ABOVE: TV critic Eric Deggans talks to Roland Martin about the new fall TV season.
You want to know what’s hot on TV this fall? Well, there’s a lot to choose from. This year boasts a slate full of high-concept shows with subject matter ranging from everything from people coming back to life from the dead to the experiences of seven coworkers who win the lottery. You’ll need some help wading through all the new shows, so here we are. These are our pics for the top 10 shows you should check out this fall. We can’t guarantee they’ll stay hot throughout an entire season, but they’re looking good right now.
1. RESURRECTION: (ABC): Premise: People who have died years ago start showing up alive in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri. Premiere: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10 p.m. Reasons to Watch: Omar Epps. Critics Say: It’s a uniquely moving show.
2. BEING MARY JANE: (BET) Premise: Single career woman deals with family, career and romantic frustrations Premiere: January 2014 Reasons to Watch: Gabrielle Union, Omari Hardwick, newcomer Stephen Bishop Critics Say: A realistic look at the challenges of being Black, female and single.
3. BROOKLYN NINE -NINE (Fox) Premise: A Brooklyn precinct is played for laughs. Premiere: Tuesday, September 17 at 8:30 p.m. Reasons to Watch: Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews Critics Say: Andre Braugher is as great a comic actor as he is a dramatic one.
4. LUCKY 7 (ABC) Premise: Seven coworkers split a lottery jackpot; drama and hilarity ensue as they deal with their new fortunes. Premiere: Tuesday, September 24 at 10 p.m. Reason to watch: Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. of “The Wire” fame. Critics Say: It might be a winner.
5. THE BLACKLIST (NBC) Premise: Hannibal Lecter like psychopath helps FBI catch most wanted fugitives with the help of a female agent he has no connection to. Premiere: Monday, September 23 at 10 p.m. Reasons to Watch: Harry Lennix, James Spader Critics Say: Surprisingly good.
6. IRONSIDE: (NBC) Premise: Underwood plays a New York detective who is paralyzed on the job; it’s an update of the famous 70’s show starring Raymond Burr. Premiere: Wednesday, October 2, 10 p.m. Reason to Watch: Blair Underwood. Critics Say: Well, they were underwhelmed, but Blair is looking so daggone sexy, even in a wheelchair, that we were ready to DVR.
7. GANG RELATED (Fox) Premise: Former gangbanger helps cops stop Asian, Black and Latino gang activity Premiere: 2014 Reasons to Watch: The RZA, Sang Kang of “Fast and Furious” fame, Terry O’Quinn of “Lost” and Ramon Rodriguez. Critics Say: Who cares, the trailer was explosive and if it’s all about multiethnic gangs, we’re in.
8. ALMOST HUMAN (Fox): Premise: Futuristic cop show puts human partner with artificially created partner. Premiere: Monday, November 4 at 8 p.m. Reason to Watch: Michael Ealy. Critics Say: Creator J. J. Abrams (“Fringe, Alias”) track record should help it find an audience.
9. THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW (syndicated, check local listings) Premise: The late night party host of the 90’s is back. Premiere: Monday, September 9 at 10 p.m. Reason to Watch: Arsenio and his guests. Critics Say: Nothing yet, but there’s a ton of competition in late night nowadays. However, Hall’s 10 p.m. time slot may help him rise above it.
10. CRISIS (NBC) Premise: A group of wealthy teenagers including the president’s son, are kidnapped. Premiere: February 2014 Reasons to Watch: Lance Gross, “The X Files”‘ Gillian Anderson Critics Say: Hard to figure how it will play out over several seasons but looks interesting.