With the summer 2013 television season winding down, thoughts turn to the upcoming fall season. Conveniently, the folks at TheWrap.com have put together a list of 20 new shows for 2013-14 that are worth a look — including a superhero spinoff, a new show featuring Robin Williams and a show the report says "may be Seth MacFarlane’s most offensive series so far."
Here’s a sample:
The Blacklist (NBC), with James Spader and Megan Boone; showrunner: John Eisendrath
TheWrap.com says the show, which features Spader as a fugitive working with the FBI, is worth watching "because after watching Spader play unsavory types in such offerings as ‘The Office,’ ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Secretary,’ it will be interesting to see if he can pull off a full-on heavy here."
The Goldbergs (ABC), with Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Patton Oswalt (narrator); showrunner: Adam F. Goldberg
The 1980s family show, inspired by Goldberg’s childhood, "invokes feelings of a less-precious ‘The Wonder Years,’" the piece says.
MasterChef Junior (Fox), featuring Gordon Ramsay with child contestants
"Will Ramsay unleash his notorious temper on the tots as they vie for culinary dominance?," the report asks. "Will the kids’ parents retaliate against Ramsay in an environment filled with sharp objects? The possibilities are as endless as they are intriguing."
Hostages (CBS), with Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, from a producing team including Jerry Bruckheimer
Reports TheWrap: "McDermott established his creepy cred in spades with his two-season run on FX’s ‘American Horror Story,’ and he brings intensity to his role as a renegade g-man."
Hello Ladies (HBO), with Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence
"Merchant is the hilarious co-creator of the British version of ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras,’ and the trailer drops an all-time great Roe v. Wade abortion joke. (How often do you get to say that?)," the piece notes.
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), with Fox joined by Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Sam Laybourne, Alex Reid
TheWrap says: "Michael J. Fox is back. Do you really need more reasons to watch? Oh you do. Also, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the first episode, ‘Breaking Bad’ star Brandt plays Fox’s wife, and the show will raise Parkinson’s awareness: Win/win/win."
The Crazy Ones (CBS), with Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar; created by David E. Kelley
Explaining why the show is worth watching, the report notes: "Imagine if Don Draper were funny. The industry that infiltrates the CBS sitcom plot is not the only connection to ‘Mad Men.’ James Wolk, who played the shady Bob Benson, also guest stars in the much-hyped show.
Dads (Fox), with Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Vanessa Lachey; Seth MacFarlane and Alec Sulkin executive produce
TheWrap notes: "Fans of ‘Family Guy’ will get on board for a reteaming [of] the ‘Family Guy’ producers MacFarlane and Sulkin. It’s also worth finding out if the show is as offensive and some critics think it is."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC), with Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen; showrunners: Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
"Though ‘Avengers’ mastermind Joss Whedon won’t write and direct every week, the show is in good hands with his brother Jed, and Jed’s wife, Tancharoen," the report notes. "The pilot strikes a good balance between comic-book drama and poking fun at comic-book drama."
Masters of Sex (Showtime), with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan; created by Michelle Ashford
Says TheWrap: "Though set in 1950s St. Louis, ‘Masters of Sex’ feels vigorous and alive — and not just because of all the naked people. There’s a deep sense of tragedy underlying all the research. As much as Masters and Johnson try to remove emotional variables, sex refuses to be mastered."
Here are the 10 other recommended new shows mentioned in the article:
The Originals (CW)
Super Fun Night (ABC)
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
We Are Men (CBS)
Almost Human (Fox)
The Millers (CBS)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
We urge you to click on the link at the top of this story to read the full report from TheWrap.