Commenter Shout-Outs, Post-Upfronts Edition: Your Recent Thoughts on the New TV Schedule

At last! The new fall TV season is upon us (or at least it will be in three months). New shows! Returning shows! Guys With Kids shows! But above all—new things to talk about! So pull up a seat, pour yourself a beverage, and let’s get started with this this week's’s Commenter Shout-Outs. Are you ready?

Matthew Perry stars in Go On on NBC this fall.

Once NBC announced its 2012-2013 schedule, we were finally able to see trailers for the network's new series. Among all of NBC's new shows, it seems you're most excited about Revolution (a post-apocalyptic series from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke) and Go On (a comedy starring Matthew Perry). Let's see what you had to say.

mad-pac is intrigued by Revolution, but growing a bit, uh, weary of "post-apocalyptic" as a premise:

I plan to check Revolution, but I'm getting tired of the same story: modern apocalypse and the fall of civilization with survivors fighting the worst in man after machines decide to exterminate humans/multiple nuclear bombs blow up across America/zombies walk the earth/aliens invade our planet/electricity stops working... what else is next? Dogs rebel, babies become evil, clothes choke their owners to death?

JaradJones thinks both Revolution and Go On look promising, but so far isn't stirred by the rest the pack:

Revolution looks cool and I find myself completely floored with how earnest and funny Go On looks. A rare kind of show, can't wait for it. The rest are falling a bit flat for me, I'll see how Animal Hospital and 1600 Penn develop past the pilot before judging them.

The New Normal seems like more of the kind of preachy self-righteous noise I already get too much of on Glee. Is it too much to ask that Ryan Murphy respect his audience enough for simply tuning in to not inundate them in moralizing speeches and overly simplified and stereotyped characterizations? It's a comedy, make it a smart one. Still I'll probably check it out because I like the premise and I enjoy Murphy's oddball story telling style (when it works, anyways).

bendylegsnick shared a similar sentiment with regard to The New Normal:

The New Normal: It seems so very sweet, but with little behind it. There weren't that many jokes in it, and those that were in it were the very subtle type of humor that I love from Ryan Murphy but that a lot of people don't seem to get. It could go well, and Ryan Murphy's name attached certainly doesn't hurt, but it just seems like it's too reliant on the premise of a gay couple, which is not exactly new news.

Hungry_Homer111 has high hopes for Revolution:

At first I wasn't too sure about the Revolution trailer, but I really liked the way the post-electricity world looks. It seems to have a lot of interesting ideas, though I do want to see where they go with the story, and see how interesting the characters are. I do love what I see so far. Go On also seems like it could be good if handled right. I definitely don't mind drama mixed into my comedies (after all, I'm a huge fan of M.A.S.H.), and it seems like it could be good at both, but I'll have to see more before I make up my mind. I do think that Chicago Fire looks better than I thought it would, but I don't think I'll watch it. The rest of the shows don't look that good IMO...

TrevPlatt summed up his interest in NBC's new shows thusly:

Revolution looks awesome. Please don't let it turn out like Terra Nova.

Chicago Fire looks like standard fare but It had me at Lauren German!

Despite having a great cast, Infamous looks a bit off, I'm not sure what it is yet but those trailers just didn't grab me at all.

Do No Harm looks terrible. Great premise but those clips were completely lacking any drama or suspense, I'll probably give it the four-episode test but I doubt it'll become a regular member of my viewing schedule.

Go On looks great, I'm a fan of Perry so I was already inclined to give this a try, now I can't wait for it.

Animal Practice looks like it has some promise, I'm a fan of both Kirk and Labine so I'm looking forward to this one.

The New Normal, Guys With Kids, Next Caller all look terrible. Early contenders for the Dead Pool perhaps? I was really looking forward to 1600 Penn... until I saw those clips.

So, Revolution, Chicago Fire, Go On, and Animal Practice. Four potentially good shows from 10. That's better than NBC usually manages to do.

The Following will be Kevin Bacon's first big TV role.

Let's move on to Fox's 2012-2013 schedule, which includes two new dramas (The Following, created by Kevin Williamson and starring Kevin Bacon, and The Mob Doctor) and three new comedies (Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project, Ben and Kate, and The Goodwin Games).

mattgus is pretty excited about the new dramas, if only for the casts:

The Following in spite of the cliches has two of my favorite actors that Hollywood seems to largely ignore. Bacon who is cool, sexy, and an awesome actor with Purefoy sporting the same traits, attributes, and may be a finer actor (but I'm not keeping score here) I'm sure will be incredible to watch play off each other. I can't wait for that alone...but there's actor after actor that raise the level of what we normally see on network TV on this show, including the estranged wife of Olyphant from really hope the scripts can support this great cast. The idea made me roll my eyes but I have to say I was really feeling good about it after seeing the trailer! The Mob Doctor (what did they do have a contest for worst name and owe some debt to have to go with it?) also has a wonderful cast and the trailer rocks. everything has been done to death, it is hard to find new concepts, so I'll give the ideas a break and see if these two dramas are as good as they look. Comedies are another about cliche...I don't have time.

bendylegsnick is just excited to see Kevin Bacon on TV:

Who doesn't love bacon?! Or any pork meats?

ShayleeRae is definitely going to watch The Mob Doctor and The Mindy Project, but isn't sold on The Following (yet):

I'll definitely check out The Mob Doctor after seeing the trailer. The concept sounded kinda sucky, but the trailer looked awesome. That chick kinda reminds me of Stephenie Plum, I just hope that this series doesn't suck as much as the One for the Money movie.

The Following seems interesting, but you can't really tell if it's gonna be good or not yet... I love Kevin Bacon, so I'll give it a shot and then I'll see...

The Mindy Project really doesn't seem as bad as everyone's been saying. I love rom-coms, and guys: This DEFINITELY is one. So if the male audience doesn't like it that much... duh. But I think women could definitely enjoy it. Myself included :)

And last, but not least, The Goodwin Project seems really fun and really cool. I love the premise and everything, my only concern is how they are gonna drag the storyline for a couple of seasons... but then again, if HIMYM can do it, then so can they :P

New CBS series Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson.

CBS is making an some interesting moves with Elementary, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes drama with a female Watson played by Lucy Liu, and Partners, a comedy that's reminiscent of Will and Grace. It's also got Vegas, a drama starring Dennis Quaid that promises to depart from the network's signature procedural style. Here's what you had to say about the network's new shows.

FringeFanatic was one of many folks who think Elementary looks like a rip-off of the BBC's Sherlock:

"As long as you haven't seen the BBC's Sherlock, this looks like a fresh take on the character."

But we have seen BBC's Sherlock, Tim. And it's impossible not to compare the two. I'll admit Elementary does look very watchable, but in no universe (Red or Blue) will it EVER match the brilliance of Sherlock.

ToddMurray thinks Elementary will be able to stand on its own and that Partners, Vegas, and Made In Jersey seem mostly unexciting:

Elementary does look watchable. Maybe what I hated about Johnny Lee Miller was his fake American accent?? Looks pretty good here. Joan Watson?? Ugh. Would've been better to name her Johnnie, perhaps. Yes, it won't compare to the Greatness that is BBC's Sherlock, but it looks like it will be able to stand on its own.

Partners – ehh... maybe. Instead of Will & Grace, looks like Will & Jack (if Will were actually straight, instead of just seeming straight). Tries too hard. Brandon Routh is very bland here.

Vegas doesn't look as exciting as I had hoped, but I will still check it out for that cast. I'm hopeful!

Made In Jersey – "If she would have used a pair of pliers as a murder weapon, she would have chipped a nail. My sister's a manicurist!" she said smugly, in a Jersey street accent. So, she'll break cases with wild, illogical jumps to conclusion like this one? Awesome. (No, not really.)

JaradJones might soon be forming a new opinion of CBS:

Vegas might be the new drama I'm most looking forward too on any network. And Partners looks really good. I'm surprised how good it looks actually. So I guess CBS proved me wrong, they do have a comedy worth tuning into next season, hopefully the entire series lives up to its trailer.

Watashii will watch Elementary only because House is no longer around:

The only reason I'm going to check out Elementary is that House is gone forever and House was my Sherlock. As much as I like Johnny Lee Miller (Eli Stone is the best!), Sherlock in this show is looking like another typical awkward police consultant. I also don't like the fact that Watson is a woman. There is no doubt going to be sexual tension and they will probably end up loving each other like Castle! I still have yet to catch up with Sherlock Season 2 but I really hope they won't copy it especially with the quirky graphics they sometimes have. I'm also worried that this Sherlock will not be as smart as the British version especially on the fact it is CBS. Most of their procedurals are not deep at all!

Air-man77 will be watching Vegas, but not before a different CBS show:

Vegas might be the only drama worth watching on CBS (after Person of Interest, of course).

666 Park Avenue stars Lost's Terry O'Quinn and is set in a haunted apartment building in New York.

ABC's schedule is getting an extreme makeover: The network is adding six new dramas and four new comedies. Here's what you thought of the trailers for Last Resort, Nashville, The Neighbors and more.

fandomgirl isn't too thrilled by the look of ABC's new comedies, but has some interest in a couple of the dramas:

I definitely want to watch Last Resort. It looks promising. I'm worried that there won't be as big of a following though because the show looks rather complex, and ABC doesn't have an audience like Fox.

I think Zero Hour would be a good drama if it wasn't on ABC because it's bound to end up making a fool out of itself. 666 Park Avenue could be really great with Terry O'Quinn, but I would only watch it if they established a larger, more complex story arc. Just a devil and a fancy apartment building alone seem like a shallow basis to make a series. And sorry, all of the comedies look stupid.

lorena7 isn't really feeling ABC's new lineup, and will proceed with caution:

Wow, I'm really disappointed with these new shows, nothing looks great in my opinion. I was quite excited for Nashville but it seems to be rather boring but I will check it out because of the cast. Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue look okay, though, so I will at least watch the pilots.

Despite not liking musicals, GirishStewart is going to give Nashville a spin, along with Zero Hour, 666 Park Avenue, and Last Resort:

Looking forward to 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort.

Zero Hour – demon babies, Nazis, religious nuts! Count me in!

I dislike musicals and didn't think it was possible, but Nashville looks really good! I might just be tempted to watch a few episodes of that.

The title of Red Widow, itself pikes my interest.

Will Arrow grow to fill Smallville's shoes?

Okay, last one! Here's what a few of you said about The CW's new schedule, which includes five new shows and a big move for Supernatural from Fridays to Wednesdays.

KeyserSoze isn't very impressed with the beginnings of Beauty and the Beast:

I was wondering how the new Beauty and the Beast would look (loved the '80s show as a kid) and then I see this photo and the's a male model with just a scar? Seriously? Then I read that he TRANSFORMS into a Beast when he is mad. Oh, right, that makes sense. The whole thing about this story (about inner beauty and novelty) goes out of the window, in comes Bruce Banner...sorry, I meant the Beast.

CharmedOneP391 is looking forward to Arrow, and is generally happy with The CW's scheduling moves:

I'm really looking forward to Arrow, and I'm pretty glad that Supernatural is moving to Wednesdays. I never have anything to watch on Wednesday nights unless The Challenges are on or South Park...but both those shows only last so long per season.

I may check out Cult too in midseason. Since a third season of Nikita pretty much insures a fourth for syndication purposes, I may choose to watch the pilot. I've never seen it, but despite its low ratings it seems to have a good reputation. (like most good shows on TV, the ratings never display quality).

fireprincezuko is too angry with The CW to care about its new shows:

Unless they bring back The Secret Circle, I will never ever watch any show from The CW again.

That's all for this week, folks. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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May 31, 2012
I agree with "FringeFanatic" in saying that BBC's Sherlock is very good! After watching the season finale for the second season (I believe it was the second season anyways) I thought "that is how you write a season finale!!!" Anyways, back on topic, Elementary does look interesting. I like Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, but I'm not sure about Lucy Liu as Watson.
May 26, 2012
Wow. Mine was the last mention. :) By the way, thanks to those who agree with me. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for TSC's comeback. ABC, MTV, Syfy, what's keeping you so long? Pick it up now!
May 27, 2012
Which combo do you guys like?

MTV = Teen Wolf/The Secret Circle

SyFy = Being Human/The Secret Circle

ABC = Once Upon a Time/The Secret Circle

NBC = Grimm/The Secret Circle

ABC Family = Pretty Little Liars/The Secret Circle
May 30, 2012
The MTV combo since the two shows suit each other. And it'd be both weird and funny to see J.R. Borne as hunters on both shows...
May 31, 2012
LOL at him being hunters in both shows, but i think TVD vs TSC combo was best so far, too bad it didn't work out... but i agree, it could pair with teen wolf, if they ever aired on the same season..
Jun 03, 2012
Totally agree with you that The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle combo was the best. Probably the best combo that I've ever seen! :D
May 26, 2012
Two mention...I rule.
May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012
YOU rule, Montana_Katana!
May 28, 2012
You must be a close second though FF?
May 26, 2012
fireprincezuko said it all for me.. and I still am pissed off about regionaly coded trailers..