Fall 2014 First Impressions: The 5 Least Exciting New Shows
Fall 2014 First Impressions: The 5 Least Exciting New Shows
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
All five major networks have released their schedules for Fall 2014, including 24 new shows. Based on the announcements, time slots and trailers released by the networks, it's easy to make snap judgments to decide which shows you should get excited about and which ones you can write off.

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Based on these first impressions, here are five shows I'm not very excited about this fall, one from each network.

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The Mysteries of Laura (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm, Watch More New NBC Trailers)

The biggest problem with this Debra Messing show is that the tone seems very confusing. Messing plays an NYPD detective who solves crimes and deals with an ex-husband and unruly twin boys. The mix of crime procedural with quirky family dramedy doesn't seem to make sense in the trailer, and Messing might be one of the least believable cops in TV history.

Mulaney (FOX, Sundays at 9:30pm, Watch More New FOX Trailers)

Over the last eight years, FOX has aired 10 new multi-camera, laugh track sitcoms. Brad Garrett's 'Til Death is the only one that lasted longer than a single season. The others are the following trainwrecks, flops and disasters: Dads, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Brothers, Do Not Disturb, The Return of Jezebel James, Back to You, The Winner, The War at Home and Happy Hour. After reading that list, there's absolutely no reason to be excited or optimistic about a new multi-camera sitcom on FOX.

Forever (ABC, Tuesdays at 10pm, Watch More New ABC Trailers)

ABC tanked in this time slot last year, with Lucky 7, Killer Women and Mind Games airing a combined total of just 13 extremely low-rated episodes. That bodes poorly for this supernatural procedural about a medical examiner who comes back to life, naked in a river, every time he dies. Can a silly premise in a doomed time slot really be successful?

NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesdays at 9pm, Watch More New CBS Trailers)

The world already has two NCISes, two CSIs, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, Elementary, Blue Bloods and The Mentalist, and that's just on CBS. Is there anything less necessary than yet another acronym spin-off of a team solving crimes? I imagine all they do is take scripts from the original NCIS or even NCIS: Los Angeles, replace donuts with beignets and call it a day.

Jane the Virgin (The CW, Mondays at 9pm, Watch More New CW Trailers)

Perhaps this dramedy based on a telenovela can find the same level of whimsy as Ugly Betty. But the phrase "accidental artificial insemination" gives me pause for concern. It's an extremely bizarre and wacky concept that might be too ridiculous to be taken seriously.

Which new shows are you least excited about for the fall?

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