Hit Watch 2014: Which New Fall Shows Will Succeed?
Hit Watch 2014: Which New Fall Shows Will Succeed?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
With 24 new network shows airing in Fall 2014, from dramas to comedies to a reality show, viewers will have plenty to choose from. But which ones are worth your time?

Yesterday I made my picks for what shows will be the first to get cancelled, but now it's time to look at the ones I think will succeed. In 2012, I correctly picked four out of five that got renewed for second seasons. Last year I only got three right, incorrectly believing that the CW's The Tomorrow People and CBS' The Crazy Ones would last.

Here are my picks for which shows will be hits, one from each network.

The Flash (The CW)

With only two new shows this fall on the CW, I have to go with the one that has a built-in fan base. Arrow is a big hit for the CW, and fans seem genuinely excited after it introduced Grant Gustin's Barry Allen last season. The new superhero drama should get a full-season order and a second season renewal fairly quickly.

Gotham (FOX)

FOX has found surprising success with its new limited-run formats, condensing seasons into more cable-like runs. Sleepy Hollow and The Following have both worked out quite well, and now comes Gotham, a drama that has a built-in fanbase with the Batman franchise. A lot of it will depend on the execution, but the premise alone should draw a big crowd to FOX's latest effort.

NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

It doesn't seem fair to pick the latest NCIS spin-off as a hit. The original, and the L.A. spin-off, are both massive hits for CBS and New Orleans is inheriting the best time slot in all of television, right after NCIS on Tuesdays at 9pm. At this point, quality hardly matters (just look at The Millers succeeding last season thanks to airing right after The Big Bang Theory).

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

This is the fifth show produced by Shonda Rhimes for ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal all succeeded while Off the Map was her lone bomb. This drama looks to follow in the footsteps of Scandal, with a brilliant lawyer (played by Oscar nominee Viola Davis) taking several law students under her wing. There's sex, murder, a big mystery and all of the other elements that made Scandal a hit. My only real concern is that the show's title is not very social media-friendly. I don't imagine the hashtag #HTGAWM will catch on.

Constantine (NBC)

NBC has slim pickings when it comes to new fall shows. There are three new comedies, but NBC hasn't launched a successful new fall comedy in the past two years, so I doubt any of them will make it. And I'm already picking The Mysteries of Laura as one of the first cancellations of the season.

That leaves Constantine, a comic book adaptation that airs Fridays at 10pm (not exactly a time slot brimming with confidence). But it's paired nicely with Grimm, a surprisingly steady performer, and the saga of demons and angels might work well. I'm not sure if it will succeed, but I definitely think it has a better chance than NBC's four other new fall shows.

(Image courtesy of the CW)