<p>Red Band Society</p>

Red Band Society

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

Can the new drama transcend some of its more 'Glee'-ish tics?

Among the main characters of FOX's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma.

All of them are 16 years old or younger.

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<p>Ruth Wilson in The Affair, Grant Gustin in The Flash and Kerry Washington in Scandal.</p>

Ruth Wilson in The Affair, Grant Gustin in The Flash and Kerry Washington in Scandal.

The HitFix Fall TV 2014 preview

What new shows are we most looking forward to? What returning veterans do we have questions about?

This is looking like a very odd fall TV season. The list of shows to get excited about right this second is pretty short, but so is the list of shows to just dismiss out of hand. (I reviewed one of the latter group earlier today.) Probably the best show, Amazon's "Transparent," made its pilot publicly available back in February, and will be releasing all of its episodes at once on September 26, towards the tail end of the madness that is the official premiere week of the 2014-15 TV season. Mostly, though, there are a lot of new shows that could go either way: bad pilots that nonetheless have promising stars and/or creators attached ("Marry Me," "Selfie"), good pilots that may not be sustainable ("Black-ish," "The Affair"), shows that appear happy to settle in at competent ("NCIS: New Orleans"), etc.

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<p>Debra Messing in &quot;The Mysteries of Laura.&quot;</p>

Debra Messing in "The Mysteries of Laura."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' could be this fall's worst new show

Don't wonder how Debra Messing can be a cop and a mom. Wonder how this got on the air.

With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as "The Mysteries of Laura," it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series — whose promos all suggest that the chief mystery is how in the world a woman could possibly be both a cop and a mom(*) at the same time — is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984.

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Bill struggles with impotence and accusations from his brother

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I do pelvic exams with a miner's lamp stuck to my forehead...

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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Good Listener'

Nucky plots his exit strategy, while Capone enjoys celebrity

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I rob Peter to pay Paul...

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<p>Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'Listen'

The Doctor and Clara investigate a classic nightmare in a powerfully simple episode

We're a month into Peter Capaldi's reign on "Doctor Who." Donna Dickens has been doing a fine job covering the show for us weekly — here's her take on "Listen" — but the latest episode was both excellent and a good opportunity for me to check in on the state of the Doctor, Clara and everything else TARDIS-related, coming up just as soon as I admire the way I look from behind...

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<p>Gotham, Parenthood and Boardwalk Empire</p>

Gotham, Parenthood and Boardwalk Empire

Fall TV reviewing plans

A Sunday drama glut, some superhero shows, the end of 'Parenthood' & more

The network TV season doesn't officially start until September 22, but fall TV is already here. "Boardwalk Empire" and "Sons of Anarchy" came back earlier this week, FOX is doing a few premieres next week, and all but a handful of notable summer series are either over or (in the case of a few Sunday night dramas) will be over by the end of the month.

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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Eidolon'

The cops and crooks scramble in a massacre's aftermath

Earlier today, I published an interview with "The Bridge" showrunner Elwood Reid about how great season 2 has turned out to be. Now I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I throw in a pair of custom boots...

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<p>Nurse JAckie</p>

Nurse JAckie

Credit: Showtime

'Nurse Jackie' to end with season 7

Another Showtime show that stuck around well past its peak, though it never got bad

"Nurse Jackie" is beginning production on its seventh season this week, and Showtime announced today that this will also be the hospital dramedy's last.

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<p>Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

Some frank talk from producer Elwood Reid about the bumps of season 1 and the highs of season 2

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes.

Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching.

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