TV critics name fall's most promising new shows

Monday, 16 September 2013 07:39 AM Written by 


Television critics do not speak with one voice. Heaven knows there are outliers. I've certainly been one of those at times.

But it is interesting to see which shows, by and large, the critics are excited about this fall. I ran my list of most/least promising shows in Sunday's Post-Gazette and the Television Critics Association polled members to learn their preferences.

Read the results after the jump and watch an anti-critics Fox promo. ...

Fox is taking on critics who are unanimously hating Fox's "Dads" (my full review runs tomorrow in the PG):

And here are the results of the TCA poll:


First-ever Poll Includes Showtime’s “Master of Sex” and
NBC’s “Blacklist” as No. 2 and No. 3 as the Best Overall
LOS ANGELES – September 11, 2013 – As Television Critics Association (TCA)
members put the finishing touches to their fall preview issues this week, they voted as 
a group to determine which new series of the freshman class show the most promise. 
In the first-ever poll by the organization, the members were asked to place votes in the 
following four categories– best show overall, best new comedy, best new drama and the
most promising break-out star. 
Here are the results: 
ABC's “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was selected the most promising new series of 
the Fall 2013 TV season with Showtime's “Masters of Sex” and NBC's “The Blacklist” 
selected as No. 2 and No. 3 overall.
Among the comedies, Fox's “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was far-and-away the top choice. 
It received more than twice as many mentions as the No. 2 (CBS' “Mom”) and No. 3 
(ABC's “Trophy Wife”) choices combined.
In tight competition for the most promising new drama, “The Blacklist” edged out 
“Masters of Sex” and CBS' “Hostages.”
Asked which actors stand the best chance of achieving break-out star status, Tom Mison 
of Fox's “Sleepy Hollow” topped the list, with Rebel Wilson (ABC's “Super Fun Night”) 
and Lizzy Caplan (Showtime's “Masters of Sex”) close behind.
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critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. Each year the TCA oversees 
two TV press tours in Southern California, winter and summer, and organizes an awards 
show where the year’s best actors and programs are honored.
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