New Fall TV Shows – 2010

Sep 22, 2010 by Tom Jones

Yes it’s that time once more, where we become utterly confused trying to juggle our busy schedules, our favorite current television shows, and know which show is still being shown on it its regular day—or been moved. Worse yet, to find out it’s been canceled.

But as the time honored tradition forever continues, the Big 3 Networks, and the Cable T.V. heavy weights (now holding a majority of the top Emmy spots), the New Fall TV Shows have been rolled out already, or are soon to be revealed on-air.

Which one’s will curry favor, ratings, and be renewed is anybody’s guess; I assume that it’s a pastime for executives in the television and cable industries.

Welcome, Fall TV Season, already in progress. Despite myself, and knowing that you will let me down at least as much as you might lift me up, I must admit that the big billboards heralding your big new shows raised in me a childlike rush of anticipation.

I notice that you are especially full of cops and lawyers this year — and superheroes, detectives and spies — which means you are also full of criminals. What is up with that, Fall Season? Is it the climate of fear engendered by opportunistic pundits and politicians? Or are you just out of breath for the moment, falling back on what you know, and on Jerry Bruckheimer?

Still, I hope for the best. We are all in this together. Source: LA Times

In any case, here’s a list of the New Fall TV Shows, from the traditional media as well as from cable. In alphabetical order, here they are:

Better with You (ABC)

Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8:30/7:30c

Sisters Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan), a high-strung attorney, and Mia (Privileged’s JoAnna Garcia), a free-spirited "inventor," are fundamentally different. Maddie lives with, but has not married, Ben (Josh Cooke), her boyfriend of nine years. "It’s a valid life choice," she repeats throughout the pilot. Mia, on the other hand, has just agreed to marry Casey (Jake Lacy), her boyfriend of seven-and-a-half weeks. Kurt Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp play the girls’ quirky parents.

Blue Bloods (CBS):

Premieres: Friday, Sept. 24, Fridays, 10/9c

Crime-fighting meets family squabbling in this procedural about the Reagans, a multigenerational clan of New York cops. Frank (Tom Selleck), is the chief of police, just like his dad was. Frank’s eldest son, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), is a gruff detective and Iraq War vet; his youngest son, Jamie (Will Estes) is a rookie cop fresh out of the academy. Bridget Moynahan rounds out the testosterone-heavy cast as Frank’s daughter, Erin, an assistant district attorney and single mom.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO: Premieres: Friday, Sept. 24, Fridays, 10/9c

Crime-fighting meets family squabbling in this procedural about the Reagans, a multigenerational clan of New York cops. Frank (Tom Selleck), is the chief of police, just like his dad was. Frank’s eldest son, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), is a gruff detective and Iraq War vet; his youngest son, Jamie (Will Estes) is a rookie cop fresh out of the academy. Bridget Moynahan rounds out the testosterone-heavy cast as Frank’s daughter, Erin, an assistant district attorney and single mom.

Body of Proof (ABC) Premieres: TBD, Fridays at 9/8c

Dr. Megan Hunt (Desperate Housewives‘ Dana Delany) plays a feisty neurosurgeon whose career ends after a car accident. She takes a job as a medical examiner in Philadelphia, where she helps cops solve murders by "reading the body."

Chase (NBC): Premieres: Monday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c

Kelli Giddish stars as a tough-talkin’ U.S. marshal in this adrenalized action series from Jerry Bruckheimer.

The Defenders (CBS): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10/9c

Nick Morelli (Jim Belushi) and Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O’Connell) are colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who risk it all for their clients in this legal dramedy (think Boston Legal). Co-starring Tanya Fischer as the firm’s colorful assistant, Sophie, and Jurnee Smollett as a new associate who paid his law-school tuition by stripping.

Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC):  Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10/9c

Michael Imperioli stars as a respected but misunderstood homicide detective. In the style of Southland the show follows the cops as they police the streets of Detroit, the city with the country’s highest murder rate. Jon Michael Hill, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds, and Natalie Martinez also star.

The Event (NBC): Premieres: Monday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c

A presidential assassination attempt, a missing person and a CIA cover-up are among the events that are included in the subject of this mystery thriller’s title.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS):  Premieres: Monday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c

This action-packed remake of the hit procedural stars Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett, a detective who heads back to the Aloha State to investigate his father’s murder. The governor (Jean Smart) enlists him to form an elite task force, which includes Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Chin’s cousin, surfer-turned-cop Kona (Grace Park). You’ll recognize the theme song.

Hellcats (CW): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 9/8c

Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) wants to go to law school, but she’s flat broke. So the amateur dancer reluctantly applies for a cheerleading scholarship to help pay her tuition. Ashley Tisdale (the High School Musical flicks) co-stars as Marti’s prim roommate Savannah. Smallville’s Tom Welling executive-produces.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c

I think by now we all know the premise. Nevertheless, NBC promises that this won’t be your grandfather’s Law & Order, as it’ll feature a comely, youthful cast squeezed between that signature sound effect. First up: Skeet Ulrich has signed on in one of the detective roles.

Lone Star (Fox): Premieres: Monday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c

Newcomer James Wolk stars as a Texas con man who, as Bob Taylor, has a wife in Houston (Adrianne Palicki) and, as Robert Allen, a girlfriend in Midland (Eloise Mumford). Robert/Bob navigates this double life with a precision (two wallets, two cellphones) he learned from his con-man dad (the always solid David Keith), but is always worried that his blustery oil magnate father-in-law (Jon Voight) will discover his secret.

Mike & Molly (CBS): Premieres: Monday, Sept. 20 at 9:30/8:30c

Chicago cop Mike (Billy Gardell) and schoolteacher Molly (Melissa McCarthy) meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group. Their attraction is instant.

My Generation (ABC):  Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 23, 8/7c

In 2000, a documentary film crew follows a group of Austin, Texas, high school students just as they’re graduating. When they revisit the same classmates 10 years later, guess what? They’ve changed!

Nikita (CW): Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 9, 9/8c

Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible 3) plays the titular assassin, who wants to bring down a secret government program that turns at-risk youth into killers.

No Ordinary Family (ABC):  Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c

Jim and Stephanie Powell (The Shield’s Michael Chiklis and Dexter’s Julie Benz) are an average couple who, along with their kids, develop some "super" abilities when a family vacation ends with a plane crash in the Amazon River. Romany Malco and Autumn Reeser co-star.

Outlaw (NBC): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 10/9c

Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza (Jimmy Smits) suddenly resigns when he realizes the system is flawed. The playboy and gambler returns to private practice to help the little guys take on the system.

Outsourced (NBC):  Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9:30/8:30c

An American (newcomer Ben Rappaport) moves to India to run a call center for a novelty company. There, ethnic stereotypes — both Indian and American — are challenged.

Raising Hope (Fox): Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c

The significantly named Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) becomes a single dad at 23 when a one-night stand announces she’s pregnant and will be unable to care for the baby. Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman co-star.

Running Wilde (Fox): Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30/8:30c

Emotionally stunted rich guy Steve Wilde (Will Arnett) desperately tries to impress his childhood crush Emmy (Keri Russell), who’s now an uber-liberal humanitarian with a 12-year-old daughter who doesn’t speak.

Secret Millionaire (ABC):  Premieres: TBD, Fridays at 8/7c

Wealthy people go undercover in some of the most dangerous communities in the country to find the unsung heroes who help those in need on this reality show. At the end of a week, they reveal their identity and donate $100,000 to deserving individuals and organizations.

S#*! My Dad Says (CBS): Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8:30/7:30c

Ed (William Shatner), a politically incorrect curmudgeon, harangues his youngest son, Henry in this Twitter feed-turned-sitcom. MadTV vets Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan co-star.

Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo):  Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 11/10c

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons hosts this competitive culinary spin-off in which pastry chefs compete in a series of dessert challenges. Famed pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini serves as head judge.

Undercovers (NBC): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c

Think Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the TV show. Married former spies (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) get back in the family business together in the J.J. Abrams-produced action series.

The Whole Truth (ABC): Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 10/9c

Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney star in this legal drama which examines a case from both the defense and prosecution’s perspectives.

Sources: TV Guide, LA Times, Variety and all of the TV and Cable Network channels listed.

Whew! That’s a lot of new shows to watch.

It makes me wonder how much is spent and lost until the shakeout occurs to find the few that will make the cut and be picked up.

As it’s been bandied about, entertainment choices have never been greater for the consumer, so to all the competitors, we say:

Let the Games Begin!

And please don’t make us watch shows that we need a script to figure out its plot, and here’s “the” final comment for all those producers who had the brilliant idea to remake the Hawaii Five-0 series.

Don’t you recall how great the old Hawaii Five-0 series is — and why in heaven’s name, would you, could you, and why did you contemplate for a moment to so-call “remake” the pure original genius of the original television show series that was, and will only be a one-of-a-kind and inimitable classic?

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2 Responses to “New Fall TV Shows – 2010”

  1. Cindy Cotter says:

    The air time and description you provided for Blue Bloods are actually for another show, Better With You. Blue Bloods doesn’t premier till Friday.


    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Cindy Cotter, Thanks, Cindy. I changed the programs around and added the Better With You links. So many shows coming out this month.


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