What's hot in new TV shows coming soon? What's not? What are the trends? News TV Critic Alan Pergament has the answers.
“My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW): Actually, the CW sent along a pilot presentation about a smart young lawyer (Rachel Bloom) who moves from New York City to a small Californian town to pursue the man of her dreams. It wasn’t a full-length episode. Originally planned for Showtime, it is the season’s most imaginative series combining music, romance, weirdness and insanity. But I would have liked to have seen a whole episode.
“Wicked City” (ABC): The true crime anthology series with a cast that includes Erika Christensen of “Parenthood” doesn’t debut until late October with a case set on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (NBC): Who doesn’t love NPH? However, it is asking a lot to revive the variety franchise and the promos don’t exactly inspire confidence.
“Scream Queens” (Fox): I wanted to like the latest comedy-drama series from Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) about a serial killer on the loose at a college loaded with mean, name-dropping, politically-incorrect, uppity sorority girls. But I was a little uncomfortable watching the two-hour pilot because it was just totally too mean even when it tried to be funny.
Every New Comedy: Except for NBC’s “People Are Talking” and perhaps Fox’s silly “The Grinder.” “People” stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tone Bell and is kind of sweet. It is worth seeing just to hear Gosselaar sing Alicia Keys’ part in “Empire State of Mind.” Rob Lowe stars in “The Grinder” as a TV lawyer who fakes being a real lawyer working with his less stylish brother (played by Fred Savage), who is a real lawyer.
“Rush Hour” : It is tough to duplicate the chemistry that Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker had in the movie series. My advice: Rent the movies.