New TV shows you have to check out
The fall television season is typically where the best new shows debut, and, for the most part, it is still pretty early to know what will be airing. But that doesn't mean we're doomed to a few months of awful television. In fact, there are quite a few big stars (Kevin Bacon, Anthony Edwards) doing some curious shows, not to mention a new series from writer/producer David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal").
Here are some of the highlights.
MTV, Jan. 9
Hopefully this new MTV series capturing the lives of some pals living up in Washington Heights won't be like "Jersey Shore." Seriously guys, please, make New York City look good. Please.
Cinemax, Jan. 11
The cast of this new drama thriller is not too well known, but the show comes from author Jonathan Tropper and, most importantly, Alan Ball, who created "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood." That is some solid pedigree. The series is about an ex-con who comes to town with a new identity and a sheriff's badge.
Fox, Jan. 21
Kevin Bacon heads to TV in this new show from Kevin Williamson ("Dawson's Creek," "Scream"), where he plays a former FBI agent brought in to assist after the escape of a serial killer (James Purefoy) that Bacon's character had captured years earlier.
ABC, Jan. 22
Cooking competition shows are a dime a dozen, but this new network series has an awesome set of judges, including Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain.
FX, Jan. 30
Go back to the 1980s for this Cold War era spy series about a pair of married undercover KGB agents (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) living in the United States, right next door to an FBI agent.
TNT, Feb. 4, 10 p.m.
As David E. Kelley is the maker of many of our favorite TV series, we're super excited for his medical show, based on a novel by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Starring Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina.
ABC, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Anthony Edwards plays the publisher of a skeptic's magazine, on a search for his abducted wife. She was taken by a group involved in a conspiracy. And there is a baby with scary eyes.
'The Jeselnik Offensive'
Comedy Central, Feb. 19
One of our favorite young comedians, Anthony Jeselnik - who kills it on the Comedy Central celebrity roasts - gets his own series, where he'll be eviscerating folks weekly.
'Da Vinci's Demons'
David S. Goyer, the co-writer of the recent "Batman" films, turns out this new series about Leonardo da Vinci.
We keep getting droplets of details about the upcoming "S.H.I.E.L.D." series spinning out of the Marvel Comics films. We're hearing that Clark Gregg is back as Agent Phil Coulson, who we last saw dying in "The Avengers." Joss Whedon, who directed "The Avengers," is executive producing, and there is not a new series we're more excited about than this one.