Fall brings lots of things to be excited for. Personally, I think of boots, scarves, hot coffee and, of course, new TV shows. The primetime networks have a slew of different shows to present to the ever-curious TV audience, and this fall includes some different-yet-interesting shows for us to ogle.
I'll start with the Fox network, which brings us little joys in our lives, including "Glee," which I feel that everyone loves except me.
This season, Fox is giving us two gems that I am particularly intrigued by. We'll begin with "The Mob Doctor," starring Jordana Spiro as Grace Devlin and William Forsythe as Alexander Constantine. If you find yourself having deja vu, and saying, I KNOW that girl from somewhere, you do. She was previously in the TBS show, "My Boys," in which she played a tomboy. This new role has her as a doctor who finds herself indebted to the Chicago mob because of her gambling brother while she is trying to further her surgical career.
I think it will be interesting to see the tension created by Devlin choosing between what is right and wrong. I forsee romances between her and the mob members as well - you can't have a medical thriller without passionate "Romeo and Juliet" style trists.
I like that Fox is jumping on the mob bandwagon. Tons of other mob-themed shows are popping up, including "Mob Wives" and "Mob Wives: Chicago" on VH1, in which woman have real ties to the mob. People are interested in this aspect of our culture. It's one of those things where you're not sure if it's real or not, but if it is, you need to know about it. Mystery always draws in a good audience. "The Mob Doctor" premieres 9 p.m. Sept. 17.
Another show that Fox is debuting is "The Mindy Project," starring Mindy Kaling from "The Office" as Mindy Lahiri, a 20-something who keeps looking for love in all the wrong places. She's like every woman in this age group. All we really are working toward is finding someone to love, settle down and maybe prove to ourselves that there's something more out there for us other than being alone. We need someone to show our awesomeness to. Lahiri is a doctor as well (OB/GYN) and is very successful, but you still get to see her flaws and witty banter with handsome male co-workers and terrible first dates. "The Mindy Project" airs 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
CBS is bringing some shows to the table as well. I'm not sure if this is just me, but CBS is kind of boring to 20-somethings, but with their show "Partners," they are drawing a younger crowd in. Capitalizing on the term "Bromance" (see: Pauly D and Vinnie from "Jersey Shore"), characters Joe, played by David Krumholtz, and Louis, played by Michael Urie, have been best friends their whole lives. The two struggle to find balance in their friendship when Joe is engaged to Ali, played by Sophia Bush, and Louis is furthering his relationship with partner, Wyatt. I have loved Sophia Bush since she played Brooke Davis on "One Tree Hill." Her raspy voice, great fashion sense and bad-ass-ness have always made her one of my favorites, so I'm interested to see her character in this show. "Partners" will begin at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
CBS also is shoving some more New Jersey in our face with "Made in Jersey." I'm so confused about New Jersey now. Am I supposed to think that people from there are smart or stupid party animals? This show takes the smart girl road, the one where she's the only girl to go to college out of her family and now she's a lawyer. But she's the underdog. And, of course, she's brilliant, but street-smart, and she uses her accent to get out of tough situations. This looks like quite the inspirational show, but the message is the same as every other show that is inspirational. The worst part is the actress, Janet Montgomery, who plays the main character, Martina Garretti, is British and squeezes out a horrible Jersey accent. We will have to see if "Made in Jersey" will last. The show premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 28.
NBC is bringing mushy-gushy to your TV screen with "The New Normal."
The show is based on a gay couple, Clay and David, played by Justin Bartha and Jayson Blaid, who want a baby. Goldie, played by Georgia King, up and leaves her husband and travels across the country with her daughter, leaving her old life behind. She becomes a surrogate mother for the couple, trying to better her daughter's life with the money. It looks cute, OK. But the best thing about this show is Ellen Barkin playing Goldie's mother. Her one-liners are great, but maybe that's because she's just great. "The New Normal" airs 9:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
And, of course, you have the returning winners this season. I'm most excited about "Once Upon A Time" on ABC. I got sucked into this show via my mother and sister. Now, I'm not one for fairy tales, but this is the best blend of the fairy-tale world and real life. The first season was so good, I'm interested to see how they will top it. I've also watched "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW. I can't help it, vampires get me every time. I'm not too much into the whole teenage-high-school-drama that they put into the show, but most of the time, they are getting pulled from high school classes to cast spells, save lives - you know, normal things in the magestic Mystic Falls.
In conclusion, the Fall 2012 schedule looks promising. I feel that the first couple of weeks all these shows are thrown at us and we get to determine which ones survive. It's like the "Hunger Games" of television broadcasting!