September 22, 2013

Fall TV Preview: The great, the pretty good and the soon-to-be-whacked

By CHUCK BARNEY, McClatchy Newspapers

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This critic says “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” starring Andy Samberg, seated, and Andre Braugher, could be the best new comedy of the season.

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Daniel Gillies, Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin in CW’s “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals.”

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"The Millers" (8:30 p.m., CBS; Oct. 3): A news reporter's (Will Arnett) divorce leads to disaster when his parents (Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges) decide to split, and his mom moves in with him. Lots of fart and toilet jokes ensue. Bottom line: This stinker of a sitcom wastes a solid cast.

"Welcome to the Family" (8:30 p.m., NBC; Oct. 3): Cultures and fathers (Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira) clash when a white family and a Latino family struggle to come together after their teen kids fall in love. Bottom line: Unremarkable and mostly unfunny. Welcome to cancellation.

"Sean Saves the World" (9 p.m., NBC; Oct. 3): Sean Hayes hams it up as a divorced gay dad trying to juggle work, a pushy mom (Linda Lavin) and a teen daughter (Sami Isler). Bottom line: There may be no saving this broad comedy, which suffers from a bad case of the blahs.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (8 p.m., ABC; Oct. 10): This "Once Upon a Time" spinoff goes down the rabbit hole to follow the adventures of a new-look, kick-butt Alice (Sophie Lowe). John Lithgow plays the White Rabbit. Bottom line: Unavailable for review.

"Reign" (9 p.m., The CW; Oct. 17): It's a European history lesson, brought to you by The CW! Adelaide Kane plays a young Mary, Queen of Scots in a sudsy saga filled with love, sex, betrayal and heaping doses of poetic license. Bottom line: Talk about veering way off brand. Kane is a star-in-the-making, but can she and her costume-clad cast mates pull in the "Gossip Girl" crowd? 


"MasterChef Junior" (8 p.m., Fox; Friday): Aspiring chefs ages 8 to 13 get to show off their culinary skills. But will temperamental Gordon Ramsay be able to hold his tongue around the youngsters? Bottom line: Unavailable for review.

"Dracula" (10 p.m., NBC; Oct. 25): In this drearily "reimagined" saga, the classic vamp (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) comes to Victorian London posing as an American entrepreneur. His real mission? To wreak vengeance on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Bottom line: Put a stake in it.

"Enlisted" (9:30 p.m., Fox; Nov. 8): In this "Stripes"-like military comedy, three brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young) are forced to work together when they're assigned to a small Florida Army base teeming with lunkheads and misfits. Bottom line: We salute this over-the-top but surprisingly charming effort. 


"Masters of Sex" (10 p.m., Showtime; Sept. 29): This explicit, taboo-tackling period piece follows the life and times of sex-research pioneers Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson (Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan). Bottom line: It's a compelling and revelatory drama that ultimately has more than just sex on the brain.

"Betrayal" (10 p.m., ABC; Sept. 29): In this soapy slog-fest, a photographer (Hannah Ware) starts an extramarital affair with a man (Stuart Townsend) who winds up facing off against her prosecutor husband (Chris J. Johnson) in a murder trial. Bottom line: Grim and dismal, this is no affair to remember.

"Hello Ladies" (10:30 p.m., HBO; Sept. 29): A clueless Brit (Stephen Merchant) is transplanted to Los Angeles, where his attempts to woo women are routinely rebuffed. Bottom line: Unavailable for review.

"Witches of East End" (10 p.m., Lifetime; Oct. 6): Loosely based on a novel of the same name (not John Updike's), this wicked drama follows a family of witches (including Julia Ormond) who live in East Haven, a sleepy, secluded seaside town, where some bizarre things are going down. Bottom line: Unavailable for review.

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Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.”

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