1 of 16 Trae Patton/NBC; Fox Searchlight
Reminds Us Of: (500) Days of Summer
He falls in love at first sight, she doesn't believe in love, and their timed courtship is narrated in voiceover. Hmm… where have we seen this before? In (500) Days of Summer, it was Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt making googly eyes at each other, and here it’s Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman. Here’s hoping A to Z pulls out a Hall & Oates musical montage for sweeps week.
2 of 16 John Fleenor/NBC; Columbia Pictures
Reminds Us Of: Bad Teacher
A foul-mouthed, irresponsible party girl who holds a position of influence in society. That can just as easily apply to the raunchy Cameron Diaz film Bad Teacher as it does the raunchy Kate Walsh comedy Bad Judge. The NBC series' antihero is far more empathetic than Diaz's character, a serial gold digger who couldn't care less about right vs. wrong. On the other hand, Walsh's character, Rebecca Wright, while an indisputable hot mess, at least always has her heart in the right place. She even goes so far as to take in a young child in need.
3 of 16 Quantrell Colbert/NBC; Cate Cameron/The CW
Reminds Us Of: Supernatural
Much like the heroes of the CW series, the protagonist of Constantine fights the good fight using incantations, know-how, quirky pals and gumption to rid our world of demonkind. And wouldn't you know it, John Constantine also has a wiseass angel buddy who shows up at odd moments. Although Constantine doesn't quite achieve the sort of buddy chemistry exhibited by Supernatural's Winchester Bros., it sets itself apart by actually giving a strong female character, Zed Martin, a chance to share John's spotlight and the burden of opposing evil.
4 of 16 K.C. Bailey/ABC; Fox
Reminds Us Of: New Amsterdam
Both series follow one man's curious lives — yes plural — as a citizen of New York City. He has somehow lived for centuries and therefore has a vast knowledge and experience that helps solve crimes: Nicolaj Coster-Waldau as a cop on New Amsterdam and Ioan Gruffudd as a medical examiner on Forever. But while New Amsterdam's hero understood the origins of his immortality (and by extension how to eventually achieve death by finding his "true love"), Gruffudd's Dr. Henry Morgan is clueless about his unique blessing/curse. This built-in mystery (as opposed to the tedious "true love" search) already makes Forever a more intriguing premise, and its lighter, charming tone could be what it needs to stick around longer than its predecessor did (eight episodes!) if not, well, forever.
5 of 16 Jessica Miglio/Fox; SyFy/Kobal
Reminds Us Of: Caprica
Follow us here. While Batman and Cylons have nothing to do with each other, Gotham intends to spin a yarn about the city protected by Batman before Batman was around to protect it. In other words, it's a Batman show without Batman. The Battlestar Galactica prequel turned fans off for precisely the exact same reason: It was an origin story that barely featured the origins of Adama and the characters we grew to love in the first place.
6 of 16 Ed Araquel/FoX; Carole Segal/AMC; Parisa Taghizadeh/Sundance
Reminds Us Of: The Killing, Top of the Lake
That's right, we didn't even mention Broadchurch, the British series from which this Fox miniseries is adapted. (David Tenant even stars in both!) Both the original and this seemingly unnecessary American remake investigate the ways a young child's murder rips a small town apart. The steely detectives. The suspicious family members. The tears — oh, the tears. Yep, we've seen all this way too much lately.
7 of 16 Nicole Rivelli/ABC; The Kobal Collection
Reminds Us Of: 21
A whip-smart college professor takes a select group of (almost) equally whip-smart students under their wing to teach them the tricks of the trade with no regard to right and wrong. In 21, Kevin Spacey's MIT professor taught a select group of students to count cards and brought them to Vegas to do his bidding, literally, but at least on Murder, Viola Davis' Professor Annalise Keating isn't just in it for the money. She just wants to win every legal case that lands on her desk no matter the means. Like 21, the ABC drama is also told through the eyes of a bumbling, fresh-faced outsider just looking to make a splash. To avoid any further overlap, Murder should stray from any predictable romances between Keating's students and, probably, casinos of any kind.
8 of 16 Craig Blankenhorn/CBS; Kobal Collection
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Not only do the dramas each focus on a woman — both played by film stars — in a political position of power, but both Tea Leoni's Elizabeth McCord and Geena Davis' Mackenzie Allen ascend to their posts after tragedies. While Madam Secretary is inspired by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Commander in Chief producers have denied conservatives' accusations that the drama, which aired for one truncated season from 2005-06, was a Tinseltown scheme to hype Clinton for the presidency.
9 of 16 Ray Mickshaw/Fox; Castle Rock Entertainment/Everett Collection
Reminds Us Of: Seinfeld
Is Mulaney the new Seinfeld? It sure seems that way, as the show follows the titular character (John Mulaney), a stand-up comedian, and his wacky group of friends and neighbors — including a platonic female buddy (Nasim Pedrad). Seinfeld alum Andy Ackerman is also pulling double duty as director and executive producer. One huge problem though: Based on its pilot, Mulaney doesn't hold a candle to Seinfeld in terms of laughs. And we can’t see Mulaney pulling off a puffy shirt either.
10 of 16 Monty Brinton/CBS; TNT; Bob D'Amico/ABC
Reminds Us Of: Leverage, Mind Games
Genius? Check! Rag-tag team of misfits? Check! Based on a true story, Scorpion is about an eccentric genius who gathers a brilliant team to help Homeland Security. If the CBS drama can learn anything from both the failure of Mind Games and the success of Leverage, it's worry less about the cases and more about the interpersonal relationships and likability of each character.
11 of 16 Eric McCandless/ABC; Warner Bros./Kobal Collection
Reminds Us Of: My Fair Lady
The Karen Gillan comedy is a modernized take on the classic musical. But unlike the down-on-her-luck Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who simply wants to make a better life for herself, Gillan's self-obsessed Eliza Dooley wants to become a better person. But instead of charming songs, Selfie is just filled with painful references to social media and dated pop culture.
12 of 16 Richard Cartwright/CBS; Giovanni Rufino/Fox
Reminds Us Of: The Following
Kevin Williamson is trying to outdo himself yet again when it comes to telling terrifying, gory tales onscreen. The latest thriller series from the creator of The Following and Scream follows a team of LAPD detectives that specializes in stalking cases. Instead of Kevin Bacon, it’s Dylan McDermott playing the damaged male protagonist this time around. Those who think The Following is too scary or violent should definitely stay away from this one.
13 of 16 Michael Parmelee/NBC; Shondaland / The Kobal Collection
Reminds Us Of: Scandal
CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Shondaland alum Katherine Heigl) prefers hard liquor and bar nuts over Olivia Pope's red wine and popcorn, but these hard-working ladies still have a lot in common. In addition to their super important, super secretive, jobs, in which they (almost) single-handedly save the world on a regular basis, both enjoy very close and unique relationships with the president. (Don't worry, Charleston isn’t banging the commander in chief — she was banging the commander in chief's son!) Both also employ fantastic clothes, fantastic shoes and fantastic handbags in order to keep their messy, fragmented personal lives tightly under wraps. State of Affairs can probably distinguish itself as long as it doesn't give Charleston a terrorist for a mother and a professional hitman for a father.
14 of 16 Fox; Monty Brinton/CBS; CBS; Robert Voets/CBS/Landov
Reminds Us Of: Big Brother, Survivor, and Kid Nation
Fox's latest reality experiment seems to be cherry-picking from its predecessors. As the 15 pioneers try to build a new society in a remote destination (just like the kiddies did on Kid Nation), they have to find a way to "survive" the conditions while also undergoing a Big Brother-esque social experiment about how people with opposing views relate to one another. The one advantage Utopia has? The show could run for a full year, which would blow all of those other productions out of the water.
15 of 16 Frank Ockenfels/Fox; Fox
Reminds Us Of: House
Almost three years after our favorite misanthropic, Vicodin-popping genius doc rode off into the sunset with Wilson, Fox is filling his void with Rainn Wilson's Everett Backstrom, an overweight, curmudgeonly but brilliant (aren't they all?) detective with self-destructive tendencies. He's even got his own Cuddy of sorts: Detective Nicole Gravely (Genevieve Angelson), his right-hand man who's tasked with keeping Backstrom's unconventional crime-solving methods in check. At least it can never be lupus.
16 of 16 Michael Lavine/Fox; Paramount
Reminds Us Of:Hustle & Flow
Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who both appeared in the Oscar-winning Flow ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" — #neverforget), star in Fox's decidedly more upscale take on the world of hip-hop from Lee Daniels. Instead of drug-dealing pimp-turned-rapper DJay, Howard plays Lucious Lyon, a hip-hop mogul who, after learning he has three years to live, must groom one of his three sons to follow in his footsteps, unless his ex-con ex-wife (Henson) can get her hands on Lucious' money. Sure, the similarities may be superficial, but we just have one question: Can hitmaker Timbaland make a better soundtrack than Three 6 Mafia?