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| Courtesy Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton star in ABC's ìMarvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.î
TV critics name "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" the most promising new show

A poll of members of the Television Critics Association -- including yours truly -- has singled out "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" as the most promising show of the upcoming fall TV season.

I am in complete agreement with that.

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(And, by the way, the reason we talk about "most promising" as opposed to "best" new TV shows is we know what the pilots look like but we don't know how the series will turn out.)

Here's the TCA's list of most-promising shows and potential break-out stars. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I was involved in conducting and tabulating the poll and helped write this release:


First-ever Poll Includes Showtime's "Master of Sex" and NBC's "Blacklist" as No. 2 and No. 3 as the Best Overall

LOS ANGELES - September 11, 2013 - As Television Critics Association (TCA) members put the finishing touches to their fall preview issues this week, they voted as a group to determine which new series of the freshman class show the most promise. In the first-ever poll by the organization, the members were asked to place votes in the following four categories- best show overall, best new comedy, best new drama and the most promising break-out star.

Here are the results:

ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was selected the most promising new series of the Fall 2013 TV season with Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and NBC's "The Blacklist" selected as No. 2 and No. 3 overall.

Among the comedies, Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was far-and-away the top choice. It received more than twice as many mentions as the No. 2 (CBS' "Mom") and No. 3 (ABC's "Trophy Wife") choices combined.

In tight competition for the most promising new drama, "The Blacklist" edged out "Masters of Sex" and CBS' "Hostages."

Asked which actors stand the best chance of achieving break-out star status, Tom Mison of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" topped the list, with Rebel Wilson (ABC's "Super Fun Night") and Lizzy Caplan (Showtime's "Masters of Sex") close behind.

The TCA is a globally recognized media organization of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada. Each year the TCA oversees two TV press tours in Southern California, winter and summer, and organizes an awards show where the year's best actors and programs are honored.

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