TV: Fall TV preview (Part II)

By Columbus Alive
From the October 3, 2013 edition

Here’s the final preview of the networks’ new shows this fall. A couple (“We Are Men,” “Super Fun Night” and “Ironside”) didn’t get write-ups, but that’s because they suck — bad. Here’s the rest, with short previews and their chances of renewal.

“The Millers”

Premieres 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 on CBS

Concept: Recently divorced Nathan (Will Arnett) is looking forward to “single life,” until his father (Beau Bridges), inspired by his son, leaves his wife of 43 years (Margo Martindale).

Notes: This is a talented cast, but it doesn’t work — unless you like flatulence humor. Premiering after “The Big Bang Theory” is a big boost, though.

Odds of renewal: 10 to 1

“Welcome to the Family”

Premieres 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 on NBC

Concept: A “Modern Family”-like series where two very different families are forced together when their teenage kids get pregnant.

Notes: Stars the extremely likable Mike O’Malley. Hard to predict its sustainability.

Odds of renewal: 15 to 1

“Sean Saves the World”

Premieres 9 p.m. Oct. 3 on NBC

Concept: Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) juggles a demanding boss, overbearing mother and his 14-year-old daughter. He doesn’t actually save the world.

Notes: This is really bad. Don’t bother.

Odds of renewal: 50 to 1

“Tomorrow People”

Premieres 9 p.m. Oct. 9 on CW

Concept: Young, pretty people have superpowers (telepathy, teleportation, etc.) and fight evil.

Notes: This should fit well in the CW’s current lineup, and will probably be its most popular new show.

Odds of renewal: 4 to 1

“The Originals”

Premieres 8 p.m. Oct. 8 on CW

Concept: A spin-off focusing on the Original family of vampires from “The Vampire Diaries.” Also young, pretty people.

Notes: The main character is a vampire/werewolf hybrid. Sounds familiar.

Odds of renewal: 10 to 1

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

Premieres 8 p.m. Oct. 10 on ABC

Concept: This spin-off from “Once Upon a Time” has nothing to do with the original (other than the creative team), as the story is about Alice and Wonderland.

Notes: The first storybook-themed series has been a hit — if also a mess — and even though the cast is mostly unknowns this could do well.

Odds of renewal: 6 to 1

“Reign”

Premieres 9 p.m. Oct. 17 on CW

Concept: The rise of Mary Queen of Scots, only like most CW series, there are lots of pretty, young people.

Notes: CW’s young core demographic doesn’t want a history lesson because they already get that in school.

Odds of renewal: 25 to 1

“Dracula”

Premieres 10 p.m. Oct. 25 on NBC

Concept: A late 19th-century period piece loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel has Dracula (Jonathon Rhys Meyers) coming to America to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality.

Notes: Dracula is also interested in newfangled electricity and a woman who looks just like his dead wife.

Odds of renewal: 12 to 1

“Almost Human”

Premieres 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on Fox

Concept: In a dystopian future, cops are mandated to be partnered with robots. Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban), who survived a horrible attack (and 17-month coma), doesn’t like the robots and gets partnered with an outdated, more human model (Michael Ealy).

Notes: There’s certainly a been-there-done-that feel to this, but the pilot is pretty decent. Produced by J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (“Fringe”).

Odds of renewal: 8 to 1

“Enlisted”

Premieres 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 on Fox

Concept: Single-camera comedy about three screw-up brothers, led by the oldest (Geoff Stults), on a small Florida Army base. A modern-day version of the classic Bill Murray film “Stripes”? Accurate.

Notes: It’s a shame “Enlisted” airs on Fridays — it’s fun and has the chops to be a hit.

Odds of renewal: 8 to 1