Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

We’re covering the new fall TV season day by day all week. Here’s what’s on tap Tuesdays this fall.




“No Ordinary Family”(ABC, 8 p.m., starts Sept. 21) is poised as one of the more unusual shows of the season: an ordinary family that finds itself with superpowers following a family trip abroad. Most of the pilot is spent discovering their various skills and yet the group as a whole doesn’t seem particularly happy about all these changes. Shall we blame Greg Berlanti, adding all kinds of domestic drama into what should be a live action “Incredibles”? It’s quite a cast, with Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz and Kay Penabaker, but unless they start having some fun, this could spiral down like “Heroes.”

“Raising Hope” (Fox, 9 p.m., Sept. 21) is so much the sequel to “My Name is Earl” that creator Greg Garcia makes a joke about it in the premiere. He’s still working with the same kind of characters: Lovable dopes who don’t know how to do much of anything, particularly raise a baby left with them. Alternately chuckle- and cringe-worthy but mostly seeming like a syndicated “Earl” rerun.

“Running Wilde” (Fox, 9:30 p.m., Sept. 21).  Mitch Hurwitz, the writer, and Will Arnett the actor have proven they can do some hilarious things (“Arrested Development”) but also some horrendous, laughless things (“Sit Down, Shut Up”). This veers toward the latter, at least in the pilot, as Arnett, who is usually funny as a supporting character is awfully trying as a lead, especially one as obnoxious as his character Steven Wilde, clueless rich person who is trying to impress stereotypical activist played by Keri Russell. There may be promise here, but nothing in what I’ve seen so far.

“Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC, 10 p.m., Sept. 21.). The straightforward cop saga is awfully appealing this season, especially among a number of new shows about either fringe lawmen and fantasy gunplay (from “Hawaii Five-0” to “Chase”). Though this one had to be retooled to largely remove the faux-documentary aspect, it’s got a solid and believable cast in Michael Imperioli, James McDaniel and Jon Michael Hill, and an authentic backdrop in the city of Detroit, full of grit and problems but also heart.


“NCIS” (CBS, 8 p.m., Sept, 21), “Glee” (Fox, 8 p.m., Sept. 21), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC, 8 p.m., ., Sept. 21), “One Tree Hill” (The CW, 8 p.m., Sept. 14),  “Dancing with the Stars” results show (ABC, 9 p.m., Sept. 21), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, 9 p.m., Sept. 21), “Life Unexpected” (The CW, 9 p.m., Sept. 14.), “The Good Wife” (CBS, 10 p.m., Sept. 28), “Parenthood” (NBC, 10 p.m., Sept. 14).

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