7 New TV Shows We Can’t Wait To See

There’s something to be said about old favorites, but one of the reasons I get really excited about the new television season is because there are always a bunch of new shows to look forward to. This year is no exception – and based on what I’ve seen and read so far, I’m betting on at least one or two of these two shows to become my new favorite of the season.

Last week, we brought you our take on what returning shows we couldn’t wait for. This week, we’re here to tell you about 7 shows premiering this fall (and winter) that based on buzz, actors, writers and stories, we absolutely insist you check out. Hopefully, they’ll settle in for a long and lasting life on our DVRs.

ONCE UPON A TIME (premieres Sun, 10/23 at 8pm on ABC)
 

I have been attracted to this show ever since its concept was introduced, largely because its writing team boasted two of LOST’s executive producers (Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.) But personal bias aside, this fairytale drama speaks for itself.

Emma Stone (Jennifer Morrison) is a young mother who finds herself drawn to the small town of Storybrooke after her long-lost son Henry re-appears. What Emma doesn’t know is that Storybrooke is home to real fairytale characters, unaware of their true personalities, as a curse from the Evil Queen (Lana Parilla) has frozen them in time.

With Kitsis and Horowitz having had six years of experience storytelling on LOST, there’s no telling what ride the show will take us on – but we know it promises to be an exciting one, involving many of our favorite iconic childhood characters…in a way we might never have imagined. I mean, let’s face it – how many stories have you read where Snow White wields her own sword?

PERSON OF INTEREST (premieres Thurs, 9/22 at 9pm on CBS)
 

The top-lining names of Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel should be reason enough to tune into this new drama, which just happens to be helmed by masterminds JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk. But if that’s not enough to pique your interest, the premise is pretty awesome as well.

Person of Interest is a procedural drama about an ex-CIA agent presumed dead (Caviezel) who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City through the use of intense futuristic technology created by Emerson’s character, Finch. With the help of NYPD’s homicide detective (Taraji P. Henson) the two are able to identify those involved in major crimes before it happens.

Aside from the prestige of both leads’ resumes, Abrams always includes fun moments in his shows – which, given its status as crime procedural, should be fun to look for throughout the series.

SMASH (premieres on Mon, 2/6/2012 at 10pm on NBC)
 

If you’ve only heard rumblings about Smash, you may be asking yourself what another Glee-type show is doing on television. But this isn’t Glee – it’s better (in my opinion.) Whereas Glee is mostly based on popular music and emphasizes young people and comedy, Smash is specifically about the Broadway lifestyle and is filled with more adult drama.

Helmed by songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the series follows a producer (Angelija Houston), a director (Jack Davenport), a composer (Christian Borle) and a lyricist (Debra Messing) as they put together an out-of-town tryout of a Marilyn Monroe-based Broadway musical. Two females end up vying for the lead role – one a theatre veteran (Megan Hilty), the other a talented newcomer (Katharine McPhee) – and as we move through their stories and competition for the role, the show touches on the heartache and hard work of making it on Broadway.

I have to admit that when I saw a preview for this back in May, I couldn’t stop smiling – and not just because Broadway musicals are close to my heart. This show definitely has the charm, the catchiness and the intrigue to be a hit.

RINGER (premieres Tues, 9/13 at 9pm on The CW)
 

Three words: Sarah Michelle Gellar. The woman who will forever be known as Buffy returns to television for the first time in years, and while she might be on the run from evil, it’s a different type of evil than what our resident Slayer might consider dangerous.

Geller plays the role of two twin sisters (Bridget and Siobhan) who have been estranged for years. When an incident causes Bridget goes on the run, she hides out in New York with wealthy Siobhan and ends up taking on her sister’s identity when Siobhan suddenly disappears. The catch? Siobhan’s life may not have been the safe haven that Bridget thought, and she soon finds herself involved in a more dangerous situation than she could have ever predicted.

The plot of this series is more than enough to intrigue us, and with a cast that includes fan favorites such as LOST’s Nestor Carbonell, Life Unexpected’s Kristoffher Polaha and Fantastic Four’s Ioan Gruffud, how could we not want to tune in?

TERRA NOVA (premieres Mon, 9/26 at 8pm on FOX)
 

Dinosaurs! And if that’s not enough to make you excited, how about the full plot of the series?

Terra Nova starts off in the year 2149, when all life on the planet is being threatened with extinction. In a last-ditch effort to save the human race, scientists develop a time machine that allows people to travel to prehistoric earth. The Shannon family is one such group that makes its way to the “new world” (otherwise known as Terra Nova), but what none of them are aware of is that this blissful colony is surrounded by a group of dinosaurs.

With the influence of producer Steven Spielberg, the background of beautiful Australia and a talented cast that includes Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang and Naomi Scott, we really can’t say how much we’re looking forward to watching this.

ALCATRAZ (premieres 2012 on FOX)
 

My television list for this season seems to indicate I’m on an Abrams kick…but to be honest, I’ve been anticipating this show since I first heard it was in production almost a year ago.

Although everyone is quick to jump on Alcatraz as being “the next LOST,” (cue the spooky Island similarities, the JJ Abrams label and the casting of Jorge Garcia) the series is anything but. Alcatraz focuses on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of prisoners and staff in the early 1960’s, which the government has covered for years while claiming that there was nothing to investigate. When those who vanished suddenly re-appear in the present day, it leads a member of the San Francisco Police Department (Sarah Jones) to team up with an Alcatraz expert (Garcia) in hopes of finding the prisoners that have mysteriously returned.

Alcatraz won’t get its premiere until 2012, but no matter – we’re already anticipating a show filled with concrete mythology and a web of mysteries that will be sure to keep us intrigued for a long time to come.

AWAKE (premieres 2012 on NBC)
 

Another freshman entry that, although it doesn’t debut until mid-season, we can’t wait for.

Giving new meaning to the term “double life,” Awake is centered on the character of Detective Michael Britten, whose world is shattered when he loses his wife Hannah and critically injures his son Rex in a car crash. As he tries to move past his tragedy, he finds himself awakening in a world that is extremely similar – except for the fact in this world, his son is dead and his wife is alive. Between trying to keep his loved ones alive in both worlds and solving crimes that only he can predict by living two lives, Britten soon finds that the line between reality and dreamland is very much one and the same.

Even if you don’t feel like you would be a fan of the show based on the premise, I highly encourage you to give the series a shot. I had the opportunity to watch this premiere at Comic Con this past summer, and I can honestly say it was one of the most engaging pilots I saw.

 

What new shows are you looking forward to watching? Sound off below!

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