Fall TV season is here, bringing a wide variety of new comedies and dramas to the small-screen alongside your returning favorites. With so many titles to choose from and only so much time, it can be hard to figure out which new shows are actually worth watching. Luckily, we’re here to help narrow down the options.
Though there are plenty of promising series set to make their debut in the coming months, not all of the new entries look like winners. Below, check out five new TV series that you won’t want to waste your time or DVR space on.
Following the end of USA’s Covert Affairs, Piper Perabo makes her return to TV in this lackluster drama from ABC. Inspired by the real-life relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer, Wendy Walker, the show follows the professional and personal relationship between the charismatic attorney and the powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately, each other.
Notorious will take over Scandal’s Thursday night time slot this fall and it’s not hard to see why. The show is obviously trying to replicate the Shonda Rhimes formula for a soapy drama, but it isn’t nearly as effective in its execution. Case in point? Variety labeled it a “messy, incomplete drama” that “blatantly attempts to rework the Scandal template with a few different bells and whistles.”
2. Pure Genius
There’s no shortage of medical dramas on TV and this new one from CBS doesn’t stand to add much to the genre. The show stars Augustus Prew as a Silicon Valley billionaire who dreams of building a hospital with cutting-edge technology to treat rare and incurable diseases. He teams with maverick surgeon Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney), who leads the effort with a focus on forward thinking and saving lives. Mulroney is always a charismatic lead, but come on — another show about a semi-crazy, genius doctor with wildly unconventional methods? Been there, done that.
3. The Great Indoors
CBS’s upcoming comedy follows Jack Gordon, an adventure reporter for the magazine Outdoor Limits. His days of globe-trotting come to an abrupt end when the magazine’s founder, announces its move to web-only publishing and assigns Jack to supervise the millennials who make up its team of online journalists.
The show boasts a great cast, starring Joel McHale alongside Stephen Fry and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, but has already earned some critical backlash for its somewhat condescending attitude toward the younger generation. Offending is usually what McHale does best, but this definitely isn’t his best work. Even the show’s trailer is unlikable and unfunny.
After over a decade on NCIS, Michael Weatherly takes on a new starring role in this CBS drama loosely based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time, who — with the help of his team of experts — uses psychology, human intuition, and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.
Weatherly is a more than capable actor, but the thin premise gets weary quickly and it’s hard to see how it will stay fresh week after week. Luckily for the cast, the show won’t actually have to do much on its own. CBS is giving the new Weatherly starrer a big boost, assigning Bull a prime Tuesday night time slot in between NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans.
5. Man with a Plan
Matt LeBlanc deserves much better than this bland CBS comedy about a construction worker who finds out parenting is harder than he ever realized when his wife returns to work after 13 years and he’s left to take care of the kids.
Aside from the fact that the premise is ridiculously dated, you would just hope for more from a sitcom vet like LeBlanc — especially since he’s coming off the critically acclaimed Showtime comedy, Episodes.
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