10. “Person of Interest” (CBS) Sept. 22
“Person of Interest” is the only interesting looking new series on CBS this fall. The series from JJ Abrams stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson. The drama is about a billionaire (Emerson) who has developed a program that can predict the identity of someone connected to a future crime, whether it’s the criminal or victim, but can’t tell which one or when it’ll happen. Caviezel plays an ex-CIA agent presumed to be dead and is hired by the billionaire to stop the crimes.
“Person of Interest” can be seen locally on KTHV Conway Corp. Channel 11.
9. “Grimm” (NBC) Oct. 21
NBC’s “Grimm” is being billed as a cop drama with a twist, as the crimes all revolve around characters inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales. It’s one of two fairy tale dramas, along with ABC’s “Once Upon of Time,” trying to hit it big this fall. Fairy tales are something that aren’t really tapped into much on primetime broadcast network TV, so it’ll be to be seen how people take to them. This one is set in modern day Portland, Ore. in which a homicide detective learns that he comes from a line of hunters in charge of protecting the world from supernatural beings.
“Grimm” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4.
8. “Up All Night” (NBC) Sept. 14
“Up All Night” is a new sitcom from NBC starring Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as new parents who try to balance their lives around their first born. Arnett and Applegate should prove to be funny in the high anxiety roles of new parents and the two leads should get some solid help from the supporting cast of Maya Rudolph and Nick Cannon. This looks like one of the best new sitcoms of the fall.
“Up All Night” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4.
7. “Prime Suspect” (NBC) Sept. 22
Cop/detective shows are certainly no stranger to network TV, in fact there probably hasn’t been a more popular drama topic in TV history than crime. Most of these series portray tough men in the lead roles, but NBC’s “Prime Suspect” stars Maria Bello as a tough broad detective that will certainly be interesting to see how she interacts in the “man’s world.” Bello will have big shoes to fill though as “Prime Suspect” is a remake of a British television series starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren.
“Prime Suspect” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4.
6. “Last Man Standing” (ABC) Oct. 11
The main reason that ABC’s new fall sitcom “Last Man Standing” looks interesting is that it’s Tim Allen’s return to TV. Most people know that Tim Allen’s claim to fame was the hilarious ABC sitcom in the ‘90s “Home Improvement” where he starred as accident prone TV toolman Tim Taylor. Now, Allen has returned home to ABC in a family series that surrounds him with as a man’s man in a house full of women.
“Last Man Standing” can be seen locally on KATV Conway Corp. Channel 7.
5. “New Girl” (Fox) Sept. 20
Fox’s “New Girl” looks like it could be the best new sitcom of the fall and most of that is on the massive likability and sheer cuteness of its lead Zooey Deschanel, whose sister, Emily, is interestingly also a member of the Fox TV family on “Bones.” Deschanel stars as, Jess, a woman who is going through a tough breakup and moves into an apartment with three single guys. Deschanel has a nice comic delivery that should lead to many laughs.
“New Girl” can be seen locally on Fox16 Conway Corp. Channel 16.
4. “Pan Am” (ABC) Sept. 25
ABC’s “Pan Am,” along with NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” is one of the new fall time period dramas that many fans and critics alike believe are trying to play off of the acclaimed popularity of AMC’s “Mad Men.” The series delves into the life of flight attendants on the Pan American World Airways airline in the ‘60s and stars Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner. I don’t think it’s a series that will last long, but it certainly could be good while it does.
“Pan Am” can be seen locally on KATV Conway Corp. Channel 7.
3. “The Playboy Club” (NBC) Sept. 19
NBC’s time period drama “The Playboy Club” looks interesting to me for many of the same reasons that “Pan Am” does. The period drama is simply an interesting, yet underappreciated genre. “The Playboy Club” is set around the first ever Playboy Club in Chicago in the early ‘60s and will apparently be somewhat of a crime drama. Much like “Pan Am,” I don’t expect the life expectancy of this series to be long, but it could be great.
“The Playboy Club” can be seen locally on KARK Conway Corp. Channel 4.
2. “Once Upon a Time” (ABC) Oct. 23
ABC’s new fairy tale drama “Once Upon a Time” is one that is already receiving rave reviews from critics who have viewed the pilot. The series stars the beautiful Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, who is a bail bonds collector who will be drawn, along with the son she gave up for adoption to a New England town through a series of enchanted mysteries. The series looks like the better of the two fairy tale dramas (“Grimm”) of the fall.
“Once Upon a Time” can be seen locally on KATV Conway Corp. Channel 7.
1. “Terra Nova” (Fox) Sept. 26
Fox’s Sci-Fi series “Terra Nova” was originally planned to debut last season, but was pushed back a year due to financial reasons and weather during filming. The series is set in the future when the entire world is threatened by extinction and scientists develop a time machine to return to prehistoric Earth, where of course they live with dinosaurs. The series, which looks absolutely beautiful as far as scenery goes, looks similar to “Jurassic Park” as a TV series.
“Terra Nova” can be seen locally on Fox16 Conway Corp. Channel 16.