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Nashville

It feels like I have been anxiously awaiting Nashville longer than almost any other pilot. Tami Taylor has long been been one of my fictional role models, and I’m too much of a scaredy-cat to watch American Horror Story, so it’s been a long time since I had enough Connie Britton in my life. Additionally, Nashville was frequently described as Country Strong for television, and I have watched the crap out of that movie. It’s an odd thing, since I’ve long stated that I hate country music, but in films I find it ridiculously appealing. I imagine if the show finds a wide audience, the music will explode on iTunes just like Glee did in 2009.

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666 Park Avenue

I had big expectations for 666 Park Avenue, simply given its time slot behind two of ABC’s most successful shows last fall. I was hoping that the show would be some combo of the fun fantasy aspects of Once Upon a Time and the frothy evil of Revenge. It falls short of those expectations, not in a terrible way, just kind of in a blah way. It’s easy to see how it could be deemed American Horror Story Lite instead.

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Elementary

Elementary is America’s attempt at a Sherlock Holmes reboot, coming on the heels of the ongoing (and fantastic) British series Sherlock. Johnny Lee Miller stars as Holmes, just coming off a stint in drug rehab, and Lucy Liu is Joan Watson, his “sober companion” and former surgeon. Sherlock Holmes is the original procedural detective (along with being the most often portrayed literary character of all time) so Elementary seems like a natural and easy fit for CBS.

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The Neighbors

The Neighbors got a peculiar mix of good and terrible reviews, so I was anxious to see if it would tickle my particular funny bone. It did not. At every commercial break, I contemplated jumping ship to anything else. The Last Song was playing on ABC Fam! Supersize L&O:SVU! But I made it through, mostly because I forgot the fact that I had pledged to watch four more episodes.

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Vegas

While I had heard of Vegas, I didn’t really see too much advertising for it, which could just be a whoops on my part, but seems more like a oops for CBS. The sixties-set drama is one of the network’s most ambitious and prestigious projects in years. You’d think this would be more of a selling point, considering CBS was the only major network to garner any Emmy love in the drama department, for The Good Wife (Kathy Bates doesn’t count). The ratings pretty much proved that no one else saw any ads for Vegas either.

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Guys With Kids

Guys With Kids is one of many, many generic “bunch of dudes/friends/families” sitcoms NBC has tried to develop in the last couple of years and it reads that way. Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger, and Jesse Bradford star as dads with four, two, and one kid(s) respectively. The set-ups in both the pilot, that aired at a special time, and this second episode are familiar sitcom tropes – he forgot their anniversary! She forgot their anniversary too! – and you can predict each turn a mile away.

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Ben and Kate

Ben and Kate are brother and sister, who raised each other and now are raising Kate’s daughter. Ben (Nat Faxon) may be older, but Kate (Dakota Johnson) is grown-up of the pair. I’m assuming she owns a bar, that is, because I don’t really see how she could afford such a covet-worthy house as a bartender, unless they had some wealthy aunt die or something. Anyway, Ben blows back into town to stop his ex’s wedding (the lovely Lauren Miller guest-starring) and ends up staying to help out with the ridiculously adorable Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).