TV.com Video Top 10: The best of the new shows

One of the things to look forward to every television is the crop of new shows. Unfortunately, that "crop" is usually just a pile of crap. Aside from a couple of lucky ones, most new series won't live to see their first birthday. This season will probably be no different, but we've narrowed down 10 to keep an eye on.

10. Cougar Town

ABC Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Star power: Courteney Cox as a 40-something single mom
Who to watch for: Dan Byrd (Aliens in America) as her son, Busy Phillips as her hormonally charged friend
Cougar Town comes from the mind of Scrubs' Bill Lawrence, so expect some of the same quick comedy with a familial bent. Cox stars as Jules, a recent divorcee who is on the prowl for a new man. The comedy looks like an ample replacement for the cancelled Samantha Who?, but slightly more crass--which we're all for.

9. Parenthood

NBC, Wednesdays 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Star power: Peter Krause as the everyman dad
Who to watch for: Dax Shepard (Idiocracy) as the slacker, Craig T. Nelson as the crazy grandfather
Adapting films for television is never a good idea, but we'll make an exception for Parenthood. Ron Howard's original is a gem, and the with the cast assembled for this hour-long dramedy (Maura Tierney co-stars), Parenthood could be surprisingly tolerable.

8. Past Life

Fox Tuesdays, 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. (midseason)
Star power: British actor Nicholas Bishop as the rookie of the team
Who to watch for: Kelli Giddish (All My Children) as the reincarnation-believing hottie
Television producers are running out of ideas to make procedurals around, but Fox got itself an interesting one with Past Life. The team of detectives in this caper taps into people's past lives--spooky!--to fix things in the present.

7. Flash Forward

ABC Thursdays 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Star power: Joseph Fiennes, brother of Ralph
Who to watch for: John Cho, a.k.a. Sulu, Harold, and Sonya Walger, a.k.a. Penny from Lost
What the heck is going on in this show? A bunch of people on Earth pass out at the same time and have visions of six months into the future--and things are messed up. If Flash Forward can hook an audience, it can be a big hit. If not, it'll be another The Nine.

6. Community

NBC Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Star power: Joel McHale (The Soup) as a lawyer who goes to community college to make up some credits
Who to watch for: Chevy Chase as an older pervert, The Daily Show's John Oliver
Joel McHale and Fletch in the same show? Sign us up! McHale winds up going back to school when he discovers he didn't have all the credits he needed to get his law degree, and teams up with a bunch of misfits. In addition to goofy laughs, Community also looks like it has a lot of heart. Could be a sleeper hit.

5. Sons of Tucson

Fox Sundays, 8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (midseason)
Star power: Tyler Labine (Reaper) as a conman
Who to watch for: Whoever it is who plays the middle kid
Labine stars as a man who is paid by three kids to act as their dad while their real one is in jail for a white-collar crime. The humor is sharp, and Labine is perfect in the starring role. This should be his breakout role... if the show can stay on the air (and it should).

4. Glee

Fox Wednesdays, 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Star power: None (but that's the point)
Who to watch for: Just about the entire cast
Casting a group of relative unknowns was a conscious decision for Glee's producers. The show is about a group of high-school students that form a glee club, and a famous face would ruin the underdog feel. The show's pilot already aired to much fanfare, and the musical numbers--sung by the actual actors--are currently a hit on iTunes. This one will stick around.

3. The Vampire Diaries

The CW Thursdays, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Star power: Ian Somerhalder as the bad vampire
Who to watch for: Paul Wesley as the good vampire
Sure, this is pretty high on the list, but that's only because from a marketing standpoint, it has a chance to be a big hit. Of course, we aren't ruling out that it can be a total dud. But it's got vampires! Hot vampires! And it's on The CW! We're at least expecting a rabid fan base.

2. V

Not yet scheduled (midseason) Star power: Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) as an alien butt-kicker (assuming the aliens have butts)
Who to watch for: Scott Wolf (remember him?) and Firefly's Morena Baccarin, the sexiest alien ever!
Memories of the original V are hazy, but it definitely ruled, featured alien women eating rodents, and starred The Beastmaster. This new take on the 1980s mini-series already looks great with its Hollywood-quality special effects and give us our required dose of Lost's Juliet.

1. Modern Family

ABC Wednesdays, 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Star power: Ummm... does Married With Children's Ed O'Neill count?
Who to watch for: Ty Burrell as the clueless dad Phil
ABC actually showed the entire first episode of Modern Family at its upfront presentation, and it killed... in a good way. Done in mockumentary style, Modern Family follows three very different families that all share one common bond. The humor doesn't pull any punches--it's offensive, crude, but also sharp. The Phil character will be a favorite--mark my word.

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Vampire Diaries all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I watched the preview and it looks totally gay Uggg! A True Blood knock off.
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Sorry, but the "rabid fanbase" still follows MOONLIGHT, the best vampire drama ever made, cut down in its infancy and still missed by fans all over the world. True Blood is fun, but it's not MOONLIGHT, which so far hasn't been replaced by anything on TV, so we wait! Give those rabid fans their show back, somebody, (please!) and it will have a solid base of fans to support it! We've gone long enough without it. (No, Three Rivers will not replace it either.)
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Vampire Diaries? Really? I have no idea what's it doing on the list and why it higher than Glee?
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Definitely V and Flashforward. Perhaps Glee and Modern Family.
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...and Sonya Walger is always worth a look.
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I'll try out Cougar Town.
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I'll bite with Vampire Diaries and V...
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From these ten I'll definitely gonna watch the V and Vampire Diaries.

When is V comes out anyone knows?
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I'm going with V, Flash Forward, and Modern Family.
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I'm looking forward to the Sons of Tuscon...You gotta love the sock.
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'Glee' looks really good, too.
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'Flash Forward' looks pretty lame. 'Cougar Town' looks hilarious, lol!
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From these ten I'll definitely gonna watch the Vampire Diaries. Probably even Glee, cause it wasn't too bad. From unlisted I can't wait to see the Beautiful Life, it looks promising. Maybe even I'll give a try and watch Melrose Place, who knows. I don't know why, but I have thing for CW shows, maybe because they are youth-oriented.
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Hmm...vampires are making a comeback. :] Anyways, I'm definitely checking out Glee. It's my #1 on this list. :) Maybe Modern Family...maybe.
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V, Glee, and Sons of Tuscon are the shows I'll try out. All the other ones just sound down right stupid, especially that Vampire show, which won't last too long on the CW, who should just replace it with Reaper now.
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I'll give most of them the "three episode win-me-over". Hands down, V with Morena, Elizabeth and Laura; Community and Flash Forward will be permanent staples to my viewing schedule!
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I'm definitely going to check out V. Possibly I'll see what all the fuss is about with Glee as well. Other than that---meh. I'm scandalized to hear about Vampire Diaries. This wussification of vampires seriously needs to end. Twilight makes me sick to my stomach and now "hot" man-boy vampires are everywhere and I just wish they'd go away!
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I'll watch The Vampire Diaries , V and Flash Forwad (which i think would b e th e best) , i think i'll check out Cougar Town (But Just for COurtney Cox)
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Glee, V, and maybe cougar town
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Where's The Beautiful Life or Melrose Place?
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Glee and Vampire Diaries.. and I will check out V, just for Elizabeth Mitchell! =)
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i will give this one a try just to see Dax,
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V looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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who wants another teenie soap with vampires? unfortunately quite a lot of people probably. sigh.
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hockey9927 reminds me that MERCY and TRAUMA are also on my 'worth checking out'list, and I am actualy looking forward to THE HUMAN TARGET - but that's for the mid-season, not now.
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This is what we've got to look forward to??? I made my own list of shows I will keep track of - at least until I watch and see if they are worth following. I could only find five, and three weren't on your list -- and the two that were, FAST FORWARD and VAMPIRE DIARIES were the ones I was most dubious of. (Even my wife, who has a 'thing' for vampire stories expects to hate VampD -- and any show whose initials are 'VD' has something to overcome to begin with.)



I understand not listing the NCIS spinoff -- whose title should change before it gets on. And while THE FORGOTTEN is the most intriguing new show as far as the premise goes, there are apparently problems in recasting that might hurt it. But I can't believe you didn't include THREE RIVERS. I may not wind up liking it, but it is the only show other than NCIS II that has the potential as a breakout it.



As for your list, LIFE, WITHOUT A TRACE and 11th HOUR are gone and these -- plus DOLLHOUSE -- are replacing them?



If nothing else it is good for writers working on pilots, because there are going to be a lot of gaps to fill.
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Glee had a fantastic pilot, so I'm definitely sticking around for the rest of the season. I'm a big Smallville fan, and Vampire Diaries has stolen its time slot. Hopefully the CW knows what they're doing, so I'm going to give Vampire Diaries a try and continue to watch Smallville (now on Fridays at 8). Oh, and I'm absolutely going to watch "V"
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Past life and Flash Forward look promising. But Vampire Diaries gets my vote. Ian is great as the "bad" vampire. Can't wait to see more. I notice that some of the shows on this top 10 list don't premiere until mid-season. Does that mean that they couldn't find 10 good "fall" shows. That's very sad but not surprising. I just hope Vampire Diaries is good, and if it is, I hope it lasts. I notice a lot of people have chosen the dramas and not the comedies. I agree. Comedies just aren't what they used to be.
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glee for sure. obsessed with the pilot. and i'm going to give vampire diaries a try.
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vampire diaries and v seem to be great!
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Vampire Diaries and Cougar Town seem to be good!
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this is gonna come off really tweeny, but the vampire diaries looks really good. ian somerhalder is hottness. also i saw glee and it looks like fun. will definatly be tuning into cougar town, maybe even parenthood and flash forward. am looking forward to next season. but am dissapointed that GREAT shows like pushing daisies, eli stone and privileged were not picked up for next season. shows with A LOT OF potential and great storylines, it's a shame.....
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mad excited about glee and vampire diaries. but mostly glee. :]
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I am only looking forward to Flash Forward and V, but mostly V, because even though I liked the old one, the aliens were ugly (I also did hate lizardmen who look like that, especially w/ the Lizard from SM, his first appearance in the comics).



Wait, isn't Glee a Summer tv series?
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V, Flash Forward, Vampire Diaries are my top choices
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The Vampire Diaries looks fine and maybe V the rest not interesting



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Where's the originality? Cougar Town seems like it could have been a spin-off to the Desperate Housewives character Susan and The Vampire Diaries seems like a rip off of Supernatural if Sam and Dean do eventually face off. Instead why not just make Supernatural two hours? It's not going to be an instant hit for being about vampires, it's not Twilight. I'll only give it a chance because I like vampires and Nina Dobrev.
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Glee looks good, but jeez... what's with the vampires? OMG I can't take it, there are everywhere!!!
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Umm...wtf does this have to do with Summer Glau on Dollhouse, the headline that links to this?

Also, when you say Glee cast a bunch of unknowns, you mean five unknowns and one 15-year broadway vet who puts the other unknowns to shame?
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Glee was really good (my inner loser is rejoicing) and the Vampire Diaries could be good - or it could be like Twilight. Not sure about V yet.
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The Vampire Dairies looks wow ! Like a combination of Supernatural and Buffy :D
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Uh, the Vampire Diaries look pretty interesting! :)
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V!?!?!?! , that just made my nite. A rather large majority of you prolly never even heard of the original V, well Im THAT old , and it was the second best Scifi Mini series EVER (second only to the BSG pilot mini series). CANT WAIT LOL (especially since TV has suddenly become a scifi black hole). Ill check out Vampire diaries too.
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"Glee" has slightly less appeal for me than "Viva Laughlin". "Vampire Diaries" looks pretty lame so far; like someone thought it was a good idea to smash "The Lake House" and "Moonlight" togther. That said im a sucker for Vamps so i'll check that out... Geesh, i miss "Moonlight".
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So excited for Joel's show Community it looks hilarious and I will probably check out Vampire Diaries it looks intresting
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wtf shooting your kids?
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GLEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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hmm vampire diaries looks interesting i just hope its nothing like crappy twilight blegh
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as they said parenthood looks tolerable
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