p.m. Oct. 3

FOX: "The X Factor,"

8 p.m. Wednesday

NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," 9 p.m. Sept. 26


ABC: "Grey's Anatomy,"

9 p.m. Sept. 27

CBS: "Two and a Half Men,"

8:30 p.m. Sept. 27

FOX: "Glee," 9 p.m. Thursday

NBC: "30 Rock," 8 p.m. Oct. 4

NBC: "The Office," 9 p.m. Sept. 20 (final season)


CBS: "CSI: NY," 8 p.m. Sept. 28

FOX: "Fringe," 9 p.m. Sept. 28

FOX: "Touch," 8 p.m. Oct. 26

NBC: "Community,"

8:30 p.m. Oct. 19

NBC: "Grimm," 9 p.m. Sept. 21

Coming up with all the weird and wacky TV shows the networks trot out each year.

All you have to do is browse the list of new shows premiering on the broadcast networks in the coming weeks to realize that there's nothing too strange, too trite or too off-the-wall to become a TV show these days.

It must be fun to think of the craziest idea you can and have a network executive say, "Sounds like a hit to me."

Consider the fantasy-crime drama "Beauty and the Beast," premiering on the CW. Its heroes are a police detective solving crimes with a man/beast who becomes super-strong and vicious when enraged by the injustices of the world.

Then there's "Revolution" on NBC, where we can watch a family struggle in a world where all the technology has stopped working. "The iPad has gone dark! Oh, the horror!"

Or "The Mob Doctor" on Fox, focusing on a new doctor who has to pay off her debts -- med school costs big bucks -- by working for the mob and occasionally killing off a patient or two.

Matthew Perry ("Friends") will play a recent widower attending grief counseling in "Go On." It's a comedy, because what's not funny about losing one's wife?

The new fall TV season also signals some farewells, including the final season of the once-hit comedy "The Office" on NBC, which hasn't been the same since Steve Carell left anyway. And after six seasons of setting fashion trends in the 15-to-16 age group, "Gossip Girl" on the CW is ending as well.

Rumors had Maine's very own TV star, Patrick Dempsey, leaving ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," but he will indeed be back for at least one more season.

For a closer look at what the programming gurus are trotting out on the broadcast networks this fall, see the list below. And for a look at some returning faves on the networks, see list below right.


"THE NEIGHBORS" -- Premieres 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Will air 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: A couple (Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz) move with their kids into a new neighborhood, only to find that everyone else is an alien.

The Buzz: Sounds like a funny "Saturday Night Live" skit, but can the premise sustain a whole series? Several of the alien characters are named for famous athletes -- Reggie Jackson, Dick Butkus -- so maybe sports fans will tune in by mistake.

"LAST RESORT" -- Premieres 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Will air 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The Plot: The crew of a ballistic missile submarine gets orders to fire nuclear weapons -- over a channel that is supposed to be used only if the U.S. has been wiped out. What will they do?

The Buzz: Starring Andre Braugher as the commander, the show has the potential for intense drama on the scale of "24." On the other hand, it might be fairly boring. They either push the button or they don't, right?

"666 PARK AVENUE" -- Premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 30. Airs 10 p.m. Sundays.

The Plot: Mysterious hotel owner (Terry O'Quinn of "Lost") will grant all his guests' desires, for a price -- their souls.

The Buzz: Sounds like a darker version of "Fantasy Island" set in a New York hotel. But if the individual storylines of folks selling their souls aren't compelling, it'll be viewers who start checking out.

"NASHVILLE" -- Premieres 10 p.m. Oct. 10. Will air 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Aging country music star (Connie Britton) struggles to re-invent herself and her career as much melodrama develops around her.

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From left, Robert Wisdom, Charles Esten, Connie Britton, Eric Close, Hayden Panettiere, Powers Boothe, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen and Jonathan Jackson in ABC’s “Nashville.”


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Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams in ABC’s “666 Park Avenue.”


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From left, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts and Dichen Lachman in ABC’s “Last Resort.”


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Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson in CBS’s “Elementary”

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Michael Chiklis, left, and Dennis Quaid in CBS’s “Vegas.”

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Jordana Spiro in Fox’s “The Mob Doctor”

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Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader in the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project.”

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Anthony Anderson, left, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger in NBC’s “Guys With Kids”



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