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The Top 5 New Fall TV Shows

As we bid farewell to another summer and welcome the chilly sweater weather of fall, folks are packing up their flip flops and heading indoors.  Why the sad faces?  The return of fall means the return of fall television!

There has been plenty of buzz surrounding the 32 new cable, premium, and regular TV shows (thanks, TV guide!) that will air this season—how do you choose your top picks out of the mix, you ask? Curt Wagner, the features editor and TV columnist of the RedEye’s Show Patrol, is here to help.  He has compiled a list of the five most highly anticipated shows of this fall.

So grab a pumpkin spice latte and turn on your DVRs because this season is going to be filled with complex story lines, creative adaptations and a good-looking list of actors!

1.  Terra Nova

WHEN IT’S ON: Every Monday at 8/7 central on FX

WHO STARS IN IT: Stephen Lang, Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Take a sci-fi series, produced by Steven Spielberg, Brannon Braga, and other critically acclaimed producers, and you should have small screen gold, right?  So far, so good, according to Wagner.

The show opens with a look at a dark, polluted, overcrowded and ruined Earth in year 2149.  Luckily, the society has figured out a way to save the human race and recreate the human civilization.  They have to travel 85 million years back in time to Terra Nova, a prehistoric Earth that is filled with dinosaurs to do so.  The contrast between the modern-day dark universe and the light, lavish Terra Nova is enchanting—the series is filmed in Southern Queensland, Australia, so combining that scenery with the special effects makes for one eye-catching show.  Wagner’s only concern is that of the “standard family drama” that creeps into the “intense sci-fi”; he could sense a “cutesy” vibe from the “stock characters in the Spielberg world.”  But don’t write this series off just yet!  Wagner says, “If they keep the cute at bay for more dinosaurs and dirty dealings, this should be a great ride.”



2.  American Horror Story

WHEN IT’S ON: Every Wednesday at 10/9 central on FX

WHO STARS IN IT: Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare, Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, and Taissa Farmiga

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The creator of Nip/Tuck and co-creators of Glee (Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto) are taking advantage of the Halloween spirit with American Horror Story.  The series revolves around the Harmons, a family of three, who move to Los Angeles.  They soon realize that their home has some spooky surprises in store for them.  This series is gaining some serious buzz for being one of, if not the scariest new show of the season.



3.  Grimm

WHEN IT’S ON: Premieres on Friday, October 21 at 9/8 central on NBC

WHO STARS IN IT: David Guintoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: We all remember reading the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm as children.  Apparently, those were just previews for our modern day life as adults.  The storybook villains are brought to life in this series as invaders of our world—that is, until a homicide Detective (played by Guintoli) discovers that his fate is to protect humans from them.  And Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, the executive producers of Rush Hour, Buffy, and Angel produced this series—could there be more of a qualified team behind this show?


4.  Prime Suspect

WHEN IT’S ON: Every Thursday at 10/9 central on NBC

WHO STARS IN IT: Maria Bello, Kenny Johnson

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Based on the critically acclaimed British TV series of the same name, starring Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect has been redeveloped for American audiences by Emmy Award-nominated producers Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives).  The series follows Jane Timoney, an NYPD homicide Detective played by Bello, who is as focused as she is reckless.  Although she has a questionable past with vices that follows her, she is a very determined cop who tries to prove herself to her male counterparts and track down the prime suspect of each week’s new case.


5.  Person of Interest

WHEN IT’S ON: Every Thursday at 9/8 central on CBS

WHO STARS IN IT: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan (Christopher’s brother) created this show, starring Michael Emerson.  Emerson’s character created a surveillance program, for the government’s use, that identifies people who will be involved in a future crime—either as a victim or as the culprit. Emerson and his costar, played by Caviezel, team up to stop the crimes before they occur.  Both of the main characters have their own troubled pasts that add to the complex nature of the show.  Interested yet?


By: Jen Kuczynski
Photo by: Anonymous/Associated Press


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