The New Stuff
Stick a fork in this TV season—it's time to look ahead to the next one. Here's some of what the networks have greenlighted for the 2014-15 season this fall:
Agent Carter (ABC) Or, more likely, Marvel's Agent Carter, as it's a spin-off of Captain America: The First Avenger. In the 1946-set drama, Peggy Carter (Michelle Fazekas) takes on secret spy missions for Stark Industries, because she's a skilled, capable woman (yay) ... and she needs something to distract her from pining over Cap (boo).
American Crime (ABC) And the dullest show-title award goes to American Crime, which follows the personal toll taken on those affected by a racially-motivated crime and trial. If TV audiences are clamoring for anything, it's to be lectured on race and class politics every week, right?
Forever (ABC) The Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd stars as an NYC medical examiner who also happens to be immortal and uses his extended life experience to solve crimes with the help of a plucky female detective. Not so much a boring show name as overly-optimistic.
The Whispers (ABC) A sci-fi epic about an alien invasion targeting earth's children, because Steven Spielberg apparently forgot that he also produces Falling Skies.
Selfie (ABC) After inadvertently becoming a social-media sensation because of a humiliating Internet video, Eliza Dooley (Doctor Who's Karen Gillan) hires a marketing expert (John Cho, Star Trek) to help her rehab her image. Didya catch the My Fair Lady reference? No? Probably for the best.
Manhattan Love Story (ABC) Gawd, these show names.
Galavant (ABC) A "musical fairytale comedy"(!) about a brave knight's (Rogue's Joshua Sasse) quest to rescue his true love (Mallory Jensen) from the clutches of an evil king (Timothy Omundson, Psych). Upside: It's produced by The Neighbors' Dan Fogelman, which reduces the Suck Potential somewhat.
How I Met Your Dad (CBS) Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) stars as a woman regaling her kids with stories of their lame dead father and the way-better guy she eventually ended up with.
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) It's NCIS, in New Orleans. Ask your parents.
Backstrom (Fox) A self-destructive-but-brilliant Portland detective (Rainn Wilson, The Office) is given one last chance to get his shit together by leading a special crimes unit. Hey, at least it's not called Special Crimes Unit.
Gotham (Fox) The origin story of Batman's Commissioner Gordon (as a young detective, played by Southland's Ben McKenzie), before Gotham City became a super-crime hub. His most daunting obstacle: co-star Jada Pinkett Smith, aka The Show Killer.
Hieroglyph (Fox) An action-adventure drama set in ancient Egypt that was probably pitched on a dare, like last year's Dads.
Last Man on Earth (Fox) Saturday Night Live's Will Forte is, literally, the last man on earth. Maybe this was the dare.
Mulaney (Fox) Speaking of SNL, ex-writer John Mulaney plays himself as an aspiring comic coming up in New York City. Says here, "multi-camera," which means "laugh track," which means "The Only TV Column That Matters™ ain't watching a canned-laughs comedy in 2014."
Mission Control (NBC) It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's David Hornsby writes/produces an "Anchorman-in-space" comedy starring Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B). This almost makes up for the loss of Community. Almost.
State of Affairs (NBC) Katherine Heigl's ... triumphant? ... return to television as a CIA attaché who balances advising the president with her own turbulent personal life. No, the president isn't a hunky single dad just waiting for the right hot mess to settle down with—it's Alfre Woodard!
Constantine (NBC) From DC Comics, a supernatural monster-of-the-week drama that will make you forget that 2005 Keanu Reeves flick. Not that you already haven't.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NBC) My favorite premise/star of them all: Ellie Kemper (The Office) stars as a woman starting her life over after ... escaping a doomsday cult! Even better, it's produced by Tina Fey and was originally titled Tooken. Can't wait to watch all three airings of this.