Ken Tucker
May 27, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

1. New Girl (Fox)
Stars Zooey Deschanel as an eccentric charmer who moves in with three guys after a bad breakup. Bottom line: If you like Zooey, you’ll like this.

2. Person of Interest (CBS)
J.J. Abrams overseeing a suspense hour starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson? The suspense of waiting for it to debut is already killing me!

3. Prime Suspect (NBC)
Maria Bello faces a difficult challenge: taking over the role Helen Mirren defined on the Brit police classic. I’m rooting for her.

4. Pan Am (ABC)
As one of two shows trying to break off a little of that Mad Men coolness, this one could be fun, sexy, and smart — especially with the presence of Christina Ricci.

5. Terra Nova (Fox)
This big, expensive fantasy series is the season’s grandest gamble. Sending people from the future into the past to save the world? My curiosity factor is sky-high.

6. 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
One’s wealthy/sheltered, the other is working-class/worldly. With a pilot co-written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City), this has the potential to be sharp-witted.

7. Up All Night (NBC)
Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents? It could have been an ironic, sarcastic sitcom; instead it looks funny, sweet, and realistic about parenthood.

8. How To Be a Gentleman (CBS)
Kevin Dillon, Dave Foley, Rhys Darby, and Mary Lynn Rajskub on a sitcom built around a polite man (David Hornsby) in an impolite world.

9. Ringer (The CW)
Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV, playing twins in what looks like some kinda combo of a nighttime soap and a Brian De Palma movie. Intriguing.

10. A Gifted Man (CBS)
A doctor (Patrick Wilson) who can see his dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle). Yes, CBS loves its ghosts. But the Jonathan Demme-directed pilot has subtle emotions.

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