All new TV seasons to fall into

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Samantha Gillis, Writer

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Not all is fair in Fall TV.

Some shows are prepared all summer while others hope to make it to episode two. There is always a lot of hype around big Hollywood names coming to, returning to, or slumping to TV, depending on how you look at it. This year’s comedy talk is all about the “battle” between Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams. And on the drama and action side of things, James Spader leads the highly publicized drama “The Blacklist” and anyone who hasn’t heard of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” just hasn’t been paying attention.

With so many new shows premiering at once, it is inevitable that some will get lost in the shuffle and never see the light of season 2. But hidden out there in the fall premiere calendars are shows that should be given a chance. They may not have 80’s movie stars, and the trailer may not run before every YouTube video, but they do have definite potential worth watching. Plus, all their pilots are already on their network’s websites, so it’s easy enough to catch up.

Here are three new shows to give a chance to this fall:

The Tomorrow People
Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
The CW

 

It’s a remake and a “chosen one” teen story, so right off the bat it’s not looking good – or great – depending on your perspective. The pilot is okay; nothing too exciting but it sets up the premise without being too dull as supernatural pilots can sometimes be. After all, it can be difficult to keep an episode interesting when writers have to explain the back story of an entire new race of people. In this case, a high school student has been teleporting in his sleep but doesn’t know it. Turns out, there are other people – the tomorrow people – just like him, and they want him to join them.

 

What makes this show interesting is the “bad guys” …or are they? Who is actually the big bad wolf isn’t so black and white here, and that’s interesting for a teen show. The first episode even has an end that you might not see coming. “The Tomorrow People” could be good if it continues to break the norms of its category.

Trophy Wife
Tuesdays at 9:30
ABC

 

The name is bad, but the show is not. “Trophy Wife” makes you think the show is going to be trashy, with a lot of dyed blonde hair, orange tans, and maybe even a pageant thrown in. Prepare to be surprised.

 

The premise of the show is that a former party girl marries an older double divorcee and now has to find a place to fit in among his ex-wives and their children. It doesn’t go for easy jokes and a laugh track, and it looks like ABC is trying to get another Modern Family type hit with this show. So, if you’re into that type of show, then this one could be another to add to your line up.

Sleepy Hollow
Mondays at 9 p.m.
FOX

 

“Sleepy Hollow” is four episodes in and has just been picked up for a second season, because it’s just going that well. However, it makes this list because there wasn’t much noise about this show prior to the premiere.

 

It’s not so much a retelling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as it is a continuation in modern times with Ichabod Crane rising from the dead along with his friend the headless horseman. It does change the original background story, but it’s probably better the main character isn’t a coward anyway. It’s a strange concept that makes for a different type of show that obviously works for a lot of people. It could have easily been an unintentional comedy, but the sci-fi aspect makes you just sort of go with anything silly, like, say a man waking up after 250 years and being able to function semi-normally in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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