May 032013

New Fall TV Shows

Welcome to New Fall TV Shows 2013!

Your source for the most up-to-date information about the fall TV lineup

Networks save their most promising TV shows for the fall lineup.  This is not a random choice but actually due to the fact that advertisers are willing to pay top dollar in the fall TV season given that this is when viewing audiences are highest.  The network as a whole, and each individual show, becomes more popular and therefore valuable if they hit the fall TV lineup right.  Thus you can find some real gems in this season, if you know where to look.

The problem for TV viewers each fall is that they usually have a bunch of returning favorites coming back, and there is no time to watch every single new fall TV show that looks promising.  And in recent years viewers have become frustrated with the fact that they’ve come to really like a new fall TV show only to see it cancelled.  For a variety of reasons most viewers only want to only invest their time and energy into new fall TV shows that are the best and have staying power.

We started this website to help TV viewers navigate the fall TV lineup expertly.  We will cover the best new shows in the popular fall TV lineup, and provide enough information for you to make up your mind about whether you might want to give a show a try.  We are a fully independent and unbiased site, with no stake in what show or network you ultimately choose, so you can trust us to provide unique information that can help you make a well-rounded decision.

We are very excited about the fall 2013 TV lineup already, and we look forward to continuing our close coverage of it!

Here is the new fall TV lineup from TV Guide

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Dec 262013

As we enter the winter TV season, we want to remind visitors to New Fall TV of how to best decide whether a winter TV show is worth giving a chance.  There are not so many choices in the winter TV lineup, but it is still very important to know which ones are really just fillers, and which ones might not only be worth watching but could break into the more popular fall TV lineup at some point.  It all starts with the reason a new winter TV show ends up in this less popular season.

There are reasons why a new TV show could end up in the winter TV lineup that would give a potential viewer optimism about their potential quality.  For example, maybe the new winter TV show was merely delayed due to problems in production or because a prominent actor was finishing up another project.  In these cases the new winter TV show may have the quality and potential of a fall TV show, but was just delayed – and the network must have not wanted to wait an entire year to debut the show.  Another positive reason might be that the new winter show was seen as duplicative of new fall shows on the same or other networks, and the hope was that maybe as interest faded on those other new TV shows, people would be interested in this one.

Of course there are negative reasons why a new winter TV show would be relegated to the less popular season, including the most obvious – that the network does not have confidence in the show and does not want to potentially waste a popular and therefore financially fruitful fall TV lineup spot.  Or perhaps a new TV show was supposed to be placed in the fall Tv lineup but the initial reviews were so poor that it was moved.

Aug 252013

New fall TV action: Hostages

Sometimes a great idea leads to a great new TV show, and Hostages on CBS may prove to be a good example. Based on a 24-like premise, this new fall show may hold a lot of promise for those who want an exciting plot that continues week to week and leaves you wanting to know what happens next at the end of each hour. If the actors who have been hired and the quality and past successes of the producers is any indication, this new fall TV show has all the ingredients.

This new fall show is based on the idea that a surgeon who will be operating in he president of he United States has her family kidnapped by a rogue FBI agent who will kill them if she does not botch the surgery. Compelling characters abound in this exciting new fall TV drama, including Dylan McDermott as the FBI agent and Toni Collette. And although icing on the cake was not really needed for a show headlined by those two, another highly compelling character, the wife of Mr. McDermott’s character will be played by Francie Swift who is known by many for her roles on Law and Order SVU, and Gossip Girl.

Hostages promises to be a new fall TV show worth checking out, the latest potential Jerry Bruckheimer hit. Just like shows before it, such as 24, the plot will be continuous, with an occasional resolution but usually enough unfinished business to leave the audience in suspense until the next week. The difference with Hostages may be the fact that we will see the characters more deeply and completely in this exciting new fall TV show. The action and suspense will still be there, with a dose of real drama mixed in for those who want to explore the human side.

Aug 192013

New Fall Show The Tomorrow People

If you appreciate incredible visual effects, being fully immersed in a fantasy world that seems completely realistic, and a sense that something incredible looks and feels almost real, you might enjoy “The Tomorrow People” on the CW.   This up-and-coming network is seeking to prove itself with a new fall show that is not only well acted with great plot lines, but also has expensive and high quality production values.  This is not the CW of a few years ago.

“The Tomorrow People” is a new fall show based on a premise that in the course of human evolution people will develop incredible powers and abilities.  Unlike X-Men, where this group existed for centuries but was hidden, this new group of people is the first of its kind.  So the fact that a group of young men and women can do these incredible things for the sake of good or the sake of adventure might be enough to create a compelling new fall TV series, but of course the added issue is that there is a group out to eliminate them and their powers.  So if you liked any number of movies and TV shows, from X-Men to Harry Potter to X-Files, this new fall show may be for you.  And you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the production values a TV show, let alone a new show on the CW network, is able to pull off.

The powers these teenagers and young adults have, from telepathy to telekinesis are both believable and exciting, and the action they produce is matched by how compelling and interesting the characters are as well as those that surround them in their personal lives.  This new fall show plays out as a rich fantasy, capturing the viewer and bringing him or her along for a wonderful ride.

Jul 182013

New Fall TV Action: Blacklist

James Spader may have been a bit miscast when he appeared in several episodes of The Office last year, but we didn’t have to wait long for him to hit his mark in the kind of show that is made for his intense, compelling, and riveting acting style.  The new fall TV drama called “The Blacklist”on NBC gives Spader a vehicle to truly capture the attention of the fall TV viewing public.

Spader plays an ex-government agent named Raymond “Red” Reddington who for years had managed to evade the law and was high on the Most Wanted list.  During those years Reddington was involved with some of the most notorious criminals worldwide, brokering deals and generally becoming involved in deeply troubling criminal activity.

Suddenly Reddington surrenders, but there is a condition: He wants to go after some of the most notorious criminals on a list he has compiled, many of them either thought to be dead or just a rumor to begin with.  We start with a chase to catch a long-thought-dead terrorist named Zamani.

Interestingly, Reddington makes a second request and that is that he will only work with a very particular FBI agent who specializes in profiling named Liz Keen.  Why he chooses Ms. Keen is a mystery at least at first – she is right out of Quantico.  But one way  or another he only wants to work with her as he pursues others on his ”blacklist” of crooked world leaders, mobsters and  terrorists.

The combination of Spader, Executive Producer John Eisendrath who brought us “Alias,” and Executive Producer John Davis who brought “Predator,” and “I, Robot” to the big screen make this new fall TV show a good bet to be a breakout hit.  Sub plots such as the mystery of Reddington’s true intentions and his incredible tutoring of Keen (and why did he choose her anyway?) make this new fall TV series enen more compelling.

Jul 082013

New Fall TV: Agents of SHIELD

The jump from small screen to big happens all the time in science fiction, from Star Trek to X-Files.  But nowhere is there more frequent jumps to the movies than with superhero shows.  But what happens when a terrific super hero or group of super heroes captures an auf=dience on the big screen and then goes to TV as a new fall TV show?  We’ll see this year with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and our hope could not be higher.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is a global law enforcement agency that most who have watched any Marvel full length features will recognize.  Agent Phil Coulson is the main character, will be at the center of this series and he is played by Clark Gregg who played the same character in Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers recently.  Joss Whedon is the person primarily responsible for helping this show get from the big screen to the new fall TV lineup, and if his successes with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly are any indication you might want to bet on his success. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have plenty of action of course, as Coulson builds his team of agents to work to solve very interesting, challenging and of course highly classified cases. With characters including weapons experts, computer hackers, and scientists, you may not find a show with more to offer viewers, from those who will look forward to the kind of science fiction we saw in X-Files, to those who just want pure action, to those who like technological thrillers.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this new fall TV show is that the focus, unlike the movies that had this agency in the periphery, will actually focus more on these incredibly interesting support characters rather than the super heroes.  But they’ll be just enough action with those who do have super powers to keep some fans who just want that engaged.

Jun 132013

New Fall TV Show Reign

The CW is considered by many “the fifth major network” for its bold entries into the primetime TV lineup in recent years, and the fall of 2013 is no different.  Perhaps leading the network’s charge to be considered among the giants is the new fall TV show “Reign”, which may truly have something for everyone.  Those who liked any show from Downton Abbey to Vampire diaries to Revenge might like this one which is not directly comparable to any past show and could be uniquely amazing in its own right.

Let’s start with the fact that the Producers of this show have had incredible success on the major networks with shows ranging from CSI Miami to Ghost Whisperer to Hawaii Five-o.  Mix in a potential break-out actress with incredible range (Adelaide Kane) and wonderful small screen presence, and we truly might have something special here.  Internally at the CW they certainly think so, and there is a lot of excitement about this new fall TV show.   With what was spent on lavish sets and incredible effects, they hope to be right of course, but their enthusiasm seems more than just hopeful or put on – it appears completely genuine.

The story follows Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power from a teenager, with a network of friends and enemies alike, and  supernatural intrigue following her every step of the way.  Between exciting science-fiction, incredible adventure, and some dramatic social plots, this one has the potential to be truly captivating.  And when she is a young adult we predictably – this is the CW after all – see some sexual intrigue as well.  There will no doubt be unpredictable twists and turns in this drama, and the bottom line will be continuous suspense and action.  We predict that this one could be one of the true hidden gems in the fall TV lineup of 2013 and one that could have a very loyal following.

Jun 062013

New Fall TV Show Crazy Ones

Robin Williams got his start in television and was a huge hit on that medium, and then moved on to the big screen where he became an Academy Award winning star.  Now he is returning to TV in a new fall TV series called The Crazy Ones.  After the success of The Office, this new fall TV show has amazing potential given its similar single-camera camera approach to following a workplace that has some real characters ion it.

Mr. Williams plays a larger-than-life ad man who has an often off-the-wall approach that is close to unbelievable and usually incredibly funny and creative.  As the boss of the ad firm he can take these risks and do these outrageous things with few repercussions.  And given the success of the agency, it is hard for anyone to argue with his incredible methods.  But he does have to answer to someone very important, despite the fact that he is the boss, and that is his daughter as played by another former TV star Sarah Michelle Gellar.  As you might expect, his daughter is his foil, so different in so many ways .  She is meticulous and wants to stay within the lines.  She wishes that she could advance her own name but how to do so when so much energy needs to go into controlling her larger-than-life father?

Led by these two powerful and successful actors, and supported by a great cast, we have high hopes for this particular new fall TV show.  And given how successful its producers have been at capturing TV audiences (David E. Kelley brought us “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” while more recently Jason Winer brought us “Modern Family”) this one seems sure to be a hit.  CBS TV may be following in the footsteps of an NBC hit, but this new fall TV show seems to have enough distinction on its own to develop a unique and perhaps equally large following.

May 222013

New Fall TV Series

Michael J Fox has been a hit on TV almost every time he’s starred in a series, though since his Parkinson’s Disease symptoms have been more obvious he’s been relegated to supporting roles. It appears that NBC is realizing that the disease should not prevent them from taking a chance on this incredibly talented actor who tends to attract and keep a large audience.  And what better than a show that can actually make the disease part of the plot line?

As the title of the show hints at, this one is very loosely based on Mr. Fox’s own life.  The title character, however, is names Mike Henry, who was once a popular and well-liked newsman who is now retired and has Parkinson’s.  But this newsman has decided not to stay retired, and instead will go back to work at his local NBC station where he used to work.  The interplay between that decision and his family dynamics and of course his disease make for both heartwarming and funny storylines.  It may be said too often, but this one truly may have something for just about every viewer.

This show has the makings of a hit, though NBC is hedging a little with a less than favorable time slot to start.  As we often see, however, new fall TV shows often get moved around fairly quickly if the gain an audience.  And NBC has ordered a full 22 episodes, so they clearly belive that this new fall show will be at least good enough to stick with for a while.  With a central character that has a history of success, and a strong cast of his family and friends, this one has the potential to be a hit in the new fall TV lineup.  For those who are looking for the best new fall TV comedy, “The MIchael J Fox Show” may be your answer.

May 062013

Emma Roberts in Delerium

Many people who are young adults right now already are well aware of the plot of “Delirium”, particularly those who enjoy reading.  That is because this particular new fall TV series was preceded by a very popular book designed for that group of readers.  The model of taking a popular science fiction book series and translating it to the screen is a bit more popular in movie theatres (e.g. the Twilight Saga) than on TV, but we have certainly seen examples of the latter including “True Blood”.  Will Fox have a hit with this entry?  We feel that it has all the makings of a highly successful new fall TV series.

Emma Roberts stars in this science fiction drama.  She plays the main character who is a young adult who has fallen in love.  Seems simple enough until you find out that the future society she is living in has decided that falling in love causes too many problems, and they have therefore outlawed it.  How could they do that you ask?  Well they have actually invented a procedure to eliminate that emotion, and when citizens are around a certain age they have to have the procedure.  Of course the main character fell in love before having the procedure, and is now scheduled to have it in a few months.

Now this character “Lena” was once looking forward to the procedure, convinced by a lifetime of government brainwashing that it is the right thing to do.  And since travel is so restricted in this new society she has had little chance to explore the world and see what is out there.  She does not know that some people, like her new love Alex, live in between cities in places called “the wild”.  Alex has managed to skirt the procedure designed to inhibit the “delirium” called love.

The combination of science fiction and romance, with a bit of action and adventure mixed in, is sure to attract a diverse crowd.  And Ms. Roberts appears to be the perfect main character.  We are looking forward to this potential breakout hit.

May 052013

New Fall TV Star Jenny Slate

Recently we’ve seen comedies about single 30 somethings do extremely well.  From “New Girl” to “Whitney” to “Ben and Kate” these types of new TV show have had success and staying power, as well as critical acclaim.  Thus it is not surprise that ABC TV has put together a pilot that stars that demographic, and like the other shows that have done well, this new fall TV show may be a 2013 hit.

Why are we so optimistic about this particular new fall show?  Take a look at the cast of well-liked veterans:

- June Diane Raphael who people absolutely adored in Burning Love, and has even appeared on two of the hits we mention above: Whitney and New Girl

- Kristen Schaal who was a breakout star in 30 Rock after memorable short stints on Modern Family and others.  Those who watched Flight of the Conchords probably loved her as the band’s only fan

- Jenny Slate (pictured above) who has been a featured comedian on SNL and has also been on the popular Parks and Rec.  Before that her comedy was seen all over TV

Like several other shows that have done well, most recently and most significantly perhaps “The Office”, Pulling is based on a successful British show that seems to translate well to the US audience.  The humor may have to be changed a bit – from the dry and sarcastic that is favored (or should we say “favoured”) in the UK to the slightly more silly and obvious that is prefered here.  But like shows before it, this new fall TV show has a great chance to make that transition.

Pulling is certainly one of the new fall TV shows that we are excited about in 2013, and as the season draws closer and more information is available we will be sure to provide it.  For now, we have it on our short list of new shows to follow!