Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's Hot For The Fall TV Season?

By Karen Mitchell, exclusive for The Smoking Nun
The Fall TV show is just around the corner, and with that comes a modicum of exciting new shows. Of course, a lot of them are destined to fail within the first few episodes, leaving many bummed as potential new favorites end up on the chopping block (Hello, Playboy Club). Because of DVRs and online viewing today, so many don't even discover new series until the end of the first season—f they last that long.

Following are six of the hottest TV shows debuting this fall that everyone should give an opportunity to flourish on the TV airwaves...

The Mindy Project
Mindy Kailing from the office stars in this new comedy about romance. Kailing is an OB/GYN who is constantly searching for her perfect man. The Mindy Project will premiere on Fox, Tuesday, September 25. The pilot episode has been available as a free download since late August. Kailing will make this a terrific series as long as she follows up her understated but always believable performance on The Office.

The Mob Doctor
Premiering on Fox this past Monday, September 17th, The Mob Doctor is an American drama series. Jordana Spiro stars as Grace Devlin, a doctor who cannot escape the hold that the greasy mob has on her family. She must navigate through the ups and downs—mostly downs—while focusing on her duties as a serious MD.

Chicago Fire
Starring Jesse Spencer from House, along with Taylor Kinney. This show follows a group of firefighters as they struggle with the recent death of one of their own. Count on lots of red hot drama and excitement from this show that plays like a big-screen movie. Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m., on NBC.

Save Me
Ann Heche returns to TV in Save Me, a show about a woman with an unusual gift. After a near death experience, she hears the voice of God and feels the need to help Him communicate with others. Sounds hokey, but early buzz is quite positive. The series launches in mid-fall on NBC.
Go On
Matthew Perry is still looking for the perfect post-Friends vehicle. His turn as a skeptical sportscaster who loses his wife in a car accident leads him to group therapy to try and heal. The comedy's pilot has been available online for weeks, while the show had its premiere Tuesday, September 11.

The New Normal
Starring The Hangover's Justin Bartha and a hilarious Ellen Barkin, this modern-day comedy centers around a woman in need of money who agrees to be a surrogate for a gay couple desperate for a child. Barkin stars as the woman's bigoted grandmother and the woman's daughter adds a playful touch to the mix. The New Normal is on NBC at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. (Typical of any show that tries to move society forward, Normal has been banned in Utah, before it even launched, so expect advertising controversy.) *

Karen Mitchell writes about television, personal finance & more at