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Networks present 21 new primetime shows this fall

By DAVID HILTBRAND The Philadelphia Inquirer

Publication: The Day

Published September 20. 2012 4:00AM

Let's see, what do we have in store this season? One series set in the future ("Revolution") and one in the past ("Vegas"). One series about a superhero ("Arrow"), one about aliens ("Neighbors"), two about country singers ("Malibu Country" and "Nashville") and three about doctors ("Mob Doctor," "Emily Owens, M.D." and "The Mindy Project"). So all in all, a typical prime-time harvest.

Here's a rundown of all 21 new network shows:

"Go On" (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC. Debuted Sept. 11) Matthew Perry plays a sports-radio talker whose bosses insist he get into group therapy to deal with some of his issues. So this sarcastic sharpie finds himself doing excruciatingly touchy-feely exercises with a bunch of misfits. Remember "Dear John" with Judd Hirsch? Yeah, it's like that.

"The New Normal" (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. on NBC) Ryan Murphy created this comedy about an odd family unit. An affluent gay couple in Los Angeles (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) takes in a sweet surrogate mother (Georgia King) and her candid adolescent (Bebe Wood). Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes help pitch the screwball.

"The Mob Doctor" (Mondays, 9 p.m. on Fox). By day, Jordana Spiro may be the most promising surgeon in Chicago. By night, thanks to her deadbeat brother, she works off the books for the Southside mob. This leads to some nasty conflicts of interest. William Forsythe, Floriana Lima, Zach Gilford and Zeljko Ivanek costar.

"Revolution" (Mondays, 10 p.m. on NBC). In a dystopian future, 15 years after all technology has gone on the fritz, a small band of survivors sets out on a dangerous quest. Can this series succeed where the similarly themed Jericho failed? Mega producer J.J. Abrams is betting on it.

"Partners" (Mondays, 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Debuts Sept. 24). Michael Urie and David Krumholtz are lifelong pals and partners in an architecture firm. Their romantic lives ruffle their work marriage. This snappy sitcom is from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the makers of "Will & Grace."

"Ben and Kate" (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. on Fox. Debuts Sept. 25). Things quickly get unmanageable for single mom Dakota Johnson when her slightly crazy brother blows back into her life. It so happens in this sitcom that manageable is vastly overrated.

"The Mindy Project" (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. on Fox. Debuts Sept. 25). "The Office" favorite Mindy Kaling stars (hence the title) as a woman struggling to balance her professional life as an ob/gyn and her romantic life. First, she's going to have to get a romantic life.

"Vegas" (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. on CBS. Debuts Sept. 25). It's the early '60s and America's playground is beginning to blossom in the Nevada desert. So is rampant gangsterism. The city brings in a local rancher to serve as sheriff. Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star as two tough and determined men on opposite sides of the law in this drama based on a true story.

"Animal Practice" (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on NBC. Debuts Sept. 26). Justin Kirk ("Weeds") gets most of the lines in this sitcom as the top vet at a wacky Manhattan animal hospital. But the real star of the show is the hirsute Dr. Rizzo, the monkey from "The Hangover II." Hijinks ensue.

"Guys With Kids" (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Debuts Sept. 26). Jimmy Fallon is behind this sitcom about three immature men-children who are unprepared for fatherhood. Diaper jokes galore.

"The Neighbors" (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. on ABC. Debuts Sept. 26). Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz notice there's something off about their new neighbors in the New Jersey gated community of Hidden Hills. Turns out they're from the planet Zabvron.

"Last Resort" (Thursdays, 8 p.m. on ABC. Debuts Sept. 27). The unfairly condemned captain (Andre Braugher) and crew of our most powerful nuclear submarine take refuge on a tropical island where they try to survive and clear their names. Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman, and Daniel Lissing costar.

"Elementary" (Thursdays, 10 p.m. on CBS. Debuts Sept. 27). In a radical modernization of the Sherlock Holmes legend, the master of deduction (Jonny Lee Miller) is fresh out of rehab and exiled in Manhattan. Which means he's showing up the NYPD instead of Scotland Yard. And Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu) is an addiction specialist charged with keeping him sober.

"Made in Jersey" (Fridays, 9 p.m. on CBS. Debuts Sept. 28). A feisty lawyer (Janet Montgomery) from a big, bumptious Italian family in Jersey joins a prestigious New York firm. Can she cut it in this new arena while staying true to her loamy roots?

"666 Park Avenue" (Sundays, 10 p.m. on ABC. Debuts Sept. 30). A sweet young couple (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) cannot believe their good fortune when they become residents in Manhattan's swankiest building. But the edifice owned by Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams has a distinctly sinister hold on all who live there.

"Arrow" (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on the CW. Debuts Oct. 10). Billionaire playboy Stephen Ameil returns much altered from five years as a castaway. He's an amazing archer for one thing, which helps with his secret identity as a hooded vigilante. Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, and Susanna Thompson costar in this action series based on the comic book character.

"Chicago Fire" (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. on NBC. Debuts Oct. 10). The new series from "Law & Order" impresario Dick Wolf could carry the slogan "one firehouse; two tons of beefcake." Ridiculously handsome and rugged first responders work through romance and personal issues - oh, yeah, and fight fires.

"Nashville" (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. on ABC. Debuts Oct. 10). Connie Britton is a talented, hard-working country star who is being shoved out of the spotlight by a younger generation of telegenic performers like the viciously scheming Hayden Panettiere.

"Beauty and the Beast" (Thursdays, 9 p.m. on the CW. Debuts Oct. 11). Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville") is a homicide detective with a guardian angel. Or guardian something. When Jay Ryan gets riled up, he transforms into a feral creature. Nina Lisandrello, Brian White and Max Brown costar in this remake of the '80s series of the same name.

"Emily Owens, M.D." (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on the CW. Debuts Oct. 16). Mamie Gummer plays the title character, a newbie intern who finds out the cliques in the hospital are just as discriminatory as they were in high school.

"Malibu Country" (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Debuts Nov. 2). Reba McEntire stars in this sitcom as a betrayed wife who moves with her kids and mom (Lily Tomlin) from Nashville to the Pacific Coast to start over.

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