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TV WORTH WATCHING 2011 Fall TV Preview Is Here!
September 12, 2011  | By David Bianculli

The first new television series of the 2011 fall TV season are unveiled this week -- and just in time, the team at TV WORTH WATCHING is weighing in... big time. Expect valuable guidance when we steer you towards the best new offerings -- and some fast jabs and potent punch lines when we don't.


Just click on the banner below -- or HERE, for this opening entry -- and enjoy. We have more than 20 writers in our proud little stable here, and more than half have weighed in already, with more to come. So come back often. Shows are listed in the order in which they'll premiere, so it's a one-stop place to plan when to add new shows to your viewing list.

It took a lot of work, on the part of a lot of people. So please, check back here and post a comment from time to time, telling us what you think -- and whether you agree with us...

P.S. Oh, and my own fall preview report for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross ran Monday. You can read, and hear, that HERE...




Danny said:


Is it possible to put stars under each show so we know how many critics liked the show?

[Dear Danny: No. Well, actually, yes, it's possible, but I dislike the practice. You'll know after you read the critics' mini-reviews -- and that's why they wrote them. To be read. -- DB]

Comment posted on September 12, 2011 10:10 AM

John Joss said:

Mr. Bianculli's comments on NPR about current and future television programs are informed and helpful, and much appreciated.
But might I respectfully ask that the sound engineer involved in the production of his commentary take a moment--it's quite easy to do with today's recording technology--to remove the 'sharp-intake-of-breath' sound that precedes each of his utterances. The sound is distracting and detracts from the professionalism of his work.
If this comment seems in any way inappropriate or reflects ignorance on my part, by all means feel free to correct me so that I may learn.

[No, you're right, but let's not blame the engineer. I'm going through a slight health issue right now, with exacerbated cough and respiration problems, and doing the best I can. If I get better, the load intake of breath will go away. If not, and I die, don't feel guilty. Just take a deep breath... quietly... and move on. -- DB]

Comment posted on September 12, 2011 1:05

R.Orr said:

I'm excited about CBS's the Good Wife, AMC's Walking Dead and BBC America's Luther returning this fall. I wish I could say I am excited about any of the new shows coming, but truthfully I'm not...and now that I've read your review, well...I'm not sure I'll be tuning in. Thanks for the heads up!

Comment posted on September 12, 2011 2:48 PM
Rich said:

I like these tiny paragraph "pocket-sized" round-ups given by the various minds at TWW. More than half of the up or down votes mirrored my own initial instincts based on what I've seen in promos & other advanced material. Welcome to why I watch so much Anime & Asian drama.

Can you imagine someone taking to time to translate, typeset, time, convert, condense, upload, and review even 1/3 of of this god-awful fall line-up?- The shows NOT on Premium or Basic Cable mind-you. The CW occult stuff 'might' be fun but Nothing interests me of the new shows.

Now Critics!- Imagine you get a NEW Fall Line-up with New shows every 3 & 6 months all year long. That's what happens in Japan. There are no re-runs, breaks, or off-peak months. The Blu-Rays start hitting shelves 6 weeks after the episode airs (often with Uncensored or Cleaned-Up content). Imagine actors who play 3-4 roles on popular shows in 1 calendar year.

Hollywood has almost a year to make its fall season and I often laugh at what they waste their money & prime-time real estate on. They should be ashamed.

Comment posted on September 12, 2011 3:17 PM

Sean Dougherty said:

How do you win an Emmy for appearing in a movie (see your review of "No Country for Old Men" today)? If he played a similar character on TV, doesn't decorum demand that you say which show?

[You're absolutely right, and I'm absolutely wrong. I meant Oscar, but typed Emmy. I do that a lot, like when I refer to that famous Odd Couple, Felix & Emmy. Sorry. -- DB]

Comment posted on September 29, 2011 12:46 PM
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