The 4-Episode Test, Fall 2012 Edition, Part 2: Arrow, Elementary, The Mindy Project, and More

It's been a hell of a fall season so far, hasn't it? Typically by the time we get to this point (omg how is it November already?), half of the new fall shows have already been canceled. But somehow only two freshmen series out of 21 total have gotten the axe—so which ones do we think are going strong, and which ones would we've killed weeks ago? We started to answer that question just over a week ago with the first installment of our patented 4-Episode Test, and now we're back with round two.


Episode ratings are out of five stars.


Arrow

Episode 1: ★★★★ Episode 2: ★★ Episode 3: ★★★ Episode 4: ★★

Verdict: Keep watching.

While by no means the best new drama of the fall season (hi there, Last Resort!), Arrow offers fun, comic book-y fare plus Stephen Amell doing parkour and, oftentimes, not wearing a shirt. There are still kinks to work out (those expository voiceovers! Finding a balance between action and drama!), but there are also plenty of interesting mysteries surrounding the narrative (what's Moira up to? What happened on the island?), and the series features a strong dynamic between Amell's Oliver Queen and David Ramsey's John Diggle. Perhaps most interestingly, though, Arrow has shown early signs of wanting to think about class and racial tensions, making it something worth keeping an eye on as the TV season progresses. —Noel Kirkpatrick


Beauty and the Beast

Episode 1: ★ Episode 2: ★ Episode 3: ★★ Episode 4: ★

Verdict: Quit watching.

I did not care for the pilot of this show. In my opinion (which is by definition subjective, but in this case also 100 percent accurate), Beauty and the Beast is the worst new show of the fall season. However, I will allow that this show had the potential for becoming a watchable guilty pleasure if it ever embraced its own weirdness and became something much different than what we saw in the pilot. Over the course of four episodes that didn't happen, but Episode 3 did show signs of life when it cut to the chase and turned the two title characters into essentially flirtatious teenagers (seriously, a scene in which they exchanged phone numbers was downright charming). Unfortunately, the entire police procedural angle remains a disaster; it's the least plausible police station since Cop Rock and the actual cases of the week are deadly boring. The serialized storyline—mostly to do with a top-secret organization called Muirfield that once employed the lead character's mother and also CREATED the beast—is a step up, but still falls short of any other show with a shadowy conspiracy element. Beauty and the Beast has still not found a way to make the beast's constant stalking of the beauty anything less than disturbing. Actor Jay Ryan does what he can with the non-character he's being asked to play, but the world's worst haircut is doing him no favors. Finally, we're starting to get to see more of "the beast" in actual beast form and the prosthetic makeup is laughably terrible. Sorry, makeup artist, but if you were a contestant on Syfy's Face Off, you would've been berated by Glenn Hetrick and sent home for this. Anyway, yeah. Still terrible, still boring. —Price Peterson


Chicago Fire

Episode 1: ★ Episode 2: ★ Episode 3: ★★ Episode 4: ★★

Verdict: Quit watching.

Chicago Fire isn't a terrible show—but it isn't terribly interesting, either. The action sequences lack the kinetic quality you would expect from people walking into fire, the dialogue ranges from basic to intolerable, and the stories are rote at best. The biggest issue the series faces is its Superman problem: Station 51 is filled with white hats lacking character flaws. I respect firefighting as much as the next guy, but Chicago Fire's hero worship for those riding the big red truck is so overwhelming that it reduces the opportunities for anything compelling. In Episode 3, a villain (Detective Voight) is finally introduced to act against the whitest hat of them all (Casey) but his weapons so far have been a gravelly voice and minor vandalism. It's like he's taking revenge classes from Carrie Underwood. If this show isn't going to be a case-of-the-week kind of series, it's going to need to raise the stakes for its characters—and with the quickness. Otherwise, it's just an opportunity for hot actors to get topless. And that's what cable is for.
—Nick Campbell


Emily Owens, M.D.

Episode 1: ★★★★ Episode 2: ★★★ Episode 3: ★★★ Episode 4: N/A

Verdict: Test results inconclusive.

If we were doing half stars, I would have lowered each of these grades by half a star, but I was feeling generous and rounded up. This show is completely driven by the other-worldly adorableness of its star, Mamie Gummer. I don't mean that in a bad way; the episodes are tolerably written, the characters decently interesting, but Gummer lights up the screen. Still, I'm wondering how long it'll be before that glow wears off. In the pilot Emily gave Will, her buddy from med school, a very unfortunate speech about how she'd been crushing on him for years. I'd hoped his rejection of her would allow her character to move on to bigger and better things, but she keeps awkwardly orbiting the guy, trying all sorts of immature things to get over him. The show is also trying waaay too hard to be Grey's Anatomy: The Early Years. —Julia Bergen


Elementary

Episode 1: ★★★ Episode 2: ★★★ Episode 3: ★★★ Episode 4: ★★

Verdict: Keep watching in hopes the show solves its problems.

What is ever, ever to be done about a procedural where you thoroughly love the main characters yet seriously detest their weekly adventures? Dogged by unflattering comparisons to BBC’s knockout Sherlock series, Elementary's concept of an NYC-based Sherlock Holmes struck me as well worth investigating, and for leads you’d be hard pressed to find actors easier on the eyes and more singularly fascinating than Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. However, the pilot's early promise has been continually eroded by ham-fisted, preposterous cases that depend more on the audience's suspension of disbelief than Holmes' deductive reasoning to make any kind of sense. A criminally stupid police department and crimes neither logistically possible nor emotionally probable weaken Elementary as a mystery series. Still, the settings, leads, and character development are all there—the day someone brings an Agatha Christie book into the writer’s room, this show could take off. —Lily Sparks


The Mindy Project

Episode 1: ★★ Episode 2: ★★★★ Episode 3: ★★★★ Episode 4: ★★★★

Verdict: Keep watching, it's getting weirder in a good way.

The Mindy Project’s pilot felt—like pilots are wont to do—overworked, over written, and sort of wooden. Thank goodness I was contractually obligated to watch the three episodes that followed it, or I might have missed out on the very original, odd comedy it became after it was greenlit. Since the addition of former felon/extremely charismatic Nurse Morgan (Ike Barinholtz, a.k.a. Ivan Dochenko from Eastbound and Down Season 3) in Episode 2, there’s been a sharp uptick in the level of comedy and surreality (Mindy was also revealed to have a chocolate fountain on her desk in that episode). Perfectly, the absurd humor is grounded in beautiful, glossy production values and solid story structure. My only complaint is the two dreamy doctors. They’re meant to provide a love triangle for Mindy, but both suffer from a total lack of chemistry. No chemistry with Mindy, with each other, or with the audience. As a pure comedy though, my hopes are high. —Lily


Nashville

Episode 1: ★★★★★ Episode 2: ★★★★ Episode 3: ★★★★ Episode 4: ★★★★

Verdict: Love it. Definitely keep watching.

Nothing about Nashville's premise looked like anything I'd choose to watch, but its cast and pedigree guaranteed I'd at least check it out. Boy am I glad I did. Nashville's pilot was one of my favorites of the season; it mixed soap elements with a plausible behind-the-scenes drama of famous people and their powerful svengalis without ever losing the organic character work of obvious forefather Friday Night Lights. The second, third, and fourth episodes continued the high-quality writing, but an obvious element of telenovela plotting began to set in (shoplifting! Affairs! Drug addiction!) that made Nashville seem sliiiiightly less grounded than it did in the pilot. Still though, no other show currently on TV is as good at summing up the characters' emotional states via musical performance (nope, not even Glee). A particularly charged duet between Connie Britton's character and her hunky longtime collaborator in the second episode was one of the most stirring and emotional moments I've seen on TV in a while. Also, even a plotline as hoary as Hayden Panettierre's character's shoplifting incident still bore higher-quality fruit than expected: Juliette's disastrous attitude about it in the press was surprising and hilarious. So while it's not clear whether Nashville can maintain its initial grace and realism or if it will lapse into cheap drama (a new subplot involving Rayna's husband's ex-girlfriend looks worrisome), for now Nashville is one of network TV's best series, bar none. —Price


Vegas

Episode 1: ★★★ Episode 2: ★★ Episode 3: ★★★ Episode 4: ★★

Verdict: Pretty even money.

CBS jumped into the period-piece game with Vegas, which boasts a great cast but also a bland premise: There's a new sheriff in town! The character of Ralph Lamb is old-school country and solves crimes the old-fashioned way, with old-fashioned detective techniques and good-old knuckle sandwiches. See how many times I used the word "old"? Vegas is a comforting procedural drama with costumes, and doesn't aspire to be much more than that. So far the cases appear to hover somewhere near the "tolerable" level, with slight swings in each direction, and the long-term season arcs have barely been tapped. Vegas could turn into something much more interesting, but for right now, it seems content to play with pennies instead of taking risks for big bucks. —Tim Surette



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I've seen a minimum of 3 episodes of all these shows and only Arrow is worth watching. Where are Revolution and Last Resort!! Those are the best shows!!
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I only answered for the ones I've been watching. Love Elementary and Arrow.
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"In my opinion (which is by definition subjective, but in this case also 100 percent accurate), Beauty and the Beast is the worst new show of the fall season."



Nice contradiction. I happen to like it. Just because you claim to be a "critic" doesn't mean your judgment is better than others.
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I've watched the 5 episodes of Arrow in a raw I was a bit skeptical about this show because I'm not usually a fan of these kind of shows but it was really great! so I'll definitely keep watching
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Keep watching Arrow, Elementary, Vegas



Positive buble so far Chicago fire but seem to lose interest



DVR Emily Owens



Never watched Nashville and MP



Forgot B&B after the terrible pilot
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The 2 most "given up" shows in the poll: Chicago Fire and Beauty and the Beast. And both just got full-season pickups. Brilliant. *rolls eyes*
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Arrow and Nashville - these show I can watch, but other...
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The Mindy Project really isn't that bad. Like her, it's much more intelligent than you would assume, and she can laugh at herself.

I like Arrow, and I can tolerate Elementary.

Nashville isn't a bad show at all (and I love Connie Britton), but I just can't take all the country. It'd be just as awful if it were replaced with rap, as I can only take so much of either.
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Continue watching; Arrow



Watched but dumped; Beauty & The Beast



Never watched; Chicago Fire, Nashville, Emily Owens M.D, The Mindy Project, Elementary, Vegas
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Continue Watching: Nashville

Watched but dumped: Arrow; Beauty and the Beast; Chicago Fire; Elementary; Vegas

Never Watched - didn't seem interesting: Emily Owens, M.D., The Mindy Project
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Keep Watching Elementary, Nashville, Arrow
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Giving up - Elementary, Chicago Fire, Beauty and the Beast, Vegas, Mindy Project.

Keep watching - Arrow, Nashville, Emily Owens,
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'Giving up on'? What's with the present continuous? I gave up on Beauty and the Beast two minutes into the commercial.
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Arrow and Elementary are the strongest for me. They have some kinks they need to work out but for the most part they're solid enough for me to want to watch every single week and I don't forsee either of them getting cancelled.

I watch Chicago Fire. I like procedurals, they're like a guilty pleasure in and of itself for me so I indulge in practically all of them. Chicago Fire started off real shaky...like unbearably so, but with the Voight stuff especially, it began to pick up the pace. It definitely needs some work, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the conflicted lot of white hat characters. Casey does need more depth but maybe it's Jesse Spencer really selling it. Kelly is great, has the potential to be great. Plus Taylor Kinney in addition to being hella easy on the eyes is a great actor. I love the Captain too. This may seem like a ridiculous comparasion, but once you categorize Chicago Fire as a feel-good show that you can watch with your grandmother because Touched By An Angel is long over, you can kind of enjoy it. However I can see it getting cancelled. I'll keep watching unti lthen. Same goes for Beauty and the Beast...it just needs all kind of help, and the ridiculousness of some of it is made worse because you have grown ass people behaving like star crossed teenagers. It'll get the axe.

I watch Nashville but I don't always *watch* it. Another show that the mind can easily wander on, and I think it's getting more accolades than it deserves...but its fairly solid.
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Nashville is the stand out for me here, really surprised but very well done and great use of the music within the show.

Arrow's the big disappointment, I'm just finding it so boring and yet I expected to like it.

Go figure.
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Fully agree!
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I only watch Nashville, but haven't been as enthralled by it as much as you Price. The only show I'm willing to consider watching at some stage would be The Mindy Project. Can someone tell me if it's anything like New Girl?
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I just watced four episodes of the Mindy Project after hesitating at first. But I love it. It is totally different from the New Girl... but in a way the same. To me they have the same feel to them, and ofcourse both have the crazy over the top main character. I love New Girl and I'll keep watching the Mindy Project.
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I REALLY love Beauty and The Beast, Arrow, Emily Owens, M.D, Elementary,The Mindy Project, and Chicago Fire.



I really love them. I don't want any of them to get cancelled.

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You're in for a few big disappointments, then. No way Beauty and the Beast gets renewed. I hope for you they make a good ending for it.
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While I agree with Price, Lily really knocked it out of the park with this one.

I knew there was a major problem with Elementary and couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. The mystery concepts! That's it exactly, not the acting or the writing or even the plotting exactly, just those initial concepts have all been terrible. And they've always been so *good* on BBC's Sherlock, very well thought out and downright clever. It really is what Elementary is missing.

And The Mindy Project. I've been enjoying this one, but I knew something was just a little off. And it's the chemistry between the two male leads and Mindy (and each other too! just like Lily says). Of course it is, why didn't I see that? Those scenes are always flat and boring.

Seriously bravo Lily, what well thought out reviews, you really nailed it.
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Sherlock did modern versions of the mysteries from the original books. Elementary is just a procedural. There's a new case every week, each one completely independent of all others. There are lots of interview scenes, and the first person you recognize is the murderer.
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Chicago Fire and Beauty and the Beast are very good, Nashville Arrow are great, and Elementary is simply the best!! Emily Owens Vegas The Mindy project I did not try so therefore I have no comment!!
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I really like the show Chicago Fire. I'll agree on some level that there isn't enough action but I will keep watching it. Episode 4 of that show looks interseting. There are a olot of questions that I want answered. If we give shows a chance and make our decision by the end of the season, then we have a better chance in making it a better show.



Imean look at all those shows that last 10 or more seasons?! I think if people give each show a chance, then it would become a great show. Take NCIS for example, that show had to work to get to be the most watched show and how about the other shows that are really popular, they had to start somewhere.



So what I am saying is, don't judge a show just by four episodes, watch at least ten to get a better idea on how the show is going to be. Oh and by the way, Jesse Spencer was in House and that show went on for a long time and Lauren German was on Hawaii 5-0 and that show is getting really good. So don't judge show by just four episodes, watch a couple more and then say if you won't watch it.
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I love Arrow and I'll keep watching but The CW has got to cut their losses by canceling Beauty & The Beast and bring back TSC!
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I miss the TSC as well, by BATB is pretty good, it is slow moving kinda like TSC!!
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But which one would you prefer over the other: TSC or BATB?
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Gave up on Arrow after a dismal pilot. Didn't expect to like Nashville but it's surprisingly interesting.
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Are the two male doctors really supposed to be Mindy's love triangle love interests, though? I've just been seeing it as like a friendship triangle, a la New Girl's Jess and the guys. They don't have romantic chemistry, but I think they're definitely interesting and fairly developed characters, and I LOLed a crap ton at their DMV adventures in the last(?) episode!
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I have absolutely on interest in any of these shows. This season has been so lackluster.
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I think Nashville is the most enjoyable of these shows. It's more relaxing than any of the other shows I watch. I guess it's the music. Arrow is watchable too. In many ways, that show is really weak, but the fact that they spend more time on the characters than on the case of week lifts it up a lot.

I thought I might like Elementary and Vegas, but I ended up dropping both after the first episode. I also watched the pilot of Beauty and the Beast, but only to see if it was as bad as people were suggesting. It wasn't. Not even close. In fact, I don't think the pilot was any worse than the pilot of Arrow. But it was too much of a procedural, and didn't have an interesting back story. So it was clear that Arrow had a much greater potential.

I never had any interest in any of the other shows on the list.
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i like the mindy project so far

beauty and the beast is boring ,, i watched 3 episode and gave up

and i didnt like nashville at alll !

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I don't really watch Nashville.

It's more in the background while I'm working on my laptop.

I like the songs and the singing, couldn't care much for the stories.



From chicago fire I expected more action like in the movie BackDraft.



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Elementary's got me. Its well written and acted.

Havent bothered with any of the others

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Elementary is the best new show so far, followed by Nashville and Last Resort, Arrow
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I <3 emily Owens, show some love ppl. it'll get better, they're doctors ok?
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MY OVERALL RATINGS:

Arrow: 4 Stars

Nashville: 4 Stars

Elementary: 2 1/2 Stars (I'm doing half stars!)

Vegas: 2 1/2 Stars

Chicago Fire: 1 Star

The Mindy Project: 1 Star

Beauty and the Beast: -2 Stars (Who said negative stars weren't possible?)

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Arrow and Nashville are the only clear keepers out of this lot of newbies.

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Negative stars, half stars... Man, you broke all kinds of rules!
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Statistically half stars are more correct, as in if you were getting a lot of people to rate based on stars, and averaging the total, its entirely possible, even probable, that the answer would come out with a fraction of a star, if the number of people surveyed was large enough to accurately represent a good proportion of societal opinion.
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I agree with the never bothered category - I started out really liking Arrow but I found myself wanting to fast forward through the drama to get to the action. Also, hate the voiceovers.
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Really enjoying Arrow and Vegas. Can't stand The Mindy Project - it's like she created a show where every episode is trying to convince the general public that she's cute - "cute doctors like me"... "black guys love me"... we get it.
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Arrow and Elementary are the ones out of this batch I'll stick with. The only other one that interested me was The Mindy Project, but it just didn't do it for me.
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Arrow = WOW

Beauty and the Beast = OK

Elementary = Nice, Intersiting
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Arrow so far is the only one I'm hanging onto, and even that's by a bare thread due to too much CW styling and soap opera writing. The voice overs aren't very good, but they are necessary to break out of the Batman Begins mold and into something more comic book styled, as a lot of comic books depend on inner monologues to convey a character.

To be fair, I gave up on both Elementary and Mindy Project, and didn't bother giving any others a chance. Still, I gave Elementary 3 chances to Mindy's pilot, so it got my vote. Elementary is dumb and shallow compared to its pilot.
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Arrow deserves a bit more stars I think. Not Last Resort, but still a very good new show.
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I think it's good, but a middling. You average my stars given, and it comes out to 2.75. Round it up to 3 out of 5, and I think that's pretty representative of where the show is right now, which is still pretty solid, I think.

I wanted to give ep. 4 2.5 stars, but half stars weren't options, so I rounded down instead of up.
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I agree with FringeFanatic on this one. Compared to other shows like Homeland or Last Resort or whatever, yes, maybe Your stars would be right.

But I think the show knows exactly what it is and what it wants to be. Everything's be going at a great pace, characters development i moving along nicely. It's definitely not trying to be Batman Begins, it knows it's on CW. In my book that is really important. Like Person of Interest, it gets super cheesy at times, but it knows it does, it does it well and embraces that = excellent TV.

Anyway, I admit I can be biased on this one, since I like the genre. But at least we agree on one thing - the verdict is "keep watching" :)
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C'mon, Noel! It's better than middling. In my opinion, there hasn't been one episode below 3.5 stars.
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I give you 5 Stars for this comment! One more than Arrow deserves.
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Agree with the voters: Arrow and Elementary and nothing else.
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Love, love, love Nashville! Yeehaw!!! I've seen only 3 eps of Mindy Project and only liked ep. 2. Third one was a huge bore! Probably will stop watching. Have not watched Arrow, Elementary or Chicago Fire....and Beauty and the Beast, and don't plan to. While I read comics with a passion in my younger days, I don't like movie or tv adaptations at all. And crime solving shows bore me, although Vegas isn't bad.
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this poll needed a "never watched to begin with" option!
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Here, here to that!
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I will still continue to watch Arrow. I've watched the Mindy Project's first two episodes, and didnt hate them, I will probably watch them on demand a few episodes at a time and see how I feel about it.



Then there's Elementary. I'm still on board for now, but it's week to week at this point, it's getting very close to being dropped from the season pass
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Vegas is well written and the action and actors are great.
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Now tell us your real feelings...
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I was positive I would hate Arrow. I ran out of other shows to watch so I have it a shot. I'm hooked. Stephen Amell is fantastic. I rarely recommend shows to my husband (he's more of a documentary fan) but I had to show him this one. He loves it just as much as I do. There aren't many shows we agree on but this is definitely one of them. There are a few other new fall shows I've gotten him hooked on as well, making this one of the most diverse and exciting fall television seasons in a while for me. On that note, I don't have any problems with Elementary. It's another one my husband and I both got into and while I think it requires a big suspension of belief on the part of the viewer, I kind of like that. I think that sets it apart from many similar shows. Plus, you're right on the money with the leads. I loved Johnny and Lucy long before this show but this one just makes me love them more. Now, Chicago Fire ... I love it. I love it to bits and I'm crushed it probably won't survive the season. I think it is a little typical at times but I enjoy it for what it is. Nashville is all kinds of brilliant. It's not the type of show I'd normally watch but I had to check it out for the cast and I was hooked by the end of the first episode and it's only getting better as it goes on. Emily Owens? I like it. It keeps me coming back but not really in an excited way. I hope it sticks around for a second season. The Mindy Project is, aside from Go On, my favorite new comedy of the season. Vegas ... is complicated for me. It seems to sit on my DVR until I have absolutely nothing better to do with my time but I always enjoy it when I watch it. I was like that with Terra Nova and Alcatraz last season. I enjoyed them but just couldn't get excited about watching them. If it gets the ax, I'll be sad but not as upset as I'll be when Chicago Fire is eventually cancelled. I didn't even bother with Beauty and the Beast so I guess I'll continue not bothering. Best new drama of the season though? Definitely Last Resort by a mile. I'm an episode behind now only because I don't want to continue falling in love with it only to have it taken away. That was what happened with Pan Am last season. I can't go through that pain again.
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Arrow is really good a treat for comic fans
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I certainly feel like Arrow deserves a couple more stars. And I guess I'm going to have to start watching Nashville, and maybe even Vegas.
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Possible Arrow spoiler alert for some:



For those not lucky enough to see episode five Tuesday night in Canada, it is at least 4 stars (if not 5 stars)! Definitely one of the best shows on TV right now.
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Love these new shows: 666 Park Avenue, Vegas and Elementary!!!!!
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Emily Owens and Mindy Project are two of the worst shows I have ever seen. It's too bad, but they are both just awful. I can understand how Mamie Gummer got her show, but that other one makes no sense at all. She's no actress AT ALL. Waste of time and money, that one is...
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Never watched Mindy Project, but thoroughly agree on Emily Owens, the pilot was insufferable.
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What about 666 Park Avenue? I've enjoyed watching it these past weeks and I'm excited to see what happens next. I like the horror genre very much and wish there were more on regular channels, since I don't get the specialty channels like HBO. But out of these, I'm really glad Nashville is going strong. Connie Britton is an excellent actress and I think it's cool to see Chip Esten in a dramatic role, especially since I remember him most from Whose Line is it Anyway. I might not be a huge country music fan but Nashville has won my interest!
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I think they did Park Avenue in another article like this one. I seem to recall reading that one. I do love that one though.
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Mostly sticking with Arrow. I like it thus far despite it's faults and I think it is one of the few shows that is actually going to fix its problems. Unlike other shows such as Revolution and Elementary.

I will keep watching the first half of Elementary and maybe catch the second half on demand. (Have to watch The League). But really, by the end of the first half of the show, you know what is going on, you know who the criminal is. Just like any other substandard crime procedural show. I don't think the show runners have what it takes to fix the problems that it has. Some people say bring on Moriarty already. But what in the past few episodes says that they are competent enough to make Moriarty any good. Nothing. It might be able to fix some things, but none of the writers are smart enough to make this compelling.

Gave up on The MIndy Project pretty much half way through the pilot. I like Mindy, I liked her when The Office was good, I like her in movies. But the character she wrote herself is so unbelievably grating. That if she wasn't in charge of the show I would think she hated the lead actress.

Chicago fire was. Hey, have you ever wondered what would happen if you made a crime procedural but instead of murderers and rapists and thieves you had fire. "LIke an arsonist?" No that would be somewhat interesting, I just mean fire. Well they did it, it sucks, it looks like they got some of the guys in a calendar together and forgot to teach them how to act.

Vegas, I couldn't make it through the first episode. I like Michael Chiklis. I watched all of No Ordinary Family for him. I can't watch this. For all of its good actors, it does nothing for me. I find it boring. And If the roles were reversed between Chiklis and Quaid. Or got rid of Quaid and made Chiklis a rough cowboy going after the mob I would watch that. It could be like The Shield but in Vegas in the 50's. Or actually I would like them to do a Mullholland Falls or anything about La's infamous Hat Squad with Chiklis as the no nonsense lead guy doing battle against the mob. I would watch that show everyday of the week. But not Vegas.

The rest, I watched Nashville, I liked it all right. Just not my thing. I won't watch Beauty and the Beast. I can't, it just looks dumb. Same with Emily Owens MD. Which kind of looks like they tired to make a whole semi serious show around Sarah Chalke's character from Scrubs.
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