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The network TV “upfront” presentations wrapped up yesterday in New York, thus the new fall schedules have been announced for the 2013/2014 season.  As soon as I remove the black armband I’ve been wearing in protest of ABC’s cancellation of Happy Endings, I’ll work up some enthusiasm for the highly anticipated new and returning shows.

This time last year I wrote a blog about which new series I was most excited for heading into the 2012/13 TV season.  For FOX I picked The Mindy Project.  I have, indeed, enjoyed it immensely and the network announced that they are bringing it back next year. Yea Mindy!  Yea me!

For NBC I chose The New Normal, which went on to win the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy in January.  I stuck with it all season. Although it could get a little preachy from time to time, I was charmed by each episode and even got a little choked up during the finale.  NBC has opted to not renew the show for next year.  Boo!

If I wanted to maintain a shred of credibility I should probably not remind you of my other two must-sees from last year, but I can’t help but be up front about what I thought of the upfronts.  For ABC I chose 666 Park Avenue.  The network only aired 9 of thirteen episodes before yanking it from their schedule.  For CBS I picked — wait for it — Made in Jersey, which was officially cancelled after only two episodes.  Am I the only one who even remembers that show?  I swear that the clips they showed made it look good.

Do I know how to pick ‘em, or what?

But with the new season comes a new crop of televised entertainment and a new chance to pontificate over which ones have piqued my interest.  Let the record show that I attended two of the upfront presentations in person (NBC, The CW), watched two via live web streams (ABC, FOX) and didn’t get an invitation for CBS.  Which is curious because that’s the network which has aired the People’s Choice Awards for the past 40 years.  Go figure.

What follows is in no way meant to be a prediction of potential success; these are merely my personal choices for the new programs which I will be sure to check out come September.  (Besides, I clearly have a really bad track record in predicting potential success.)

NBC:  The Michael J. Fox Show.  MJF is Mike Henry, a New York news anchor who goes back to work after taking five years off to focus on family and his battle with Parkinson’s.  Hilarity ensues.

FOX:  Us & Them.  Based on the hit Britcom Gavin & Stacey, Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel play the title characters whose families are from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Hilarity ensues.

ABC:  Trophy Wife. Dreamy, dreamy Malin Akerman is Bradley Whitford’s third, much younger wife.  She battles with three step children and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden as one of Whitford’s exes.  Hilarity ensues.

CBS:  Mom.  Dreamy, dreamy Anna Faris is a newly sober single mom.  Emmy winner Allison Janney plays her mom.  Hilarity ensues.

CW:  Reign.  Mary Queen of Scots goes to France to marry Prince Francis.  Her ladies-in-waiting/BFFs/mean girls accompany her.  Drama ensues.

There you have ‘em… the new network TV shows I find most intriguing for the 2013/14 season .  Here’s hoping there turns out to be more Mindy Projects in the mix and fewer Made in Jerseys.

Today’s Poll:  Several beloved stars are returning to network TV shows this fall.  Who is your favorite?

Alexis Bledel (FOX)

Allison Janney (CBS)

Michael J. Fox (NBC)

Bradley Whitford (ABC)

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