Fall Shows First Look: Fox
- Monday, June 04, 2012
Unlike most stations, you never quite know what the Fox network has up its sleeve. ABC will forever target the family audience while the CW shamelessly caters to young women, but Fox always seems to produce a group of shows that are entirely their own. Whether or not any of them succeed largely depends on you, the viewer. Here are advanced previews of the new TV series coming to Fox this fall.
The Mindy Project
What's it About: Fox's newest comedy stars The Office's Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, a young physician trying to manage her personal and professional life while simultaneously searching for Mr. Right.
First Impressions: Even with the cavalcade of Office alums and SNL co-stars Kaling is bringing to the series, The Mindy Project comes across as anything but funny. The show's trailer left us feeling bored, and if a three minute clip could do that we can only imagine what a full episode is capable of. Besides, TV has too many "Doctor" shows already.
Final Verdict: Pass
The Goodwin Games
What's it About: After the unexpected passing of Benjamin Goodwin (Beau Bridges), his three estranged children are summoned to the reading of his will. Henry, the oldest, is an over-achieving doctor. The middle child, Chloe, is a former child prodigy who squandered her talent in favor of popularity. Jimmy, the youngest of the three, is a dim-witted ex-con who's trying to reconnect with his daughter while on the run from loan sharks. The three siblings learn their father has left them a 20 million dollar inheritance, but they must compete for it in challenges he specially designed for them. As the games begin however, they realize these unique challenges are their father's last attempt to make them the family they were always supposed to be.
First Impressions: This series has heart. It doesn't come across as the funniest thing on TV, but the trailer has a couple laughs and it will strike a chord with anyone who has siblings. We'll take a risk on this dark horse and give it a shot.
Final verdict: Watch
What's it About: Years ago, FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) succeeded in capturing the infamous serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and putting him behind bars for life. Now Carroll has escaped, and the Bureau calls in a disillusioned Hardy to consult on the case. As the mysteries behind the case begin to unravel, Hardy realizes to his horror that Carroll has been using his time in prison to amass a following of devotees whom he has trained as ruthless killers. Hardy and his allies must now fight to keep the web of murder from expanding, all the while searching for the group's notorious ringleader.
First Impressions: Promising. The series has a talented cast attached to it, and procedural crime dramas have a way of getting results. We wouldn't be surprised if this show became one of the fall's bigger hits.
Final Verdict: Watch
The Mob Doctor What's it About: As its name suggests, The Mob Doctor is a new Fox drama about a brilliant surgeon secretly working for Chicago's Southside mob. Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) has a deal with the mob bosses of Chicago. Spare her brother's life and she will work off his debt by acting as their own, personal surgeon. For a time, she managed to walk the razor edge between the world of healing and the world of crime, but after she's suddenly ordered to murder a trial witness coming to her operating table, Grace must find a way out of her double life before someone gets killed.
First Impressions: It's a good premise and the trailer certainly had enough thrill for us, but a show like this could easily go south. Prime Suspect and The Chicago Code played with the same themes and both were axed despite warm reviews. We're going to keep an eye on this one for the moment.
Final Verdict: Undetermined
Ben & Kate
What's it About: Ben and Kate grew up in a broken home and survived by taking care of each other. Now years later, Ben is still a naïve dreamer while Kate is a single mother trying to make a life for her young daughter. After Ben realizes his sister still needs his help sorting out her life, he decides to move in and take care of his niece. Meanwhile, Kate begins to understand just how much her brother has sacrificed for her, and searches for a way to pay him back.
First Impressions: This show looks more sad than funny. The trailer was kind of depressing, and most of its generic gags flopped pretty hard. Surprisingly, some critics have high hopes for Ben & Kate, but honestly we just don't see it.
Final Verdict: Pass
*This Review First Published 6/1/2012
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