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New Fall TV Shows

Scene Staff Report | Monday, August 27, 2012

 Beauty and the Beast

One show hitting TV’s this fall is “Beauty and the Beast,” and I’m sure everyone’s first thought is “…another one??” Just on the heels of 2011’s “Beastly,” this classic fairytale is popping up everywhere, with dark twists galore. In this adaptation, a girl gets saved from two murderers by a mysterious figure in the woods she later finds out is a doctor who, when angered, turns into – you guessed it – a beast. “Hey…that sounds like the Hulk…” Yes, yes it does. I wouldn’t expect too much from this cliché of a plot.

The Mindy Project
Coming to FOX this fall is a comedy starring Mindy Kaling (we all know and love her as Kelly from “The Office”). It follows a girl who grew up expecting her life to be a romantic comedy. Unfortunately for Mindy, that’s not very realistic. After crashing an ex-boyfriend’s wedding, she is desperately trying to turn her life around and up her chances of finding Prince Charming by acquiring better habits, losing weight, reading books and going on as many dates as possible. I see this show really going places thanks to the fantastic and hilarious cast and the immense relatability of the characters to real people everywhere.


Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis team up on the small screen for CBS’ newest drama, “Vegas.” From veteran gangster drama writer/producer Nicholas Pileggi (“Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “American Gangster”), the western pits Quaid as Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb against Chiklis as Chicago mobster Vincent Savino. The show is set in the early 1960s, just as Vegas was turning into the boomtown of sin the world knows it as today. The trailer for the show looks intriguing and the familiar faces makes this an early favorite for not getting cancelled in the first three weeks.


J.J. Abrams’s latest return to television centers around an “event” that changes the course of earth’s history forever; all electricity, machines, technology, everything that people rely on to do all the things they do every day of their lives, turns off, instantly and for no apparent reason. Fifteen years in the future, society has tried to rebuild itself without any of the advanced technology it so desperately needed before. Abrams is a television wizard in many ways, helming some of the most popular shows of the last decade, and this looks to be yet another in the line of successful series from the man behind “Lost” and “Alias.”

Guys With Kids

On the surface, “Guys With Kids” looks destined to be another in a line of bad comedies with simplistic concepts cancelled after only a few shows. It’s a sitcom about three regular guys trying to raise infants, and the inevitable hilarity that ensues and it’s got some faces that you might recognize but don’t know or care where from. But look further, and see that it was developed by comedian Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Grandy, a writer for both the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Office.” Its stars include Zach Cregger of “The Whitest Kids You Know” (hilarious) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler of “The Sopranos” (anybody from that show deserves the benefit of the doubt). Don’t count this one out just yet.

The New Normal

This edgy NBC comedy from television’s latest golden boy, Ryan Murphy of “Glee”, stars Broadway veteran Andrew Rannells (“The Book of Mormon”) and “Hangover” and “National Treasure” supporting actor Justin Bartha as a happy couple in Los Angeles who desperately want to add a child to their relationship. They meet a Midwestern single mother, Goldie, played by Georgia King, who agrees to be their surrogate, and along with Goldie’s eccentric mother (Ellen Barkin) and her 8-year-old daughter, they form a sort of family, what the show describes to be the “new normal” family in America.

Animal Practice
Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk) is an incredible veterinarian that runs the best animal hospital in the country. He takes great care of his patients, the animals, but he is not necessarily fond of their owners. However, when his ex-girlfriend Dorothy (JoAnna Garcia) comes back to administer her deceased grandmother’s animal hospital, Dr. Coleman’s practice is forced to change. This new TV comedy attempts to bring humor to the vet world. Nevertheless, I suspect it will not last long in the TV scene. If you want to take a peek at the show’s first episodes tune into NBC on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Made in Jersey
Fan of the “Legally Blonde” movies? If so, you’ll definitely want to watch this new show. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) is a young girl from New Jersey and she is the first in her family to have gone to college and law school. Now, she is trying to make it as a lawyer in one of New York City’s top law firms. At first, Martina is the underdog. Her fashionable and bubbly personality is not what her new coworkers and clients are expecting from the newcomer. However, as they get to know her more and more, they find in her a passionate and intelligent young woman and begin to take her seriously as a lawyer. Follow Martina Garretti’s journey in the big city starting Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. on CBS.   

Premiering Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. on CBS, “Nashville, similar” to the 2010 film “Country Strong” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester, is the story of a slowly fading country music superstar, played by Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, and an rising teen sensation played by Hayden Panettiere. The two team up in the search for fame and stardom. The show seems to be full of interesting drama and catchy songs that will have you hooked on the show. Don’t miss it!