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Five New Shows Matt Zoller Seitz Really Wants to See


Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.  

And We're Also Anticipating

The New Normal
Because Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy needed one more TV show (this one’s about a gay couple having a baby through a surrogate). And because we’re very pro–Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon, Girls). Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m., NBC.

Go On
Because this single-camera support-group sitcom feels like Community Lite, and the law of averages says star Matthew Perry is due for a hit. Sept. 11 at 9 p.m., NBC.

Because if CBS has to make another Vegas-set cops-and-robbers show, at least this one takes place in the sixties and stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Sept. 25 at 10 p.m., CBS.

Animal Practice
Because the human stars (Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine) of this veterinary sitcom are great, but Crystal the Monkey (The Hangover Part II) will almost certainly steal the show from under them. Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., NBC.

Because Lucy Liu was so badass on Southland last season that we can’t wait to see her as Watson on this modern take on Sherlock Holmes. Sept. 27 at 10 p.m., CBS.

Call the Midwife
Because Downton Abbey won’t be back until January, but in the meantime there’s this fifties-set British import. Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., PBS.

Because the star of this superhero drama, DC Comics’ Robin Hood–esque Green Arrow, is the liberal antidote to Christopher Nolan’s conservative Batman. Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., the CW.


Because this earnest family drama warms even our cynical hearts. Lauren Graham and Jason Ritter are so stinking cute together. Sept. 11 at 10 p.m., NBC.

The X Factor
Because Britney. Sept. 12 at 8 p.m., Fox.

Because we’ve been waiting more than a year for the third season of David Simon’s New Orleans drama. Sept. 23 at 10 p.m., HBO.

Because the first season took everything we loved about 24 and added Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, and Damian Lewis (who we’re pretty sure is a bad guy now). Sept. 30 at 10 p.m., Showtime.

Because we want to meet Emily’s mom, especially if she’ll help Emily murder more of the Hamptonites who framed her dad. Sept. 30 at 9 p.m., ABC.

30 Rock
Because it’s the final season! Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., NBC.

Gossip Girl
Ditto! XOXO forever. Oct. 8 at 9 p.m., the CW.

Because we want to know if Community can still be Community without creator-showrunner Dan Harmon, who won’t return for this fourth season. Oct. 19 at 8:30 p.m., NBC.

Happy Endings
Because this former Friends clone found itself last season, and we’re dying to see how they resolve the Penny-Dave-Alex love triangle. Oct. 23 at 9 p.m., ABC.

American Horror Story: Asylum
Because this second season of Ryan Murphy’s horror-anthology show is set in a mental hospital, and Chloë Sevigny plays a nymphomaniac.Oct., FX.


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