Jun 13 2012 3:00pm

Fall TV Turns Up the Heat: The Carrie Diaries, Last Resort, The Mindy Project, and More!

The cast of ABC’s Last ResortBetween suspenseful sudsers, sexy men in uniform, and sisters doing it for themselves, the broadcast networks’ 2012-2013 television schedule looks pretty promising. Here’s all the scoop on the shows you’ll want to check out:

It’s Raining Men

There’s just something about a man in uniform... Andre Braugher (Homicide) and Scott Speedman (Felicity’s Ben! TV has missed you!) cut fine figures in Last Resort (ABC, Thursdays at 8) as they lead a US Naval submarine crew on a rogue mission after they receive a suspicious order from the government. This tense thriller from co-creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Chicago Code) features plenty of pretty in the familiar sprawling ensemble—including Dichen Lachman, Daisy Betts, Autumn Reeser, Daniel Lissing, Robert Patrick and more—but the tightly plotted, action-packed twisty plot is the real stunner here. You’ll think you’re watching a big screen blockbuster not just a weekly TV drama.

Taylor Kinney in NBC’s Chicago FireEven better than a hunk in uniform? A hunk out of one! The trailer for the new NBC drama Chicago Fire certainly agrees as the delicious Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries, Trauma) is shirtless for the entire sneak peek clip. He leads a team of equally sexy firefighters and paramedics as they fight fires—and each other—in the latest high stakes Dick Wolf production. Jesse Spencer (House) and Eamonn Walker (The Messenger) also star.

Nobody rocks a uniform like a superhero though. Arrow (CW, Wednesdays at 8 pm) will be shooting his way into hearts as playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City (no, not Smallville this time around) after a tragedy and becomes a secret nighttime vigilante, who vows to make amends and restore the city to its former glory. Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Hung) fills out the green leather quite impressively, and looks just as good without it in the sneak peek clip as he strong-arms his way through a sweaty workout in a rundown factory that would make Kevin Bacon proud. (Okay, and maybe a little ashamed.)

Beauty and the Beast (CW, Thursdays at 9) is a time-honored fable, re-told again and again over the years. Still, we’d bet good money that there’s never been a Beast with quite such chiseled cheekbones in any of the previous incarnations. This new drama, which supposedly remakes the popular ’90s TV version with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perelman (though the script bore almost no resemblance besides the characters’ first names), casts handsome Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) as the titular monster. Luckily for us, and his love interest/soulmate, investigative reporter Catherine Chandler (Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk), his ugly side only comes to light when he gets ragey. BEAST SMASH!

The cast of Emily Owens, MDAll the Single Ladies

The men don’t get to have all the fun, though. In the Grey’s Anatomy-esque medical drama Emily Owens, MD (CW, Tuesdays at 9) Mamie (daughter of Streep!) Gummer plays a new resident at Denver Memorial who discovers hospitals aren’t that different from high school. While she blushes over her friend and secret crush Will (the droolworthy Justin Hartley), her biggest high school rival also joins the staff and just might sweep him out from under her scalpel. Jack Coleman (Heroes, The Vampire Diaries) also recurs as the hospital chief of staff with some down and dirty secrets.

The Cast of The Mindy ProjectDoctors may have drama, but they also can bring the funny. At least when it comes to The Office’s Mindy Kaling, who created and stars in the season’s most anticipated new sitcom, The Mindy Project (Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30). A professional success and a personal mess, Dr. Mindy Lahiri is a multi-tasker, getting arrested for disorderly conduct one minute, delivering a baby the next. She also juggles two hot love interests, bad boy Jeremy (British comedian Ed Weeks) who shares her practice (and occasionally her mattress!) and the infuriating Danny (Damages’ Chris Messina) whom she argues with about EVERYTHING. And we all know what that means... Messy as Mindy’s life may be, this sitcom seems smart and snappy, especially with an assist from Kaling’s Office bud BJ Novak co-executive producing.

AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie DiariesTake a trip back to the land of neon legwarmers and lace headbands with the CW’s Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries (Midseason - Mondays at 9). Budding film actress AnnaSophia Robb stars as a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw and if you think teen dramas can’t bring the sexy just as well as their adult counterparts....well, you definitely haven’t watched The Vampire Diaries then, have you? But despite a sexy new transfer student catching her, this Carrie has more than men on her mind—she’s taking Manhattan as a law firm intern by day and a club-hopping cutie by night.

Soap, Sex, & Shenanigans

With a title as blatant as Mistresses (ABC, airing in May 2013), you know we’re in for some sexy and scandalous misadventures. Will the salacious daily doings of four female friends (including Alyssa Milano and Lost’s Yunjin Kim) fill the Desperate Housewives-shaped hole in our hearts? It remains to be seen, but with secret affairs and breathless betrayals in abundance, this midseason drama should be worth the wait.

Connie Britton in NashvilleThe heart of country music land, Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10) is the backdrop for this sudser featuring the always-fabulous Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights’ Tami Taylor, y’all) as a fading star whose queendom is being usurped by a conniving up-and-comer (Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere) faster than you can say Country Strong. There’s plenty of ballads, backstabbing and bedhopping in this one, plus a wealth of sexy men and ‘ships to choose from. And really, who doesn’t want to see Tami Taylor getting her Faith Hill on? That’s just plain crazy talk now, y’hear.

Tired of that sugarcoated Southern charm? Try some upper-crust underhandedness with the Revenge-esque family drama Infamous (NBC, Midseason). Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good) goes spy amongst the blue-blooded Bowers clan to determine who killed her estranged childhood best friend, heiress Vivian. But the waters of her investigation get muddied as she’s torn between her sexy cop partner Will (Laz Alonzo) and golden boy Julian Bowers (TBA, as role is being recast). For added pleasure, Victor Garber (Alias’s SpyDaddy!) and Tate Donovan also star.


Tara Gelsomino is a reader, writer, pop culture junkie, and internet addict. You can tweet her at @taragel.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Sooo many shows I'm excited to see: Last Resort, Arrow, The Mindy Project (I was so hoping it'd get paired with New Girl--that'll be perfect! can't wait for this one), and Nashville (yay Connie!).

I'm curious about a few of the others, like Infamous, Chicago Fire, and Beauty and the Beast, but less sure they'll be my thing.

What about Revolution on NBC, do you know much about that one? I'm wary because it looks Lost-ish and that got way too convoluted for me (and I say this as someone who loved Abrams's Alias for a long time), but the second half of the trailer I saw looked pretty cool.
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
What got me interested:
1.The Mindy Project - Trailer looks awesome!
2. Copper - New York, 19th century. Young irish cop trying to find out the truth about death of his daughter and disappearance of his wife. This is so my tipe of story. Costumes looks great.
3. The Mob Doctor - Name says it all.
4. Last Resort - Shawn Ryan.
I watched UK version of Mistresses and it was great.
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
@LegeArtis -- I forgot about Copper, thanks for the reminder! Jamie Bamber's sister Anastasia Griffith is in that, and I like her a lot from her Trauma days.
Rachel Hyland
4. RachelHyland
I'd call Copper a Summer show, since it premieres on BBC America in August. But yes, I'm looking forward to it, too!

Must-see for me: Last Resort (even more so now, after that glowing report, Tara!), Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Nashville. (Country Strong! And here I thought I was the only one who had seen that movie.) Like LegeArtist, I'm also on board with The Mob Doctor, because hey, Zach Gilford!

Am least excited about The Carrie Project, which just seems so very unnecessary and lame, and I am really not sure that the 80s are quite as ripe for a Mad Men-style revisit as the CW might think.

That said, I will of course watch it, along with all the new shows -- at least their premieres. It's what I do.
5. TaraGel
redline_ My hands-down faves based on scripts/cast are Last Resort and Nashville. I liked the Revolution script okay, but the completed pilot isn't getting such great reports from critics who've gotten an early glimpse. It sounds a little bit Falling Skies/Terra Nova, neither of which have been all that good. So not sure. I do like Billie Burke though and the trailer didn't look bad...

LegeArtis I'm interested in Copper a bit too, but yeah, I think that's starting soon (we didn't cover any cable stuff here either). I dunno about Mob Doctor, I really thought that was the worst drama trailer I saw. Not feeling that one (despite Zach Gilford!)

Rachel I really loved the script for Last Resort because it really minded me a lot of the BSG miniseries (and everyone knows how I feel about that. LOL) But then they cast Scott Speedman (WHO I ADORE), and Dichen Lachman and a whole bunch of other interesting folks, and Shawn Ryan's pedigree is so good. So yeah, that's far and away the one I'm most excited for.

And Nashville because I really like country music and TAMI TAYLOR and Hayden, and that guy who played the attorney on Big Love that Nikki almost ran off with! Hee. It had the most soapy/relationship potential of all the shows too. Many different revolving pairings, heh.

Honestly for me, I was intrigued by Beauty and the Beast until they cast Kreuk, who was such a weak spot of Smallville. (Also the script was v. generic.)
Rachel Hyland
6. RachelHyland
@ Tara

Falling Skies not that good? You take that back! It was my favorite new show of last year, bar none. I forgive you only for the BSG love, but even then can only really do so wholeheartedly if you concur that the fourth season is utterly abysmal and should never have sullied our screens.
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
@Tara @Rachel -- I have to say, I've been thinking about trying Falling Skies again. I thought the first couple episodes were kind of interesting and thought it might get better (like TVD). And TNT's promos for the new season look pretty cool.

The fourth season of BSG is, with only a few exceptions generally involving my beloved Kara/Lee, is pretty awful, but it's the finale I still can't even talk about that without getting all worked up and/or ranting,
lisa isenberg
8. lki1130
Cannot wait on Chicago Fire, might be one of the first shows I dvr, love a fireman. Of course, it helps when you marry one :)
9. taragel
Rachel, Well I lost interest in Falling Skies after the 4th episode or so, it just wasn't really for me. Agree that BSG's fourth season was bad in sooo sooo many ways (and don't even get me going on that finale) but I can't say I wish we didn't have it at all, because my boos Starbuck and Apollo had some lovely lovely scenes and so much emotional growth in that season. That it was all for naught will always pain me, but I'd rather have had them than not?

Er...or what Redline said. :)

lki1130, Taylor Kinney who plays the CF lead is also quite gorgeous and charming -- that might be reason enough to watch (although I've heard the pilot is pretty cliched and boring sadly). They clearly have their priorities sorted correctly though as he was shirtless for the entire preview (as was the smoking lead in Arrow.) ;)
10. SassyT
I'm going to definitely watch Last Resort. I like military shows (I am afterall a military I'm excited about Revolution as well but if it gets too much like Lost (all questions and no answers) I'll have to drop it.

I'm not sure if I'm going to watch the new Mistresses. I watched the original BBC version and it was a guilty pleasure. However, I read about this version (I think it was this version) on Wikipedia (they've been trying to do a U.S. or Canadian version of this show for years) and it seemed to have problems so I'm probably going to skip it.

Falling Skies is an awesome show. The first season was more about the main character and his boys. This season started out with a bang. I'm going to keep watching it. It's a really interesting show if you give it a chance. Hated the ending of BSG. I was an unabashed fan of the original (hey, I was a kid) and I was kind of just okay with this version (but I stuck through it until the end and what a disappointing ending).

Loved Sex and the City but like someone else said this just looks ridiculous. Do we really need to see Carrie as a kid? And I didn't think she was from NYC originally so are they just going to skip over that?

I will give the fireman show a shot as well because I liked Third Watch and Trauma (they should have left that show on).
11. dref22
I was going to watch Emily Owens MD for Jack Coleman but apparently he won't be a part of the show even though he's in the pilot being all naughty. If this is true, I hate you, CW.
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