5 New Broadcast Series Worth Checking Out This Fall

But will they all survive?

Feds, Cops and Fox

Sleepy Hollow isn’t the only new broadcast series worthy of checking out this fall. Here, five more reasons to tune into the Big Four. (Caveat: Every show here could be canceled by Columbus Day.)

 The Michael J. Fox Show

Thursday, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Americans rarely arrive at consensus on anything, but everyone who grew up on a diet of Family Ties, Teen Wolf and the Back to the Future franchise appreciates the unparalleled wonderfulness of Michael J. Fox. This is the monster comedy of the season. Caveat: How Sean Hayes landed the 9 p.m. slot is anyone’s guess, but it makes no sense.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesday, 8 p.m., ABC

At first blush, it would appear there’s so much going for this superseries that it simply may be too big to fail. A $1.5 billion box office pedigree, the Marvel Comics seal of approval and the participation of cult-TV guru Joss Whedon all point to a breakout hit. Caveat: To make this work, ABC must draw male fanboys, and thus far cross-promotion on corporate sibling ESPN has been practically invisible.


Monday, 10 p.m., CBS

This high-concept thriller stars Dylan McDermott as a rogue FBI agent who kidnaps a surgeon (Toni Collette) and her family in a bid to coerce her into using her scalpel to murder the president. Although it’s leading out of a potentially wobbly comedy block, this taut thriller can stand on its own merits. Caveat: See below.

The Blacklist

Monday, 10 p.m., NBC

James Spader stars as an arrogant enigma (aka, a James Spader type) who agrees to help the FBI hunt down and capture a roster of goons, thugs and other rascals—providing that a young FBI profiler serves as his liaison to the agency. With The Voice as its lead-in, if this doesn’t bow to at least a 4.0, we’ll eat Spader’s hat. Caveat: See above.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., FOX

Andy Samberg does his endearing goofball bit, playing a rebellious Brooklyn cop who locks horns with his by-the-book new captain (Andre Braugher). Parks and Recreation writers Dan Goor and Michael Schur created this consistently funny single-camera ensemble comedy. Caveat: Deserves a better lead-in than Dads.

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