Fall TV: 10 New Shows to Watch For
By Stacy Lambe
With the 2013-2014 TV season winding down, the major networks are prepping their fall schedules and that means a number of new shows to fill in the gaps on the schedule. Among them are plenty of cop dramas, the return of Katherine Heigl, something called iZombie and a few superhero shows. While there is plenty to check out, we filtered through all the showcases to present 10 series we're keeing an eye on this fall.
The Flash (CW)
Producer Greg Berlanti—the man behind Arrow—is behind this other superhero series starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. The show slips in nicely with the growing homoerotic world of fantasy TV, including Arrow, Teen Wolf and Supernatural.
Of the more creative—and the most WTF—is Galavant. The show is a medieval musical from the minds of Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Alan Menken. It promises to be camptastic although it may not even make it past the first episode.
The Batman universe gets another reboot in the form of a series focused on the rise of Jim Gordon in the city where fans' favorite villains are just taking shape. Benjamin McKenzie (The O.C.) returns to FOX in the lead role while Billy Eichner's bestie, Robin Lord Taylor, plays the Penguin.
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
From the mind of Shonda Rhimes comes another soapy primetime drama starring Viola Davis as a professor of criminal law. The show mixes up the usual Rhimes troupes—fraternizing with authority, backstabbing, and plenty of sexual tension—into a new hourlong series that introduces her world into the courtroom.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX)
While it's too early to tell the longterm potential of the show, it's always nice to welcome Will Forte back to TV. So we'll take it.
Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
Fans of ABC Family's Greek or America's Next Top Model may recognize two faces in this romantic comedy: Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton. The two share an awkward—an overly voiced over—first date that promises to turn into a cute relationship.
Marry Me (NBC)
Casey Wilson is finally returning to TV with a new half-hour comedy about a number of failed proposals. Even though she'll star in the Hulu original series, The Hotwives of Orlando, she'll join forces with Ken Marino in what we hope is a wonderful comedy of errors.
The McCarthys (CBS)
One of the few new shows with a prominent gay character, The McCarthys is a family sitcom about Ronny struggling to find a sufficient gay social life outside of his siblings, which includes Joey McIntyre. Let's just hope the show dials down the laugh track.
The Royals (E!)
Elizabeth Hurley stars as a regal bad girl in E! network's first ever original scripted series. The show looks like trashy, campy fun.
State of Affairs (NBC)
The hate watch of next season: Katherine Heigl in a series that is Scandal-meets-Homeland.