It’s that time again: The time of preparation for new seasonal television shows! We had some good ones over the summer, many of which we either wrote about or recapped. But many of those are now winding down, and as it’s now September, it’s time to start gearing up for the new fall shows—and believe you me, there are MANY of them. We’ve already told you about Ringer and American Horror Story, so forgive us if we don’t repeat ourselves here; but! Do take a look at these 12 shows. We think they’re going to be worth checking out:
1) A Gifted Man
I’ve been a fan of Patrick Wilson for ages—ever since his Broadway days—and I think he’s very underrated as an actor, so I’m thrilled that he’s got his own show. In it, he plays Michael Holt, a surgeon at an upscale New York City clinic. Michael isn’t the warmest of guys and he’s kind of materialistic, but he’s got a little bit of a problem: His wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle, another actress I adore), has recently been killed in a car crash. This would be difficult enough on its own, but to make matters more complicated, Anna—or rather, her ghost—has started to appear in Michael’s life on a daily basis. Neat-o. A Gifted Man will premiere on CBS on Friday, September 23 at 8pm.
2) Person of Interest
Still missing Lost? Maybe this will help. Person of Interest is based on a screenplay by J. J. Abrams and stars Ben Linus—I mean, Michael Emerson. As the mysterious Mr. Finch, Ben/Michael gas developed a computer program that has the ability to predict the identity of a person connected to a violent crime that hasn’t yet happened. Naturally, there are some kinks to be worked out, and Ben/Michael decides that he’s got to stop the crimes from happening. He enlists the aid of a former CIA agent named Reese, who is a) played by Jim Caviezel, and b) presumed dead. How’s that for a mindfuck? Person of Interest is another CBS show; it will debut on Thursday, September 22 at 9pm.
3) The Playboy Club
A drama set in 1963 about the Playboy Club’s Bunnies starring Amber Heard? Why the hell not? Hopefully it will succeed where Burlesque failed. Bonus: Sean Maher, known to many a Firefly fan as Dr. Simon Tam, will have a regular role as the gay husband in a sham marriage to a lesbian Bunny played by Leah Renee.
We’re still not really sure how The Office will fare without Steve Carrell, but in the event that it fails, we may have a backup show to fall back on: Free Agents. Like The Office, Free Agents is am American adaptation of a British comedy show; unlike The Office, though, Free Agents follows the lives of two PR executives. Hank Azaria stars, with a recurring guest role by Anthony Stewart Head, who also appeared in the original. It will premiere on September 14 at 10:30pm on NBC before going to its usual time slot of Wednesdays at 7:30pm.