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For Your Consideration: Fall TV Shows

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May 19, 2011 | 4:51am EDT

This week I’d like to take a different approach to For Your Consideration. Instead of trying to sell you on something, let’s talk about something we’re all being sold: this Fall’s new TV shows. This may make me seem extra geek, but I love this time of the year. Networks are busy giving the greenlight to what they found to be the cream of their pilot crop, which lets nerds like me speculate about what we’re dying to watch in a few months time.

Of course, in a few months time, we’ll be sorely disappointed that most of them stink. But that’s Future Me’s problem. Today I get to geek out about what I’m looking forward to most. There are about a dozen new shows I’m at least moderately excited for, but to make things challenging, I’m going to cut that list down to three.

Note: This list has been culled purely from network TV pilots. (Sorry, F/X and HBO.) Also, it’s safe to assume that if J.J Abrams or Steven Spielberg are producing something, I’m going to give it a shot. So consider this a list of Most Anticipated Fall Dramas That Aren’t Person of Interest, Alcatraz, The River or Terra Nova, because those are all no-brainers.

Awake (NBC)

Who Made It: Written and conceived by Kyle Killen (Lone Star, The Beaver), a man with a track record of solid screenwriting that doesn’t get its proper dues. The pilot was directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night).

Who’s In It: Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), B.D. Wong (Oz), Dylan Minnette (Let Me In), Cherry Jones (Signs), Laura Allen (Terriers) and Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show)

What’s It About: A cop who, following a car accident, finds himself slipping in and out of different realities whenever he closes his eyes. In one reality, his wife survived the crash, in the other it was his son. His shrinks think he’s crazy, but something more bizarre than just a psychological breakdown may be at play.

Why I’m Excited: This is the most interesting looking show premiering this Fall, which of course means that NBC will cancel it right away. That’s not being pointlessly glib, either, I fully expect the peacock to back out of these thing, the only question is will they stick with it long enough to give us a satisfying season (as they did with their short lived but superb alt-reality show, Journeyman) or axe it just as it’s getting good (as Fox did with Kyle Killen’s Lone Star).

Scandal (ABC)

Who Made It: Produced and written by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice), with a pilot directed by Paul McGuigan (BBC’s Sherlock).

Who’s In It: Kerry Washington (Lakeview Terrace), Tony Goldwyn (The Last House on the Left), Columbus Short (Armored), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Joshua Malina (Sports Night)

What’s It About: A team of media consults that make a killing off of protecting the public image of anyone rich enough to pay for them.

Why I’m Excited: On paper I should want nothing to do with this show. The premise is exceedingly obnoxious and Shonda Rhimes exclusively makes TV shows that might as well be dead air to me. But, it’s got an interesting cast and the promo looks like it could be a fun, pseudo-court room ensemble, and it’s been a few years since I’ve liked a show like that. However, that could be purely because the pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan, the man who directed the pilot for Sherlock, BBC’s omgamazing modernization of the iconic detective. Instinct tells me he may in fact just be polishing a dud here, but I’ll be tuning in out of the hope that this is more like Dirty, Sexy Money and less like Grey’s Anatomy but with politics.

Grimm (NBC)

Who Made It: Written and produced by David Greenwalt (both Buffy and Angel) and Jim Kouf (Angel).

Who’s In It: David Giuntoli (a ton of small TV roles), Reggie Lee (Drag Me to Hell), Silas Weir Mitchell (24),

What’s It About: A cop who discovers that fairy tales are real, he’s a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and it’s now his duty to track and kill the beasties of the night.

Why I’m Excited: There are actually two fairy tale-themed TV shows premiering this fall, and I’ll also be checking out ABC’s Once Upon a Time, but the reason Grimm is on this list is because it’s the most underdog show any network slated this fall. It has no eye catching stars in it and it sounds cheesy as hell. Having said that, it looks like my kind of cheesy as hell. No surprise there, since its show runners have worked on the likes of Buffy, Angel, Eureka, Kidnapped, The X-Files and even National Treasure. This could either be the next Moonlight or the next Supernatural, and I’m really, really pulling for (though not betting on) the latter.

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