Nothing is better than new TV premieres in the fall. Nothing. Not sweater weather, not changing leaves, not apple cider. Nothing. Okay, maybe pumpkin spice lattes are better, but the ritual of getting obsessed with new TV shows is pretty much an autumn necessity. Not going to lie, this is shaping up to be a pretty weak season for most of the networks, but we’ve managed to find a few gems worthy of our affections.
Which new shows caught our attention this year? Read on to find out.
Vegas | Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on CBS
Props to “Mad Men” for creating this whole 1960’s nostalgia genre. Not that “Vegas” takes place anywhere near an advertising agency. This drama/western stars Dennis Quaid (Yes, the sexy dad from “The Parent Trap”) as gritty sheriff Ralph Lamb, a former rancher who will do whatever it takes to loosen the Mob’s grip on Sin City. Aw, yeah.
Based on the true story of the real Ralph Lamb’s struggles against John Marshall, (a.k.a. Chicago gangster Marcello Caifano – who has a pretty interesting Wikipedia page) “Vegas” should be an engrossing look into the dark side of ’60s culture. Also, Dennis Quaid.
Beauty and the Beast | Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. on The CW
Admit it, there’s nothing better than a juicy teen drama. Especially one involving supernatural creatures. The CW is the master of this highly prestigious genre, and they’ll be bringing their A-game with an adaption of “Beauty and the Beast.” No, not this one. Think harder. It’s this hot mess.
Sadly, full-on Beast make-up will not be used, as some hot dude named Jay Ryan will be playing the titular character as a young man with just a gruesome scar as his only beastly quality. Like the original 1987 series, it will be a procedural drama, but hopefully with more abs. With its potential new teen heartthrob, “Beauty and the Beast” will either run for six episodes, or six years.
The New Normal | Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
If there’s one thing we know about “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, it’s that the man loves to make a statement. That’s probably why his latest project, “The New Normal,” is the season’s first new show to be officially boycotted. Unfortunately, the show itself is not actually that intense. Though it is pretty freakin’ cute.
Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha play the adorable Bryan and David, a blissfully happy couple who seek out a surrogate (Georgia King) to help them bring a child into the world. The show has a sweet sense of humor that’s full of Murphy’s trademark dark quips, with plenty of social commentary to boot. It’s safe to say this one’s probably a winner, though it might be best not to get too attached… Murphy doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to a show’s longevity.
The Mindy Project | Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on FOX
Praise the television gods – Mindy Kaling finally got off the sinking ship that is “The Office” and she’s striking out on her own with “The Mindy Project,” which she co-produces, writes and stars in. And it’s about time, considering Kaling wrote some of “The Office’s” best episodes (“The Dundies,” “The Injury” and “Ben Franklin“).
Kaling plays Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN who has to balance her personal life with her demanding career. And by “personal life,” we mean making drunken confessions at her ex’s wedding, getting arrested for public intoxication, wearing fabulous sparkly dresses and having torrid affairs with sexy British doctors. “The Mindy Project” is a refreshing take on the lives of modern career women full of Kaling’s signature “I, too, spent my college years holed up in my dorm watching ‘When Harry Met Sally'” humor. It’s a keeper.
Nashville | Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. on ABC
Say goodbye to “Glee,” because “Nashville” is about to take its place as TV’s must-watch musical drama. The flawless Connie Britton (of “American Horror Story” fame) plays Rayna James, a fading country superstar. She attempts to revitalize her career by touring with country’s latest teen sensation – Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere – welcome back, girl!) Hopefully, she’ll be portrayed as a drama-tastic, angsty combination of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. The cat claws will be coming out.
As if that’s not enough drama, add some disapproving dads, political power struggles and a few sex scandals and we’ve got fall’s most promising new show. Think “Country Strong” meets “Gossip Girl.” Yeah, we can’t wait either.
Which fall shows are you looking forward to? Let us know if you have a favorite in the comments, or tell us at @SpeakeasyENT.
P.S. Check out our list of the WORST shows coming to a television near you!