Hear that sound? Kind of like a big, collective exhale?
That's the sound of millions of TV fans settling in for a new season. If your DVR isn't full enough already, you might want to add some of these new shows to your list of regular viewing.
Each year there are a few duds (we're talking to you, “Playboy Club”), but we've highlighted the ones from this year's crop that we find interesting for one reason or another — and even pick one you shouldn't miss.
TOP PICK: “Nashville” Oct. 10 (Wednesdays, ABC)
Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) is queen of country music Rayna Jaymes, who is facing sliding ticket sales, and rising star — thanks to Auto-Tune — Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is her new competition. This soapy drama about the country music industry was filmed in Nashville and is filled with plenty of music and glitzy concerts.
“The New Normal” Sept. 11 (Tuesdays, NBC) *There is a sneak peek premiere on Sept. 10
“Go On” Sept. 11 (Tuesdays, NBC) Matthew Perry returns to NBC for another stab at sitcom success. This time he's recent widower Ryan King, a sports talk radio host who must attend grief counseling before he can go back on the air. He meets a cast of odd characters at the support group.
“Revolution” Sept. 17 (Mondays, NBC) Geek god J.J. Abrams' latest is about a world where all technology — computers, cars, phones, lights, everything — has blacked out forever. But one man may hold the key to turning it all back on. And it's one girl's mission to find him. Over 8 million people have watched the trailer online, so to say it is eagerly anticipated may be understating things. Did we mention the director of “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau, directed the pilot? Yeah, that's how Abrams rolls.
“The Mob Doctor” Sept. 17 (Mondays, Fox)
“Partners” Sept. 24 (Mondays, CBS)
“The Mindy Project” Sept. 25 (Tuesdays, Fox)
Mindy Kaling moves out of “The Office” and into some scrubs as a successful doctor who is unlucky in love. The single-camera comedy is about how she tries to get her personal life back on track before her friends and coworkers have to stage an intervention. Sounds a little extreme, but, hey, this is television.
“Ben and Kate” Sept. 25 (Tuesdays, Fox)
“Vegas” Sept. 25 (Tuesdays, CBS) Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in this drama based on the life of a real Las Vegas rancher turned sheriff charged with bringing order to the city during the 1960s, when Las Vegas was rampant with corruption.
“Animal Practice” Sept. 26 (Wednesdays, NBC)
“Guys with Kids” Sept. 26 (Wednesdays, NBC)
“The Neighbors” Sept. 26 (Wednesdays, ABC)
“Last Resort” Sept. 27 (Thursdays, ABC) After refusing to fire its nuclear missiles, the crew of a U.S. military submarine escapes to a NATO outpost, where they set up a society that they declare to be the smallest nuclear state in the world.
“Elementary” Sept. 27 (Thursdays, CBS) This modern take on Sherlock Holmes stars Jonny Lee Miller as the legendary detective and Lucy Liu as his partner, Dr. Joan Watson. After a stint in rehab, this Sherlock has escaped to Manhattan, where he works the NYPD's most impossible cases with Watson, whose past has complicated her medical career.
“Made in Jersey” Sept. 28 (Fridays, CBS) A young working-class woman uses her street smarts to compete at a prestigious New York law firm staffed with pedigreed Manhattan coworkers.
“666 Park Avenue” Sept. 30 (Sundays, ABC) This supernatural drama follows a couple who are offered the opportunity to manage a historic building that, in standard TV cliche, “is not what it seems.” Every need and desire is met by the building's mysterious — and cold-hearted — owner, but they soon learn those things come with a price. For some reason, the building has a dark hold over all of its residents.
“Chicago Fire” Oct. 10 (Wednesdays, NBC) The executive producer of “Law & Order” is behind this drama about the stressful and dangerous jobs of the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of a Chicago firehouse.
“Malibu Country” Nov. 2 (Fridays, ABC)
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