New Shows of Fall Season

The following TV shows are actually new. To my knowledge, they are not based on any previous product. They are, at the very least, slightly unique.

For example…



So, Tony Stark took over a police department, and he’s now on his way to taking over the police department of the entire city.

Do you want RoboCop? Because this is how you get RoboCop.

Seriously, this feels like someone saw the 90s show The District, and just threw in Tony Stark.


The executive producer is the same one from Lucifer, as well as the creator of Burn Notice, Matt Nix. All right, they have my attention.

“Inspired by true events” … huh. Okay.

Pros: This looks like insane fun. With the guys from Lucifer, Burn Notice, and Ernie Hudson.

Cons: Too many possibilities to take this into Mary Sue territory … which they may have deflated in the last scene of the trailer, so who knows? There may be hope for this. The pilot could just be setting up all the toys to make them look unstoppable, followed by “Darn. The whole city wants this. We’re screwed.”

Pure Genius (CBS)

If APB is “Tony Stark takes over the police,” this is shooting for “really boring Stark takes over a hospital.”

Yes, I’m sorry, this does look an awful lot like one of those “inspirational shows,” that looks about as inspirational as an insipid romance novel.

But then there’s Reshma Shetty.

If you don’t know Shetty, she’s a fun Indian actress who was a star of Royal Pains for its eight seasons. She was charming and witty, and entertaining.

And yes, I’m hoping she’s playing the exact same character, just with a different name.

And since she’s going from a PA to being a doctor, my guess is that it’s likely.

But yes, in general, it looks highly uninspiring. I’ve read Avon romance novels that had more depth and character.

Bull (CBS)

Dear Michael Weatherly … was NCIS so bad that you had to leave it to come to this?

Sigh. On the one hand, the psychology of jury selection and running juries can be fun. Don’t believe me? Just watch The Runaway Jury. Or one of the Parker episodes of Leverage where it’s basically 12 Angry Men.

This …. I’ll give it a shot, though I think I’d rather shoot myself in the head by the end of it. Especially if they make it into multiple PC endings. Using “I’m gay” as an alibi might be required to pass the tests set by the SJW overlords at CBS, who insist on interjecting a political message at least once an episode (look up any episode of Blue Bloods where a Catholic group has objected, and you’ll see what I mean by forced messages. You can practically read the studio memors on the screen.)

Michael Weatherly, you have three episodes to get it right. Two if you annoy me.


Oh God, not another time travel show.

I’m wondering what the writers were smoking. Did they binge watch Legends of Tomorrow back to back with Doctor Who and decide that time travel was the in thing?

Okay, yes, I’m being picky, but … show of hands, how many people think that this is going to have at least one preachy moment an episode? You know, the same exact parts of Legends of Tomorrow that really, really drag? Like trying to preach at us about the “sexually repressive sixties,” even though, you know, IT GENERATED A BABY BOOM?

But, yeah, like with bad episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, or with the entire series that was Cold Case, I expect that a good chunk of this series is going to be Orwellian rewriting of history to match whatever PC BS narrative is up and running.

I will give this a try in the hopes that it will try something new and creative with it. I won’t hold my breath. I would like Goran Visnjic to have a good TV show, since I generally liked him, even on e.r. 

Pro: Stuff blows up.

Con: “We have to save history by making sure all these people die,” is going to be tough on an audience after a while.

Notorious (ABC)

Oh look, it’s Piper Perabo, the blonde who made a CIA television show into a boring soap opera.

With “games that slimy lawyers play” action.

The description?

“Notorious” is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media

1) Geragos never looked that good.

2) Geragos is also known as the man who only defends the guilty, and does it badly.

Among Geragos’ clients are:

Clinton crony Susan McDougal: spent 18 months in federal prison. In his defense, at least Geragos didn’t get Susan McDougal the death penalty. Any additional damage Geragos could do to McDougal’s case was nullified when Clinton granted her a presidential pardon hours before he left office. As Susan McDougal assured New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in 1997, Clinton would never pardon her: “He’s not going to wake up one day and confer it on me.” As to how McDougal knows the way Bill Clinton behaves when he first wakes up in the morning, I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Gary Condit: suspected (but never accused!) of involvement in Chandra Levy’s disappearance. Condit was never charged with any crime. But he hired Geragos to manage a media campaign to defend his reputation. The next thing Condit knew, he was kissing his 30-year political career goodbye when he lost to his Democratic primary opponent by a whopping 18 points. Or as the kids are saying these days, Condit got “shrummed” by 18 points. The only way Condit could have lost by a bigger margin would be if Bob Shrum had managed his campaign.

Winona Ryder: convicted of grand theft. Instead of having her throw herself on the state’s mercy and beg for a plea bargain, Geragos took the case to trial, where the jury had to balance a videotape of Ryder caught in the act of stealing against Geragos’ argument that the store security guards were mean to her. (If there was any more to the defense’s theory, I missed it.) Geragos boasts that he won a sentence of only community service and probation for Ryder. That might be something to crow about if the prosecutor had asked for anything more than … community service and probation.

Michael Jackson: fired Geragos almost immediately after hiring him.

Scott Peterson: convicted of first- and second-degree murder

With him as executive producer (meaning he has direct control over the content of the show) expect this to be Geragos rewriting a lot of history to make him look good.

Seriously, though, Geragos? Has Shonda Rhimes run out of ideas for the morally bankrupt, so they had to go to the LA lawyer?

Designated Survivor (ABC)

Now we know why he’s not in the new 24.

On the one hand, Jack Bauer is back on television. On the other hand … the last time Kiefer Sutherland had a season that focused really heavily  on politics, is was season 6 of 24, and none of us want a rehash of that.

And he’s the HUD secretary? HUD as president? Oh no, this has so much potential to suck.

Please, I really want Jack Bauer back. Don’t screw this up, ABC….

Oh, who am I kidding, ABC is dedicated to the morally bankrupt and the vile, I think it’s their primary audience. If you want to prove me wrong, feel free to point out when all of Shonda Rhimes’ shows are off the air.

Not to mention, Kal Penn? He left House to join the Obama administration, and then abandoned that to do more Harold and Kumar movies. This is not encouraging.

On the other hand, when all else fails, watching Maggie Q trying to figure out who blew up the State of the Union should be fun. Maybe it’ll even have a little ticking clock.

Conviction (ABC)

Oh, Hayley Atwell, I really do like you. You have a great smile. Lovely eyes. You’re downright beautiful. How the heck did you end up with this mess for a show?

Pro: It’s a new concept. We’re going to take a former first daughter, who has all the bad habits of Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and every other child actor train wreck, all blended into one person, and put her in charge of reviewing cases that had come before the DA’s office. Add to that Eddie Cahill of CSI: NY (my personal favorite among all of the CSI franchise).

Con: There is no way this would work in real life. Suspension of disbelief? Heck with that. Just turn off your brain entirely just to get into the initial premise. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear this was another Shonda Rhimes product. Please tell me it isn’t. I would hate for Atwell to be stuck in a sinkhole like Grey’s Anatomy  for a decade.

Time After Time (ABC)

Here we have a plot instead of just “Oh look, a time travel show!”

I don’t know how to feel about this one. Mainly because HG Wells hanging around just to deal with one villain seems a little like a solid movie of the week, not an entire tv show. And no, I don’t recognize anyone off hand, but that doesn’t really mean anything.

This looks like the new season could be very interesting, or heavy on “Just shoot me.” Only Time will tell.

And while you’re waiting for all this to come out, you can kill some time with my novel Honor at Stake. Heh.

 And … enjoy.


About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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