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Tonight Fox launches its worst comedy and its best comedy, back-to-back. In a perfect world nobody would watch the insipid, pandering, racist and unfunny Dads at 8 p.m. and simply tune in a half hour later for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, one of the funniest comedies in a long time. Brooklyn Nine-Nine had either the audacity or smarts to attempt to breathe life into a genre that hasn't been exploited much, mostly because it's really hard to do -- a comedy about cops. Yes, Barney Miller and Police Squad are the gold standards, and Denis Leary's The Job
- Tim Goodman
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
The 2013-14 primetime season is starting to take shape, with Fox handing out series orders to four dramas.
The new entrants encompass a legal vehicle toplined by Greg Kinnear, two cop shows — one set 35 years in the future, the other among present-day gang unit — and a time-travel fantasy “Sleepy Hollow.” Fox is clearly leaning toward guy-friendly fare to build on the momentum it has developed this season with the gory serial killer drama “The Following.”
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Kinnear plays a criminal defense attorney with a self-destructive personal life in Sony Picutres TV’s “Rake,” a redo of a Australian series.
“Lost” alum Terry O”Quinn stars and Rza star in 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV’s “Gang Related,” an action drama revolving around an elite members of a police gang task force.
- Cynthia Littleton
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