Hit Watch 2013: Which New Fall Shows Will Succeed?
Hit Watch 2013: Which New Fall Shows Will Succeed?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
With so many new fall shows to choose from (28 on the five major networks), it's hard to figure out which ones to watch and which ones to skip. You probably don't want to waste your time if you think a show will be cancelled right away,

Last year, of the 21 new fall shows, I chose five, one from each network, that I thought would be big hits. Four of them were renewed for a second season (out of only eight total renewals), with 666 Park Avenue as my only huge miss.

So which shows do I think you can bank on to hit it big this year?

The Blacklist (NBC)

Mondays at 10pm were the worst time slot ever for NBC in recent memory, with such notable bombs as The Playboy Club, My Own Worst Enemy and Journeyman, among others. But last year, thanks to having The Voice as a lead-in, Revolution succeeded. Now comes The Blacklist, one of the most exciting and entertaining pilots this season. With just enough procedural and serial elements to appeal to everyone, and with a fiendishly delightful performance by James Spacer, this is poised to be the breakout hit of the year.

The Tomorrow People (The CW)

The CW has a pretty solid track record, with almost half of its new fall shows from the past five years getting renewed for second seasons. The surest thing this year is this perfect partner for Arrow. A new superhero drama starring Arrow actor Stephen Amell's cousin Robbie, it's exactly what the CW does best. Take a hot, young cast, add some cool action, potential love triangles and family drama, then, for good measure, offer a sci-fi/fantasy twist (like Arrow, Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries, etc). The CW should just order a full season of The Tomorrow People and renew it for season 2 while they're at it.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Of the eight new ABC shows this fall, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the only hit, but I suspect it will be a big one. The Avengers franchise has a huge built-in fanbase and Joss Whedon is suddenly a hot commodity, unlike his days with FOX where Firefly and Dollhouse got relegated to Friday nights. Sure, going head-to-head with NCIS is a tough job, but there's more than enough to go around.

The Crazy Ones (CBS)

Chuck Lorre's Mom might be a safer bet (he's the Rumpelstiltskin of CBS, turning mediocre straw into ratings gold), but I think this new Robin Williams show has more potential. It's very outside-the-box for CBS, a single-camera, laugh track-free comedy, but with big star power in Williams, cult cred with Buffy'sSarah Michelle Gellar and the hottest actor around, James Wolk, The Crazy Ones could pave the way for a new renaissance of CBS comedies that combine the critical appeal of single-camera shows with big ratings.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

To be honest, I'm not sure FOX has any hits on its hands. In the last six years the network has only launched eight new dramas in the fall, and Fringe is the only one that lasted more than a single season. While the comedies all seem doomed, I'll put my bet on this weird reimagined version of the classic tale of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane featuring time travel and machine guns. It's the kind of silly, ridiculous blend of action and history that made those National Treasure movies so popular, so why not on TV?


(Image courtesy of ABC)

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