| Monkeys = funny.
(NBC, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST)
Now that House is gone, there’s apparently a need for a new quirky medial show. NBC has decided to go sitcom-y with the unconventional doctor genre and gives us this show about a veterinarian with a...wait for it...monkey sidekick! Funny already, right? This one stars Justin Kirk, one of the more annoying characters from the Showtime series Weeds.
| Like Superman meets Hunger Games.
(CW, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST)
With the success of the Hunger Games, Brave, and numerous comic book adaptations, it was only a matter of time before someone adapted DC Comic’s The Green Arrow. This live-action series has been described as like Smallville, but darker.
| Like Sherlock without the accents.
(CBS, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST)
In addition to stealing from cable, networks love to steal from overseas, as is the case with this modern-day Sherlock Holmes program, Elementary, an unsubtle remake of Sherlock, the excellent BBC series about a modern-day Holmes that took old Sherlock Holmes plots and set them in the present day. Elementary’s twist? Watson is...wait for it...a woman!
| When an OBGYN tries to find love, laughs will ensue.
The Mindy Project
(Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. EST)
Take one part Scrubs, add two parts Bridget Jones’ Diary, and you’ve got The Mindy Project, about a quirky OBGYN and her hilarious quest for romance. The twist is, she’s...wait for it...Indian!
| The Mob Doctor, a show about a doctor...for the mob!
The Mob Doctor
(Fox, Mondays at 9:00 p.m. EST)
Remember the Sopranos? Great show, right?. You’d think that networks would have long ago given up trying to copy its success, having failed numerous times already, but no. Now instead of a show centered around a mob psychiatrist, The Mob Doctor is centered around a...wait for it...mob doctor! The always-excellent William Forsyth costars as the Tony Soprano stand in.
| The latest head-scratcher from J.J. Abrams
(NBC, Mondays at 10:00 p.m. EST)
Now that Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes are all gone, someone had to come up with another kinda sci-fi, kinda mystical show with a labyrinthine plot and numerous mysterious goings on. This show comes from J.J. Abrams (the creator of Lost) himself, a man who certainly knows the genre. Revolution is set in a post-apocalyptic future where all technology—even electricity—has vanished.