Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What's New!

As one season wraps, another is already on the horizon. The networks have unveiled their lineups for the 2012-13 TV season, and TVLine has compiled this handy guide to the new offerings.

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Review the following alphabetical slideshow and then hit the comments to let us know what you’ll be watching. (Video previews will be added as they become available.)

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  1. Javier says:

    I love Mindy Kaling and I can’t wait for The Mindy Project

  2. Steph says:

    Chicago Fire is the show I’m most excited to see this fall, followed closely by The Mindy Project.

  3. matthew c says:

    almost none of these shows looks good.

    • Martina says:

      totally agree, I’m losing about 7 shows this year and not picking up 1, I guess thats less time spent watching TV for me next season

      • Zack B says:

        Ditto here. This is a shockingly poor showing given the shows that were created in the last few years. At least they are trying to be creative. The problem with more than half of these is that they are the premise for a mini-series at best (the submarine one is the most glaring example) and will get OLD quick if they stick to there initial premise. Shows like that make changes to keep going and bleed viewers like crazy.

      • smidnite says:

        I’ve already lost 4, and am still awaiting the fate of the CBS dramas. NBC has way too many shi sitcoms; just based on the publicity photo, I hope The New Normal never sees the light of day.

      • jellow says:

        What are the 7 shows you’re losing?

    • Tracy Murray says:

      I have to say I agree , sadly , most of those shows seem to me retreads of other TV shows I have seen over the past , although the premise of The Neighbors has me curious . I have to mention that I was hoping to see Jesse Spencer do a sitcom or a light dramedy after House , not another heavy drama soon after , but to each his own , I guess .

    • lariet50 says:

      Agreed. Some of these concepts have “early cancellation” written all over them. Might as well cancel them now and save some time.

    • AlanSaysYo says:

      Some of these almost have to be jokes. 1600 Penn and Malibu Country sound like parodies of 80’s network TV.

    • Larc says:

      I agree with most of your comment, but would agree with all of it if you removed “almost.” I didn’t see a single one that looks good. :(

    • Christine says:

      For me descriptions don’t represent interest in shows. I’d rather see how a TV show is written than what it is about. Many shows seem uninteresting, but the writing makes them really good. On the other hand, many times I’ve seen shows that looked so intriguing in description and ended up being bad.

      • Philipp says:

        Exactly. “When the bride leaves the groom at the altar, their friends try to figure out how to keep the group together.” Sounds basic, is a-mah-zing!
        “A show about a family in the bay area.” Says next to nothing but is pretty much the best drama on TV.
        Meanwhile, Glee seemed really promising and I can’t stand it. Or take the Charlie’s Angels reboot. It was so buzzed about, but ultimately sucked.

    • zaza says:

      Slim pickings, for sure. I am still mourning the loss of Awake, such a compelling show. Though they are bringing back Body of Proof, it seems…from what I’ve read…that they are changing all the things I loved about it, so I feel like I’ve lost it too.

  4. ggny says:

    some please explain how Kyle Bornheimer keeps getting pilots even though everyone of his shows fails? i mean seriously the guy is unwatchable as a lead

  5. greysfan says:

    What surprises me is that Devious Maids, Americana and Gilded Lillies were not picked up at all by ABC. Yes the upfronts haven’t officially happened yet but the fact one of these 3 were not picked up is very surprising.

    • ggny says:

      guessing after GCB failed they didnt want to give Devious Maids a shot. But im SHOCKED Americana didnt get a series order

      • greysfan says:

        Yeah i can sort of see why they wouldn’t but then Devious Maids looked like the DH replacement for me. Oh well guess you can’t have them all. To be honest with you there isn’t any of the new shows that stand out….yet. I want to see the promos they put out for them before i jump to any conclusions. If i had to choose one it probably would be 666 Park Ave. I won’t be touching any new shows on NBC as i am always disappointed by the results which usually means cancellation.

      • smidnite says:

        I love Ana Ortiz; so I was looking forward to Devious Maids.

    • Daniel alvarez says:

      Mistresses was picked up and it’s not in here either…. Maybeeee ABC hasn’t made a final desition as to which shows should be picked up too

    • Tess says:

      I really would’ve thought at least one of them would’ve made the cut seeing how they’d be looking for a Desperate Housewives replacement and GCB didn’t click. I actually thought those shows sounded like they had more promise than any of the shows they’ve actually picked up. Doesn’t look like I’m picking up any new shows to replace what I’m losing from the tv schedule. More free time for me I guess.

    • etc says:

      I’m surprised about Gilded Lilys. Shonda Rimes shows have generally done well on ABC, and with the recent Downton Abbey craze, I would think other networks would want to jump on the peiord-drama bandwagon (they’re all doing it with supernatural spooky-thriller shows after American Horror Story).

      Too bad, that was one of the only things I was looking forward to.

      • greysfan says:

        Yeah i am too but from all sources Gilded Lillies hasn’t been passed on just yet. I still expect ABC to announce one or two more shows in the upfronts. Otherwise what is the point of the upfronts if they are all announced? This show might get picked up for mid-season.

  6. bad kevin says:

    Revolution is definitely the one I’m most excited to see this Fall on NBC. Kudos to Eric Kripke & J.J. Abrams.

  7. Miles says:

    Revolution and Cult look interesting…

    • Zack B says:

      Two more shows that start with a strong pilot, exhaust their main plot after four episodes, then get stuck in ‘monster of the week’ mode until the season finale reveals that what happened thus far was not what it seemed. All the while the twists and turns will be telegraphed and the mythos will become unfollowable after half a season. These executives never learn – if a show is serialized, season five’s finale should be explicable at the upfronts for season one.

  8. Loves Her TV says:

    A lot of promising shows, but call me gun shy. Sorry but I am sick and tired of having a show get cancelled four weeks into it in the fall, and with today’s ratings sites you get the message after two episodes. Sorry I wish I didn’t know a think about ratings because it has made me not enjoy new TV.

  9. Kristen says:

    This has Sara Rue in two shows, Malibu Country and Guys with Kids. I’m thinking that one of these must be incorrect especially since they’re on two different networks.

  10. Luli says:

    what do you mean by single, double and multi camera?

  11. molly says:

    will Animal Practice affect Justin Kirk’s time on Weeds?!?

  12. Mary says:

    How to Live With Your Parents The Rest of Your Life…..Way too like real life for too many Americans…I call this the first cancelled show of Fall 2012

  13. JC says:

    I can’t believe they picked up Hannibal before they cast the title role. Isn’t that rather pivotal to the success of the entire series?

  14. jen says:

    a lot of these sound the same to me, there are a couple shows that sound interesting but I hate getting invested in a new show only to have it cancelled :(

  15. Addy says:

    Every CW new show, but Carrie Diaries. The Goodwin Games and maybe The Following as well.

  16. darcyewilson says:

    Some of these shows look ABSOLUTELY AH-MAH-ZING!
    But then ones like The New Normal make me cringe at the thought.
    The idea of Animal Practice is growing on me. It reminds of Becker, but if he was a vet.

    • smidnite says:

      That image from The New Normal is going to be a rallying point for the anti gay movement. Shame on whoever dreamed it up.

      • darcyewilson says:

        Probably Ryan Murphy himself. This could have been a good idea, but it will probably just be filled with over-the-top stereotypes like Glee.

        Sorry, just think that Murphy’s a hack.

  17. Michael says:

    The Green Arrow is one of my favorite DC characters so I’ll check out Arrow.

    Possibly Revolution.

    (Bows are cool)

    • jules says:

      I’ll definitely check out Green Arrow, I love Stephen Amell and the trailers look awesome.
      Revolution looks pretty good as well.

  18. Save Me sounds like Joan of Arcadia..

  19. Paul says:

    NBC has pretty much said that Hannibal will be mid-season. Not only has Lecter not been cast, but they havent even filmed a single shot of the pilot yet. It will definietly be mid-season. I’m guessing it will go on at 10 on Thursdays, or right after the Voice.

  20. Jessica says:


  21. kateshomesick says:

    I SO hope “Chicago fire” is more “Southland” than “CSI Miami”…I love the cast- so…I’m goint to get invested in it and they’ll probably cancel it.

    • Sally says:

      I hope it’s more like Third Watch.

      • kateshomesick says:

        Third watch- I really liked, but right now there’s nothing on Tv that has a more cohesive cast with excellent actors and writing that is astonishingly accurate…

  22. Scarlett says:

    Disappointed in most of the choices this year. I’ll try a few and I’ve been surprised in the past, but I can’t say I’m optimistic that I’ll pick up any new shows next season to replace the ones I dropped this year.
    It’s a shame Gotham wasn’t picked up; that sounded really interesting!

  23. Tiffany says:

    Infamous has Victor Garber in it so I want to watch it but I’m already watching the same show (mostly) on ABC – hello NBC’s version of Revenge? Yeah, it’s more cop like than mind games but still…

  24. Seb says:

    The uk version of “The Family Tools” is called “White Van Man” not Red that was one of the possible titles.

  25. WeeklyWeek says:

    Revolution is the only one that looks good. Probably gonna give a chance to Animal Practice just because Tyler Labine is there.
    If The Following was in a different network i would probably watch it but since it’s on Fox i don’t think ill be watching a show that has higher chance of being canceled. (Fringe is my last Fox show here :D)

  26. L says:

    doesn’t Do No Harm sound alot like A Gifted Man?? i watched one episode of a gifted man and didn’t like it and i heard months and months ago it was failing. eh idk if that show is a good idea.
    on another note, Animal Practice looks good to me. partially cause im an animal major and i haven’t seen any vet related shows on tv at all, ever.
    so Animal Practice, First Cut and wutever medical show with a different basis then do no harm look good to me.

  27. JD says:

    Woa, No one here is interested in Shawn Ryan’s “Last Resort”? Anything from the man who gave us “The Shield” is worth waiting for. That and Kripke’s “Revolution” (with JJ Abrams backing) should be interesting. The upcoming series with Kevin Bacon as lead as well looks promising as well.

    Several western frontier series expected, but only CBS’ “Ralph Lamb” looks like it has much promise.

    I agree that “Infamous” looks a lot like an NBC version of “Revenge”; but “Revenge” is so good maybe “Infamous” will bring a little success to NBC.

  28. Animal Practice looks ridiculous. The fact that the description describes it as “House-like” shows it will be nothing but a cheap wanna be variant.
    I will check out Chicago Fire because I like Dick Wolf’s stuff and Jesse Spencer, although Iwill have a hard time not seeing him as Chase after all these years.
    Go On looks like it could have potential, and I like Matthew Perry. I may have been the only one who watched Mr. Sunshine.
    Mob Doctor looks so stupid, if it last two episodes I will be shocked, especially given the success FOX had with the medical show House.
    The neighbors sounds like a 3rd Rock rip off.
    The New Normal could have potential, but anything on NBC is hit or miss.

    • Donna says:

      You were not alone when watching Mr. Sunshine. I liked it and really thought it had potential to be a good show. Of course I would watch anything if Matthew Perry is in it. The Mob Dr. does sound really bad, can’t wait to Not watch it.

  29. JohnnyD says:

    Okay, either something’s wrong here or I’m not up to date with program changes, but I thought Shawn Ryan’s “Last Resort” should be something a lot of us would be looking forward to. Anything the guy who gave us “The Shield” is working on is worth waiting for.

    • Babygate says:

      Personally I think it’s an interesting concept but I don’t like Andre Braugher (sp) so it’s 50/50 for me. I will probably check it out because it does sound good.

      • Lola says:

        The fact that it has Andre Braugher in it is the only reason I would think about watching it! He was absolutely amazing as Frank on Homicide: Life on the Streets, and I have love, loved, loved him in pretty much everything he’s done since!

  30. HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE is a single-cam sitcom, not multi-cam. ;)

    • etc says:

      uch I’m so over Sarah Chalke, she’s been boring in everything since Scrubs, plays every character the same way. Not looking forward at all.

  31. CV says:

    Disappointing pilot season imo. A lot of shows I was looking forward to were not picked up and nothing interests me yet. Hoping to be suprised come September.

    • etc says:

      agreed- too much of the same thing, and no dramas except supernatural and cult garbage

    • henry says:

      ugh, was just thinking the same thing… and NCB looks the worst IMO… Like they used to say on that old MTV show… NEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

  32. bad kevin says:

    I’m not 100% sure if both Americana & County didn’t get pick up as a series respectively on separate networks (ABC and NBC). Can anyone give us the details on the update and status on these two?

  33. Babygate says:

    Some sound interesting. I’m not a CW watcher but I may give ‘The Arrow’ and Cult a try. I’m intrigued by The Following, Red Widow and Revolution. I’m really looking forward to the Goodwin Games because I love Becky Newton. I’m a fan of Reba so I will give Malibu Country a try. 666 Park Ave. seems too creepy and the name doesn’t help. The worst for me is almost everything from NBC, especially the vet show and Guys with Kids although Hannibal sounds intriguing. But if it’s too gory, forget it. Family Tools is such a horrible name and sounds like such a bad concept that you gotta wonder what ABC is thinking about as well as Neighbors which I think is the worst offender for them. Did they learn nothing from Man UP and Work It? I might give Nashville a try but it sounds a lot like the recent movie, ‘Country Strong’ which was a weak performer. At least it has a strong cast. Zero Hour sounds really bad but if I had to pick the worst of the bunch I’ll go with New Normal. Anything else I’m kind of ambivalent about and chances are I won’t bother. Now let’s see what CBS has to offer. They get the most viewers but they are also the safest. Almost everything they do for drama is police procedurals and all the comedies are multi-camara shows. At least the other networks have come up with some really interesting concepts, even if they blew it in the execution.

  34. Esme says:

    Let’s place bets for the first cancellation of the season.. My pick is Family Tools, or Guys With Kids.

    • Babygate says:

      Agreed! I will add ‘New Normal’ and ‘How to live…’

    • Helena says:

      I think the first cancellation will be a lousy sitcom, take your pick. Doesn’t Guys With Kids sound like a poor man’s verison of the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting? And Family Tools sounds awful as well.

  35. Emily says:

    is it wrong that I’m already obbessed with cult?

  36. As a fan of Jordana Spiro from My Boys, I’ll be checking out The Mob Doctor. Chicago Fire looks good, and I hope First Cut is good. The Mindy Project will be a must watch, and I hope 666 Park Avenue turns out to be good as well.

  37. tahina says:

    Most of them will be cancelled, specially by FOX and NBC.

  38. Fabe says:

    I’m excited for Beauty and the Beast, Cult, First Cut, The Mindy Project, Nashville, Goodwin Games, and that’s about it. Go CW, three shows I’m looking forward to.

  39. zakspeak says:

    I’m very disappointed with Devious Maids. I was really looking forward to seeing Susan Lucci again (when she’s not trying to sell me something, I mean.)

    • Tristan says:

      I think Devious Maids would have worked had they made it with an afro american, Asian, Caucasian and latino maid and maybe had Lucci continue the role of Genvieve Delacourt the neurotic aging sexpot and perhaps her twin a nerdy maid. Maybe she could play Erica Kane a neighbour on mailbu county to Reba – could you imagine Reba dealing with Erica Kane?

  40. George says:

    As unabashed CW fan, I’ll probably give all there shows a chance. Although “First Cut” sounds like the weakest of the bunch. Besides those, the comedys on FOX sound good. The Mindy Kaling one, in particular would have to f up pretty bad for me not to like it. The only non-CW dramas that sound good to me are Nashville (I’m a sucker for soaps) & possibly the Megan Good one on NBC. That’s one of those I didn’t look twice at when I first heard about it, but for some reason it’s now starting to interest me.

  41. henry says:

    is it just me of pilots for next season seem reaaaaaaallly bad? Only a handful of these shows seem appealing… NBC by far seems to be the worst… Thank god they renewed a lot of other shows…

  42. S says:

    Ok a lot of these sound super lame. Sorry. Im only excited for 666 and Goodwin.
    I really wish Devious Maids would have gotten a pick…it still might but im thinking no…

  43. Samantha says:

    666 Park Ave (Love the actors and sound of it),Chicago Fire(Taylor Kinney LOL),Last Resort(Scott back on TV YEAH),Red Widow( LEE from OZ YES!), Revolution(sounds interesting), The Following(sounds good) and Nashville(This one could go either way since its a singing show but I do like the actors in it plus JJ is in it YAY)

  44. Samantha says:

    As for the CW Shows they all sound okay but Carrie Diaries imo it will be the first to be canceled. When will the CW learn? I’m happy for Matt hopefully the Cult is a hit for him. Beauty and the beast sounds like it has potential. First Cut is kinda eh because its sounding a bit like GA to me they should have made it about the guy instead but I do like Justin Hartley. From all CW shows I think Arrow will be the hit but I could be wrong.. lol

    • ChrisGa says:

      Agree with everything you said except I think Cult(even though I love Matt Davis) will be cancelled first(though I suspect the Carrie Diaries will deserve to be cut first). I think Arrow is the one they’re banking for longevity so I suspect it will slot in behind the Vampire Diaries; if so, hope it holds on to more viewers than the late, highly lamented Secret Circle, otherwise it’ll be a goner too.

  45. Kevin says:

    The Goodwin Games..hahaha read the what it’s about…Fox is So desperate after canceling The Finder that they have to make a tv series out of a crappy movie !!! If anyone watched The Reunion starring John Cena from WWE films this is it. Screw Fox all there new shows will be canceled in a week. Deserve them right. Bring Back the Finder

  46. Sally says:

    The premise of Revolution makes no sense. I’m interested to find out how they explain how such a world without energy works. All forms of energy, including potential and kinetic energy? What…

  47. Daniel says:

    Most of the shows look rubbish and the rest just average to say the least. I am done with NBC for good. That network has never heard of backing a show or building an audience. Only “Zero Hour” has a relatively good concept so I will check it out.

  48. Fla says:

    Do no harm, mindy project are the most eye catching for me based on what its supposed to be about…. I like matthew perry but he hasnt had luck.. I like some other actors on there as well.. Sticking just depends on how well the shows are written and acted!! Show business is tough!

  49. Timmy Bauer says:

    Gimme back Missing, GCB, Awake instead…

  50. Samantha says:

    Yeah I noticed NBC canceled a lot this year and they also keep their comedies over dramas as well… hm they aren’t to be trusted. Just as ABC isn’t to be trusted when it comes to Comedies.