It’s time to dust off your remote and make room on your DVR, because the 2010 Fall television season is upon us. With over 20 new TV series premiering this month, figuring out what to watch may be a tad overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve watched almost every new premiere and have put together a comprehensive guide of all the new shows, their premiere dates and, for those interested, a mini-review to let you know whether or not each series might be worth your time.
Included in the bunch are Kurtzman and Orci’s Hawaii Five-0 remake for CBS, J.J. Abrams’ spy drama Undercovers for NBC and the long-awaited superhero drama from ABC, No Ordinary Family. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to see NBC’s Outsourced (take that as a sign) and the series premiere of Law & Order: Los Angeles isn’t available yet. While our mini-review for Chase also isn’t available at this time, this post will be updated when the premiere arrives (any day now).
In case the mini-reviews aren’t enough to help you decide whether or not you should watch a series, we’ve also included three indicators; green, yellow and red, that also represent our feelings on each show.
Green – Watch it!
Yellow – DVR it!
Red – Skip it! (seriously)
We cover the new shows from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW and FX. We start out with ABC directly below, but if you want to jump to the new shows for a particular network, click on the links below:
- New 2010 TV shows on CBS
- New 2010 TV shows on The CW
- New 2010 TV shows on NBC
- New 2010 TV shows on Fox
- New 2010 TV shows on FX
Premieres: Wednesday, September 22, 8:30pm
Plot (courtesy of ABC): Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a "valid life choice," something they proclaim often - and often loudly. Maddie's younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c'est la vie attitude, Mia and Casey are smitten with each other, and thrilled to explore the oh-so-many things they don't know about each other yet. But when they announce they're getting married and having a baby, it's news that throws Maddie for a loop. Surprisingly, the girls' parents, Vicky and Joel, couldn't be more pleased. Married 35 years, they have recently adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, rather like Mia's, cptfc maybe because they're getting older and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. With three very different relationships tightly intertwined in one family, will it be free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently?
Mini Review: Better With You is the text-book network sitcom. While the pilot is mildly entertaining and the premise is (somewhat) unique, this series could struggle to find an audience amongst ABC's strong Wednesday-night comedy line-up. If you feel that this is a series you might enjoy, better start watching now, because I don't see it lasting longer than two seasons, at most.
Premieres: Fridays, 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET (no published premiere date yet)
Plot (courtesy of ABC): Dr. Megan Hunt was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. But her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner, determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed the victims. Her instincts are sharp, but she's developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department's begins. It turns out her career isn't the only thing that will need to be rebuilt; Megan's family has taken a backseat to her ambition, and now she's discovering there's a lot of work to do when it comes to dissecting her relationships with the living.
Mini Review: Like House, Bones and Lie To Me, Body of Proof is a unique take on the modern-day procedural. While the pilot is mainly focused on backstory and getting the audience "in-the-loop," this series has the potential to be something great.
Premieres: Tuesday, September 21, 10:00pm
Plot (courtesy of ABC): What does it take to be a detective in one of America's toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit's finest unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan. There's the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected -- and most misunderstood -- man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch's new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez -- a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan -- a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants -- form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn't be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours - roller derby.
Mini Review: At times, the documentary style of Detroit 1-8-7 adds refreshing and intriguing elements that prevent this series from becoming another run-of-the-mill police procedural. Unfortunately, that same documentary style also hurts Detroit 1-8-7 when awkward looks into the camera and the numerous, annoying title cards instantly take the viewer out of the story. That being said, there's no doubt that if you watch the series premiere, you'll be tuning in the next week.
Premieres: Thursday, September 23, 8:00pm
Plot (courtesy of ABC): What a difference ten years can make. In 2000, a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, then revisits these former classmates ten years later as they return home to rediscover that just because they're not where they planned doesn't mean they're not right where they need to be. These students couldn't wait to graduate and head out into the real world. But the world they were entering got very real very fast. As these classmates return home to revisit their old hopes for their future, they'll discover that, even if you don't get exactly what you thought you wanted out of life, it's not too late to get what you need.
Mini Review: While My Generation is an extremely ambitious television series, it struggles to provide a realistic story in which all of the characters are reunited. Of course, by the time that plot completely unfolds, viewers will already be annoyed with the main characters, bored with their individuals storylines and nauseated by the forced "documentary" look.
Premieres: Tuesday, September 28, 8:00pm
Plot (courtesy of ABC): The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie's relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children, leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something's not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family who happen to be a little bit amazing.
Mini Review: With an extremely talented cast, entertaining story-arc and and realistic character development, No Ordinary Family and ABC accomplished what NBC and Heroes haven't been able to do for the past 3 years - produce an entertaining superhero drama that will have viewers tuning in week after week.
Premieres: Wednesday, September 22, 10:00pm
Plot (courtesy of ABC): With a unique alternative narrative structure that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and prosecution, "The Whole Truth" shows each side equally and keeps its audience guessing, shifting allegiances of guilt or innocence until the very final scene. Kathryn Peale, the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a deputy bureau chief in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Jimmy Brogan, born and raised in Hell's Kitchen and a friend of Kathryn's since their days at Yale Law School, is one of New York's rising criminal attorney stars. These two evenly matched legal masters will square off each week as the central characters of the series.
Mini Review: The Whole Truth is an entertaining legal drama that is very reminiscence of the short-lived Fox drama Justice. Unfortunately, the freshman series doesn't bring anything new to the television legal drama... which could be its down-fall.