by Megan Walsh-Boyle
Dads should be funny, it has Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two successful video-game developers and Peter Riegert and Martin Mull as their hard-to-live-with fathers. It’s also created by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the team behind “Ted” and Family Guy. But the talent is just wasted, at least in the pilot, which was a barrage of racist jokes and cringe-worthy clichés that were both offensive and boring and make Dads an excellent candidate for this fall’s first cancellation. Premieres September 17 at 8 pm.
It’s hard to believe that Geoff Stults (The Finder) with his charisma and handsome looks still isn’t a TV star. Maybe Enlisted will change that. Stults plays Sgt. Pete Hill, a supersoldier in Afghanistan who lets his temper get the best of him and ends up serving at a Rear Detachment unit in Florida, where he’s put in charge of a ragtag platoon that includes his two younger brothers Derrick (Chris Lowell) and Randy (Parker Young). The sitcom is zany in a good way (think “Stripes” and “Police Academy”) and knows how to mix laughs with heartfelt moments. Premieres November 8 at 9:30 pm.
At the Summer TCA Press Tour, Fox executive Kevin Reilly said he sees Sleepy Hollow as a Monday night tentpole...and with good reason. The pilot looks and feels like a feature film and combines humor, charm, mystery and genuine thrills as it retells the story of Ichabod Crane (played by British actor Tom Mison) as he awakes from a 250-year slumber to find that a headless horseman is going around chopping heads off the people of a modern-day small town with a few demons of the literal and figurative kind. Three decapitations in the first 10 minutes tells you that no character is safe and makes for an exciting start to a drama that’s definitely worth visiting. Premieres September 16 at 9 pm.
Let’s take a moment to thank Parks and Recreation creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur for giving viewers another laugh-out-loud workplace sitcom. Brooklyn Nine-Nine harkens back to the cop comedy Barney Miller and stars former SNLer Andy Samberg as Det. Jake Peralta, who’s a master at solving crimes, but kind of a failure at being a mature grown-up. He’s surrounded by a quirky bunch of coworkers, including Melissa Fumero as his supercompetitive partner and Terry Crews as a sergeant who looks badass but is seriously gun-shy. Rounding out the cast is Andre Braugher playing a seemingly by-the-book captain who’s goal in life is to make the 99th Precinct the best one in Brooklyn, even if that sometimes means making Jake’s life hell. Premieres September 18 at 8:30 pm.
Almost Human from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company takes place in the year 2048 when criminals run amuck and police officers are forced to work with logic-based androids. This is basically a buddy cop drama with a sci-fi twist starring New Zealand actor Karl Urban as Det. John Kennex, who spent 17 months in a coma after his team was ambushed and killed. John doesn’t like working with the robots, that is, until he’s partnered with one that’s not like the rest because he has feelings. (And dreamy eyes!) Michael Ealy plays the emotional bot in this budding bromance. The duo have an easy chemistry and the series, created by Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman and former CSI showrunner Naren Shankar should hook both fans of fantasy and good crime dramas. Premieres November 4 at 8pm.