Our 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Fall 2011

Look, you're busy. Someone's gotta pick up the kids from soccer practice, your algebra homework was due yesterday, and/or your Fortune 500 company isn't going to run itself. Whatever your occupied little heiny has on its to-do list, you certainly don't have enough time to sift through all the new series fighting for your attention this season. That's where we come in handy (for once).

We've scoured the landscape of new arrivals and come up with the following list of new shows we're excited about. Some we've seen, some we haven't, some just sound cool. Take a look, then let us know which show's YOU are looking forward to in the comments.


Before you get upset that there aren't any mainstream sitcoms on this list, here's why: The new comedy offerings are pretty slim this season, and most of the networks' best stuff isn't premiering until 2012. If you're looking to laugh, keep on eye on NBC's Up All Night, which just missed making the cut; beyond that, you may be out of luck.

Boss Starz

10. Boss (Starz)
When it's on: Fridays starting October 21
Who's in it: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Kathleen Robertson, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Martin Donovan What it's about: The mayor of Chicago (Grammer) has always used any means necessary to get the job done, and has been very successful at it. But when he's suddenly afflicted by a degenerative brain disorder, egad! Trouble!
Why we're excited about it: We'll admit we still don't know much about this. But the early looks we got of it (all seven seconds or so) show a one-time comedy powerhouse Grammer completely transformed: gritty, tough, and, like, totally dramatic.

HBO Angry Boys Chris Lilley

9. Angry Boys (HBO)
When it's on: Mondays starting December 5
Who's in it: Chris Lilley
What it's about: One-man-cast Lilley plays six different characters— including a Japanese mom—in this comedy import from Australia about young men growing up in the modern age.
Why we're excited about it: Sadly, this is the only comedy to make our list. If you've seen Summer Heights High, Lilley's previous series, you know he'll go as far as he can for a laugh. We expect more satirical political incorrectness that's sure to make your mother gasp so hard your grandmother keels over.

Hell on Wheels AMC

8. Hell on Wheels (AMC)
When it's on: Sundays starting November 6
Who's it: Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott, Colm Meaney, Ben Esler
What it's about: Set in the 1860s in a boom town near the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Western follows a former Confederate soldier who's looking for revenge on the men who killed his wife.
Why we're excited about it: AMC rarely disappoints (unless it's cutting our favorite shows' budgets), and this drama has the production value to convincingly teleport us back more than a century. Plus, it has trains! Choo-choo!

Prime Suspect NBC Maria Bello

7. Prime Suspect (NBC)
When it's on: Thursdays starting September 22
Who's in it: Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Kirk Acevedo, Joe Nieves, Brian O'Byrne, Damon Gupton
What it's about: A remake of the U.K.'s coveted series of the same name (which starred Helen Mirren), this police drama follows a tough female cop in New York.
Why we're excited about it: Early word is that the source material isn't insulted, which is something we've all feared. With that out of the way and the magnetic Bello in the lead role, this looks like a procedural with depth.

Ringer The CW Sarah Michelle Gellar

6. Ringer (CW)
When it's on: Tuesdays starting September 13
Who's in it: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd, Mike Colter, Tara Summers
What it's about: A woman who's on the run from the mob switches places with her well-off identical twin.
Why we're excited about it: This series was originally developed for CBS, so it's more than just another teen drama on The CW. The producers' main goal is to shock its viewers with outrageous, unexpected twists, and we're ready for the ride.

The X Factor Fox

5. The X Factor (Fox)
When it's on: Wednesdays and Thursdays starting September 21
Who's in it: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole, Pepsi products
What it's about: Simon Cowell's U.K. singing contest comes to the U.S. The competition is open to both solo performers and groups, and there's no age restriction.
Why we're excited about it: Simon reunites with Paula at the judge's table! But really, we're curious to see how America handles yet another much-hyped singing show.

Person of Interest CBS Jim Caviezel

4. Person of Interest (CBS)
When it's on: Thursdays starting September 22
Who's in it: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson
What it's about: A billionaire recruits the help of a former CIA agent to stop crimes before they happen.
Why we're excited about it: We've been missing Emerson since Lost went off the air, and Caviezel is a personal favorite. And given that the show was co-created by Jonathan Nolan (co-writer of Memento and The Dark Knight; Christopher's brother), it's going to come in heavier than most network television options. But the real draw is that Caviezel's character is a real badass and loves awesome guns.

American Horror Story FX

3. American Horror Story (FX)
When it's on: Wednesdays starting October 5
Who's in it: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Denis O'Hare
What it's about: A couple on the rocks moves into a house that just may be haunted.
Why we're excited about it: This psycho-sexual thriller from the co-creator of Glee is going to generate a lot of talk once it finally premieres. An early screening drew both praise and ridicule thanks to grotesque and demented imagery and bizarre plotting. Why are we looking forward to it? Because it sounds different. Way different.

Homeland Showtime

2. Homeland (Showtime)
When it's on: Sundays starting October 2
Who's in it: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood
What it's about: An FBI agent suspects that a recently released prisoner of war might actually be a terrorist sleeper agent.
Why we're excited about it: Ten years after the events of September 11, 2001, the threat of terrorism still has an impact on our everyday lives. This drama takes our nation's temperature on the subject. Are we unreasonably paranoid, or not taking the appropriate precautions? Plus, Damian Lewis is one heck of an actor.

Terra Nova Fox

1. Terra Nova (Fox)
When it's on: Mondays starting September 26
Who's in it: Jason O'Mara, Stephen Lang, Shelley Conn, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Allison Miller
What it's about: In the future, humans must restart civilization by traveling back in time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Why we're excited about it: Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs! Consider us caught up in the hype.

The Runners-Up:
... Up All Night (NBC), which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents and Maya Rudolph as Applegate's boss.
... Enlightened (HBO), which stars Laura Dern as a former executive trying to navigate life after suffering a very public nervous breakdown.
... Pan Am (ABC), a 1960s period piece about the storied airline with an espionage twist. Christina Ricci stars.



Which new shows are you most looking forward to this fall?



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i love ringer,i just started watching it and its amazing,u should all give it a try,at least till ep. 3 couse then youll be too far into it.i loved ringer from the 1st episode but the big band theory is still the best show ever:)
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@MichellPumpe - Thank goodness there is at least one voice of reason out there! You rock!



If this is the best of whats on then one would be better off reading for a change.



Angry Boys was hilarious, heart warming and emotional at times but in a way you just felt good about life by the end.



Which as a US citizen living abroad, was a breath of fresh air.

A nice break from the usual Gestapo ... I mean Homeland "Security" propaganda fear mongering or another drama about terrorists, murder, and mayhem "lock your doors nowhere is safe and everyone is evil" shows.



Better yet how about we throw in a spooky scary demons goblins and ghosts show for those that miss the more wholesome Puritan days of the Ol Deluder Satan Act. Sometimes looking at a certain aspect of US programming&population you would think that Moral Orel is a documentary. :o)



With all the depressing events going on in this world, the war in afghanistan, the special contracted ops still killing in Iraq, Radioactive kids in Japan, 40+million on food stamps and 11% unemployment in the land of opportunity(?) numerous other earthquakes and natural disasters, the drought killing thousands in Africa, Exponentially growing global debts, SOPA, US citizens being allowed to legally be arrested/"interrogated"(= tortured) for possibly maybe being involved with "terrorism"(definition not found). 3,000 homes foreclosing every day, drug wars, xenophobia and more!!



And thats not even throwing in other downers we face as humans during times of supposed prosperity.



Im not meaning to be an angry person or a negative thinker just a realist with an enjoyment for optimism when it comes to my media preference.

Its nice to watch something that reminds you that humanity hasn't gone completely bat shit crazy, that things can and hopefully will get better, and reinforces the positives we as a species still potentially have in this mad sadistic material world. Unfortunately for me shows like Homeland, Terra Nova, American Horror Story etc just don't give me much inspiration that things will ever get better.



I guess in conclusion this list represents where things are headed at the moment.... straight down the tubes.



Peace n LOve non the less.





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Homeland - really? More propaganda about terrorism to make the already fearful masses more fearful? Do we really need a television show to promote even more xenophobia? Haven't the media already done enough damage? Tbh I find it sick that people are still cashing in on 9/11. Every time someone wants to manipulate a response it's the go to.
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Terra Nova - Someone PLEASE transport some decent scripts and a better storyline in the next pilgrimage.
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Of this list Homeland is my favourite. Utterly gripping but doesn't feel the need for 24 style tension with something happening every 5 seconds. Slow burn drama with fantastic performances.
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If you don't like dinosaurs, you're a bad person. Doesn't matter how much charity work you do, how many babies you rescue from burning buildings, or how many kittens you give bowls of milk to. You're dead inside.

With that said, Terra Nova's dinosaurs are unconvincing. When Spielberg made Jurassic Park, the intention was to populate the film with believable animals, not monsters. He succeeded - nearly twenty years later, Terra Nova emphatically hasn't. Their Carnotaurus behaves more like something out of a computer game than a lion or cassowary.



With the dinosaurs proving disappointing, what's keeping me watching the show are the strongly Avatar-evoking themes and designs, and effective performances from most of the cast. I think it has potential for reasonable post-Lost drama, and an immersive sci-fi mythology.

Emphasis on *potential*, mind you. 24 "talents" featuring prominently in the credits is a sign for concern.



Ringer's been thoroughly enjoyable every week, however. It feels fresh and original, and Sarah Michelle Gellar remains every bit as watchable (both in terms of her performance and appearance) as she was ten years ago. In my opinion...
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Homeland, Claire Danes, & Damian Lewis are outstanding
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I am sorry, but exactly how many cop shows and funny family shows do we need?
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Oh and Ringer is proving to be excellent. So two new shows. Not bad. They even seem to be doing well with ratings, and thats amazing. I thought all people ever want to watch are funny families, fat cartoon fathers, cops, and doctors.
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American Horror Story was a great pilot. I am definitely interested. For once something different. Do we really need a dyno show? Seriously? Who cares. The premise looks like Earth 2 which was a shit show. Besides how would sending people back into time so they could pollute sooner help? thats pretty stupid. The cop shows; No thanks. Enough of those already. The cowboy show; No. And primes supect...I don't think so. Its still just a cop show. I don';t think we need any more bad asses. They are really just mean people, and we have enough of those already. They just don't happen to have guns in the real world. And I am not much for bad guy good guy stuff.
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Terra nova - already failed for me - what they did with all money , where they spent it ? cmon with that kind budget u can do 100x better if u know how to spend money. Any way same old ideas, same old stuff, nothing new, bad cgi . Bye bye terra nova it will be canceled after 7-8 episode
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erm... once upon a time should be on this list it looks great. Other then that good list cant wait for terra nova !!!
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Terra Nova does look good but I think that ultimately it will be 2 expensive to produce and will end up canceled. While Hart of Dixiie needs to be canceled immediately. I love Rachel Bilson but I just cant buy her as a doctor and the premise of the show seems cliche.
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I've seen Prime suspect and I actually like it. Very good.
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Allen Gregory!
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of these 10 the only one's i like so far are Ringer and Terra Nova but Homeland looks good and im going to watch it as soon as im free.
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Terra Nova looks promising ...
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Ok, here's a new one I think should be added to the list. The Secret Circle. Three episodes came out so far and I am really looking forward to where they are planning on taking the series. I think that the list given is fine if you're into csi or criminal minds type shows which I am, but I would like to see more of a variety. Adding a supernatural type show to the mix certainly spices things up and I would honestly hate to see it go off the air even though it has really good potential like Eastwick
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Okay.... one more post.... there was a restaurant I worked at ages ago while in school and we made what we called a 'wall of sh%t'; made our best bad-ass poses and what not, and I think the shot of Kelsey Grammer comes close (I win because I had a cigarette loosely hanging from my mouth), but I still win.
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One more thing.... the show will only work if they NEVER go back to Earth in the future. The minute they do, which I presume they will, the show dies faster than ever. It has to be a 'Das Boot' POV only story or the story will die.
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And, funny to introduce (and I apologize) politics, but for order for this new world to work it would have to be completely socialist -- what's a gold coin in the pocket going to get you given the gold has no intrinsic value?



The show will probably as such fail because Republicans won't understand how society can benefit from retrying things and aim for success. Doh! (sorry, people!)
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Tough one... Terra Nova better get over it's abuse of CG in the pilot or it won't survive. It was too easy to spot the differences between real set and CG, despite the tech, and the story won't fly if you don't buy the set. The thing the show has going for it is that the potential is endless for story-lines at the moment. It better take advantage, fast.
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Person of interest is great so far, hope it will continu like that. And will watch Terra Nova for sure.
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Ringer is alright and I will check out Terra Nova, but honestly, dinosaurs don't do much for me. Who needs more TV anyway, Fringe is back!
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Regarding Prime Suspect, why NBC chose to name this TV series "Prime Suspect" is beyond me, it's in no way related to the original UK TV series with Helen Mirren. This is just another cop show and as much as I admire Maria Bello the opening episode looks a mishmash of ideas churned out by a tired team of writers. My advice, go buy original Prime Suspect DVD box set.
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I am looking forward to Terra Nova and Grimm but lets face it Terra Nova is on FOX. Its chance of being canceled is pretty high no matter how many viewers it pulls in.
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I'm looking forward to trying out Terra Nova, Ringer (although I suspect I'll give up on this one sooner rather than later) and The Secret Circle. Best news though is season 4 of Fringe starting this week and season 2 of The Walking Dead coming shortly.
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Revenge (good pilot), Hart of Dixie, Alcatraz (allthough it seems it doesn't start until next year), Once Upon a Time, Unforgettable and Ringer.
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Terra Nova, Homeland (<3 Damian Lewis!), and I'll probably give Grimm, Once Upon a Time and Person of Interest a spin at least. :)
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Boss

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screw the x-factor. Grimm will be an awesome show.
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Once upon a time, grimm, terra nova, the secret circle (had a great pilot) and i`m going to give it another try Ringer, just because of smg.
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I think there are other shows that would be better suited for this list but I do agree with American Horror Story, Terra Nova, Ringer and Up All Night.
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Once Upon a Time for me.
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The X Factor isn't a new show
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It0s new for the american market, though.
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Up All Night would have to make a dramatic improvement in order to reach "boring".
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well.. I just watched ringer.. the first episode was interesting.. I dunno about it going much farther then a few watches.. not sure i like the idea about the sister being alive.. twist at the end.. just another mystery drama/thriller.. enough for a good movie, not sure about a tv show of 15 eps etc.. a season..
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Um, spoilers much? Thanks, I haven't managed to watch this yet!
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Then you shouldn't have read the comment....
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You shouldn't be such a cunt, but I guess you can't help that.
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Oh, that's mean..... LOL!
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Hell on wheels, Terra Nova, and maybe person of interest if they don't turn it into another investigation drama.. But it will probably get boring.. That is why I like stuff based in another time or supernatural like vampire diaries or sci fi like stargate universe or battlestar galactica.. They keep it serious and it is something outside of the norm.. Hopefully all the holes that have to do with time travel on terra nova wont become obvious.. Hope they do it right.. I heard something about stephen spielberg on this.. Lets again hope that it doen't become crap like falling skies.. The reason that show had so many viewers to start was because of the spielberg name drop.. Turned out to have the fell of a show done in the 90's which isn't always bad.. Look at jerimiah.. that turned out good.. but with falling skies that was a bust.. I'm so happy vampire diaries is back!! Another 20 plus episodes I hopes, yay! Wish they never cancelled a lot of those good shows like terminator sarah connor chronicles and moonlight, etc.. Sad.. Games of thrones is good. Anywho.. We'll see.. Lost Girl is interesting.. But I dunno..
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Watched up all night and Free Agents for the 1st and last night. 2 stinkers
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There are 2 actors that I like that turn everything they touch to canceled.....Kelsey Grammar and Christian Slater....."Boss" has no chance.
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LOL How's your filet of sole??
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I'm just going by the promos but Prime Suspect doesn't seem like anything new, Helen Mirren probably pulled this off in U.K. but I'm not impressed with Bello's apparent depiction of a tough lady cop, she seems to be trying too hard & doesn't sell the damaged, pithy, renegade condition, that Saving Grace, In Plain Sight, or NCIS, to name a few have successfully informed their characters with. But I'm willing to give it a chance, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. While I'm on the subject, I love Linda Hunt but just can't keep fooling myself with her character on NCIS Los Angeles.....Groan!
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I have to agree with you in regards to Prime Suspect. It will have to be a very strong show to not end up cancelled. They tried to have strong female lead w/ Chase last year (good show who's writing went south once they were told they were on last legs).
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Count me in for the top 4 + Pan Am.
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what about Supernatural and Finge?we are waiting for the new seasons here in the Philippines

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Well, we know they are starting 5th season over here. Which is the one you are waiting for?
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This list just offers more proof why network TV is such a yawn. Every network show sounds like a rehash of an older(and much better series). Boss is probaly the only show on this list that I want to check out because I think Kelsey Grammer is capable to doing a dramatic series.
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Based on the commercial I would totally not watch Xfactor. Terra Nova might be good except that FOX will probably cancel it just as people are getting hooked on it
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Amen!
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ABC does that too.....The second you get hooked into a show it disappears....It's annoying.
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1, 2, 4, 6, '8' HoW's especially sounds really interesting!
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Jason O'Mara is the guy who wrecked Life on Mars. Sam Tyler is a gift of a part and he effed it up. Won't be watching anything with him in it.



Interesting that Clare Danes is finally coming back to television. do you think she finally realised that tv is better than film and has been for a long time.



(fighting words!)
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A few come to mind but of course the most anticipated for me has to be the 'taking far too long to make' new Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. I believe its due to air some time towards the end of 2011. I literally can't wait for this... to read just how much I can't wait, check out my comment posted on its page on this website.

On a good note I'm glad to see a few of my old fav's are coming back in a few days, shows such as; The Office (US), Supernatural, Fringe, Spooks, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and not forgetting, Sons of Anarchy. These seven wonderful shows will keep me entertained for the foreseeable future thankfully.

Also, a couple of other shows have caught my eye that air very soon; Grimm and The Secret Circle. Both of these look interesting so I'll defo be checkin them out.
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Boss looks great and I'm a huge Kelsey Grammer fan and I know he will pull off the dramatic role brilliantly. Homeland also looks great plus it's on Showtime and Damian Lewis is in it. Awesome. I think I'm most looking forward to Person of Interest because of all the great names like Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel and Jonathan Nolan. I just hope it isn't procedural at all and has a much more serialized storyline, otherwise my interest will fade pretty quickly if it's a 'crime of the week' type thing.
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The Secret Circle looks much better than Ringer and it's probably going to be better than Terra Nova too.

At least I seriously hope that Terra Nova isn't going to be the second worst Spielberg produced tv series to date after the awful Falling Skies. Falling Skies just sucks and it's a shame that Spielberg is producing such a garbage product.

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