2012 Fall TV Preview: FridaySeptember 14th, 2012 | Posted by in Television
Fringe’s final season. Community’s new home. Proving ground for Touch and Nikita, but that’s better than cancellation. Made In Jersey could fit nicely into CBS’s crime night. Cinemax debuts a sexy, new original spy series which we’ll be watching.
Malibu Country (Nov. 2)
Reba McEntire stars as a Nashville country music singer who learns that her husband cheated on her and burned through their money. She decides to take her daughter out West and start over. A traditional sitcom that fits perfectly with Last Man Standing to fill a mediocre hour on ABC’s Friday night schedule. In its favor: Lily Tomlin plays Reba’s marijuana-loving mother.
Made In Jersey (Sept. 28)
Janet Montgomery, a talented English actress, has the challenge of trying to sound like a New Jersey Italian in the lead role of a working-class girl who uses her street smarts to succeed in the Ivy League–dominated upper echelons of New York law. CBS sandwiched the rookie legal drama between CSI: New York and Blue Bloods, hoping viewers would not change the channel.
America’s Next Top Model (already started) – The 19th season of the Tyra Banks-hosted competition is the show’s first college edition.
Blue Bloods (Sept. 28) – Jamie (Will Estes) will get a new partner who’s from the projects, while Danny’s (Donnie Wahlberg) wife, Linda (Amy Carlson), heads back to work as an ER nurse. CBS’s third-year cop drama has become a Friday favorite.
Community (Oct. 19) – NBC gave the critically acclaimed sitcom a deserved fourth season (13 episodes) but fired creator Dan Harmon and moved the show to Friday night. But the network promises the comedy will continue to be wild and wacky.
CSI: New York (Sept. 28) – CSI: Miami was canceled, leaving Gary Sinese’s series as the lone CSI spin-off. The ninth (and perhaps final season) moves to the leadoff 8 p.m. timeslot. Rob Morrow (Num3ers) guest stars as a serial arsonist.
Fringe (Sept. 28) – The producers won’t be holding anything back as the cult favorite ends with a 13-episode final season. The story is set in the year 2039, where time-traveling Observers from the distant future now rule the Earth. Olivia, Peter and Walter are now freedom fighters. Georgina Haig reprise s her role as the adult daughter of Peter and Olivia.
Grimm (already started) – NBC’s surprise hit fairy tale crime drama got off to an early start, hoping to capitalize on the network’s publicity push. After five solid episodes on Monday nights, the show moves to Fridays on Sept. 21.
Last Man Standing (Nov. 2) – Tim Allen’s comeback sitcom has been banished to Friday nights. New showrunner Tim Doyle is the third person in two years to take the job, and several roles have been recast.
Nikita (Oct. 19) – The CW third-year spy thriller made the renewal cut, but Maggie Q must now face Fringe and Grimm on Friday nights. Nikita hunts down a band of rogue agents known as the Dirty 30.
Touch (Oct. 26) – Fox saved Kiefer Sutherland’s sentimental father-son drama despite lower ratings than canceled freshmen shows Terra Nova and Alcatraz. Maria Bello, who was introduced in last year’s finale, will have a prominent role.
Whitney (Oct. 19) – NBC gave Whitney a surprise second season and a puzzling pairing with Community on a Friday night comedy hour. Wil Calhoun (Friends) takes over as showrunner.
Haven (Sept. 21) – Dorian Missick (Southland) and Kate Kelton (Bullet in the Face) will join the cast for the Syfy show’s third season.
Hunted (Oct. 19) – This Cinemax original series from X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz focuses on a spy (Melissa George) who works for a private intelligence firm.