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The Broadcast Television Journalists Association – comprised of 62 TV, radio and Internet writers covering TV – have picked the eight new series to which they’re most looking forward.


* “Alcatraz,” Fox’s new Sam Neill time-travel show that reunites a lot of “Lost” personnel, including producer J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Super 8”), writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Deadwood”) and actor Jorge Garcia. The pilot on this one is very strong.



* “Apartment 23,” ABC’s sitcom from “American Dad!” writers David Hemingson and Nahnatchka Khan about a New York party girl (Krysten Ritter of “Breaking Bad”) and her small-town roomie (Dreama Walker from “The Good Wife”).



* “Awake,” NBC’s trippy tale about a cop ("Brotherhood's" always great Jason Isaacs) simultaneously living in two realities from Kyle Killen (“Lone Star,” “The Beaver”). The pilot is excellent, evoking everything from “Inception” and “The Matrix” to “Life on Mars” and “Journeyman.”


* “Falling Skies,” TNT’s sci-fi adventure from Steven Spielberg (“Super 8,” “Terra Nova”), Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Patriot”) and Mark Verheiden (“Smallville,” “Galactica,”’ “Heroes”)vabout a handful of human survivors (Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood) struggling to defy Earth’s creepy new extraterrestrial overlords.



* “New Girl,” Fox’s Zooey Deschanel sitcom from Elizabeth Meriwether (“Childrens Hospital,” “No Strings Attached”) about an elementary school teacher rooming with three fellow. The pilot on this one was my favorite among the new comedies, funny and unusually charming in a big-screen kind of way.



* “Ringer,” the CW thriller about troubled twins (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from “Supernatural” writers Eric C. Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.



* “Smash,” NBC’s very “Glee”-ish drama from Spielberg and Theresa Rebeck (“Law & Order CI,” “Canterbury’s Law”) about New York producers, songwriters, actors and the like mounting a musical about Marilyn Monroe. “American Idol” loser Katherine McPhee (“Community”) is hot as hell as the singer who wants the lead, and the pilot ends with a show stopper from ace composer Marc Shaiman (“Bigger, Longer and Uncut”).



* “Terra Nova,” Fox’s time-travel dinosaur drama from Spielberg (again!), Rene Echevarria (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Now and Again,” “Dark Angel,” “The 4400,” “Medium”) and Brannon Braga (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Threshold,” “24,” “FlashForward”).




Among the project NOT making the BTJA’s early cut?


X CBS’ “Person Of Interest,” the action drama from “Dark Knight” screenwriter Jonathan Nolan which reunites Abrams with “Lost” star Michael Emerson.


X ABC’s “Scandal,” from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes.


X NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and ABC’s “Pan Am,” two dramas set in the early 1960s and likely inspired by the many Emmys won by AMC’s “Mad Men.”


X NBC’s “Grimm," from David Greenwalt (“Buffy,” “Angel,” “Miracles,” “Jake 2.0,” “”Surface,” “Moonlight”) & Jim Kouf (“Angel,” “National Treasure,” “Ghost Whisperer”), and ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” from Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis (“Popular,” “Felicity,” “Birds of Prey,” “Lost,” “TRON: Legacy”).


X ABC’s “The River,” the Blair Witch-y Amazon adventure from “Kings” creator Michael Green and “Freakylinks” vet Michael Perry.


X ABC’s new “Charlie’s Angels” from Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Showtime,” “Smallville,” “Mummy III,” “I Am Number Four”).


X CBS’ ghost-wife drama "A Gifted Man," from screenwriter Susannah Grant (“Pocahontas,” “EverAfter,” “28 Days,” “Erin Brockovich,” “In Her Shoes,” “Catch and Release,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Soloist”).


X The CW’s “Secret Circle,” the new witch drama from Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream 4”).

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you know, prime time i can see were these woudl fit as best new show this year.



but if we're talking best new show over all and voting; my vote goes to "Game of thrones" with "The Borgias" taking a close 2nd :myrddraal:



of those listed, Alcatraz sounds most promising becuase of Sam Neil. he's a great actor and i'll likely check it out because of him. i've been looking forward to Falling Skys as the promo's look interesting enough to set the DVR for it to make sure i catch it.


new Girl sounds liek a revamped version of "3's Company" and Smash is likely to fall short (i might try it but since it doesn't have Darren Criss and he's the reason i watch glee ... you get the point lmao)


Terra Nova sounds like a new "Land of the Lost" type show. and this oldie, while i loved it as a kid, only had a season or two before dieing a well diserved death.



Awake, sounds complicated, and might be good competition for Fringe. whiel the other two (Ringer & Apt 23) sound a bit blah and not exciting.

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NBC Salt Lake City affiliate KSL, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will not air the network’s fall 10 p.m. hourlong “The Playboy Club.”


The decision appears to be based not on the period drama’s content (like lots of NBC shows, it depicts quite a number of characters who drink alcohol and coffee, indulge homosexual impulses and fornicate outside of marriage), but rather the show’s title.


“The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for,” station CEO Mark Willes said in a statement. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand.”




Willes said he’ll work with NBC to get the drama situated on “another channel.”


“The Playboy Club” will air on most NBC affiliates on Mondays starting this fall.

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