I had high hopes for almost all of these, but the only one I am going to try watching is The Grinder. It actually looks funny and entertaining.
Note: Since I read many different television critics, I thought I would add to each show a sense of what critics generally think about what they have seen so far from these shows, which in most cases is only the pilot episode.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
Premieres: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10/9c on NBC
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris
A variety show featuring hidden-camera pranks, celebrities, games, musical performances and other weird things. If anyone can make this work, it could be NPH.
Critics’ Take: Based on reviews of the first show, NPH is having the best time ever, but not sure if anyone else involved with the pranks or the special guest stars are as thrilled as him. It seems the show is focused too much on NPH and not really on anything else.
Premieres: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central
Cast: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, Kate Mara, Nick Corirossi
Creator: Scott Gairdner
Set in the neon 1980s, an idiotic cop gets a new partner so he can actually solve more crime than he commits. It mostly reminds critics of the much superior Archer which should probably be watched instead of this show.
Critics’ Take: Awesome cast, but lacks the laughs that you typically want in a comedy.
Premieres: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8/7c on FOX
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Glen Powell, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Niecy Nash, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Diego Boneta, Abigail Breslin, Lucien Laviscount, Ariana Grande
Creator: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
It’s a horror parody where a sorority-hating dean requires that sororities must accept any pledge that wants to join, leading to a bunch of misfits coming out of the woodwork. Then people start dying and it has something to do with what happened 20 years ago.
Critics’ Take: It’s very reminiscent of Scream and Heathers, but not as well done. The mean girls don’t seem to have any redeeming qualities to make you want to keep watching, even though the cast does have appeal.
Premieres: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX
Cast: Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Hana Hayes, Natalie Morales, William Devane, Connor Kalopsis
Creator: Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul
Rob Lowe plays an actor named Dean who has wrapped up eight seasons playing a lawyer and has moved back to his home town of Boise, Idaho where his brother is an actual lawyer, but not so well spoken and has difficulty getting his point across in court. Dean has decided he wants to become an actual lawyer to join his brother’s law firm and believes he has enough experience from working on his show.
Critics’ Take: Rob Lowe is charming as always and it is nice to see Fred Savage acting again after quite a few years directing. One point of concern is the funniest part of the pilot is guest star Kumail Nanjiani, but he isn’t a regular on the show.