10 p.m., ABC, debuts Sept. 29.
Its about: Adulterous lovers a photographer and an attorney find themselves on opposite sides of a murder case that has personal connections for both.
Washburns take: A complicated but intriguing plot bogs down in the telling.
We Are Men
8:30 p.m., CBS, debuts Sept. 30.
Its about: Four newly single guys bond at their apartment building and do silly stuff together.
Washburns take: Nothing new here, but there are a few amusing moments in an otherwise predictable sitcom that relies on the gangs immaturity for laughs.
9 p.m., CBS, debuts Sept. 23.
Its about: Single mom trying to raise her kids on a waitresss salary is further burdened by the return of her own mother, a recovering alcoholic.
Washburns take: As the bickering moms, Anna Faris and Allison Janney have great chemistry and funny lines. Well worth a visit.
9 p.m., Fox, debuts Monday.
Its about: Ichabod Crane awakens in the present and, after shaking off his confusion, helps police investigate a murder involving a headless horseman.
Washburns take: Yeah, it sounds ridiculous. But as the mystery unravels, secret witches and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse join the action and Sleepy Hollow turns into a metaphysical adventure matching the dark, twisted tone of the Washington Irving classic.
10 p.m., CBS, debuts Sept. 23.
Its about: A surgeon about to operate on the president is told to kill him instead by a group of terrorists who hold her family hostage.
Washburns take: Theres nothing predictable in this dark and heavy drama, but how long it can continue its premise is the biggest riddle.
10 p.m., NBC, debuts Sept. 23.
Its about: One of the worlds greatest criminals suddenly surrenders to the FBI and offers to work as a consultant for the agency helping to round up its most-wanted on one condition: he gets to work with a rookie FBI profiler.
Washburns take: Just when your eyes start rolling about the Hannibal Lecter set-up, Blacklist takes off and never stops thumping. James Spader is a masterly mastermind as the shadowy bad guy known as the Concierge of Crime.
Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
8 p.m., ABC, debuts Sept. 24.
Its about: A slick, secret government agency well endowed with fantastic gizmos hunts down super-powered mutants from the Marvel comic-book universe.
Washburns take: From gifted sci-fi producer Joss Whedon, this high-energy action series picks up where the cinematic Avengers leaves off, with Clark Gregg in the role of command agent Phil Coulson, who returns from his theatrical-release death. Ming-Na Wen dispenses martial-arts punch and comic relief as part of the team. For comic cultists, this is a must-see, if only to prepare for debate about continuity with the movie.
8 p.m., CW, debuts Oct. 3, moves to regular time slot Oct. 8.
Its about: Vampires have the upper hand against witches in a nasty struggle in modern-day New Orleans. Members of the original vampire clan return to claim their legacy, only to hit resistance from the new ruling class.
Washburns take: This spinoff of Vampire Diaries has a fitting gothic look and menacing performances to match, including a werewolf trying to make a comeback. As a supernatural soap opera, it delivers a scheming cast right off the bat.
8 p.m., Fox, debuts Tuesday.
Its about: Clueless, meddling dads move in on their hip and successful sons lives.
Washburns take: Theres a loud laugh track that will cue you when to chuckle, and this so-called comedy sorely needs it.
8:30, Fox, debuts Sept. 17
Its about: A nutcase precinct gets a by-the-book commander determined to whip things into shape.
Washburns take: If writers dial down the farce and play up the comedy, this could be one of the hits of the year. Andre Braugher steals the show as the sleuths deadpan leader. Shows promise.
9 p.m., ABC, debuts Sept. 24.
Its about: A quarrelsome family navigates the challenges of the disco 80s.
Washburns take: Good chemistry and lots of shouting in this funny household, led by the kids smother Wendi McLendon-Covey, who could carry the show alone. George Segal plays the seditious grandfather, coaching the little ones on the ways of the world.
9:30 p.m., ABC, debuts Sept. 24.
Its about: Rich guy acquires party-girl spouse who must make nice with his two exes and the kids.
Washburns take: Despite the stereotypes, theres actually a warm family comedy here. Malin Akerman sparkles as wife No. 3, trying to fit into a complicated dynamic and sometimes losing her way.
10 p.m. ABC, debuts Sept. 24.
Its about: Co-workers at a Queens car wash win the lottery, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Washburns take: Some prosper, some fail as the money rolls in. Either way, youll find little value in this so-so drama.
Back in the Game
8:30 p.m., ABC, debuts Sept. 25.
Its about: Single mom moves back home and gets drafted as Little League coach.
Washburns take: Maggie Lawson scores as Coach Mom, playing off her washed-up pro-ball pop played by James Caan. Theres a Bad News Bears subplot, of course, as this comedy swings for the fences.
9 p.m., CW, debuts Oct. 9.
Its about: A shadow war between the Tomorrow People, who have special powers, and the Ultras, the agents sent to eradicate them.
Washburns take: Theres a struggle between good and evil, though its not always clear whos on which side. Throw in typical teenage angst with the onset of peculiar abilities mistaken for a psychiatric condition and youve got a serviceable action drama.
Super Fun Night
9:30 p.m., ABC, debuts Oct. 2.
Its about: Lawyer has to lead her gal pals out on the town when romance beckons.
Washburns take: Up-and-coming comedian Rebel Wilsons talents seem wasted in this zany outing that falls flat on laughs. Disappointing.
10 p.m., NBC, debuts Oct. 2.
Its about: Detective in a wheelchair switches coasts and does his sleuthing in New York.
Washburns take: Blair Underwood does his best in the title role with the material hes given in this smug, overwrought remake of the classic, but it just doesnt make the grade.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
8 p.m., ABC, debuts Oct. 10.
Its about: Is Alice insane, or does she really visit a magical, fantasy realm down the rabbit hole?
Washburns take: As yet unpreviewed, but snippets from the network show clever special effects and costuming. May be worth checking out because of its unconventional approach.
8:30 p.m., CBS, debuts Sept. 26.
Its about: Divorced son suddenly has to live with separated mom.
Washburns take: A talented cast with Will Arnett as son, Margo Martindale as mom and Beau Bridges as dad is wasted in this trashy, flat comedy that relies on flatulence jokes for laughs.
Welcome to the Family
8:30 p.m., NBC, debuts Oct. 3.
Its about: A teenage pregnancy forces potential in-laws to get over their differences.
Washburns take: Despite all its shouting, theres a lot to like in the clash of these opposite families having to find middle ground when their kids head to the altar.
The Crazy Ones
9 p.m., CBS, debuts Sept. 26.
Its about: Father-daughter team take far different approaches in running their struggling Chicago ad agency.
Washburns take: With Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the lead roles, how can you go wrong? It doesnt exactly, but then again somethings not clicking here as the comedy is overpowered by the sappy.
9 p.m., CW, debuts Oct. 17.
Its about: Mary Queen of Scots meets MTV in this costume drama.
Washburns take: Aimed at the princess demo, Reign promises steamy romance and some old-fashioned magical wickedness in days of yore.
Sean Saves the World
9 p.m., NBC, debuts Oct. 3.
Its about: Sean Hayes plays a dad whose wife left him (She wasnt into gay guys). Years later, his 14-year-old daughter moves in with him, and he decides to become the perfect father.
Washburns take: A worn-out premise that fails to deliver anything new.
The Michael J. Fox Show
9:30 p.m., NBC, debuts Sept. 26.
Its about: TV newscaster decides to ignore his Parkinsons disease and return to work at a New York station.
Washburns take: One of the surprise gems of the year. Michael J. Fox is at his best while at his worst. Fans of 30 Rock can feel abandoned no longer.
10 p.m., NBC, debuts Oct. 25.
Its about: Dracula gets a new lease on life as an American industrialist in 1890s London.
Washburns take: Its got a gloomy, gaslight look but little else to sink your teeth into. Neither Drac nor his opponents are particularly engaging, and his personality is decidedly unappetizing.
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