10 Network Shows That Might Not Suck This Fall
Last year, for example, we can think of two new shows we watched without being bored, disgusted, or driven to playing Internet mahjongg while watching, and they were Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Goldbergs. We'd love to think the networks have it in them to produce equally funny shows this year, but the chances are slim. Sure, there were a few other shows that were fun to watch a high percentage of the time. The Blacklist was fun thanks to the inimitable James Spader, and Marvel's Agents of Shield had its moments thanks to Clark Gregg's steady delivery of the goods as Agent Coulson, but most of the shows that debuted in the fall of 2013 fell flat more often than not.
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While looking at what the networks have prepared for us this fall, it was difficult to find even a handful of shows compelling enough to give one shot to, let alone a season's worth of potential disappointment.
So what network shows are we either (sort of) looking forward to, mildly intrigued by, or sure will be such a train wreck we won't be able to take our eyes off of? We'll tell you.
The following show fits in a category called, "Seriously? What are they thinking and who do I talk to about pitching a show if they'll put something like this on the air?"
ABC, airing to be determined
So, this show lives at the crossroads of Glee and the early '80s movie Excalibur if Mel Brooks would have directed it. And it will, in all likelihood, only exist for a handful of episodes. A singing knight named Galavant, who is portrayed by a handsome actor we have never heard of (Joshua Sasse), tries to get back the gal of his dreams from an evil and slightly effeminate king. We don't even care who plays these characters as we won't ever get to know them. Who gave this the green light? They are either brilliant, high, or related to someone in the industry. Someone really powerful.
Wow. A singing knight? What is next, a singing nun? Galavant is a comedy, and it's only hope is that it is truly funny.
The next category is, "Brilliant or bullshit? You decide."
This show is either going to be a great statement on cultural identity or a modern Cosby Show wannabe. Anthony Anderson, who portrays the main character, has decent comedic timing and may prove to be the breakout star of the TV season if this show is well received. Or it could try too hard to be everything to everyone and end up with no identity at all. At least Black-ish has Lawrence Fishburne. How many shows this year can boast a cast member from Apocalypse Now? This is the only one.
Fox, Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
The first season of Survivor was pretty cool. Admittedly, we haven't paid much attention since as the concept grew fairly trite pretty quickly, but the initial offering was entertaining. There is hope for Utopia, as well, and if it is successful, it may go further in a few seasons than Survivor ever has. The premise, which echoes of some sort of real-life Truman Show, follows participants as they build a brand new society from nothing in the middle of nowhere. Followers of the show will be able to view webcams, some of which will not be revealed to the participants, 24/7. If you're into this sort of thing, welcome to your new obsession.