| The New Normal |
(NBC, Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.)
Stars: Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Ellen Barkin
Résumé: Rannells was the hilarious Elder Price in the irreverent Broadway hit The Book of Mormon.
Premise: Seeking to be free of her small-minded grandmother’s help and influence, a single mom becomes a surrogate for a gay couple wanting a child.
Verdict: Familiar yet breezy with likable characters. Rannells is as charismatic on the small screen as he is on the stage.
|Emily Owens, M.D. |
Stars: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King, Michael Rady
Résumé: Gummer commands her own show after appearing on Off the Map, The Good Wife and The Big C.
Premise: A new doctor finds out that hospitals are like high school as she faces both a tough boss and her old high-school nemesis.
Verdict: It’s familiar territory, but Gummer gives the show its heart and soul.
(CW, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
Stars: Stephen Amell, Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey
Résumé: You’ve seen Amell make guest appearances on Hung and Private Practice.
Premise: A playboy billionaire survives five years stranded on a remote island, then returns to Starling City and wages a superhero vigilante war on corruption with the agility and strength he gained in exile.
Verdict: Many DC Comics fanboys and Smallville fans will passionately debate this incarnation of Green Arrow, but the exciting pilot shows promise.
| Made in Jersey |
(CBS, Fridays, 9 p.m.)
Stars: Janet Montgomery, Erin Cummings, Kyle MacLachlan, Felix Solis
Résumé: Before taking on the law world, Montgomery appeared on Entourage and
Premise: A Jersey girl with insight into everyday people shoots for the stars at a big New York law firm while coping with snooty attitudes about her roots.
Verdict: This fish-out-of-water tale clicks because of Montgomery’s presence and charm. The Garden State needs a PR boost after Jersey Shore.
|The Mindy Project |
(Fox, Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.)
Stars: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp
Résumé: Kaling is known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on The Office.
Premise: A talented young doctor grapples with maturity and boy problems.
Verdict: If it finds the right balance between sweetness and smart-aleckism, it could grow.
|Animal Practice |
(NBC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
Stars: Justin Kirk, Bobby Lee, Tyler Labine
Résumé: Kirk charmed us for many seasons on Weeds and Jack & Jill.
Premise: This comedy follows a snarky vet who loves his animal clients more than people, often with good reason. When his more diplomatic and sensitive ex-girlfriend takes over the hospital, a clash of wills commences.
Verdict: Silly and unrealistic but still fun. The best character is his monkey colleague, Dr. Rizzo, whose high jinks liven up the place.
| Last Resort |
(ABC, Thursdays, 8 p.m.)
Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick, Daisy Betts
Résumé: The intense Braugher has co-starred on Homicide: Life on the Street, Men of a Certain Age and Hack.
Premise: A U.S. nuclear sub questions suspicious orders to fire on Pakistan. The military tries to take them out in retaliation, so they commandeer an exotic tropical island to stage a long-term standoff.
Verdict: This is the best pilot of the season. It’s tense, over-the-top and gripping.
(ABC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
Stars: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Eric Close, Powers Boothe
Résumé: You know Britton from American Horror Story and from years on Friday Night Lights and Spin City.
Premise: A country legend faces competition from a younger star, whom she may be forced to open for on tour while her husband is groomed for a mayoral candidacy under her father’s thumb.
Verdict: You don’t have to be a country-music fan to be sucked into this smart musical melodrama.
|666 Park Avenue |
(ABC, Sundays, 10 p.m.)
Stars: Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor
Résumé: O’Quinn played John Locke on the iconic Lost and has been seen on Millennium, Alias and Hawaii Five-0.
Premise: A young couple manage an NYC apartment complex with supernatural goings-on.
Verdict: Walks a line between engrossing eeriness and creepy clichés. Let’s hope that dragon floor mosaic heralds something deliciously dark.