Rave: Best New Shows for Fall 2011

Whether it’s hilarious Twitter memes, a good book or an exciting new film, we love to be entertained on the fourth floor. And with August on its way out and cooler weather on its way in, we’re looking for silver linings to this change in seasons (other than fall fashion, we love that). What better silver lining could there be than the onslaught of new television shows? Here’s a breakdown of some of the hot new programming we’re looking forward to this fall.

Is anyone else excited about Pan Am? Because we are. Pan Am looks like it’s going to be full of sassy charm set against a mod ‘60’s backdrop. Starring Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner, the show profiles the exciting lives of stewardesses working for the iconic airline during its heyday. The cute royal blue uniforms and plot lines full of jet-setting travel and torrid relationships with handsome pilots have us thrilled for this show’s potential. We think it’s going to be a hit.

Pan Am premieres Sunday, September 25 at 10 p.m. on CTV.

On the other side of the sophistication spectrum lies 2 Broke Girls, a raunchy, odd couple comedy from the producers of Sex and the City. The show explores the lives of two girls trying to make it as waitresses in big, bad Manhattan. Max (Kat Dennings) has been a waitress her entire adult life and Caroline (Beth Behrs) is a former socialite whose billionaire father has just disgraced the family and lost all their money. The trailer had us laughing out loud, so despite some of the naysayers out there, we think this one will be a fun spot of entertainment on a Monday night.

2 Broke Girls premieres Monday, September 19 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS (directly following the highly anticipated season premiere of Two and a Half Men, sans Charlie).

Once Upon a Time stars the gorgeous Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Joshua Dallas and Irish hottie Jamie Dornan. The show crosses between current times and a parallel fairy tale world, so we’re expecting lots of pretty costumes and intricate set designs, allowing us to vicariously live out our childhood Disney princess dreams. The fourth floor is high enough to be a castle tower, right?

Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. on CTV and 8 p.m. on ABC.

A mysterious woman (Canada’s own Emily Van Camp) comes to town to seek revenge and settle scores with the people who destroyed her family years earlier. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo, this modernized version is set in the Hamptons. Bring on the bling amongst the revenge plots.

We’re excited for 1) the drama, 2) the beautiful people (Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Ashley Madekwe, Joshua Bowman), 3) the gorgeous setting, and 4) did we mention the drama?

Revenge premieres on Wednesday, September 21 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Being publicity goddesses, we obviously love what we do and are thrilled to see the exciting world of PR highlighted in Free Agents, an American remake of a British series. While the Brits’ version was based at a talent agency, the American version is focused on two executives at a PR agency.  

The show stars Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn as coworkers, on the rebound from a divorce and a dead fiancée respectively, have a one night stand (naughty, naughty!) and try to navigate their professional and personal lives in the aftermath. We’re hopeful Free Agents gets the PR world right and that it entertains us as much as this business does.

Free Agents premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 10:30 p.m. on NBC (before moving September 21 to its regular time slot of 8:30 p.m.).

P.S. We love that there are multiple new shows premiering this fall about PR. Look for Scandal as well, about a former government media relations consultant running a crisis management agency for Washington’s elite and powerful.

Reuniting The O.C. series creator Josh Schwartz and everyone’s favourite O.C. starlet Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie stars Bilson as a young doctor forced to take a job in remote Alabama when there are no placements available in New York City. The show also stars Jaime King, Scott Porter, Cress Williams and Wilson Bethel as residents of Bluebell.

Hart of Dixie premieres Monday, September 26 at 9 p.m. on The CW. Yeah, we watch shows on The CW. Don’t pretend you don’t. 

The Right Hand
You’ve gotta check this one out, if simply for the curiosity factor. If you’ve ever wanted a first-hand look inside an
adult film company, here comes your chance with The Right Hand. This new reality series (co-created and directed by Matt Austin-Sadowski, one of our team on the Fourth Floor) is focused on Immoral Productions, its president Porno Dan (Dan Leal), and a fresh-out-of-college production assistant from small town Ontario. Described as “a train wreck in the middle of a circus” we can’t wait to watch. It’s gonna be fun, eye-opening and like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The Right Hand premieres Friday, October 7 at 11:30 p.m. on TMN.

Looks like we have some TV to watch this fall. You’ll find us in front of the small screen in between parties and dinners come the end of September.