TV.com's 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Fall 2012

The fall TV season is coming, which means a lot of new shows will be vying for your attention over the next few months. But a few have already caught our eye, and they demanded we include them in a Top 10 list. So because they're very convincing (incriminating photos, etc.), we've assembled a roster of shows that we're calling our most anticipated new programs of 2012.

One note before we start, though, because we like to be honest with you guys. The slate of new shows this fall is... how do you say it? Not awesome. Comedy is especially barren, but the dramas aren't looking a whole lot better. And the worst part is that our old lifeline, cable, is almost entirely silent on the new-shows front until 2013. Hence, there are lots of network programs listed below. Let's face it, we were kind of spoiled last year.

But that's okay, because many of the new shows feature familiar faces! Hey look, Matthew Perry! He used to be famous! And Dennis Quaid! He's still in the business! And Connie Britton and Andre Braugher are stopping by network TV to show people how to act! So even if their series don't turn out to be very good, at least you'll be able to reminisce about their former roles.



10. Ben and Kate (Fox)
When it's on: Mondays at 10pm starting September 17
Who's in it: Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Jones, Lucy Punch, and Echo Kellum
What it's about: It's about Ben and Kate, dummy! They're brother and sister; the former is a vagabond dreamer and the latter is a responsible single mom working as a waitress. Ben comes back into Kate's life after some time away and helps her raise her daughter Maddie (one of several adorable kids on new TV shows this fall), and Kate helps Ben get his feet back on the ground.
Why we're excited about it: Faxon and Johnson are both pretty good on their own, but it's their chemistry that makes this show fly. They seem like real siblings—you know, the kind who rub each other the wrong way but would rip out the throats of each others' enemies. There's a lotta heart here.

9. Vegas (CBS)
When it's on: Tuesdays at 10pm starting September 25
Who's it: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Ann Moss, Jason O'Mara, Taylor Handley
What it's about: This 1960s drama is based on the life of Ralph Lamb, a Las Vegas sheriff who got all cowboy on the mobsters that were moving into the Strip.
Why we're excited about it: Michael Chiklis finally goes back to playing bad, and Quaid has the potential to rejuvenate his career (though he'll always be the guy who was injected into Martin Short in Innerspace to us). The sets look good, and TV can always use more men in big hats.

8. Hunted (Cinemax)
When it's on: Fridays at 10pm starting October 19
Who's in it: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Dillane
What it's about: A hot female spy gets betrayed by her own people and hides out undercover as a nanny. But trouble finds her again.
Why we're excited about it: It's produced by the people behind The X-Files and U.K. series Life on Mars and Spooks/MI5! Plus, "hot female spy." And she kicks ass if this trailer is any indication.

7. Arrow (CW)
When it's on: Wednesdays at 8pm starting October 10
Who's in it: Steven Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnel, Paul Blackthorne
What it's about: It's a gritty re-telling of the DC Comics character The Green Arrow, with enough abs for four Mr. Universes. Think of it as Batman Begins for The Green Arrow.
Why we're excited about it: This ain't no high-school teen party; people DIE. And the action sequences we've seen are tricked out with Parkour and serious stunts. Yes, it's still a CW show, but it's a lot darker than you'd think. Oh! One more thing: ABS.

6. Coma (A&E; miniseries)
When it's on: September 3 and 4 at 9pm
Who's in it: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss
What it's about: I dunno, it's pretty much a mystery! But a bunch of people in a hospital fall into deep comas and things get scary from there. Based on the story by Robin Cook.
Why we're excited about it: This four-hour miniseries plays out over two nights, so commitment is minimal (and we're all for that). But atmospherically, it looks like it has the goods to creep us out.

5. The Mindy Project (Fox)
When it's on: Tuesdays at 9:30pm starting September 25
Who's in it: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp, Stephen Tobolowsky
What it's about: Kaling ditches The Office for her own sitcom about an obstetrician (or gynecologist if you're a pervert) who's unlucky in love and super obsessed with romantic comedies and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and other people like that.
Why we're excited about it: Kaling's one of The Office's brightest talents, and there's more to her than Kelly Kapoor. Messina is looking like a promising sitcom asshole, too!

4. Elementary (CBS)
When it's on: Thursdays at 10pm starting September 27
Who's in it: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
What it's about: You know how there are a bunch of different versions of Sherlock Holmes out there? Well, now there's one more! This time in modern-day New York City. And also this time Watson has lady parts!
Why we're excited about it: Miller has been a favorite of ours since Trainspotting, and after the executive producers said they don't want Sherlock and Watson to become romantically entangled, we softened our stance on the gender swap. This has a chance to be something CBS needs: cool.

3. Go On (NBC)
When it's on: Tuesdays at 9pm starting September 11 (However, the pilot already premiered as part of a sneak peek. Watch it now!)
Who's in it: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, Brett Gelman, John Cho, Allison Miller
What it's about: A loudmouth sports-talk radio show host is forced to attend group therapy sessions with a bunch of goofballs after his wife dies in a car accident.
Why we're excited about it: The return of Matthew Perry, for one. But Go On mixes some legitimate funny with some touchy-feely drama for a half-hour that's unlike most other sitcoms on TV.

2. Nashville (ABC)
When it's on: Sundays at 10pm starting October 2
Who's in it: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and who cares who else!
What it's about: An aging country-music star must revitalize her career by piggybacking on the stardom of a cocky, up-and-coming vixen. Let the fur fly!
Why we're excited about it: This is like Tami Taylor versus Julie Taylor! These roles were tailor-made for Britton and Panettiere, and who doesn't love song lyrics comparing old boyfriends to broken-down pickup trucks?

1. Last Resort (ABC)
When it's on: Thursdays at 8pm starting September 27
Who's in it: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser, Robert Patrick, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman
What it's about: The crew of an American military submarine defies orders to flatten Pakistan with a flock of nuclear missiles, and becomes a target of the U.S. itself. On the run (swim?), the crew parks at a tropical island, declares the island a sovereign nuclear country, and starts searching for a way to prove its innocence.
Why we're excited about it: Shawn Ryan (The Shield) created this show, and he does not make bad television. But of all the new shows, this is the only that's focused on being a hard thriller.

Close, but not quite there:

... Revolution (NBC), about a massive power outage that sends the world into a post-apocalyptic Stone Age. There's potential here, but there's also potential for it to be a boring mess.

... 666 Park Avenue (ABC), which stars Terry O'Quinn as a devilish apartment building owner in New York City. If it takes itself less seriously, it could be a fun time!

... The New Normal (NBC), about two gay men and the new family they form when they find a surrogate mother for their future child. The pilot can get preachy at times, but it can also be touching.

... Animal Practice (NBC), a comedy about a monkey. And other things, I think.



Which new shows are you most looking forward to this fall? Post your own list in the comments, then cast your vote in our new show bracket poll.

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SO.... Some shows have aired. What do people think now?
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I'll watch anything with Dichen Lachman in it!
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Where's "Revenge" ?
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Read the title again, this is about new shows.
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Oh also I love Breaking Bad!!
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Will be tuning into Last Resort, Revolution and Green Arrow. These shows sound like they will be good but sadly I hold little hope for the first 2 to be picked up.



Other than these I am looking forward to Homeland, The Walking Dead, Spartacus and Game Of Thrones new seasons. These are the only 4 good shows on worth watching:)



Currently I am only watching Big Brother (stupid but a guilty pleasure). I hate all other reality shows
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Only four shows?? What about Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Supernatural, Fringe, Strike Back, Dr Who or comedies such as, the office, big bang theory and modern family. Homeland isn't even that good, however i've been watching and ill give it a chance for season 2.



My guilty pleasures are Once Upon a Time and Nikita, neither are any good but i like them. But seriously dude..... BIG BROTHER????



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The fact that you just watch 4 shows hardly makes them the only 4 worth watching. Also lost any credibility you were trying to build up there by mentioning you watch BB...
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Couldn't have said it any better
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White Collar is not on the list? I watch the first three seasons on Netflix over and over. Great show.... great style.
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Why would it be on this list?
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Why doesn't CBS just cancel "The Mentalist"? Relegating it to Sunday at 10PM is the same as killing it off. Until at least football season is over the show will never be on at 10PM - some weeks the game will run so late that if "The Mentalist" airs at all it will be after the local news. DVR's are not always reliable when the networks shift shows around at the last minute.
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I agree on Vegas, Hunted, Elementary. Go On, Nashville, and Last Resort. I would put Revolution in my Top Ten, and I would drop Ben and Kate as well as The Mindy Project. Coma just looks like a bad remake of a movie I never cared for in the first place.
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You missed one, BBC America's Copper which premiered Sunday, August 19th. Awesome show!
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I'm looking forward to Last Reort, hoping that it can make 8 seasons on air.
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Tim, are you serious?! "The Mindy Project" looks unbelievably horrible and destined to be canceled after 3 episodes; just because you're a fan of "The Office", doesn't mean you have to pretend to be interested in that garbage. You should be ashamed of yourself for putting that crap on the list... it killed all credibility the article could have had.
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You forgot about the part where years later about those "sadly short lived project shows" when they say it was a misunderstood gem and try to remarket them as cult hits.
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People should understand by now that any show titled with a comedians name, followed by the word "project" is going to be terrible.
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COMA (great cast); 666 Park Avenue (Mr. O'Quinn!); Vegas. Love SHERLOCK, so I'm less enthused about Elementary. I'd like to like REVOLUTION, but maybe we've had enough EOTW dramas, especially those with really dumb survivors and plot holes of galactic proportions
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I wouldn't say Revolution is a "end of the world" show exactly. Its as the title says, a revolution. The world is not ending, its merely without electricity. I don't know why it said "post-apocalyptic", its not like people die without electricity ... *cough* *cough*
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There's barely anything here that will survive a full season, let alone longer. I'll watch Elementary and Revolution and I may look in on Arrow and Last Resort, but I don't see anything here that's likely to stick. The Mindy Project looks like complete crap and, as much as I like Matthew Perry, he seriously needs someone else to pick his projects for him; Go On may well be the season's first casualty.
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So you would pick Revolution making it over Arrow???? Are you an idiot?? Arrow has an amazing story line.....and makes comic book nerds go crazy.

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A couple of these interest me, especially Last Resort and Elementary, but I'm really psyched for ' Defiance ', especially since it has Jaime Murray on board.
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Seriously?? Really?? Seriously, who thinks that Kaling could carry a show of her

own. Pleasssssssssssssssse. She's barely watchable as a background character.

Someone is out of their gourds to have a show starring her when there are so many

TALENTED actors out there....
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Thank you for saying what I was afraid to say.
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Vegas looks good, mostly because i loved the shield (who didn't?). Other than that, though, I'll just watch the shows i normally watch: person of interest, community, walking dead, 30 rock, boardwalk empire, and dexter. As for elementary, don't even get me started on the inevitable shitstorm that show will be. If you think it can live up to the BBC sherlock (the ONLY sherlock holmes adaptation in my mind) then you are sadly mistaken
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I don't understand the hype surrounding The Mindy Project. It's like New Girl last season all over again.
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Well, you described it correctly: hype. It's like all those movies where the best bits are in the 30 seconds of trailer. But a romcom made into a series with a not-so-funny comedienne? I'll pass.
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Arrow, Revolution, Last Resort, (maybe Elementary, maybe Hunted). Definitely not "Go On" the pilot didn't make me laugh a single time, and since it's a comedy that can't be a good sign.
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As a tv addict, I hate this, because I swear every year that I won't add onto my already bulging list of eveything from the critically acclaimed to the mind numbing, that requires two DVR's and actually enabling my insomnia. And every year I get sucked into a handful of shows anyways and keep on adding. But I have wiggle room, so I tell myself, now that stuff has been canceled or went off air...also, is it just me or is the selection lacking?



-Last Resort. I just want to check it out maybe once, because Andre and Scott Speedman.Also it sounds relatively interesting.

-Chicago Fire- I'd like to say it's because the promos look promising and it may actually be interesting, and since I watch legal shows and cop shows, and doctor shows I may as well add firefighters to the list. I will not say it's because the cast is riddled with pretty, pretty men.

-Elementary. I like Lucy Liu. I want to see what the hype is about. It'll fit nicely into all the other shows I watch that are similar. It's on CBS.

-Go On- I like Matthew Perry a.k.a the funniest Friend. Also, I actually enjoyed the pilot.

-Revolution- maybe it's because I'm still wrapped up in post Hunger Games euphoria or something, but it seems interesting enough to check out at least once.

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I'll stick to my old shows: Touch, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, Parks and Recreation.

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Good for you. Now remember that all of those were new shows once.
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Shows I want to see:



Animal Practice

Nashville

Last Resort

Ben and Kate





Shows I might see:



Revolution

666 Park Avenue

The New Normal

Vegas

Elementary

Go On

Coma

Arrow
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Lucy Liu & Scott Speedman!
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Nashville. It will be on Sundays with Revenge making it a double-header super soaper night.
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According to Wikipedia, Nashville premieres on October 10. That's a Wednesday.
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#8, 7and 6 excite me, the others, not so much.
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nashville.why? its hayden panettiere.i'm sad HEROES didn't have a proper ending.no closure
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Surette, do some background work. How can you both recommend Coma (which I agree with) but have no clue about the plot. If you can't read the fine book from Robin Cook then at least watch the Michael Douglas movie.
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I'm excited that the NCISes are back in their old places, but I don't like where Blue Bloods ended up. It seems to me like CBS is fixen to pull the plug on this show later on. I'd swap it with the 8 or 9 o'clock shows to be more primetime. I like Blue Bloods, its exciting and interesting how they work out their problems together as a family. As a family! Vegas looks interesting, but I'll leave it there for now. I'm looking forward to Last Resort cuz it has a nuke sub in it. I worked on subs in the Navy. But, again, I'll defer comment until after I have seen a few shows.Life on a sub in a movie isn't always what it's really like, besides I worked back aft in the engine room, and the engine room is never shown for classified reasons. It's hard making a mock up for a nuke sub because so much of it is classified, unless the sub is a WW II sub, then it don't make no difference. But, lets shoove off and see where it goes. All Ahead Full!
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What are some promising cable or other english shows (Canadian/British) coming out? Showtime, AMC, FX, HBO, Starz seem to have nothing new?
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Hunted is on Cinemax, it's a co production from the BBC and will kick ass as Frank Spotnitz is behind it.
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We were absolutely spoiled last year, not too thrilled by any of the above. Maybe Coma. We'll see...
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Really? The Mindy Project's on here but Revolution isn't? At least Revolution's got potential.
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I"m excited to watch Coma, Last Resort, & Green Arrow!

I love how they are taking a page out of Christopher Nolan's handbook and completely retelling the Green Arrow storyline, way 2 go CW!
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The only show on this list I'll watch is Nashville.Other new shows I'm looking forward to are Emily Owens MD& Beauty &Beast and Carrie Diaries in Jan.
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I will not be watching Elementary. Set in present day New York with a female Watson is a travesty. I'll stay with the BBC version of Sherlock. We need to appreciate the classics, not "update" them. I will be watching 666 Park Avenue and Revolution. Possibly Go On, Last Resort, Vegas, and a couple you did not see fit to mention, such as Partners. I'll check out Coma since I read and liked Robin Cook's novel years ago. Not much else on the above list interests me.
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" I'll stay with the BBC version of Sherlock. We need to appreciate the classics, not "update" them."



Please think about what you just said there. You will feel pretty silly. You're welcome.
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Being picky here, but BBC's Sherlock definitely qualifies as an "update". Just saying. It is pretty great though.
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Arrow,Vegas,Revolution,666 Park Ave,Last Resort,Chicago Fire,Elementary
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Personally i'm not really excited about is year new shows. It might in fact be the least interesting year i have seen at all, when it comes to new shows. Arrow is the only one i'm definetly gonna check out. I'll probably check some of the others like Revolution and Last resort, but most of them just sounds like lesser versions of existing shows.



Like Elementary, who i just can not see being anywhere near the qualiiy of Moffat's Sherlock.
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You're right, the new shows aren't looking that great. One of the worst crops i've seen in years!
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You were right Tim, we were spoiled last year with great new shows such as Revenge and TSC.
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"One of the worst crops i've seen in years!" I hear shit like this every year.
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Last Resort is just begging to be preceded by "ABC's brilliant but short-lived"
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Ha ha, indeed.
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Pretty interesting new shows coming out. I hate getting involved with new shows cause then they end up getting canceled lol. I think i'll be watching Vegas, Arrow, Elementary, Last Resort, Revolution, 666 Park Avenue. But seems lately alot of new shows are too similar but better off then all these stupid reality shows.
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Dennis Quaid rejuvenating his career? Have you SEEN any movies lately? We've seen him just about everywhere!



That said, "Vegas" and "Last Resort" are the only ones on this list that look even remotely interesting...and "Last Resort" makes the cut because that is truly one of the most original storylines I've seen lately.
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I don't think I've seen him since Frequency. Before that, probably Innerspace. :)
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Chandler never left television, he just changes shows. I bothers me that someone with not enough talent to play any other character except Chandler Bing keeps getting second chances.
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Have you seen the pilot for Go On? Sure, he plays someone that's quite similar to Chandler, and I don't mind it because I actually like it. But the show is looking great & quite unique in comedy, even though he's basically playing himself again.
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Revolution, Last Resort and Go On will get watches from me, maybe Animal Practice. Otherwise this year's new shows look like total C-Rap.
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So excited for Last Report. I was already in when I saw Scott Speedman was involved, and with Autumn Reeser and Dichen Lachman I'm even more in.

I'm also going to check out the Mindy Project and Hunted.
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Vegas is the only one I'm really anticipating to any extent. I'll check out a few others but I don't have great hopes for them.



I think Coma should be left off the list because it's a mini-series, not a full series.



I'll check out Elementary but I've seen Moffat's Sherlock so it has a lot to live up to. And it's generally bad for any Holmes story when a woman plays either Sherlock or Watson. It's been tried before and never succeeded in the past. Even though they say they won't have a romance, you know the show has to go there at some point if there's a man and woman involved.





Arrow may be coming too soon after Smallville. I don't know if I'm really interested in another superhero story. And face it, what they really wanted was Batman but couldn't get the rights so what we're going to see are a lot of Batman stories with lesser known Green Arrow villains. The villain-of-the-week formula is overused at the moment and we've just had a bunch of Arrow stories on Smallville so it may not draw as much of an audience as they hope.



I think Last Resort could be a big letdown. It's the sort of story that can make for a good pilot movie but I don't think they'll have enough story to sustain them. And what do you want to bet there's a conspiracy involved?

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I totally agree on Arrow.
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Last resort sounds like a snore fest. It lost me at submarine. I have a feeling that Nashville , Park avenue 666 and Elementary will be huge hits. Also I'll place The Mindy project and the Revolution in the 'Surprise! we're a hit' category. The same category as Revenge and Suburgatory.
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I'm most excited for Revolution (if done well it could be great, but like anything else it has alot of opportunities to fail) and Go On. I don't know why Revolution didn't make the list and The Mindy Project (which looks like it will be terrible) did.
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I think Revolution will be another *insert your favorite hyped flop here*. Elementary, Vegas and Arrow are exciting. I want to watch Nashville for Panettiere but I dunno...
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i wouldn`t have watched Vegas, but now what do i read? Carrie-Ann Moss! I`ll check it out cause of her.



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Arrow, Revolution, and Last Resort for me.



Honestly, Revolution should have made top ten I don't see how Mindy or Go On even have a chance of succeeding.



Last Resort reminds me of Lost.. A bunch of people on an Island, ABC.. Huge ethical and philosophical dilemmas.. Lots of stuff in common.
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Coma ... weird, no mention here of the movie?
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Last Resort, Revolution.
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