Hello, dear TV viewers. It’s that time of the year again, when the networks trot out their new material for our consumption. This year’s offerings run the gamut from a re-imagining of Sleepy Hollow, to a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. To help you sort through the chaos, here are the new arrivals, specifically the gay and female-fronted ones. There’s also a few clunkers and some returning favorites thrown in for good measure.
(All times are EST.)
Comedies (and attempts at comedy)
Back in the Game (ABC, Wednesday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m.): Maggie Lawson (Psych) and James Caan star in this comedy about a woman and her estranged father who coach a team of misfits in the Great American Past-time. Sure, it’s a lot like The Bad News Bears, but the trailer actually made me believe it has the big heart and bad attitude of early Glee. Giving this one three strikes.
Brooklyn Nine Nine (Fox, Tuesday, September 17, 8:30 p.m.): The Andy Samberg-fronted cop comedy has a gay (male) chief of police. Samberg’s instincts tend to be hit-or-miss (Hot Rod, anyone?), so I’d say this is worth giving one (1) chance. The lady cops are pretty, though.
The Crazy Ones (CBS, Thursday, September 26, 9 p.m.): Set in the strange world of advertising (even the title is a wink at Mad Men), this dramedy follows a father-daughter team played by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. It sounds good on paper, so let’s give it a chance and see if it can deliver the chemistry and the right balance of whimsy and heart.
Dads (Fox, Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.): You know how old men are racist and sexist in, like, the most hilarious way possible? No? Well watch this show to find out, or if you’ve recently swallowed poison and need to induce vomiting.
The Goldbergs (ABC, Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m.): A family comedy like so many before it with an oafish but good-hearted dad and a barely-holding-it-together mom (Wendi McLendon Covey), seen through the eyes of their quirky son. If ’80s nostalgia is your thing, this might be your show.
Mom (CBS, Monday, September 23,9:30 p.m.): Pros: Allison Janney and Anna Faris, both comedy geniuses,as a mother and daughter who are both recovering alcoholics. Cons: The obnoxious laugh track and the fact that it was created by Two and a Half Men‘s Chuck Lorre. You be the judge.
Sean Saves the World (NBC, Thursday, October 3, 9 p.m.): Will and Grace‘s Sean Hayes returns to television in this multi-camera comedy about a gay single dad struggling with work and his teenage daughter. For me, this real test of this one’s quality will be whether they let him be gay in more than name only.
Trophy Wife (ABC, Tuesday, September 24, 9:30 p.m.): This show seems to have the plot of Stepmom except no one is dying (yet). The only way I am watching is if Marcia Gay Harden and Malin Akerman leave the guy to be together. Let me know if that happens.
Super Fun Night (ABC, Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 p.m.): Rebel Wilson fans, rejoice! This comedy follows a trio of late-blooming friends, one of whom may be a lesbian, as they learn how to have grownup fun.