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Premieres: September 24
Why it might be good: Where most new comedies take a while, if they're lucky, to find their voice and comic point of view, "Black-ish" — starring Anthony Anderson as a wealthy executive worrying that his suburban wife and kids are losing touch with their roots — has both in abundance from the start, thanks to a sharp script from Kenya Barris, careful shaping from comedy vet Larry Wilmore, and good performances from Anderson, Laurence Fishburne (in a recurring role as Anderson's old-school dad) and Tracee Ellis Ross (as Anderson's wife). It's not raucously funny, but it's smart and has a clear sense of what it's about and how it will be about it. The worry is that Wilmore's imminent departure to host "The Minority Report" on Comedy Central will take away some of that focus, but it's a promising start.
- Alan Sepinwall