15 most anticipated new shows for Fall 2014 - 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more

15 most anticipated new shows for Fall 2014 - 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more

Which of your most anticipated fall shows didn't make our list?

No, we're not going to try to convince you that this is the most promising fall for new TV in years.

If you've followed my Take Me To The Pilots series, you can already guess that there are a handful of B-grade and B-minus-grade pilots, several of which absolutely have the potential to get better than that, but all of which have the potential to drop lower.

If you're a fan of comic books, this is probably your fall, with "The Flash" and "Gotham" ranking among our favorite network pilots and "Constantine" having theoretical potential, though we'll have to see some episodes with the new female lead before drawing conclusions.

But don't think that networks have started programming only to 18-34-year-old men. "Jane the Virgin" and "How To get Away With Murder" are just a couple of the new network shows targeting different demos, while expanding our range to cable and streaming services let us look forward to the likes of "Transparent," "The Affair" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" miniseries.

Here are 15 new shows and movies we're looking forward to this fall, but they aren't the only things with potential. For example, FOX's well-acted "Gracepoint" takes a long time to get going, but by its seventh episode, it's not "Broadchurch" anymore. And we wouldn't rule out the possibility that the casts of "Selfie" or "Mulaney" or "Madam Secretary" could make those must-catch shows by December.

Check out our gallery:

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<p>Rebecca Rittenhouse</p>

Rebecca Rittenhouse

'Red Band Society' co-star Rebecca Rittenhouse discusses bridging the age gap

What secrets is the newcomer's Nurse Brittany harboring?

Rebecca Rittenhouse is stuck between worlds on FOX's "Red Bad Society."

Set in and around the pediatric ward at a hospital, sets up the patients and the health care providers. 

The kids are played by network TV relative newcomers like Nolan Sotillo, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Brian "Astro" Bradley.

The grown-ups, in contrast, are led by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, frequent TV regular Dave Annable and Wilson Cruz, who only played one of the pivotal characters on one of the pivotal teen dramas in history.

Rebecca Rittenhouse, however, is going to be a fresh face to nearly everybody checking out "Red Band Society," which premieres on Wednesday (September 17) night on FOX. She has fewer screen credits than most of the young stars of "Red Band Society," but she's also in a position of some on-screen authority as Nurse Brittany.

It's an appropriate position for Rittenhouse. Her character is a nurse and a caregiver, idolizing Spencer's Nurse Jackson. However, she's also young enough that her patients can engage in flirtations and crushes with her that seem only somewhat inappropriate.

Last week, I sat down with Rittenhouse to discuss how Nurse Brittany fits into the world of "Red Band Society" and how the stratification within the story has impacted the cast off-screen. [Hint: They're all buddies!]

Check out the interview above...

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<p>Conan O&#39;Brien at Simpsons Take The Bowl</p>

Conan O'Brien at Simpsons Take The Bowl

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Highlights from The Simpsons Take The Bowl

Conan O'Brien, tributes to Phil Hartman, Courtney Galiano and more

There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way.

Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry.

Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to FXX and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil.

I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. I guess Terry Cashman had other things to do and couldn't make a "Talking Softball" appearance. I know Harry Shearer is starring in a play in London and I assume Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner had similar reasons for being absent. Kelsey Grammer's a busy guy, but it should would have been nice to hear some Sideshow Bob crooning live. But when you're distilling 552 episodes, a movie, an Oscar nominated short and a hit album into a two-hour concert, choices will always be made. 

So in lieu of an actual review, let me quickly recount a few highlights:

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<p>Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears</p>

Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears

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TV Ratings: Bears-49ers action leads NBC past Miss America on Sunday

'American Dad' and 'Unforgettable' also make ripples

Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast of a close game between the Bears and 49ers dominated a Sunday that also saw NFL coverage boost CBS, so-so numbers for Miss America and the penultimate FOX week for "American Dad."

Between NBC's live football and roughly a 50-minute NFL overrun for CBS, Sunday numbers are, as always, preliminary and subject to change.

On to those numbers...

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<p>&quot;American Crime&quot;</p>

"American Crime"

Credit: ABC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'American Crime'

John Ridley's new drama sure thinks it's Important, but is it?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Two new pioneers head for &quot;Utopia&quot;</p>

Two new pioneers head for "Utopia"

Credit: FOX

'Utopia' ratings update: Friday premiere falls, Sunday gets a DVR bump

FOX execs have promised patience, but how long will that last?

We're still two Fridays away from the full return of regular programming and therefore the full return of regular Friday night ratings reports. However, with FOX's "Utopia" having a premiere for a time period it is scheduled to occupy for six weeks -- with an emphasis on "scheduled to occupy," because it's hard to predict how long it will actually be there -- it seemed worthwhile to look at the numbers, especially since FOX has also released Live+3 DVR figures for Sunday's launch.

Let's check out those numbers.

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<p>ABC&#39;s &quot;Galavant&quot;</p>

ABC's "Galavant"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Galavant'

Timothy Omundson is the bright spot in this medieval musical fairy tale

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Mandy Moore</p>

Mandy Moore

Credit: Dan Steinberg/AP

FOX's 'Red Band Society' admits Mandy Moore

'Candy' chanteuse will play the ex-fiancee to Dave Annable's character

Mandy Moore is scrubbing in as what FOX is calling a "recurring guest star" on the freshman hospital dramedy "Red Band Society."

The network announced this morning that Moore will play Dr. Erin Grace, chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, home to the pediatric wing caring for the show's main characters.

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<p>Ravens QB Joe Flacco</p>

Ravens QB Joe Flacco

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TV Ratings: CBS' Steelers-Ravens Thursday Night Football opener dominates

'The Biggest Loser' premiere puts NBC in second

Fast National ratings for Thursday, September 11, 2014.

The premiere of CBS' Thursday Night Football, a sloppy game between the Ravens and Steelers, dominated primetime in all measures, though NBC's "The Biggest Loser" opener still got a decent sampling, albeit far below fall's launch.

CBS is boasting that the Thursday Night Football premiere was the network's best Thursday primetime deliver since 2006 and the broadcast on both CBS and NFL Network more than doubled last year's NFL Network Thursday opener.

Remember, as always, that due to the live nature of the football game, plus the simulcast on NFL Network, these numbers aren't accurately reflective of the actual Pittsburgh-Baltimore ratings for the night. 

On to those numbers...

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<p>Yeardley Smith</p>

Yeardley Smith

'Simpsons' star Yeardley Smith talks 'Family Guy' crossover, Hollywood Bowl show

The voice of Lisa also discusses FXX's Every Simpsons Ever marathon

For a show entering its 26th season, "The Simpsons" has been generating a lot of fresh news lately. 

There was last month's FXX Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, in which all 552 episodes and the movie were aired in sequence, single-handedly transforming FXX from a cable curiosity into a destination. 

For lucky residents of Los Angeles, there's this weekend's The Simpsons Take The Bowl three night event. Starting on Friday, September 12, Hank Azaria will host a trio of live shows at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the likes of Conan O'Brien, Nancy Cartwright, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, "Weird Al" Yankovic, series creator Matt Groening and more, with musical performances accompanied by clips. [Timed around the Bowl show is Thursday night's "Simpsons" music-themed marathon on FXX, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.]

And then for everybody, "The Simpsons" returns to FOX on Sunday, September 28 with a fall of new episodes that include a major character death and a "Futurama" crossover and that's not even mentioning the "Family Guy" premiere, which features a much-discussed visit to Springfield.

Earlier this week, I sat down with long-time "Simpsons" star Yeardley Smith to talk about each of these major events. 

In the interview, posted above, Smith discusses her own experience of the FXX marathon, her nervousness about the Hollywood Bowl performance and whether it felt different playing Lisa Simpson on "The Family Guy."

Check it out!

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