Television, What to Watch
Sep 4, 2012


It’s always fun to see what the networks come up with to entertain us each fall and this season is no exception. We have everything from a veterinary practice featuring a monkey to a doctor enlisted by the mob. Here are our top picks for each network!

The Mindy Project– Starring Mindy Kaling, she is a 31 year old chubby OBGYN who tries to balance her personal and professional life with varying degrees of success. The Mindy Project is one of the new shows that have opted to air the pilot on Hulu before it airs on national TV. This writer has seen the pilot already is excited for the second episode. It’s witty, awkward and funny all at the same time. Throw in a few of Kahling’s SNL buddies and it’s got a lot of potential. Plus, it’s Fox so anything is possible! Tuesday September 25th 9:30/8:30c on FOX

Arrow– Based on the popular comic book character Green Arrow, the show is centered on billionaire playboy Oliver Green (played by Stephen Amell) who is presumed dead after a shipwreck. While stranded for five years, he masters archery and returns to his home trying to regain his former life while secretly avenging people who have wronged his family vigilante style. While superheroes are really popular right now- and this particular character kind of had a test run on Smallville– the show could easily go either way. I defintely plan to watch, if only to see this popular series come to life. And if it turns into a train wreck, I want to be sure I’m following along to partake with my friends in its bashing! But it’s the CW, something tells me it will hit a bullseye with this audience.

Wednesday October 10th at 8/7c on CW


Elementary– When I looked up what was going to be new this season, the last thing I expected was yet another Sherlock Holmes themed storyline. Elementary has an interesting, modern twist with Holmes, Johnny Lee Miller, being a man who escapes to Manhattan from his troubled past and helps the NYPD crack some of their most complicated cases. Dr. Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu, joins Holmes on his new adventures as a father rather than court mandated sobriety companion. This modern take has just enough change to differentiate it from the popular movie and TV versions that precede it. But I hope that it doesn’t become just another attempt to Americanize a popular British show.

Tuesday September 25th 10/9c on CBS


Guys with Kids- Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger & Jesse Bradford star in a new sitcom about three 30-ish new Dads who struggle because they are still children at heart in Guys With Kids. I feel like this is going to be a window into my near future, watching my guy friends who all got married in the past few years. Not only will this possibly be a glimpse into the future, but I’m going to watch because the main characters are hilarious in everything they’ve been in! Also I might have a secret crush on Jesse Bradford. It started with Bring It On and was solidified in I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. Well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore. That said, NBC might have the most new eye-catching shows, so this was a tough call! Wednesday September 26th 8:30/7:30c on NBC


666 Park Avenue–  Adapted from Gabrielle Pierce’s book series, this show is a supernatural drama starring ABC alumns Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) and Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels) who play an innocent Midwestern couple that get hired as resident managers of The Drake, an Upper East Side apartment building owned by Lost’s Terry O’Quinn and his wife, Desperate Housewives’s Vanessa Williams. ABC certainly knows how to recycle! The catch: The residents have all made deals with The Devil to have their deepest desires fulfilled. Dark and delicious, I’d expect nothing lest from ABC. Sunday September 30th 10/9c on ABC


Other new shows with a lot of buzz include Animal Practice (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Revolution (NBC), Stars Earn Stripes (NBC), Chicago Fire (NBC), Go On (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW),  Ben & Kate (FOX), Last Resort (ABC), Malibu Country (ABC), Nashville (ABC), The Neighbors (ABC), Made in Jersey (CBS), Partners (CBS), and Vegas (CBS).