September 10, 2012

Fall TV preview of new network shows

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
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.”

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

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RETURNING FAVORITES

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:

SUNDAY:

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

MONDAY:

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

TUESDAY:

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

WEDNESDAY:

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

THURSDAY:

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)

FRIDAY:

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

The Buzz: A hospital as high school, with all the gossip, back-stabbing and drama. No wonder the executive producer of this also brought us "90210."

On FOX

"THE MOB DOCTOR" -- Premieres 9 p.m. Sept. 17. Will air 9 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: A young Chicago doctor (Jordana Spiro) tries to save lives while also repaying her family's debt to the mob.

The Buzz: Two hit formulas -- the medical drama and the mob drama -- in one. It begs this question: Would Christopher of "The Sopranos" be alive today if he had gone to medical school?

"BEN AND KATE" -- Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Will air 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: Single-camera sitcom focusing on a brother and sister who are very different. She (Dakota Johnson) is a very responsible single mom, but he (Nat Faxon) is something of a flake.

The Buzz: Hey, plot development guys: I think we need a little more here. But it's probably OK, because we've got these big-name stars -- not.

"THE MINDY PROJECT" -- Premieres 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Will air 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: A young doctor (Mindy Kaling of "The Office") is the focus of this sitcom about looking for life's happy endings.

The Buzz: Kaling is the creator/producer, and she's also a best-selling author in real life. So this one may have a little more creative spark than the plot suggests. 

On NBC

"THE NEW NORMAL" -- Premieres 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Will air 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: Two men want to have a baby, so they find themselves a surrogate mom to have the child for them. But she comes with some baggage -- a crazy grandmother (Ellen Barkin).

The Buzz: Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has had some offbeat successes ("Nip/Tuck," "Glee"), so this may bear watching.

"GO ON" -- Premieres 9 p.m. Tuesday. Will air 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: A radio talk-show host and recent widower (Matthew Perry of "Friends) has to attend grief counseling to keep his job.

The Buzz: Previews of this sitcom show the other grievers as a bunch of a hilarious misfits. Because dealing with death is always funny. Right?

"GUYS WITH KIDS" -- Premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday. Will air 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 26.

The Plot: Sitcom about three new dads in their 30s trying to hold onto their youths while navigating fatherhood.

The Buzz: Jimmy Fallon is the executive producer, so one can hope it's better than it sounds.

"REVOLUTION" -- Premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 17. Will air 10 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: A family struggles to survive in a world where every piece of technology -- electric lights, computers, smart phones, iPads -- have mysteriously blacked out forever.

The Buzz: J.J. Abrams ("Lost") has a knack for this kind of stuff. But this plot might be too frightening for most people nowadays to handle. Might work better as a reality show -- "Survivor: Unfriended on Facebook Edition."

"ANIMAL PRACTICE" -- Premieres 8 p.m. Sept. 26. Will air 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Wacky New York City veterinarian is better with animals than people.

The Buzz: From executive producer Scot Armstrong, who brought us "The Hangover II" and "Old School." So it should be thoughtful and subtle.

"CHICAGO FIRE" -- Premieres 10 p.m. Oct. 10. Will air 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Drama following the day-to-day lives of the crew at Chicago Firehouse 51.

The Buzz: From "Law & Order" executive producer Dick Wolf, so you can't count it out. But for those of us brought up on the classic NBC drama "Emergency!" there is, and will forever be, only one Squad 51.

 

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: rrouthier@pressherald.com

Twitter: RayRouthier

 

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ROBERT WISDOM, CHARLES ESTEN, CONNIE BRITTON, ERIC CLOSE, HAYDEN PANETTIERE, POWERS BOOTHE, SAM PALLADIO, CLARE BOWEN, JONATHAN JACKSON
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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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CAMILLE DE PAZZIS, SAHR NGAUJAH, AUTUMN REESER, JESSY SCHRAM, SCOTT SPEEDMAN, ANDRE BRAUGHER, DANIEL LISSING, DAISY BETTS, DICHEN LACHMAN
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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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