Here Comes The Fall: New Shows

Posted in Here Comes the Fall, TV
By Michael Ramey on 3 Sep 2011

Well we might as well start with the reboot of Charlie’s Angels. It was only a matter of time before we saw this show once again. The Miami-set reboot stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh of this reincarnated crime-fighting trio. The show starts off different than the original series though. Eve (Kelly), a rogue street racer, joins the group after her childhood friend/original Angel Gloria is murdered. The premiere date is Thursday, Sept. 22nd the same day the original show debuted 35 years ago.

HBO is bringing a new comedy to their network called Enlightened. Amy (Laura Dern) is a self-destructive woman who decides to turn her life around by experiencing a spiritual awakening in rehab. Diane Ladd, Luke Wilson and Tim Sharp co-star as Amy’s mom, ex-husband and boss. All of which are less than thrilled with her new sunny, can-do attitude. The show is created by School Of Rock and Dawson’s Creek writer Mike White. HBO very rarely strikes out on their shows so this is definitely one to check out. It premieres Monday, Oct. 10th.

The show H8R on the CW network looks like it has potential. Host Mario Lopez will bring on celebrity guests such as Kim Kardashian, Snooki and many more overexposed celebrities and confront them with civilian haters so they can convince these detractors to see the error of their ways. Truce or not, look for some bruised egos. If Bieber is going to be on the show sign me up as the civilian. The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 14th.

How to Be a Gentleman is one of CBS’s new comedies. This is the 22st-century Odd Couple. Based on the book of the same name David Hornsby is Andrew, an uptight, sophisticated writer who pens a column for a men’s magazine. When his magazine wants to make its tone younger and edgier, Alan strikes up an unlikely friendship with his old classmate, Bert (Kevin Dillion). An exuberant personal trainer who will show Andrew how to be a manly man. If you are a fan of Dillon on Entourage he is basically playing Johnny Drama so it should make for a funny show.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Tim Allen returns to TV as Mike Baxter, a father of three girls who feels he’s under siege being a man in a woman’s world after his wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), successfully rejoins the workforce while he remains at home. Meaning he won’t have his masculine Tool Time to make him feel secure. Last Man Standing premieres on ABC Tuesday, Oct. 11th.

Zooey Deschanel plays Jess, a socially awkward girl who moves in with three bachelors (Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.) on Fox’s new show New Girl. Jess recently broke up with her boyfriend and the guys only put up with her because her best friend is a model (Hannah Simone). But they soon come to appreciate Jess’ quirkiness (Wait Zooey is quirky?) and try to snap her out of her funk. So yes, you will have to try and believe that Zooey Deschanel has trouble attracting men. The show premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20th.

Pan Am is set in the ‘60s, the drama centers on the loves of lives of stewardesses (starring Christina Ricci) of the iconic airline. Although as symbols of sleek, and glamour, their personal lives are far from that. Margot Robbie, Kelli Garner and Karine Vanasse round out the Barbie doll-like crew, who are as adept at coffe service as they are at… well you will find out. Pan Am premieres Sunday, Sept. 25th.

The Playboy Club will be on NBC, but I have a feeling it would do better on a cable network like HBO. I’m not sure how you can have a show about the ‘60s playboy club without some nudity. The series follows a group of Bunnies (including newbie Maureen, played by Amber Heard) and the guys in their lives, like Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian), a shady attorney and club key holder who comes to Maureen’s aid after she accidently kills a grabby mobster in self-defense. The show premieres Sunday, Sept. 25th.

Whitney on NBC looks really funny starring Whitney Cummings as a titular character who tries to rekindle the flame with her beau of five years, Alex (Chris D’Elia), after they attend a pal’s wedding. Maulik Pancholy, Zoe Lister-Jones, Ree Seahorn and Dan O’Brien co-star as their friends. This show is already being called the next Friends but I wouldn’t go into expecting that. Whitney premiers Thursday, Sept. 22nd.

The X Factor will finally be making its debut in the United States. The show will reunite Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul in an attempt to steal ratings from American Idol. In my opinion The X Factor should win hands down. Unlike Idol contestants can audition as young as 12 and there is no age limit. The prize money is the largest purse in television history, $5 million. The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21st.

Finally a show that is seems people have been talking about for five years now Terra Nova will premiere on Fox Monday, Sept. 26th. The Steve Spielberg-produced dino drama about the Shannon family (led by Jason O’Mara) who travels back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race. “You’re going to see some pretty cool dino-on-man action,” co-executive producer Jose Molina says. “Dino-on-man” sounds like a bad video my friends would send me through e-mail. But besides that the show looks great let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Other shows premiering:

Up All Night – NBC – Wednesday, Sept. 14th (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett)

Unforgettable – CBS – Tuesday, Sept 20th (Poppy Montgomery)

Suburgatory – ABC – Wednesday, Sept. 20th (Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto)

Ringer – CW – Tuesday, Sept. 13th (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

Free Agents – NBC – Wednesday, Sept. 14th (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn)

Prime Suspect – NBC – Thursday, Sept. 22nd (Bello)

Person of Interest – CBS – Thursday, Sept. 22nd (Michael Emereson and Jim Caviezel)

Once Upon a Time – ABC – Sunday, Oct. 23rd (Jared Gilmore and Jennifer Morrison)

Man Up! – ABC – Tuesday, Oct. 18th (Mather Zickel, Dan Fogler and Chris Moynihan)

I Hate My Teenage Daughter – Fox – Wednesday, Nov. 23rd (Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran)

Homeland – Showtime – Sunday, Oct. 2nd (Damian Lewis)

Hell on Wheels – AMC – Sunday, Nov. 6th (Anson Mount)

Hart of Dixie – CW – Monday, Sept 26th (Rachel Bilson)

Grimm – NBC – Friday, Oct. 21st (David Giuntoli)

A Gifted Man – CBS – Friday, Sept. 23rd (Jennifer Ehle and Patrick Wilson)

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