Jenna Kim Jones: 2012 fall TV preview: the good, the bad and the last resort

Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

"The Mindy Project" — Fox, Sept. 25, 9:30 p.m., Must watch/Meh. In her show, Mindy Kaling plays a good-hearted doctor who helps the needy but has terrible luck with men. The pilot clearly sets up a love triangle that will keep the lady viewers on the edge of their seats, but it looks like she is going to make a lot of wrong choices before finding Mr. Right M.D. I'm not sure the pilot episode sends the right message to young women, but I think Mindy will find her way. (Pilot episode available on fox.com)

"Emily Owens, M.D." — CW, Oct. 16, 9 p.m., Meh. "Emily Owens" is CW’s "The Mindy Project." The show is almost identical to Mindy Kaling’s show. Emily Owens is an awkward girl who grows up to be a doctor but is terrible with men, except in this show her high school nemesis is also a doctor. Life is so unfair!

"Go On" — NBC, Sept. 11, 9 p.m., Booooo. In this series, Matthew Perry loses his wife in a texting-related car accident (sad) and is forced to join a transitions group where others with equally or more sad stories are learning to cope with their sadness and go on with their lives. And yes, this is a comedy. I think the show is supposed to be one cathartic experience after another, but some of the stories were just too sad for comedy. (Pilot episode available on nbc.com)

Wednesday:

"The Neighbors" — ABC, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m., Meh. "The Neighbors" is this generation’s "3rd Rock from the Sun." A new family moves into a neighborhood full of aliens. There’s a lot of husband and wife squabbling and green alien goo, and all the aliens are named after retired athletes I’m trying to give this show the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard.

"Nashville" — ABC, Oct. 10, 10 p.m., Meh. Oo la la, it’s Tammy from "Friday Night Lights"! This show is serious country drama. It’s like if Faith Hill had to take on an evil Taylor Swift. I’ll give it an episode or two, but I’m worried about some potentially smutty scenes. I hope good conquers evil.

"Arrow" — CW, Oct. 10, 8 p.m., Booooo. "Arrow" is sort of like Robin Hood meets Batman. A playboy billionaire gets stranded on an island after his yacht sinks. His family believes he is dead but five years later he is found and returns to his former life a different man. He is determined to go out and stop criminals with his abs (at least an eight pack) and homemade bow and arrow.

"Animal Practice" — NBC, Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Meh. I wanted this show to be like "Scrubs": a silly and ridiculous doctor drama except this time in an animal hospital. It wasn’t like that. To sum it up, the pilot was hard to watch. Would I give it a second chance? I might, but only because I love two of the actors, Joanna Garcia Swisher (Reba) and Tyler Labine (Reaper). (Pilot episode available on nbc.com.)

"Guys with Kids" — NBC, Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m., Must watch. Besides the fact that I can’t possibly understand why you’d ever take your babies into a bar, the men in this show actually seem like good fathers instead of the Tim Allen I-just-fix-stuff-and-grunt type of men in sitcoms past. Definitely going to watch.

"Chicago Fire" — NBC, Sept. 10, 10 p.m., Must watch. Chicago has a special place in my heart since my husband is from the Windy City and we spent half of our time dating there (and the other half in New York where the real firemen are). Maybe I was distracted by love, but I never saw any firefighters as good looking as these guys. Dick Wolf, the immortal creator of "Law & Order," is executive producer of this show, and while there are not nearly enough mustaches and Chicago accents, I think I’ll set my DVR for this one.

Thursday:

"Last Resort" — ABC, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Must watch. The name Last Resort really gives no indication as to what this show is actually about. To sum it up, a U.S. submarine is instructed to blow up Pakistan but refuses to do it because the order comes from someone they don’t recognize. Then another American submarine tries to sink them. It looks intense and a little unpatriotic, but I’m ready for a thriller that isn’t about a detective or a doctor.

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