Premiere: Tuesday, October 3
About: Based on the book and movie of the same name, it follows the football team players in a small town in Texas where football is a way of life for everyone.
Buzz: Critics love it and say that if anyone loved the film, they will love the series. It is a great translation. Sports-themed shows don’t do well traditionally, so it has that going against it plus major competition in its timeslot.
Premiere: Monday, September 25
About: People all over the world are slowly discovering they suddenly have extraordinary abilities, such as invincibility, flying, predicting the future, and reading people’s thoughts.
Buzz: Critics are split. Some view it as refreshing that the show focuses on the characters before moving onto the plot while others see it as directionless and possibly pretentious in taking itself so serious (especially with the voiceover narration).
Premiere: Wednesday, September 20
About: A teenager is kidnapped from his wealthy family and the season is spent looking for him with the FBI and a personal investigator.
Buzz: The show that is similar to Vanished (which starts next week), so it has the hurdle if people want to watch another kidnapped-themed show. Critics say this series has a much better cast than Vanished, but the storyline isn’t very original. The characters are what you would expect from this kind of story (rogue investigator, uptight FBI guy, hang-wringing mother, secretive father), but the show is still well-told. It just isn’t very original and doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat like other serialized shows like 24 or Prison Break. It is being described as a show that is good when you watch it, but you won’t go out of your way to want to watch it.
Premiere: Monday, September 18
About: Aaron Sorkin’s latest show about the backstage goings-on for a late night sketch show starring Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford and Amanda Peet.
Buzz: If you are a fan of either Sports Night or West Wing, you will love this show. Critics say the cast is great (especially the chemistry between Perry and Whitford) and the writing is excellent. Some worry that people won’t be interested in a behind-the-scenes of a tv show since Sports Night never caught on, even though I liked it and I hate sports. There is also the similar-themed comedy from Tina Fey, 30 Rock. Will people watch both shows?
Premiere: Wednesday, October 11
About: Tina Fey stars as a writer of a prime-time variety show where Alec Baldwin is her new very hands-on boss that doesn’t quite get what she is trying to do. Tracy Morgan stars as the star of her show who is always on the verge of a meltdown a’ la Martin Lawrence.
Buzz: It has a similar premise to Studio 60, but they are nothing alike. This one is a straight-ahead comedy, but thankfully does not have the laugh track. Critics love it, but don’t know why it is paired with Twenty Good Years. They feel it should be paired with Scrubs.
Premiere: Wednesday, October 4
About: John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor are two friends in their 60s making the most of out of the time they have left in their lives.
Buzz: It is a broad, traditional comedy that isn’t really successful for new comedies anymore. I found one critic that actually thought it was funny (thefutoncritic.com), but all the others ones found it not funny and a waste for the two leads. They are funny guys with very unfunny material and stupid laugh track.