Top 10 new TV shows to look for this autumn

July 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm (Tops, TV shows)

With autumn fast approaching, the new TV season and a batch of brand new shows are just around the corner. This is my Top Ten on what’s on my radar for the rest of the year.
Note that it’s pretty much impossible to figure out what’s gonna be indeed really good – so take this list with a grain of salt. Also – this seems like a very weak autumn in terms of new shows, so some shows on this list might end up actually sucking pretty bad.

10. Running Wilde (trailer)
When: September 21st
Where: FOX
Why: Because it’s created, produced and stars the really funny Will Arnett, in his first recurring TV role since Arrested Development. Also, because I pretty much had nothing else to choose for number 10. As I said, it’s a really weak autumn.

9. The Event (trailer)
When: September 20th
Where: NBC
Why: Because it has a cool premise, it’s one of the few shows on network television that has a season-long story arc, and it’s run by Evan Katz, of 24 fame.

8. Outsourced (trailer)
When: September 23rd
Where: NBC
Why: Because of its concept: an office sitcom set in India. Also, the first trailers look really funny.

7. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
When: autumn 2010
Where: IFC Channel (where??)
Why: Because it’s the first time David Cross and Will Arnett show up together since Arrested Development. And because it’ll guest star Spike Jonze and Amber Tamblyn.

6. Lonestar (trailer)
When: September 20th
Where: FOX
Why: Because the concept is really cool and different than pretty much everything else on network television. And because the pilot is directed by Marc Webb.

5. Nikita (trailer)
When: September 9th
The CW
Because I loved both the original film and the ’90s TV show. And because I like lead actress Maggie Q.

4. Rubicon (trailer)
When: August 1st
Because it’s AMC. They have produced 2 tv shows so far, and both have been universally acclaimed. This one looks pretty good too.

3. Undercovers (trailer)
When: September 22nd
Because it’s created by J.J. Abrams, who also directed the pilot.

2. The Walking Dead
When: October
Because it’s a TV show with zombies! And it’s on AMC! And it’s created and produced by Frank Darabont, who also directed the pilot. Also – it looks freaking awesome.

1. Boardwalk Empire (trailer)
When: September 19th
Let’s see. It’s produced and has its pilot directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s written and produced by Terence Winter (of Sopranos fame). It has a fantastic cast, including Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon. It’s on HBO – so they afford to be as realistic and violent as they want. The trailer looks absolutely amazing. Enough?

Looking even further down the road: here are some shows that will premiere in winter / spring 2011, that I’m highly anticipating:

Mind Hunters – HBO drama produced by David Fincher. What more can you ask for?
Terra Nova – any TV show produced by Steven Spielberg deserves attention. Especially when it’s a SF story set into the future.
Fallen Skies – Another Spielberg-produced SF drama, to air on TNT. And it’s got aliens!
Episodes – Matt LeBlanc moves to Showtime, in a sitcom that looks really different, and really funny. Check out the trailer and see for yourselves.
Spider and Son – HBO show about the early life of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.

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