With the major networks clearing the dead weight from their schedules, there’s room for promising new shows. But in the cutthroat world of prime-time, it’s sink-or-swim for any new series hitting screens this fall. Some will be hits, some will struggle to find an audience, and others won’t even make it past the pilot episode. Here are four fall TV shows we’re looking forward to.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX
Andy Samberg left Saturday Night Live last season in search of greener pastures, and we finally find out what he’s been up to with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In this cop show with a twist, Samberg plays a slacker Brooklyn detective whose methods are question when his old, permissive captain leaves and a new by-the-book leader appears. The show is a comedy with a vibe not unlike The Office, thanks to an ensemble cast which includes Internet fave Terry Crews. Expect a ton of action, plenty of comic relief, and guest appearances from SNL alums like Fred Armisen.
Why you’ll love it: Funny one-liners to fill the void left by Michael Scott.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC
Eagerly awaiting the next installment of Marvel’s The Avengers? Why wait? ABC has a lock on the superhero scene with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which sees the return of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg)—yes, the one that died in the movie—as he leads a group of super-secret government operatives tracking and policing super activity throughout the world. Avengers supremo Joss Whedon is producing, and directed the pilot, so you can expect razor-sharp sarcasm and plenty of explosions.
Why you’ll love it: Whedon’s wit makes for a mini-movie every week.
If you’d rather curl up with suspense and sci-fi, you’ll love Resurrection. The show begins when an 8-year-old boy is discovered in China and an investigator learns he’s from Arcadia, Missouri. When he brings the boy back home, he learns that the child actually perished in a drowning accident 32 years ago. And he’s not the only one that has seemingly come back from the dead in the small town. The strange happenings and touching drama in Arcadia will keep you coming back each week.
Why you’ll love it: The show is certainly a conversation starter. What would you do if your loved ones returned?
Super Fun Night, CBS
Industry rumors hinted that both ABC and CBS were bidding on this comedy led by Aussie comic Rebel Wilson, but the honors eventually went to CBS. Called “the anti-Sex in the City,“ the show is about three painfully awkward career girls who spend their Friday nights at home. Deciding they need to broaden their horizons, the trio make a pact to go out every Friday night from now on, sparking hilarious and unpredictable adventures. It’s a girl-in-the-city comedy for those who don’t shop at Manolo or drink appletinis.
Why you’ll love it: It’s less gritty than Girls and less glam than SATC—and funnier than both.
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