The Fall TV First Impression Awards: Superlatives for This Season's New Shows

We've already revealed our 10 most anticipated new series of the fall TV season, but that doesn't really tell you which ones are most likely to leave you feeling paranoid, or which ones are most likely to offend you with their blatant misuse of wigs and/or facial hair. So, because the TV.com staff is nothing if not committed to keeping you informed, we locked ourselves in a room to debate the topics that REALLY matter with regard to the new fall shows. And with that, we are pleased to present to you the inaugural TV.com Fall TV First Impression Awards!


Best New Old Character: Oswald "The Penguin" Cobblepot (Gotham)

He may be one of the only things Gotham has going for it.


Best Wig: Karen Gillan (Selfie

The actress shaved off her beautiful ginger locks for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, and even though she's still got a ways to go in growing them out, we wouldn't have identified this as a wig if we hadn't known.


Worst Beard: Jake McDorman (Manhattan Love Story)

Just say no to bad scruff.


Most Creative Use of Nudity: Forever

Every time Ioan Gruffudd's immortal character dies and comes back to life, he wakes up naked. AS YOU DO.


Most Likely to Fill the Happy Endings-Shaped Hole in Our Hearts: Marry Me

We're going out on a limb here with our guess that this might have something to do with the fact that Marry Me stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings' Penny) and was created by her husband, David Caspe, who also created Happy Endings


Most Surprisingly Likable Kid Characters: Red Band Society

While watching the pilot, we didn't want to punch them ONCE.


Best "Hey, That Guy Was in Harry Potter!" Surprise: Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away With Murder)

He played Dean Thomas, in case you're not good with faces/a disgrace to humankind.


Best Show With a Bad Title: Jane the Virgin


Seriously, though. Trust us!


Best Crazy Eyes: Ben McKenzie (Gotham)

"You know what I like about Gotham City? NOTHING."


Most Likely to Suffer Extreme Chafing: Grant Gustin (The Flash)

You just know that suit rides up.


Most Dated Sitcom: The McCarthys

It's not set in the '90s, but it sure feels like it is. 


Most Likely to Scare You Out of Ever Leaving Your House Again: Stalker 

Everyone on it is a psycho, basically. 


Best Reason to Cut Off Your Nipple: A to Z

That's what Ben Feldman did to get his own show, because in some cultures, it's considered a loving gesture! 


Most Annoyingly Held Until the Midseason: Battle Creek

The fact that Battle Creek ISN'T a new fall show is exactly what earned it this award: The latest project from Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House), it's better than most of the other shows that are coming down the pike.


Most Believable Onscreen Career for a Kathe/arine: Katharine McPhee as a waitress with a genius son (Scorpion)

But how will they work in a musical episode? 


Least Believable Onscreen Career for a Kathe/arine: Katherine Heigl as a CIA attaché (State of Affairs)

Maybe doing all those romantic comedies wasn't the best idea after all, yeah?



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Sep 05, 2014
Red Band Society pilot was pretty good and it was warm and funny.
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Sep 04, 2014
So Karen Gillan's (whom I thought was Karen Gillian) hair in Selfie is as fake as her accent. Who would've guessed? I didn't.
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Sep 03, 2014
My first thought when I saw Karen Gillan in that pic was that that was Regina from OUaT with a wig. And now that's bothering me
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Sep 04, 2014
I thought it was isla fisher!
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Sep 03, 2014
good
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Sep 03, 2014
Just watched Red Band Society and it's very good. A tricky subject delivered with just the right balance of dark humor and pathos.
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Sep 03, 2014
I watched the pilot of A to Z and was pleasantly surprised. It will be one of my regular series this fall.
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Sep 03, 2014
@thekaitling I wanted to give this post a 'heart' but there are no heart buttons in this post....
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Sep 03, 2014
Scorpion might be cheesily hilarious - I have a feeling they'll have an episode where Katharine McPhee has to sing in order to create a pitch needed by the super geniuses or something.
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Sep 03, 2014
STOP GUESSING WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND EPISODE. (Note: I have not seen the second episode.)
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Sep 03, 2014
I change my mind daily between giving Jane the Virgin a chance because you guys keep saying so, and staying the hell away from it because you guys keep saying I should watch it. Let's see which way I feel the day it premieres.
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Sep 03, 2014
Out of these I watched Selfie & The Flash and I liked them both about the same, which is to say they both were underwhelming... That being said I suspect both will improve if given a chance.

I can't believe anyone will be watching State of Affairs, The McCarthys or Manhattan Love Story but hey what do I know, people out there watched Everybody Loves Raymond
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Sep 03, 2014
Jane the Virgin: Seriously, though. Trust us! - You Keep on saying stuff like that Tv.com - do I have to believe u? dont dissapoint me
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Sep 03, 2014
I'm still confused as to who the fuck ever said "You know what I want to see, more Commissioner Gordon. No Batman, eh. Just Gordon."

I'm a DC nerd as much as the next guy, (a little less tbh), but really? Gordon? Is there a Gordon-based comic in the new 52? What am I missing? Somebody point me towards what I need to read/do to join in on the hype.
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Sep 04, 2014
Next we'll get a Superman series based on Perry White before he met Clark...
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Sep 03, 2014
I can give you no hype on Gotham, but I'd recommend the Gotham Central comic series from Brubaker and Rucka. Quality stuff.
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Sep 03, 2014
Ok, this has been bothering me for 15 years! Do americans really walk around their homes with their shoes on? This happens in every sitcom...

I mean that just seems dirty.. How often do you have to clean your floors? Or are the streets there just so clean?

Oh, yea. Great list, by the way! I still don't trust you about Jane The Virgin though.
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Sep 04, 2014
Well thanks everyone for your input, now I know it's not only in TV land. Still it's weird that some people actually wear shoes inside. Desn't it even rain where you live, people? Isn't there dirt outside? Anyway... The more you know
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Sep 04, 2014
Well I live in California where everything is paved and it hardly ever rains so I'm not tracking loads of dirt and mud through the house.
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Sep 03, 2014
In TV shows its probably just for continuity purposes.
Also cups of drinks are always empty and car head rest are always removed in TV land :)
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Sep 03, 2014
But at least they always make a point of wearing their seatbelts in movies and TV these days.
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Sep 03, 2014
I'm an American who has also lived in Europe. By temperament, I don't like wearing shoes if I can avoid it. I noticed the same was done in Europe where even strangers took off their shoes when entering another person's home. Back in the States, people wear shoes allt he time, and I find it odd, too. But again, it's my personal preference to be barefoot.
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Sep 03, 2014
Lots of people wear their shoes inside, especially at someone else's house but even at their own house. Why would you take off your shoes every time you come inside?
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Sep 04, 2014
In Australia, you never wear shoes inside the house (your own because it's just easier) and someone else's because it would be rude to track dirt through their house..
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Sep 04, 2014
I know right?!
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Sep 03, 2014
In some cultures, it's a sign of respect to the other person's home so as not to make it dirty with street grime. There is logic to it.
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Sep 03, 2014
NO we dont, I find it really annoying too
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Sep 03, 2014
You don't find the premise of a doctor who impregnates a woman without her consent, i.e., rapes her, HILARIOUS?????????????????????????

Neither do I.
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Sep 03, 2014
Agreed.
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Sep 03, 2014
What?
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Sep 28, 2014
There is definitely no rape. It's an artificial insemination.
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Sep 03, 2014
Yes we do. Unless you have a super anal clean freak mother who will cut you if you walk on her white carpet, but that's only happened to me twice and it was at friend's houses who were particularly wealthy, so in general, unless asked, every house i've ever been invited too was a shoes? sure! why not situation. I live in hawaii now and was freaked out that people leave their shoes outside and expect you to do the same. I was like, oh hell no, these are nice shoes!
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Sep 03, 2014
HAHAHA at "Most Likely To Suffer Extreme Chafing"! :D
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Sep 03, 2014
Having spent 6 hours in a Spidey suit 3 days ago, I have sympathy for Grant Gustin. (though I really don't)
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Sep 03, 2014
Long sexy time with a weird fetish? Happens to all of us at least once in our lives, for me it it is kinda 2 girls one cup.
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Sep 04, 2014
Close. It was Toronto's version of Comic-Con.
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Sep 12, 2014
Hey, I saw a guy in a Carnage suit at FanExpo. Was that you?
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Sep 13, 2014
Oh, I saw him too! I was symbiote Spidey though. One of three that day.
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Sep 03, 2014
Everyone bitching about Gotham it is either going to be a mega success or an incredible flop. I am hoping for the first because this kind of show is right up my alley.
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Sep 03, 2014
The hubs and i watched like a 20 minute making of/introducing the characters/scene setting and we're both totally fascinated. I'm pretty obsessed with origin stories though, so it's definitely up my alley as well. I think it will do okay as they're not fawning over it like ABC did with Agents of Shield; there was a lot of expectation on AOS because it's supposed to be perfect canon to the movies. The upside of Gotham is that there's little too no background on these characters in the past, so there's no canon to follow, we only know the 'present' iterations of them. They get to be a little free and take creative license, but from the making of, it seemed like no matter what they wanted to be as close to the source material/ambiance as possible, which is always appreciated.
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Sep 03, 2014
REALLY could've squeezed in another "as such" there, dontcha think? At least one more :-/
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Sep 03, 2014
I'm interested in it too...I'm a nerd, but not a comic-nerd, and as such know next to nothing about Batman (or Marvel) verse, and as such am looking forward to it as both intro, and on it's own merits. Hoping it does as good a job at being gritty as it appears.
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Sep 03, 2014
I don't think it's going to be either, which may doom it because of high expectations on Fox's part. I don't think it'll do any worse than Sleepy Hollow, it'll get about the same amount of critical acclaim, about the same ratings after the premiere burst, and it'll tool along. On the one hand, Fox wants it to win big and they may not be happy if it doesn't. On the other, it's a prestige project of sorts for them and they don't seem to bringing a whole lot else new to the table for the 2014-15 season.
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Sep 03, 2014
Wouldn't the Netflix deal be a kind of incentive to keep it going at least for 2 or 3 seasons? They probably didn't pay Blacklist money for it but it should still be a guarantee for Fox that they will make money.
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Sep 03, 2014
Apparently, Netflix is paying $1.75 million per episode for Gotham and pays $2 million per episode for Blacklist, so it's close.
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Sep 03, 2014
Oh wow, that is a LOT of money! I really hope the show is good and does well, I'm a sucker for anything Batman related and I really like Ben McKenzie. And maybe this will at least partially fill the Southland shaped hole in my heart.
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Sep 03, 2014
Also, yeah I think it will be a huge incentive. I can't imagine the network pays THAT much for each episode--it's not Game of Thrones or anything.
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Sep 03, 2014
One chance.. If they keep Bruce in the story from the beginning.. Some how they've got to keep kid in the storyline. Doesn't have to do a lot just keep him visible. Fox probably thinks they have enough material to do it without him..but i think that would be a mistake..Of Course ratings will tell the tale..
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