Fall TV lineup review

Mallory Martin

School is starting and you all know what that means: time for the start of fall’s new TV lineup! With so many shows up to the bat and so much buzz, it can be hard to pick out what’s worth watching and what’s worth skipping. Here’s a little guide to clear the air.

The winner of best new show has got to go to Fox’s “The Mindy Project.” Granted, the initial storyline may seem a little tired: a woman with a successful career struggles with a messy personal life. However, “The Office” alum Mindy Kaling brings so much charisma, wit and comedy to her character that it’s definitely worth the watch. Her co-stars are equally humorous and fun, and she’s actually relatable, unlike some other Fox females (I’m looking at you, Zooey Deschanel). Also worth checking out is ABC’s “Revolution,” J.J. Abrams’ piece about a post-apocalyptic world; Fox’s “The Following,” which stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent struggling with a gang of serial killers; and ABC’s “666 Park Avenue”: part “Rosemary’s Baby,” part “American Horror Story.” This promising lineup of newcomers will keep you glued to the TV screen every week.

NBC and the CW, however, appear to be striking out this year. NBC’s “Animal Practice,” about a grouchy veterinarian, seems like nothing more than an attempt to claim abandoned “House” fans. “Chicago Fire” offers smoking leading men, but a flickering storyline. Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal” holds potential, but could easily turn into just another “Glee.” Meanwhile, the CW attempted to feed off the superhero buzz with “Green Arrow” but forgot to make it compelling, and their remake of the ’90s hit “Beauty and the Beast” looks to be just another sappy, supernatural love story.