TV: Which new fall TV shows make the cut?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It’s that time of year again where the networks woo viewers with the best and brightest new series. You know as well as I do that most of these shows are either/both terrible and will eventually get canceled. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming in September, with odds each show gets renewed. A second preview comes in a few weeks for the October premieres.


Premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 23 on NBC

Concept: Raymond Reddington (James Spader), the world’s most-wanted man, inexplicably turns himself in to the FBI, saying he wants to help capture evildoers. Obviously Reddington is up to something, and why he’ll only work with rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is just one of his secrets.

Notes: People love Spader, and he’s enjoying this over-the-top villain. Still, being on NBC gives “Blacklist” an uphill battle.

Odds of renewal: 12 to 1


Premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 23 on CBS

Concept: Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) gets caught up in a political conspiracy when rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) takes her family hostage.

Notes: Concept more appropriate for a movie than serialized drama. Plus, McDermont is rarely a sign of quality. Outlook not good.

Odds of renewal: 12 to 1

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Premieres 8 p.m. Sept. 24 on ABC

Concept: Fresh off the mega-hit “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) returns to television. Expect cameos from various heroes in the Avengers universe.

Notes: Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) may have died in the movie, but he’s back under mysterious circumstances in what’s potentially fall’s best new series.

Odds of renewal: 9 to 5

“Trophy Wife”

Premieres 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24 on ABC

Concept: Malin Akerman stars as a party girl who falls for an older man (Bradley Whitford) with three children from previous marriages.

Notes:Akerman and Whitford are joined by Marcia Gay-Harden and Michaela Watkins, for a star-laden cast in this surprisingly adept comedy.

Odds of renewal:6 to 1

“Back in the Game”

Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on ABC

Concept: Single mom Terry Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was a softball star before life (unexpected pregnancy, cheating husband) forced her away from sports. Now her son wants to play ball, even though he lacks the skills of his mom or grandfather, Terry Sr. (James Cann).

Notes: Cann is basically Coach Buttermaker from “Bad News Bears” in this rote family comedy.

Odds of renewal:20 to 1

“The Crazy Ones”

Premieres 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on CBS

Concept: Robin Williams returns to television in this single-camera comedy as an unorthodox advertising executive whose partner is also his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Costars James Wolk (Bob Benson on “Mad Men”).

Notes: Williams and Michele Gellar on CBS means this is probably the surest thing, but single-camera isn’t really CBS’ bag.

Odds of renewal: 7 to 5

“The Michael J. Fox Show”

Premieres 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on NBC

Concept: Michael J. Fox returns to television as Mike Henry, a New York news anchor with Parkinson’s disease. Costars Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”) and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”).

Notes:That Fox is willing to build a show around his disease is brave, and could be a hit for the desperate NBC.

Odds of renewal: 3 to 1


Premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 29 on ABC

Concept: Sex, drama, murder, etc. in this nighttime soap opera paired with “Revenge.”


Odds of renewal:50 to 1