Picking hit television shows is like choosing lottery numbers. From network executives to critics to the guy serving bagels at the craft-services table, everybody likes to think they have the right formula for picking winners. And, ultimately, hardly anyone is right. Since it's all guesswork anyway, TV Guide Online turned to an equally knowledgeable group — professional psychics — to divine which new series will be the big hits and misses this fall. (And just to keep the survey "scientific," our ethereal experts haven't actually seen the pilot episodes of any of these shows.)
The Amazing Kreskin, Mentalist
Medical Investigation (NBC)
"This is going to be one of the season's biggest surprises. There's a real excitement around it. It's not a reality show but it will seem very real to people."
"This is supposed to be a comedy but when I'm seeing it, I am in tears. I don't see it connecting with people."
James Van Praagh, Medium and Author
The Contender (NBC)
"This is really going to be a knockout because of the host, Sylvester Stallone. I see him having a career revival, and this is the start of his comeback."
Dr. Vegas (CBS)
"This will go away in maybe two weeks. Its star, Rob Lowe, is in a very bad downswing right now. He will be out of luck with this show."
Fran Baskerville, The Singing Psychic
"This one will be really good. What I see is the letter A, like people are rating it as an A. They will love the action scenes."
Complete Savages (ABC)
"I don't see it as holding your interest. I'd say it won't last a whole year."
Nikki, Psychic to the Stars
CSI: New York (CBS)
"People are into that crime-solving thing. And I see the star, Gary Sinise, on stage getting an Emmy for his work in this one."
Listen Up (CBS)
"People like [star Jason Alexander] but I'm getting this vibe they will associate him too much with Seinfeld, so they won't tune in."
Averi Torres, Malibu's Resident Psychic
The Benefactor (ABC)
"Just hearing about this gives me an excited feeling. A [positive] energy comes to me."
Complete Savages (ABC)
"The energy around this one feels flat. It seems kind of sad."
Terri Kite, Soul Psychic
"It will take half a season for it to really catch on. The premise [survivors of a plane crash are stranded on an island] is something people never want to go through, but they'll be fascinated by it."
Listen Up (CBS); House (Fox)
"Audiences will feel these shows are superficial and won't be grabbed by them. I'm not sure how long they'll run, but I see them going away by the end of the season."
Kenny Kingston, Legendary Celebrity Psychic
"[The late Hawaii Five-O star] Jack Lord says that if they stay in focus, he predicts big success for it."
"Milton Berle tells me that this one will be short-lived, depending on the guest stars they get."