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Five must-see shows of the fall

09/06/2012

The Mindy Project (FOX) Sept. 25: Fans of The Office will recognize their beloved Mindy Kaling right away in this comedy that follows a surgeon going through single-life complications. Billed as a "Bridget Jones-esque" comedy, the show begins with Mindy being dumped by an ex, who three months later is getting married to the woman he left Mindy for. Kaling is a comic veteran who broke out in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and has delighted audiences for the past seven seasons on The Office. The Mindy Project, while predictable at some moments, will delight and connect with its targeted audience right away.

Last Resort (ABC) Sept. 27: The cry is for anarchy as a story of Navy Captain Marcus Chaplain (Andre Braugher, The Mist) takes command of the U.S.S. Colorado and goes rogue in his own country. Due to insubordination, the U.S.S. Colorado is fired upon by the country it's meant to defend. Seeking refuge on an island, Chaplain takes over the island and creates a 200-mile no man's land perimeter, vowing to launch nuclear missles if threatened. With a supporting cast of Scott Speedsman (The Vow) and Autumn Reeser (No Ordinary Family) and created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Last Resort seems like a thriller that will shock audience members and keep them on the edge of their seats.

Ben and Kate (FOX) Sept. 25: Ben and Kate is a story of two siblings and their comedic exploits. While the comedic craziness is as familiar as two other siblings on a Sunny, Philadelphia show; Ben (Nat Faxon, Beerfest) and Kate (Dakota Johnson, 21 Jump Street) also showcase the family love that is still relevant between brothers and sisters today. Supporting members Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) and Maggie Elizabeth (We Bought a Zoo) also have shining moments in the pilot, and audiences will enjoy the chemistry between the cast mates.

666 Park Avenue (ABC) Sept. 30: It's a horror fest at ABC. 666 Park Avenue features the story of couple Henry (Dave Annabele, Brothers and Sisters) and Jane (Rachel Taylor, The Darkest Hour) who move into an apartment building as co-managers and discover their new residence has a mysterious, demonic background. Fans of the show Lost will recognize Terry O'Quinn right away, who lends his creepy factor as the show's antagonist. Horror has been revived on TV thanks to the success of shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. 666 Park Avenue has the potential to be as creepy and gory as those shows. ABC just hopes it is as successful.

Guys with Kids (NBC) Sept. 26: With a premise of three fathers who act as childish as their own children, Guys with Kids doesn't offer anything new to the sitcom genre. However, the show delivers something else with its great comedic timing and chemistry between the cast members. The real funny kicks in when the men actually have to interact with their wives and showcase their parenting skills (one of the fathers treats the playpen as a UFC Octagon ring). Guys with Kids may make you wonder how far they can go with this angle on parenthood, but it's relatable and funny, which has proven itself as a successful formula.

Honorable Mention: The New Normal (NBC) Sept. 11: TV show creator Ryan Murphy (Glee and An American Horror Story) serves up a fresh take on the modern family in which a gay couple search and find a surrogate, who ends up being more involved in the family than expected.

Honorable Mention: Vegas (CBS) Sept. 25: Michael Chiklis (The Shield) plays mobster Vincent Savino and Dennis Quaid (Footloose) is Sheriff Ralph Lamb in this crime-drama set in the 1960s.

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