1. Sept 13 - Ringer (CW, Tues 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: Sarah Michelle Gellar (times two)
“The Ringer” is about twins. Bridget is a recovering alcoholic on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder. She takes refuge with her twin sister Siobhan, but when Siobhan goes missing and Bridget takes over her life, Bridget realizes that Siobhan’s world isn’t as picture-perfect as it seemed. It also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (and Sarah Michelle Gellar); marking her first starring television role since “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Yeah. It’s monumental.
What intrigues me about this show is that Bridget has two adversaries--the mob that is hunting Bridget as well as the unknown forces who are targeting Siobhan. I’m also unconvinced that Siobhan is dead (no matter what Wikipedia tells me to the contrary). I think she’s going to show up around episode five (eight at the latest), just in time for sweeps week and be all “hey Bridge, what’s up?”
2. Sept 14 - Up All Night (NBC, Wed 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: Will Arnett, SNL creatives
NBC has a great track record for comedy (“Community,” “The Office,” “Parks and Rec...” and we can just ignore “Outsourced”), so “Up All Night” has a lot to live up to. Fortunately it stars Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph. As if that weren’t enough, the creator is SNL alum Emily Spivey and the show is being produced by none other than SNL creator Lorne Michaels. In the comedy world it doesn’t get much better than that.
“Up All Night” is about two parents (Arnett and Applegate) who balance their new child with their respective careers.
Watching the previews gives a feel of two teenagers who have no idea what they’re doing. Except they’re not teenagers, they’re adults in a stable relationship. And they still don’t know what they’re doing.
3. Sept 20 - New Girl (Fox, Tues 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: Zooey Deschanel
When the quintessential manic pixie dream girl makes an appearance on my television, I pay attention. Is it her huge blue eyes? Her shiny dark hair? Her adorable voice? Who knows? The plot of “New Girl” is simple enough: a late-20-something girl gets dumped by her boyfriend and moves in with three single guys. It’s not the strongest premise in television, but it’s a sitcom and it stars Zooey Deschanel doing what she does best--batting her eyelashes and being adorable.
4. Sept 21 - Revenge (ABC, Wed 10/9c)
Reasons to get excited: Emily VanKamp, Count of Monte Cristo, modern retelling.
Raise your hand if you’ve been exposed to The Count of Monte Cristo. Whether you read it in English class, French class, or you just saw the movie with Guy Pierce and Jim Caviezel, you have to admit that the story--filled with betrayal, vengeance, hate and false identities--is raw and powerful. To be honest, what excites me the most about “Revenge,” a modern-day retelling of the classic, is that the protagonist is a woman. Gender-bending the Count of Monte Cristo might make Alexandre Dumas roll in his grave, but all it makes me do is clear my calendar in anticipation.
5. Sept 22 - Person of Interest (CBS, Thurs 9/8c)
Reasons to get excited: J.J. Abrams, Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel
Speaking of Jim Caviezel (I try to bring him up as often as possible)... “Person of Interest” is a veritable powerhouse of talent. It stars Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus) and Michael Emerson (if you don’t know who Benjamin Linus is, you need to watch Lost immediately). It was created by Jonathan Nolan (who co-wrote “The Dark Knight” with his brother Christopher, no big deal). To top it off, J.J. Abrams is serving as an executive producer.
“Person of Interest” combines the mystery of Lost with the crime-solving awesomeness of every (good) police procedural ever. Michael Emerson is a computer genius who develops a computer program that can predict the identity of a person connected to a future violent crime (just suspend your disbelief; it’s okay). He hires Jim Caviezel (an ex-CIA agent who is presumed to be dead) to help him solve these crimes. The only problem is that Michael Emerson’s computer program doesn’t know whether the social security numbers belong to a victim or a perpetrator. It’s far-fetched, but then again it’s a J.J. Abrams show. Far-fetched is to be expected.