Okay. We've got a lot of stuff coming in and I don't have all the dates and times in front of me, so I'll have to update this a bit to get that in. For starters, I'll just rattle off all the stuff I know of. Fox The Following - You know this is coming if you're anywhere near Fox in your watching habits. If you can remember a couple of years ago when it seemed like every show was about Edgar Allen Poe somehow, this would be the only survivor of that crop (aside from the allegedly pretty awful movie). The pitch for the show is that The Guy You Recognize Who Isn't Kevin Bacon is a serial killer who draws upon Poe as inspiration (at least in the pilot). He's been arrested on account of he kills lots of people and that's just sort of the thing you do in that situation, and the guy who put him there is Kevin Bacon. A few years later, new murders after the fashion of the original murders start showing up, leading the police to suspect that this crazy person has a FOLLOWING (subtle, right?) of people picking up where he left off. The assumption is that this will come in and stop The Mob Doctor from further ruining my recollection of The Chicago Code on Monday nights, and the initial reception is actually pretty damn positive. A lot will depend on how much the network forces the show to tone things down. Touch - The show that won the coin toss against Alcatraz on account of Kiefer being besties with the network boss will be back. If you don't remember, this was the show that contended that some special subgroup of autistic people were actually magic creatures from esoteric Jewish mysticism who were tasked with being the three hundred good people in the universe that give Yaweh an excuse not to just Sodom and Gommorah the whole thing. If they stay true to the season finale last year, they'll have switched coasts and, of a necessity, they'll have to switch up a bunch of the particulars of the show that annoyed me in the first place, but I doubt they'll address my biggest problem (you know, aside from the fact that I am apparently supposed to convince an invisible wizard not to smash all you people with a hammer) - the saccharine, nearly sickening tone. Nonetheless, I believe this is expected to go to Friday when Fringe runs out of episodes. ABC Red Widow - This is a show that seems like it has to be based on a book about a mob wife whose husband dies and she ends up doing all the stuff he used to do just to keep the family safe. I have no clue what the tone is going to be. Since ABC has already cleared two slots in their schedule, I assume that this will end up on Wednesdays with Nashville slotting into somewhere on Sunday. I'll give it a shot, but I've honestly got no clue what to expect. ABC currently skews toward the female demographic, which would suggest that you should expect a lot of the mommy story, but they've been trying for a couple of seasons now to grab back some male audience with at least a couple of their shows. Zero Hour - The best way to describe this show is probably "What if Michael Shermer met the actual Illuminati?" Of course, that doesn't make any goddamn sense if you don't know who Michael Shermer is, but the basic pitch is that the editor of some sort of skeptical publication gets wrapped up in some for real conspiracies. My guess is that this will replace Last Resort on Thursday, and all indications are that it is terrible with a capital shitty. That's only based on what some critics have seen of the pre-release pilot, so it could change, but it could also not change. I'll give it a shot since it intersects so many areas of my interest and I'm generally game for any show that I can belittle to hide my deep-seeded feelings of inadequacy. Body of Proof - This show is coming back, but it might as well not be, because quite a lot of the cast got fired. Specifically, all the police (which is why the lady police is now on Burn Notice doing effectively the same thing she was doing here). I suspect that it will still be inoffensive fluff that will slot into wherever the network needs to fill time, and further that it probably won't survive this season. I believe that they've retained Jeri Ryan and Dana Delaney, however, if that's what you were interested in. NBC 1600 Penn - Remember that show "The Powers that Be?" No? Well, fuck you. It was awesome, or at least I recall my teenage self thinking so. This seems a lot like it to me. It's a comedy about the president's family. Jenna Elfman is not a particularly big draw for me, but I'm interested in spite of that. It is, in fact, one of the two network sitcoms that I'm feeling any anticipation for. Community - The other sitcom. It'll be back in its same old time slot for thirteen episodes. Deception - Somebody at NBC saw Revenge and figured that they'd better get on that train right now, so we have this. Some socialite gets dead and this nice black lady cop goes undercover as some kind of servent at their palatial manor in wherever the hell it happens to be. Hannibal - This would be the thing that NBC would rather Bryan Fuller do than Mockingbird Lane because they have no taste. Lucky for them, the pilot is apparently pretty okay. Mads Mikelson is Hannibal Lecter back in the days when he was consulting with the FBI and nobody knew that he like to eat Duded up Beans. It doesn't have a date yet, but it does have a full series order, because it's being half-financed by overseas interests, the same way The Firm was. So there's going to be 22 episodes of this at some point. CBS Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......I got nothing. They only canceled one of their new shows in the hour long slot, so I'm not sure there's room for anything anyway. The CW Cult - This is another show in the general pattern of The Following, but with an actual Cult. It is allegedly godawful, but it might just be so bad that it's good, and it'll have Jo from Supernatural, so I'm in. The Carrie Diaries - I won't watch it because I have less than no interest in the premise, but I assume that people do exist that want more Sex in the City, and that's basically what this is. It's a prequel, when Carrie was young, hence the name. I assume this will plug the hole that Gossip Girl is going to leave when it runs out. FX Unsupervised - This is currently slated to return in December, which I find absolutely puzzling. I like the show, anyway. It's like Beavis and Butthead if those two were just irrepressibly positive and always wanted to do the right thing (so it's sort of like a collision between that show and Moral Orel). It's hard not to like it, though I imagine it's easy not to love. Justified - It's back in January. Archer - Durrrr. Forgot about this one somehow. Mostly because I find it baffling that it doesn't seem to be launching at the same time as Unsupervised, which I had assumed would be its partner. The Americans - This will be FX's latest attempt to build a new one hour series. Their past two attempts that I can remember didn't work out so good (Terriers and Lights Out were both excellent shows, but did not manage to gather any sort of audience). If you remember the subplot from the first season of Homeland in which the two sekrit muslims got a house overlooking the airport for....uhh....I'm not sure there was ever a punchline to that, that's basically what this is, but set in the eighties with Communists. Felicity is the female lead and I don't really care who the guy is because I'm interested in enough in the premise and the network's pedigree to give it a shot. This is also premiering in January. Starz Spartacus - It's back for the last year. They decided they didn't feel right going on any further. TBS Cougar Town - This apparently starts again. At this point, it's going to end up being the show that I never really caught, but I guess I can't watch all of television. I mean, I've busted out The Wire and The Shield into episodes, and I've got to stop somewhere. Sorry Courtney Cox. Your show looked like I would really like it. Other Cable I don't have anything off the top of my head, but I'll do some research. I can say for sure that there won't be any new series on USA until the Summer (they're doing something about undercover cops on the beach), but there might be something on A&E or TNT or the pay channels that I'm just not remembering.