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Fall TV preview

Are you watching, yet?

Posted: August 24, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 6:00 a.m.

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In the last few years the new fall television season usually kicked off on a fairly rigid schedule, with the major networks each taking a different week to debut their fresh, new programs.

Welcome to 2012, my television friends. When we weren’t watching the new television season started without us.

NBC jumped off to the fastest start of the season, debuting its second season of “Grimm” on Aug. 13 (a successful effort to capitalize on the network’s Olympic afterglow.)

Before we know it, the entire 2012 Fall TV Season will be upon us.

I am pleased that my three favorite new shows from last season “Once Upon a Time,” “Grimm” and “Revenge” were all renewed.

I was less than pleased that my new guilty pleasure, “Pan Am” got the axe.

The new television season usually fills me with excitement and anticipation.

However, there doesn’t seem to be much else to look forward to this season.

The only two possible bright spots look to be “Elementary,” “The Last Resort” and “Revolution.”

Fans of Sherlock will find that CBS’ procedural offers a modern take on the crime-solver with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict and NYPD consultant. His Watson is his “sober companion,” a former surgeon — and a woman (Lucy Liu).

“Elementary” premieres on Sept. 27 at 10 p.m.

“The Last Resort” is a submarine thriller where the crew of a renegade nuclear submarine goes on the run after defying an order to fire nuclear missiles. They find sanctuary at a NATO base, where they declare themselves the world’s smallest nuclear nation. Promising premise.

“The Last Resort” premieres Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

If you guessed “Revolution” is from “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams, you’d be correct. The show centers around a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

“Revolution” debuts Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

I am not predicting these series will survive their first 13 weeks, but at least they have piqued my interest.

Of the new series that make me want to ask “what were they thinking” “Animal Practice” tops the list followed by “Men with Kids” and “Made in Jersey.”

Really, aren’t we over that New Jersey thing by now? Well, I am.

On the comedy front it will be interesting to see where “Mike & Molly” is headed now that they’ve tied the knot at the end of last season. This is one of the most endearing comedies on television. The casting is prefect and I’m happy to see that “funny” sitcoms still exist.

You may have already seen “The New Normal” on NBC which aired a special sneak peek during the Olympics.
Can you say “Huh, this reminds me of ABC’s ‘Modern Family’?”

Thought so.

Where’s Jack Burditt (the most talented writer in television) when you need him? (Burditt’s last network offering, last season’s “Man Up” with Time Allen was cancelled after only eight episodes.) However, in my mind, it was never given a fair chance to grow an audience.

CBS, which has scored comedy home runs with “Mike & Molly,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two Broke Girls,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” may be poised for another hit.

“Parnters” — from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, will give us another pair of straight and gay BFFs, but this time, it’s a bromance.

What “Partners” may have in it’s corner is the services of director James Burrows, best known for “Cheers.”

Burrows (which may have been one of the ingredients to the success of “Mike & Molly”) has signed on to the new sitcom. He’s considered one of the best comedic directors in television.

The best reason to watch “Partners” (Sept. 24 on CBS) might be to see David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs”). I hope he still sports that wonderful head of dark, curly hair. I’ve missed his engaging presence on the small screen.

The other new shows from the major networks include ABC’s “The Neighbors,” “Malibu Country,” “Nashville” and “666 Park Avenue.”

NBC is offering up “Chicago Fire” and “Go On.”

CBS will debut “Vegas” with big ticket stars Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid on Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. I wish I could get excited.

But I can’t.

Sigh.

It’s going to be a long TV season.

Not even FOX or The CW seem poised to swoop in and save the day.

“The Mob Doctor” on FOX looks to be the worst of the bunch.

The Fall 2012 TV Season may go down in the history books as the most dismal on record.
I guess that’s why they invented cable.

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