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What's worth watching: A quick guide to new TV shows this fall

Worst new show of the fall: How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) -- Kevin Dillon wasted in laughless ripoff of the Odd Couple.

Worst new show of the year: ABC's Work It, an update (ripoff) of Bosom Buddies in which men are forced to dress as women to get a job (not yet scheduled).

My favorite new shows: Terra Nova (Fox), predictable but impressive sci-fi show about time traveling family that's shepherded by Steven Spielberg. The New Girl (Fox), Zooey Deschanel adorably plays an adorable nerd beauty who moves in with three knuckleheaded male roommates. Free Agents (NBC), casts multi-talented Hank Azaria as a divorced dad unwillingly falling into a romance with a co-worker.

Worst remake: We have a tie. NBC's relentlessly messy Prime Suspect remake and ABC's empty, tone-deaf Charlie's Angels.

Breakout star everyone sees coming: Deschanel's goofy charm on The New Girl.

Breakout star who may not break out: Whitney Cummings, who stars in one flawed series (NBC's wearying Whitney) while co-producing another (CBS's more promising 2 Broke Girls).

Coolest veteran face: Three-way tie. Simon Cowell from Fox's The X Factor; Lost alum Michael Emerson, all twitchy cool on CBS' Person of Interest; and St. Petersburg-raised Patrick Wilson, starring on series TV for the first time in CBS' A Gifted Man.

Worst reinvention: Rebooting the cop drama by adding fairy tale characters, a la NBC's Grimm.

Most likely to succeed: The X Factor. Because we all secretly miss Simon.

What's worth watching: A quick guide to new TV shows this fall 09/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:22pm]
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