Fall 2012 TV Preview: 12 New Shows to Watch Out For

From The Mindy Project to Beauty and the Beast, here are 12 brand new shows to watch out for on television this fall!
-Lucia Peters, BettyConfidential.com

Fall may bring the dreaded (if still somewhat exciting) back-to-school time-but it also brings with it something awesome: Brand new television shows! We've rounded up 12 of fall's newest offerings to give you a sneak peek of what you've got to look forward to starting as early as next week. Love mysteries? Want to laugh out loud? Get your thrills from dramas? From The Mindy Project to Beauty and the Beast and from Elementary to The Neighbors, we've got it all right here!

1. 666 Park Avenue (ABC, Sundays at 10pm EST starting September 30)

Based on the novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce, 666 Park Avenue follows a young couple who have recently moved into a chi-chi Manhattan apartment complex-only to find that its upscale tenants might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force. All of you Lost fans will be happy to see a familiar face in the cast as the building's owner and the show's primary antagonist: Terry O'Quinn, AKA our buddy Locke.

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2. The Mindy Project (Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30pm EST starting September 25)

The Office's Mindy Kaling strikes out on her own! Created by, written, and starring Mindy as Mindy Lahiri, this new sitcom tracks a skilled OB/GYN as she goes in search of her own perfect romantic comedy ending. Witty, sharp TV from one of the funniest women in showbiz? Count us in! Fun fact: Mindy's real-life mom is an OB/GYN, too.

3. Elementary (CBS, Thursdays at 10pm EST starting on September 27)

Sherlock Holmes, updated and set in New York, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson (Dr. Joan Watson, that is). I'll be honest: I'm skeptical, mostly because the BBC's Sherlock Holmes update, simply called Sherlock, is so brilliant that I'm not sure anything will be able to top it. But I dig the idea of a female Watson (echoes of Joanne Woodward inThey Might Be Giants, perhaps?) and Jonny Lee Miller is always fun to watch, so we're giving it the benefit of the doubt.

4. Go On (NBC, Tuesdays at 9PM EST starting September 11)

Matthew Perry is back, and he's got a new set of friends (see what we did there?). This time, he stars as Ryan King, a loudmouthed sportscaster who can talk about anything-except the death of his wife. So what's a guy to do? Join a support group, of course-with unexpectedly hilarious (and touching) results. A preview episode of Go On premiered after the Olympics coverage on August 8 to generally favorable reviews. Looks promising!

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5. Beauty and the Beast (The CW, Thursdays at 9PM EST starting October 11)

This one has been shaking things up a bit, because it's a remake of the absolutely wonderful (if slightly dated) 1987 Beauty and the Beast series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. In the CW's version of this urban fairy tale, Kristin Kruek takes on the role of Catherine and Jay Ryan steps into Vincent's furry shoes. What do you think, Bettys? Will this new imagining measure up to its predecessor?

6. The Neighbors (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30pm EST starting September 26)

Think 30 Rock from the Sun , only reversed: The Weavers, your normal, everyday, totally average family, have recently moved into a gated townhouse community called Hidden Hills-only to find that all of Hidden Hills' other residents are actually aliens masquerading as humans because they've been stranded on Earth for 10 years. Yikes!

7. Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10pm EST starting October 10)

We'll admit that this one sounds a little bit like the Gwyneth Paltrow flick Country Strong, butConnie Britton always turns in a good performance, so we're pretty sure this one will be worth watching. Connie stars as Rayna James, a fading country superstar who teams up-and clashes-with up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Music! Drama! And more!

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8. The New Normal (NBC, Tuesdays at 9:30pm EST starting September 11)

This? This is awesome, because it proves that "non-traditional" families aren't so non-traditional anymore. When single mom Goldie (Georgia King) crosses paths with happy Los Angeles couple Bryan (the wonderful Andrew Rannells of The Book of Mormon) and David (Justin Bartha), a light bulb goes off: Bryan and David want a baby. Georgia and her daughter want a family. So Georgia becomes Bryan and David's surrogate. Hijinks ensue!

9. Revolution (NBC, Mondays at 10pm EST starting September 17)

Post-apocalypses never go out of style! Created by Eric Kripe (Supernatural ) and produced byJ. J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek … the list goes on), Revolution takes place in a world where an unknown phenomenon has permanently disabled all advanced technology on the planet. Fifteen years down the line, Earth is still trying to adapt-public order has collapsed, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias, and so on. The Matheson family, however, possess an item that might not only be the key to figuring out what happened fifteen years ago, but which also might be able to reverse its effects. But you can be sure that an object that powerful will be coveted by more than just the Mathesons…. Cast members include Twilight's Billy Burke and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito.

10. Ben and Kate (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 starting September 25)

Let's add a second non-traditional family to the list: Kate (Dakota Johnson) is a single mother trying to make ends meet as a bar manager, while her brother Ben (Nat Faxon) is a dreamer who never quite grew up. Realizing that Kate needs help taking care of both her life and her daughter Maddie (Maggie Jones), Ben moves in, hoping that Kate will be able to rediscover what she missed out on by having to grow up so fast. Kate, meanwhile, hopes to return the favor by bringing her brother back to reality. Awwww.

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11. Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8pm EST starting September 27)

Described by TV Guide as cross between Crimson Tide and The Rock, Last Resort focuses on the renegade crew of a ballistic missile submarine that defies an order to launch nuclear missiles towards Pakistan-a decision that cost the previous commanding officer his job when he refused to follow similar orders. As a result of their defiance, the vessel is fired upon and the crew is left for dead. Knowing that they are now enemies of their own country, the set up camp on the fictional island of Sainte Marina and declare themselves a sovereign nation-while still searching for a way to prove their innocence and find out who set them up so they can return home. Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, and Robert Patrick star.

12. Animal Practice (NBC, Wednesdays at 8pm EST starting September 26)

Is there a House-shaped hole in your life? Never fear-Animal Practice is here! Though instead of people, Dr. George Coleman's (Justin Kirk) patients tend to be of the four-legged, feathered, furry, and otherwise non-human variety. Cue the hilarity.

Tell us: Which new fall TV show are you most excited for? Did we miss it? Tell us about it in the comments!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential's associate editor.

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