Amid the array of new shows for the fall season, some good news awaits: Several series look watchable. On the sitcom front, the hope is real - with Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams both back on a weekly basis. The dramas, meanwhile, are dominated by fantasy, with others continuing to feed the general sense of paranoia.
Amid the array of new shows for the fall season, some good news awaits: Several series look watchable.
On the sitcom front, the hope is real - with Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams both back on a weekly basis.
The dramas, meanwhile, are dominated by fantasy, with others continuing to feed the general sense of paranoia.
Here are my picks for the better new shows (listed alphabetically, with time slots and premiere dates) that seem to have good chances of success.
• Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox, starting Sept. 17): The sitcom, reminiscent of Barney Miller, is set in a New York precinct and centered on the human side of police work.
• The Crazy Ones (9 p.m. Thursdays on CBS, Sept. 26): Robin Williams teams with Sarah Michelle Gellar as father-and-daughter advertising executives. His talents play well against her deadpan style.
• Derek (Netflix, Thursday): Ricky Gervais appears as a sweet-natured loser who works at a retirement home.
• Dracula (10 p.m. Fridays on NBC, Oct. 25): Jonathan Rhys Meyers parts his puffy lips to reveal gleaming fangs in a retelling of the Bram Stoker classic.
• Hostages (10 p.m. Mondays on CBS, Sept. 23): Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott co-star in a tension-filled thriller about a surgeon whose family is held hostage by a rogue FBI agent; she is told she must kill the president if she wants her family to live.
• Last Tango in Halifax (8 p.m. Sundays on PBS, last night): The modern - and funny - sitcom centers on two elderly people who fall in love and decide to get married. (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid: sweethearts 4-ever.)
• Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (8 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, Sept. 24): The drama about specially gifted agents battling alien forces boasts a decent cast and a guaranteed fan base (from the comic books).
• The Michael J. Fox Show (9 p.m. Thursdays on NBC, Sept. 26): You'll love it not because Fox is battling Parkinson's disease but because the actor belongs on weekly television.
• Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8 p.m. Thursdays on ABC, Oct. 10): The Once Upon a Time spinoff, darker than the original, has much better special effects.
• Sleepy Hollow (9 p.m. Mondays on Fox, next Monday): The show turns the Washington Irving story inside out and adds other supernatural gewgaws, but Ichabod Crane rising from the dead in our times and being pursued by a 7-foot headless guy could work.What's new on major networks? When do my favorites start back up again?