By Aly Semigran and Kelsea Stahler
Every year, the networks present all their new material in a series of events called the Upfronts, and every year we hungrily gobble up the newly released clips, chew them up and spit it out. (Think of us as your own personal Alicia Silverstone). What's left are the series that hold little nuggets of promise. The ones that are still adorable little baby series that have the potential to grow up and live long healthy lives. Hollywood.com sent two TV experts into Upfronts territory for a week, and they uncovered a few specimens of potential greatness. These are the new shows that deserve your attention.
The Mindy Project
Consider this: All of your favorite Office episodes were written by Mindy Kaling. “Casino Night”? Yep. “The Dundies”? You betcha. The one where Michael burns his foot on a George Foreman grill? Abso-freaking-lutely. Kaling's latest comedy The Mindy Project could have just as many classics on its horizon.
While TV may have one too many crime dramas, none of them have the key ingredient of Kevin Bacon. James Purfoy will play a serial killer who runs a creepy little serial killer cult that spreads death and sadness everywhere, with Bacon as your average ex-Federal Agent brought back into the field to destroy his old nemesis. And if anyone was born to be a nemesis, it’s Purefoy. These two could be fighting over a piece of bread like two scummy pigeons and we'd watch it.
This NBC series boasts some pretty serious backers in Jon Favreau and J.J. Abrams, so we should give it a shot for that reason alone. The stakes are a little high because the apocalyptic concept threatens to swallow the series before it can even get its sea legs, but it’s a novel one, so let’s not condemn it just yet. In the future, the world has lost all things technological. Militias and small bands of rebels are the only law, and Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad is leading the dark side. It may blow up in our faces, but if it’s as great as it wants to be, we’ll be upset if we missed the boat.
What’s better than submarines, governmental treachery, nuclear war and Scott Speedman? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Unless ABC royally screws up this submarine action drama in which the U.S. government is tries to kill a crew of their own sailors to facilitate a cover up, it promises to be nothing short of awesome. It’s got a little island action, some eye candy, and some serious hardware. No, you can’t set your DVR just yet, but you might want to put a note in your calendar.
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Which new shows for the upcoming 2012-2013 season are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments section!