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Hey guys are you READY FOR SOME NEW TV!?!?!?!? Me too! But I have some bad news, and there's no way to put this lightly: This year's fall television slate looks atrocious, particularly with regard to the dust cloud that is the selection of new network shows. But that won't stop us from compiling a seasonal list of our most-anticipated new series, no sir it will not! Who cares that we're not nearly as excited about fall TV as we have been in the past? We're putting on a smile and pretending, just like we do whenever we eat our in-laws' broccoli casserole.

That isn't to say that there's nothing worthwhile out there, because some of this year's freshmen series look like a genuine good time—including one about adultery, one about immaculate conception, and one about a super speedy guy. But with cable networks largely avoiding of the fall rush and broadcast networks holding some of their more impressive offerings for the midseason, I'd be lying if I said that filling out the second half of this list didn't feel a bit forced. 

Yikes—sorry to get all Negative Nancy on you, but I like to tell it how it is. So, uh, while I'm at it, no, Gotham is not on the list (here's why). But with that said, let's take a look at the 10 best-looking new shows coming at you this fall! 


10. Z Nation (Syfy)

WHEN IT'S ON: Fridays at 10pm starting September 12

WHO'S IN IT: Tom Everett Scott, Harold "Waaaaaaalt!" Perrineau, DJ Qualls, and a bunch of people who will be eaten by zombies

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! This is Syfy's answer to The Walking Dead, in which a survivor of the zombie plague who might be the answer to finding a cure is hiked across the country by a tough guy with a gun, en route to the last-known-functioning virus lab. The "Z" stand for zombies, we think.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: Guys, the fall season is so dismal that a Syfy series from the same production company that brought you Sharknado has made the "most-anticipated" cut. But hey, it's got a decent cast and maybe a tornado will suck up a bunch of zombies and send them hurtling through the air at poor chumps. 


9. The Comeback (HBO)

WHEN IT'S ON: Sundays at 10pm starting November 9

WHO'S IN IT: Lisa Kudrow, Malin Akerman, Lance Barber, Dan Bucatinsky, Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman, and Damian Young. Basically the entire cast of the original.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Technically this isn't a brand-new show, but it's been so long since The Comeback first aired that it may as well treat it like one! Kudrow stars as reality-show personality Valerie Cherish in this satire of unscripted television and celebrity from Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: The original was canceled way too soon (it ran for only one 13-episode season, in 2005), and with reality television having sunk to even crazier lows in the last decade, this comeback for The Comeback is just we need. We're looking forward to seeing Cherish act even more self-absorbed and nutso. 


8. Constantine (NBC)


WHEN IT'S ON: Fridays at 10pm starting October 24

WHO'S IN IT: Matt Ryan (not the one you're drafting in the 11th round of your fantasy football league), Harold "Waaaaaaalt!" Perrineau, Charles Halford, and Angelica Selaya.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This is yet another take on the DC Comics character John Constantine (Keanu gave it a go on the big screen), a master of the occult who must save the world from demons and other horrible monsters we aren't yet aware of. He's a bit of a smartass, too. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: Constantine could finally be the Friday-night complement to Grimm (sorry, Dracula) that we've all been looking for. It's somewhat humorous while banishing demons back to hell, and it almost has a Supernatural feel to it... just with a little less chiseled cheekbone. The pilot was a pleasant surprise; here's hoping the series can keep up the quality for a whole season.


7. Madam Secretary (CBS)

WHEN IT'S ON: Sundays at 8pm starting September 21

WHO'S IN IT: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen, Evan Roe, and Geoffrey Arend.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A former CIA analyst is plucked out of retirement to become the new Secretary of State. And she's a woman!

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: It's kinda like The Good Wife but in the White House! Madam Secretary is poised to revitalize the careers of several of its stars, and Leoni's title character—Elizabeth McCord—shows real promise as a commanding female force. However, word's still out on whether the show can make its "family drama" element work.


6. The Chair (Starz)

WHEN IT'S ON: Saturdays at 11pm starting September 6

WHO'S IN IT: Zachary Quinto (sorta, as a mentor and an executive producer) and a bunch of people you probably aren't familiar with.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Two unknown directors adapt the same screenplay in this Project Greenlight follow-up (both shows were/are executive-produced by Good Will Hunting producer Chris Moore). It's a reality competition about the art of creating film... or the disastrous practice of destroying it. The directors' finished movies will air on Starz as well as in theaters, and there's a $250,000 prize on the line.

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: It's like dueling Project Greenlights in one show! But instead of focusing solely on the filmmaking process, The Chair will also examine how different people interpret the same raw material. Hey, at least it isn't another reality show about sleeping around!


5. Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)


WHEN IT'S ON: All 10 episodes of Season 1 will be available Friday, September 26 on Amazon Prime Instant Video

WHO'S IN IT: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, and Judith Light.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A family is kicked in the pants when its patriarch (Tambor) shares some big, life-changing news with his adult children. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: This art-house indie series from writer Jill Soloway is easily the best thing Amazon has produced to date (which, okay, isn't saying a whole lot), and it's already a hit with critics because of its sharp writing and open-minded attitude toward gender politics.. Tambor's fantastic in it, too.


4. Red Band Society (Fox)

WHEN IT'S ON: Wednesdays at 9pm starting September 17

WHO'S IN IT: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck (the kid from Back in the Game!), Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Brian Bradley, Zoe Levin, and Ciara Bravo.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Several kids battle life-threatening illnesses and other ailments in the pediatric ward of a hospital while forming bonds they never knew they were capable of, and you cry your little eyes out because life is great and all that. But it's uplifting! Probably! 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: Unlike so many other shows about pretty teenagers, Red Band Society centers on pretty teenagers who live in a world without the trappings of high-school politics—and where death (of the non-murder variety) is a reality. Expect emotional storylines that run deeper than who's dating who. Plus, it's narrated by a kid in a coma and may feature a more mystical element as well.  


3. The Flash (The CW)

WHEN IT'S ON: Tuesdays at 8pm starting October 7

WHO'S IN IT: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, and Wentworth Miller.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Regular-speed guy becomes super-speedy guy after an accident turns him into television's handsomest new superhero. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: Ever since the extended trailer for the show was released back in mid-May, a good chunk of the TV.com team has been drooling over The CW's upcoming superboy drama. Yeah, TV pilots are known for making a splash with dazzling special effects that their series won't be able to afford for a whole season, and origin stories are beat-by-beat predictable, but come on! The guy runs really fast! And unlike other, more serious superheroes, The Flash likes to have fun. 


2. Jane the Virgin (The CW)

WHEN IT'S ON: Mondays at 9pm starting October 13

WHO'S IN IT: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, and Michael Rady.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Based on a Venezuelan telenovela, Jane the Virgin follows a 20-something woman whose grandma burned a no-sex-until-marriage policy into her brain at a young age, but her world goes whoopsie-daisy when she's *ahem* accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor. Yikes!

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: Yes, Jane the Virgin is seriously at No. 2. It may have one of the most ridiculous premises of any show ever made, but it's also a shockingly heartfelt dramedy about faith, family, and love, and with a strong cast, to boot. Keep an eye on Gina Rodriguez (Jane), because she's about to break out as one of The CW's biggest new stars. 


1. The Affair (Showtime)

WHEN IT'S ON: Sundays at 10pm starting October 12

WHO'S IN IT: Dominic West (McNulty!), Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson (Pacey!), and Ruth Wilson.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: An affair, dummy! When two halves of two different married couples decide to have a fling, it tears their families apart and makes for a compelling premium-cable drama. 

WHY WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT: That cast is as excellent as it gets! And they've got plenty of good material to work with, as The Affair is a complex character study that delves into the psychological effects of infidelity rather than portraying it as sexy escapism. While the series may not sound all that great on paper, we've already screened the pilot and we can't wait to see more, thanks to a riveting storytelling style that we don't want to spoil for you. Trust us. 



THE RUNNERS-UP

Marry Me (NBC, October 14): This sitcom from Happy Endings creator David Caspe stars Happy Endings' Casey Wilson and Childrens Hospital's Ken Marino as a couple looking to take the plunge into marriage.  

 Black-ish (ABC, September 24): Anthony Anderson headlines this family comedy as a successful black man who's trying to raise his kids to respect their roots and culture, but is finding it difficult to do so in today's society. Damn iPhones! 

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, September 25): Shonda Rhimes produces this drama (of course she does) about a group of law students who get caught up in a murder plot. It'll be so crazy and Scandal-y that your eyeballs will melt. 

 Gracepoint (Fox, October 2): This American adaptation of the U.K. series Broadchurch retells the story of two detectives investigating the death of a young boy (though it's currently unclear how similar or different the two stories will be as Gracepoint progresses). Doctor Who's David Tennant reprises his lead detective role from the original—but with an American accent—and Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn co-stars as his female counterpart.  


Which new fall shows are you most excited about?



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the new show called Pinkerton is really good
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I'm excited for Z Nation and The Chair.

The Chair, because I loved Project Greenlight and felt HBO never gave it the run it deserved. Brilliant concept and insight into filmmaking.

Z Nation, because hopefully, the writers over at Syfy can learn from the missteps of The Walking Dead, and use that to craft an immersive world that consistently delivers on the premise of a zombie apocalypse, without the lulls in drama and complete lack of action.
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When I find a text that is well presented (such as a book or the articles on this site) and I find what appears to be a mistake, I find myself reading the same phrases 3 or 4 times to make sure I'm not the one with a problem. This was a pain. Just read your stuff twice before submitting.
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1. Forever - I love it. Love, love, love it.
2. Scorpion - I've always been a RP fan and love seeing him on TV.
3. Stalker - absolutely amazing
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I surprisingly really enjoyed the show scorpion. I was expecting to hate it and ended up falling in love with the main character.
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I'm shocked HtGAWM was a "runner up", it seems to me that it,Gotham,Flash are the most anticipated,promoted,hyped,buzzed about new shows.Plus Murder is great.Ill also be watching Jane the Virgin
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Jane The Virgin?Really?Are you freaking kidding me?
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jane the Virgin is actually really good! I was able to watch the pilot back in May. I thought it was going to be really stupid, but it really impressed me. It also got a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes and I've been hearing nothing but great reviews about this show from countless news outlets.
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The Flash is the only new show I'm looking forward to and Constantine will be something I check out but I'm not necessarily excited about it.
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Transparent? Watched the pilot on Amazon Prime and was not impressed. I understand that the premise will draw some attention but I didn't care for the characters or their various story lines.
But what do I know? I don't like Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory either.

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The Flash is on my watch list. Good to see DC characters other than Superman and Batman being featured.
Didn't see Gotham listed. Why? It sounds like it could be a SHIELD approach where the superheroes are either absent or minimized. Success will depend on the writing.
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I REALLY liked "How To Get Away With Murder"! Pilot was good & has my attention... I really didn't plan to start watching any new shows especially on Thur nite's but I'm glad
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the flash and madame secretary , for me
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He will always be Peter Bishop to Me - so I "can't" say anything about "Pacey" since that is who he "was" first.
I am however getting really sick of hearing Harold "Waaaaaaalt!" Perrineau,
as if that's his greatest achievement.
Harold Perrineau is and always will be Augustus Hill.
OZ, imo THE Greatest Show, have some of the best writing, characters and actors ever -
and a philosopher, Augustus Hill, in the ranks of Plato, Confucius, and Homer Jay Simpson.
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Definitely the Flash and Constantine. Really loved the leaked episode of the Flash and Constantine... Just have that hunch it could be a real good show. Let's hope they make something good out of it. The other shows just seem more of the same to me..
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Wow. That is abysmal. I will have to watch True Detective again while learning to knit because there is nothing on this list that I find in the least bit intriguing.
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Other than Constantine that might or might not be good there is nothing worth watching on this list. Jane The Virgin? Seriously? Please.. that is going to be awful and dumb as hell. The Affair? Another subpar show. The Flash? Previews alone have been awful already.
Way better shows have been canceled to release this crap... the managers behind such a scam all deserve to be fired!
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Z NAtion... it won't have a second season.
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lol drafting matt ryan in the 11th round? i wish...
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Wasn't really all that impressed with Madam Secretary, but it was just the pilot, so hopefully it only goes up from here.
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I was very excited for the premiere of Red Band Society but I was really disappointed. The premise is good but the writing was horrible. The dialogue skipped from subject to subject for no reason. And don't even get me started on their rooms at the "hospital". No hospital would have rooms like that, even for their long term patients.
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This show is based in a Spanish show really well produced. I'm sad to read tha the writing was horrible. Sometimes the original version is better.
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I agree in fact I would say the original is almost always better!
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Red Band Society was amazing !

On the other hand I watch Z Nation... one of the worst shows ever ! Oh gosh and the part of the baby.. It won't last long.
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I just wanted to say, that I saw the pilot of Red Band Society and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I haven't seen a pilot that good in a long time! This show will definitely be a permie in my dvr! ♥
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I am with you on the Red Band Society, it looks really good, so what if the rooms look unrealistic, who cares?
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Flash and Constantine
after watching the piots were pertty decent
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Well Z Nation was pretty terrible...
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walking dead has raised the bar pretty high.

but then again syfy aren't exactly famous for attention to detail and quality shows.

I watched the pilot and laughed my ass off the whole way through it

the zombie baby was hysterical

goo goo ga ga arrrghhhh now I can almost talk ..

hahaha
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The Walking Dead is really cheap. The first season was cool then it went downhill. The managers kept cutting the budget and raising the marketing hype. Unfortunately people proved them right because they are now producing a worse product and people buy it and repeat the marketing lies that it got better. No, it didn't.
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weird choices i must say, especially the runners-up; most of them i have put in to be first cancelled list.

most anticipated for me:
1. the flash
2. red band society
3. scorpion
4. constantine
5. jane the virgin ( i just can't wait to see how bad or how good they can possibly make this show and live up to the hype it has)
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I am looking forward to many new shows. Jane the Virgin seems funny, the Flash and Constantine (I can never pass on a hero movie), and of course, Gotham. Add to that Madame Secretary and I will have a busy schedule without counting what I already watch. I think it is time to filter out some shows so I do not spend all my off hours watching tv.
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Weirdly looking forward to Jane the Virgin.
Also really liked the pilot for Red Band Society and Forever (why isn't it mentioned here?!).
Plus also want to watch Madam Secretary, Constantine and The Flash (as well as the later iZombie and The Messengers)
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of all the fall new shows im most excited myself about the flash and the red band society.

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i say keep teen wolf, the walking dead and the originals going for as long as possible because they are the best shows dealing with each of their respective supernaturals creatures and get rid of everything else
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im getting pretty sick and tired of all the damn zombie, werewolf and vampire shows now. These things can only be done so many times and very rarely are they actually done well.

at some point everything just starts to become a rehash and copy cat of whats being done already.


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Uhm, no Gotham? Why not?
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i like these post
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Gotham and Constantine.
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I'm convinced that someone came up with the name "Transparent" as a really good pun, and then wrote an entire show around the title.
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Fuck Lisa Kudrow and "The Comeback!" This was the piece of crap that HBO cancelled "Carnivale" for back in 05! One of the greatest injustices in the history of television.
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http://www.thewrap.com/gotham-named-falls-most-promising-show-by-television-critics-association/
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OMG - The summer season has been better than the real TV season is going to be. For me, this is a first.
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Z Nation: God awful, the most cliched and unoriginal plot ever! I can write them a much better sci-fi show in a day and for free, stop with the zombies and the guys who are the cure already!

Constantine: The trailers made it look like a bad comedy not a horror show and once again drama is overused but I will give it a chance.

The Chair: Interesting...

Transparent: Arthouse? Count me in!

The Flash: When I first heard of the project I LOL'd but it seems to be entertaining.

Jane The Virgin: Typical, CW... Kill it with fire!
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Ugg. Most of those looks so crap I wont even bother giving them one episode, let alone four.
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I get enough zombies with The Walking Dead, I don't think I need another show about fighting for survival against the zombies in my life right now.

I'm surprised Gotham didn't make the list over some of these other shows. I also think Scorpion looks interesting - I don't know that I'll have time to watch it this season but it's one of the shows I may catch up on next summer or something.

I haven't gotten into Arrow yet, so I'm holding off on The Flash. If I ever get around to watching Arrow and like it then I'll probably pick up the Flash but I just don't generally watch spin-offs unless I've seen the parent show.
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I have watched Arrow and I can promise you, you won't miss anything by skipping Arrow. Maybe watch the 2 or 3 episodes in where The Flash is created / the backdoor episode / the introduction of the personality. (S02e08 The Scientist / S02e09 Three Ghosts / and maybe S02e10 Blast Radius).
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Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are 2 good enough reasons to start watching The Affair.
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1. The affair? We just had that as basis of one season show (Betrayal).

2. The keanu Reeves Constantine was good. Looking forward to this. + points for being a wiseass.


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OF COURSE Joss Carter's picture is the picture for this on the homepage.... :'( FEELINGS
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Really excited for The Flash and I'll also check out Constantine, Gotham and Red Band Society.
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Only Flash!
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I'm not at all impressed by this fall's line-up.
I don't have high hopes for The Flash, since I don't care for Arrow and I expect these shows to be somewhat similar (duh doi).
I'll definitely give The Affair a chance because of its cast and then... I don't know... maybe Constantine or Gotham (the preview of the latter seemed quite dissuasiv).
Something else of note?
Nope, not fussed about Z Nation either.
Looks like I'll finally find time to watch Hannibal, True Detective and Rectify!
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Z Nation is late to the Zombie stuff. Really looking forward to watch Constantine and The Flash shows.
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For me: The Flash, The Comback (yay!), and The Affair
The Affair's cast is amazing and while the creators have basically just one series on their CV, that one series is IN TREATMENT. Seriously - anyone who doesn't think it belongs on the top 3 of the fall (regardless of personal taste) doesn't know what s/he is talking about.
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Sorry Tim, this list, its terrible. I will watch Constantine to see if the writer's can hang with the original comic book writer, and probably Transparent because I like Amazon's shows so far and well, Jeffrey Tambor is great. Other than that nothing on this list looks worthy. "The Affair"! I know you like chick shows dude but no way will that be the best new show.... :) (and I admit, I'm a Pacey fan.)

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The Affair isn't a chick show by any means.
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