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Fall TV: The new TV dramas

Published September 12, 2013 1:14 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

There are only 6 new dramas, a couple are worth checking out and one — No. 6 on this list — is one of worst new shows this fall.

1. The Blacklist

2. Hostages (Mondays, 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2, Sept. 23): Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) is about to operate on the president. Rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) and his team take Ellen and her family hostage and order her to kill the chief executive. There are some surprises in the pilot, but you know where it's clearly not going — it's a 12-episode season, after all. This sort of plays like a lesser "24" that's filled with family drama in addition to, you know, kill-the-president drama. The biggest mystery is whether it will do well enough for CBS to air all 13 episodes.

3. Reign (Thursdays, 8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30, Oct. 10): It's "Gossip Girl" in the Middle Ages! Teenage Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) shows up in France to meet her betrothed, hunky Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and runs into all sorts of palace intrigue/mean-girl behavior. This costume drama is gorgeous to look at … but it's essentially a prime-time soap that doesn't worry much about actual history.

4. Lucky 7 (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Sept. 24): I wanted to like this drama about seven regular folks who win a huge lottery prize, but it is so contrived, so predictable, so depressing it's impossible to get behind. As true as it may be, we don't really need a weekly lesson about how money doesn't make you happy. TV should be fun and entertaining. This is neither.

5. Betrayal (Sundays, 9 p.m., ABC/Ch.4, Sept. 29 ): This limited-run series wants us to care about Sara (Hannah Ware), a married woman who has an affair with a married man, Jack (Stuart Townsend). It turns out Jack is connected to a powerful family and a murder case that Sara's husband, Drew (Chris Johnson), is prosecuting. Which sounds much more exciting than it actually is. This is supposed to sizzle, but it's disagreeable, derivative and dreary.

6. Ironside (Wednesdays, 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Oct. 2): In this unnecessary, unpleasant reboot of the 1967-75 series, Blair Underwood stars as a cop who is shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, sues the department and comes back as the head of his own team. Despite being in a wheelchair, he beats up suspects with impunity. The quicker this predictable, violent show disappears, the better.