With all the new fall television out there, it’s hard to know what’s worth your precious time. While old hits like Modern Family, The Office and Community are coming back with fresh seasons, we’ve handpicked some new shows that you might want to consider checking out, as well. But only if you’re the type who digs spies and superpowers and money and cheerleaders.
7 No Ordinary Family (ABC, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)
What happens when a down-on-his-luck cop (Jimmy Bennett) decides to take his family on a tropical getaway only to have the trip ruined by a tempest hitting their tiny plane mid-flight? They all wind up with super powers, naturally. Dad can take a bullet to the chest (pretty convenient for a cop, huh?), Mom has super-human speed, Daughter can read thoughts and Son is a master at solving puzzles and equations.
No Ordinary Family seems to have most of the elements of ordinary TV family dramedies in tact, though. A Pixar comparison seems generous, but we’re thinking this show is a live-action primetime adult version of The Incredibles.
6 The Event (NBC, Mondays, 9 p.m.)
If you like that 24-style epic, fast-paced drama, then The Event is probably the best new fall show for you. Granted, we’ve only seen previews which left us all sorts of confused, but that’s probably a good sign.
The Event follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) as he searches to find his missing lady friend, Leila (played by the incredibly gorgeous Sarah Roemer, who, FYI, wears a bikini in the video above.) In the process of trying to track down his lost love, Sean uncovers a global conspiracy. Basically, it’s Mario Brothers with suits on.
5 Secret Millionaire (FOX, Friday, 8 PM)
You’re in at 8 p.m. on a Friday night, so let’s be real: You are not above a little bit of good new-fashioned American sappy reality TV cheese. Chicks love it, dudes love it, but more importantly, the kind of person who finds themselves feeling a bit too tender to hit the streets for Friday night shenanigans love it. That’s you.
Secret Millionaire takes one American who’s got more than seven figures in the bank and brings them way below the poverty level to some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. While living with these communities, the wealthy people are given an opportunity to get real and reconnect with society…while never informing the people whose lives they’re changing that they are…wait for it.. SECRET MILLIONAIRES! It’s basically Wife Swap meets 30 Days. And yes, it’s OK to cry, even if it’s just because you’re bitter that nobody ever walked up and handed you a check for $100,000.
4 Undercovers (NBC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.)
This is the show you want to have on your DVR if you have a chick over. Or if you’re in a relationship and you and your woman can’t find anything to watch together.
Undercovers is the story of a husband and wife team of retired CIA agents who are suddenly called back into duty (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Boris Kodjoe). It seems sexy and unserious, easy to pick up and put down. It seems like there’s going to be a lot of making out, and both Mbatha-Raw and Kodjoe are hot. Catch it before it’s cancelled.
3 Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m.)
Martin Scorsese directed the pilot episode of Sopranos producer Terence Winter’s new show about the Atlantic City boardwalk during the 1920s. Steve Buscemi (hell yeah!) stars as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the crooked politician in charge of the east coast casinos.
This show is probably a safe bet for those who are fascinated by the dirty subcultures and crazy politics of 1920s America and die-hard HBO fans. If you dug The Sopranos, Carnivale or Showtime’s Weeds before it went off the rails, then you might have found yourself a new Sunday night television appointment.
2 $#*! My Dad Says (CBS, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.)
Hey, you guys ever heard of the Internet? Oh, cool. OK. Well, have you ever heard of Twitter? Right, right. OK. Cool. Well, so has Hollywood. And now you can get a TV show by being really exceptional at Twitter. We live in an exciting time.
Based on the popular Twitter account of the same name, $#*! My Dad Says (depressingly referred to by the network as “Bleep My Dad Says”) is the story of a twentysomething guy who moves back home to his grumpy but lovable father’s house.
You’ll have to excuse the annoying connection to Twitter, because as far as sitcoms go, this show has a couple of things working in its favor:
- The formula seems hard to mess up. The son tries to live his life, the dad says something salty yet wise to kind of sort of cramp his style. Unless they hired morons to write the show, it has great potential to be a solid half-hour of mainstream comedy programming.
- William Shatner is playing the dad, and if you can look past the Meme Generation novelty of all that, that was actually a pretty solid casting choice.
1 Hellcats (CW, Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
In case you’d have any interest in a scripted hour-long comedy starring Ashley Tisdale about the world of competitive college cheerleading, it’s worth mentioning this show. Not sure why you’d be into that kind of stuff, though. Ahem.