New fall TV: Ken Tucker's take, part 2 |


New fall TV: Ken Tucker's take, part 2

EW's resident TV critic sneaks another peek at new fall shows including ''The Vampire Diaries,'' ''Glee,'' and ''Brothers''

The networks have finished announcing their fall schedules. The latest batch of new shows from CBS, Fox, and The CW includes smoldering vampires and a scorned politician. Based on short previews, here’s how they look.

The Promising

The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
Just when you thought you’d OD’d on vamps, Kevin Williamson (Scream) comes up with fresh, juicy angles for scary, witty tales.

The Good Wife (CBS)
Julianna Margulies is a lawyer. Chris Noth is her politician husband caught in a scandal. Add a strong supporting cast: promising.

Glee (Fox)
You saw the post-American Idol pilot, right? You can’t beat this entry from Nip/Tuck’s Ryan Murphy for musical-comedy originality.

The Disheartening

Three Rivers (CBS)
Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight) heads up an organ-transplant unit. It looks very rush-rush, weep-weep, but maybe sincere sappiness will work for CBS.

Brothers (Fox)
Two brothers (one owns a bar, the other’s an ex-footballer) squabble and unite. The Shield’s CCH Punder, as their mother, probably deserves better.