My thoughts on the new shows from CBS & FOX

I'm at WEVV this morning watching the new shows from CBS and FOX, and here's where you'll find my take on them.

Just a quick note: I have information on new syndicated programming that will air on FOX44 this fall. Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

(And many thanks to the good folks at 44 Main Street, as always, for their hospitality!)

This series, slated to premiere at midseason, follows a high-tech intelligence operative who is the first of his kind to have a microchip implanted in his brain, leading to interesting consequences. It's a great follow-up to Hostages, and should also do well among those who like a suspenseful, action-filled drama. (Stars: Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger)

3:30 p.m.: HOSTAGES
The family of a doctor, who will be doing surgery on the President, is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent. She is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President in order to save her (admittedly very flawed) family ... and if you think that doesn't make for exciting TV, I can't imagine what does. My understanding is that this will be a short-run series, but it should do well for CBS while it's on. (It stars Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette and James Naughton, just to name three.)

3:10 p.m.: WE ARE MEN
When Chris Smith's character gets stranded at the altar, his life turns upside down, until he meets Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn, three divorced men living in his new apartment complex, trying to navigate life and love ... and not always doing such a great job at it, but that makes for good TV. Not great, but good. Will it be good enough? That's the open question.

2:45 p.m.: MOM
What do you get when Chuck Lorre puts Anna Faris, Allison Janney, French Stewart and Nate Corddry in the same show? You get Mom, another Lorre success in the making. It's a show with heart and laughs, a little rough and edgy at times, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

2:15 p.m.: THE MILLERS
I'm no fan of Will Arnett. In fact, up until this show, I couldn't stand him, but for some reason, in this show ... he's great! The co-stars (Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale as the parents and Jayma Mays as Arnett's character's sister) work fantastically together, almost like a real family, dysfunctions and all. It's a great show that is going to be another big CBS hit.

1:45 p.m.: THE CRAZY ONES
After lunch, it's nice to come back to Robin Williams on TV, and teamed with Sarah Michelle Gellar, how can this one lose? They play father-and-daughter ad execs; it's believable and fun, and a big part of that is the unpredictability you get when you put Williams in front of a camera.

Oh, surprise, surprise ... Andy Samberg as an annoying, immature character (this time, God help us, a police officer) ... What. A. Shock. (Not.) Fortunately, we have the lovely Melissa Fumero (formerly of One Life to Live) on hand to offset the insufferable SNL-character-who-thinks-he's-a-talented-actor-but-really-isn't. If you can ignore Samberg completely, the rest of the show ain't too bad. It won't last (because you can't ignore Samberg's terrible acting), but it ain't bad.

10:45 a.m.: SLEEPY HOLLOW
Hey, who says everything old can't be new again? Take one centuries-old legend by Washington Irving, add a few modern twists (actually futuristic, as this one is set in 2040), and voila! You have Sleepy Hollow, which features Ichabod Crane resurrected some 250 years after his death, going after the likewise-revived Headless Horseman, who as in the original story, begins terrorizing the eponymous village. Some old stories don't translate well to more contemporary treatment, but this one ... well, this one's got a genuine shot if enough people get a good look at it. And not to spoil too much, but the sight of the Horseman armed to the teeth ... uhhhh, shoulders? ... is certainly wild. (Stars Orlando Jones, Katia Winters, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.)

10:05 a.m.: ALMOST HUMAN
Well, this one's different! It comes from J.J. Abrams, so if you like what he puts on the air, this one — which is set 35 years in the future, but with cars from today (?) — might be worth a look. Karl Urban stars as John Kennex, a police officer who is blown up in the line of duty and rebuilt with the help of synthetic body parts. He's teamed up with Michael Ealy's Dorian, a human-like android (they're called "synthetics" or "MXs") who, like Kennex, is pieced back together from what I'd call "junkyard parts." Working together, they are trying to figure out who ambushed Kennex's team two years earlier. Sci-fi is not my cup of tea, but the show is interesting nonetheless.

9:30 a.m.: ENLISTED
It's the story of a great soldier who is reunited with his screw-up brothers on a Florida Army base ... working in rear detachment, where he feels his skills are wasted. It's more juvenile than the new Seth MacFarlane show, which means that on any other network, it would have zero chance of success. It may not have much of one on FOX. (It stars Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill, Chris Lowell as Cpl. Derrick Hill, Parker Young as Pvt. Randy Hill, Keith David as Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Cody and Angelique Cabral as Sgt. Jill Perez.)

9 a.m.:  DADS
This new live-action sitcom comes from Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy and American Dad fame), and while it has some of the same kind of semi-offensive undertones of his animated shows, this one is actually enjoyable. It stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two entrepreneurs who are forced to live with their fathers, played by Martin Mull (who is hilarious as ever in this) and Peter Riegert (likewise) ... and if you have a parent who lives with you, surely you know some of the crazy things that can happen. Does it translate into long-term success? I hope so.


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