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What’s to come to TV this fall

Brace yourselves – the new fall television shows are coming.

Every fall presents a handful of new shows to the boob tube. Some are billed as “the next ‘Lost’” or the “closest things we’ll get to ‘Friends.’” Some are strikingly original and engage new viewers.

It’s almost guaranteed that many of these shows won’t make it another year, as a recent network trend has been to cancel shows after a season or two.

Regardless, here’s a look at some television shows you can expect to see pop up in the next few weeks:

‘Revolution’ (NBC)

Oh hey, the new iPhone was announced yesterday. Now imagine: poof, it’s gone.

So is the case in “Revolution.”

This science fiction drama shows the aftermath of a worldwide electricity blackout. Specifically, it follows the Matheson family and their adventures in this somewhat post-apocalyptic world.

Created by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) and executive producer J.J. Abrams, the show has potential to extend past the fall.

It has some great actors, too, including Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad.”

Viewers should be excited for this show because it will depict what our world would be like without cell phones, iPads and the crazy Nike sneakers that have electronic chips in them. Only time will tell how long this show can last, but so far, it appears to have legs to stand on. The pilot is available online at


‘Go On’ (NBC)

“Friends” fans rejoice – Chandler Bing is back.

Only his name is now Ryan King, he doesn’t live in New York and isn’t married to Monica anymore. Still, Matthew Perry is essentially playing the same guy.

“Go On” details the life of Ryan King, who lost his wife and has spiraled out of control to the point where he is pushed to attend therapy.

In the pilot episode, available on, King interacts with other members of a therapy group and puts their problems into an NCAA bracket-like tournament.

It’s a hilarious show that calls back to nearly a decade ago when Chandler would waltz around with his sarcastic wit. If you’re one who wants those days back – or are someone who loved Chandler above all other “Friends” characters – this is the show for you.

‘666 Park Avenue’ (ABC)

It’s not exactly the next “Lost,” but it has one man that might draw the comparison – Terry O’Quinn, engrained in the minds of all “Lost” fans as the boar-hunting, ever-philosophical John Locke. O’Quinn stars as Gavin Duran, the owner of a seductive hotel.

Not much can be drawn from the trailers, but it appears as though there may be some calls to deals with the devil. It’s likely that devil is O’Quinn. Other notable actors to be featured on “666 Park Avenue” include Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters”), Rachael Taylor (“Transformers”) and Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”).

It contains a star-studded cast, and it is likely going to seduce viewers to watch, like guests to the hotel.

‘The Mindy Project’ (FOX)

Remember that show “The Office” that was really good and then got very ‘meh?’

Remember that gossiping, affectionate Kelly girl?

Well, she has her own show now.

Mindy Kaling is the co-producers and star of this sitcom about a single physician that is trying to make it through her professional and personal life. Kaling’s comedic timing was very spot-on during her run on “The Office,” so she just might bring that over to FOX for her own show.

‘Nashville’ (ABC)

Singing never looked this good.

“Nashville” is a musical drama that is set to air on ABC this fall. It stars Connie Britton, who is fresh off a great role on “American Horror Story” and Hayden Panettiere, who is back after her sub-par role on “Heroes.”

Britton and Panettiere play Rayna James and Juliette Barnes, two country singers at the opposite ends of their careers. James’ star is fading, while Barnes’ is beginning to gleam. This begins a rivalry that will surely have critics singing one way or the other.

Herb Scribner can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @MDC_Scribner.

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