David Tennant, Anna Gunn
The best stories tend to convey universal truths with, presumably, a universal appeal. But I'm still having trouble with Fox's not-quite-new mystery drama that I keep calling Gracechurch — an inadvertent mash-up of its actual title (Gracepoint) and that of the superb British series it so slavishly copies: Broadchurch, a BBC America import that was No. 3 on my Top 10 list of 2013. (Here's my initial review of the original.)
Karen Gillan, John Cho, Ken Marino, Casey Wilson
Love is in the air this season. The new fall lineup has no fewer than four romantic comedies. But they're not all merely "boy meets girl" stories — though there's plenty of déjà vu. Here is our handy guide to help you navigate TV's detours of the heart.
ABC's innocuous new sitcom about likable underdogs, Back in the Game, could just as easily be called "Luck of the Draw." This Bad News Bears-lite gets a major assist right out of the gate with an enviable time period (Wednesday, 8:30/7:30c) sandwiched between TV's best family comedies, The Middle and Modern Family. Which could always backfire, of course, if the show doesn't live up to ratings expectations, and while this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings.
Maggie Lawson, Griffin Gluck and James Caan
On the baseball diamond behind 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, James Caan is consoling 11-year-old Riley Kehoe. It's the second week of production on ABC's new Little League comedy, Back in the Game, and the camera has just stopped rolling on a scene in which Riley collides with his twin brother and fellow actor, Griffin. Riley hit the dirt hard, so Caan steps in with a bit of advice. "Next time, take him out" ...
The Walking Dead
So much coming and going in the volatile, fragile world of fantasy/horror TV. Once again, we're bidding adieu to Fox's freaky Fringe (Friday, 9/8c) for a month.
BBC America's Being Human — the beguiling original version of the vampire/werewolf/ghost roommate supernatural drama — is back on Saturday. But it's not the same old. Tortured bloodsucker Mitchell (Aidan Turner) is gone staked by his wolfman buddy George (Russell Tovey) in last season's shocking finale. And there is more shakeup and tragedy to come. The show's creator...
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson
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A beguiling British mash-up of Friends and The Vampire Diaries, the charming Being Human (Saturday, 10/9c, BBC America) returns for its second season with the increasingly darker and more harrowing adventures of a trio of roomies who just want to fit in despite being a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost...