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New Fall Lineup Looks Promising

Every year around this time the same thing happens: networks announce their Fall lineups, filled with shows they swear you’ll love, and every year we fall victim to their lies by tuning in. But this year seems different. Yes, there are still a lot of shows debuting that would be better suited to air on MTV, but there are also some promising ones that you might just end up programming into you DVR.

Here is a list of shows, by their network, that have the potential to not be canceled after their premiere:


Pushing Daisies, premieres Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
This “high concept fantasy in the spirit of Amelie, Stranger Than Fiction, and Chocolat,” tells the story of a young man who helps investigators crack murder cases by using his gift of bringing people back to life with a simple touch of his hand. Stars Swoosie Kurtz as Lily, Lee Pace as Ned, and Anna Friel as Chuck.

Samantha Who?, premieres Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m.
When Samantha Newly (Christina Applegate) wakes up in the hospital after falling victim to a hit-and-run accident, she discovers she has retrograde amnesia. Since she cannot remember anything about herself, Samantha decides to investigate her past and discovers she wasn’t that nice of a person.


Chuck, premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Executive producer Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) brings us a new one-hour comedy about computer-geek Chuck Bartowski, who accidentally downloads secret government documents to his brain, which forces him to face-off with assassins and international terrorists.


Kid Nation, premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
This highly anticipated (and disputed) reality show, follows 40 kids that have been ripped from their Nintendo-playing lives and placed in a kid-only town where they have to work and survive together.

Viva Laughlin, special preview Oct. 18 at 10 p.m.; premieres Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Executive producer Hugh Jackman brings us the story of Ripley Holden, a man who “wrestles personally and professionally” while pursing his dream of opening a casino in Laughlin, NV. Stars Lloyd Owen as Ripley Holden, Hugh Jackman (recurring) as Nicky Fontana, and Melanie Griffith as Bunny Baxter.


Back To You, premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
Chuck Darling (Kelsey Grammer) and Kelly Carr (Patricia Heaton) are two ’90s TV newscasters, who appear to have a darling relationship on the air, but when the cameras stop rolling, squabbling, womanizing and rudeness ensue, keeping these two at each others throats. Created by Stephen Levitan, who brought such hits as Just Shoot Me!, Frasier, and Wings.

--Diana DiSilvestro

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