Emily Owens, M.D. is one of the few Fall shows whose fate was still up in the air, but now we have its official status: the show has been canceled by The CW. The series, which had the lowest ratings of any new show this Fall, will get to air all 13 of the episodes already shot, but that'll be the end of the endearing drama starring Mamie Gummer. Emily Owens, M.D. is the only show The CW canceled this season, having given fellow freshman dramas Arrow and Beauty and the Beast full season pickups.
This calls for a celebration! ABC has given freshman series Nashville a full-season order. The soapy primetime show starring Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton as two sparring country divas has been one of the most well-reviewed new series of 2012, earning praise in particular for its slate of original music. The renewal should come as no surprise to TV fans, as it has been very successful with viewers in its Wednesday night time slot, even beating out veteran ratings winner CSI, which airs at the same time. Have you been watching Nashville? Are you excited to see more of Rayna and Juliette?
Break out your cowboy hats and magnifying glasses: CBS has ordered full seasons of two of its freshman series, modern detective story Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller, and Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid. The shows have been pulling in around 14 million viewers each, which are the highest numbers for any new Fall series. This is clearly a good move for CBS, but what do you think of the decision? Have you been watching?
Nuns, Nazis, and newlyweds make up the colorful characters of American Horror Story: Asylum. The series' second season debuts this week, and though we already knew Asylum's cast would include Jessica Lange, Adam Levine, and Jenna Dewan, Entertainment Weekly is finally giving us peek at the ensemble. Asylum takes place at a Massachusetts mental institution called Briarcliff, and so far it appears to be a vast departure from last season. Most of the story takes place in 1962, though a couple of the characters are in the present. Take a look through the pictures, and find out more about what the cast and creators say about Asylum.
Watch out, Zoe Hart, there's a new doctor coming to The CW. Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep!) headlines Emily Owens, M.D. as a former high school nerd who's ready to make a fresh start in her first year as a doctor. Unfortunately, her teenage nemesis is working at the same hospital, standing in the way of Emily's dreams of leaving her dorky past behind her. Get the scoop on the show before tonight's premiere!
- What it's about: Emily Owens couldn't be more excited for her first day as a doctor, especially when she spies her med school crush, Will (Justin Hartley), in the locker room. As we learn from her inner monologue, Emily is ready to embrace adulthood and get her personal life together. Will's not the only familiar face at her new hospital, though; she soon learns that a high school mean girl named Cassandra (Aja Naomi King) will be working right by her side.
- Where it works: Gummer is delightfully awkward to watch and feels like a breath of fresh air on a network that includes effortlessly put-together characters on shows like Gossip Girl and 90210. There are also plenty of supporting players, ensuring that the series isn't completely dependent on Emily's crush on Will or her rivalry with Cassandra; Michael Rady (whom you may recognize from Melrose Place) is perfect as an endearing, sweet resident; Kelly McCreary plays Tyra, who just may be one of Emily's only allies at the hospital.
- Where it doesn't: There's a good balance of comedy and drama here, but some of the medical aspects feel contrived. Emily bonds with a young patient in the pilot (she's the only one who can get through to her thanks to her bedside manner), and it feels like something we've seen a million times before. In general, the mix of personalities and entanglements are very familiar, so this might not be your new show if you're looking for something fresh.
- When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
- You might like this show if: You wish Grey's Anatomy would be rebooted with a new cast.
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The CW is known for giving love to its veteran talent, which is why it comes as no surprise that Smallville star Kristin Kreuk is making her return to the network this Fall. Once again she'll be tackling a familiar story, but she's transitioning from comic books to fairy tales with Beauty and the Beast. Get the lowdown before the show premieres tonight!
- What it's about: Kreuk stars as Catherine, a bartender who bears witness to her mother's brutal murder, but is saved from harm by a mysterious animal. Fast forward a few years, and Catherine is a homicide detective. Her past comes back to haunt her when a new case leads her right to the "animal" that saved her life years ago. (Spoiler alert: it's actually a hot guy named Vincent (Jay Ryan) who turns into a monster when he loses his temper.)
- Where it works: Kreuk is adorable and Ryan is sexy enough, but other than that, there's not much to get excited about here.
- Where it doesn't: Not only is the pilot slow-moving, but it's filled with dialogue that's so cheesy it feels like a parody of a crime show. (I give you: "You look pretty good for a dead guy.") It also seems like a procedural, which is confusing since the real story here is clearly the relationship between Catherine and Vincent. As for those two: there's not enough sizzle between them to get me hooked on the show, and Vincent's transformation into the beast is a little too reminiscent of The Incredible Hulk — and not in a good way.
- When it's on: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW
- You might like this show if: You wish Grimm was more cheesy and romantic.
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After only two episodes, Made in Jersey has become the first casualty of the 2012 Fall TV season. It's tough luck for the CBS drama about a beautiful, tough-talking New York City lawyer from a blue-collar New Jersey background. The show premiered to lackluster reviews and low ratings, drawing in just 7.7 million viewers its first week. We can't say we're surprised by this news, but were you watching Made in Jersey?
The CW is adding an action-packed superhero drama to its Fall slate with Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. Stephen Amell plays the hooded archer, who is a vigilante by night and a rich playboy by day. Keep reading to find out if the series sounds like something you may want to watch when it premieres tonight.
- What it's about: Oliver Queen (Amell) resurfaces a few years after being presumed dead in a shipwreck. When he's returned to his home, he has a big secret: he learned quite a few deadly skills on the island he was marooned on (including the titular bow and arrow), which he can now use to fight crime. What happened to him on the island isn't the only skeleton in his closet, though; before he disappeared, he was an irresponsible party boy cheating on his girlfriend (Katie Cassidy).
- Where it works: The action of the pilot is exciting, especially Amell's physical feats when he's acting as his alter ego. Plus, his scandalous backstory is as soapy as the other guilty-pleasure shows The CW is known for.
- Where it doesn't: Cassidy and Amell don't have much chemistry, and it's clear that he's supposed to want her back, even though she's understandably angry at him. Also, Oliver's disguise mostly consists of a hoodie, which doesn't exactly create a shroud of mystery.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
- You might like this show if: You hate waiting for a new superhero movie to come out.
See some pictures and a preview of Arrow after the jump.
Musical TV series are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that ABC is getting in on the action with new series Nashville. The drama stars TV veterans Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as a pair of singers that butt heads when their record label tries to bring them together, while also giving us a peek at what happens behind the scenes of the country music industry. Read up before the show premieres on Thursday.
- What it's about: Set in the country music capital, Nashville follows a handful of musicians (and their connections) as they struggle to make it (or just stay afloat) in the industry. Britton leads the pack as Rayna James, an aging superstar who's losing fans to younger, sexier singers like bratty Juliette Barnes (Panettiere). As Rayna struggles to keep her family and career intact, Juliette's wrestling with her own demons and family issues, and we learn that she's really just a kid beneath her sassy exterior.
- Where it works: If you're a fan of American Horror Story or Friday Night Lights, you know what a joy it is to see Britton in action. She's a perfect fit for Rayna, whom you root for but never pity, even when her manager tries to force her to tour with Juliette to sell records. To that point, Panettiere is well cast as Rayna's biggest threat, and the tension between the two is fun to watch. The music is also woven in pretty seamlessly, which is a refreshing change from shows like Glee and Smash.
- Where it doesn't: We're introduced to a lot of characters in the pilot (which isn't a bad thing), but a lot of the guys look the same, and as silly as it sounds, it made it difficult to keep all the story lines straight. There's also a political story line involving Rayna's father and husband, which felt like an unnecessary (and frankly, boring) subplot.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC
- You might like this show if: You thought Country Strong would work better as a TV show than a movie.
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Can you feel the magic in the air? It's Fall premiere season! Aside from the crop of new shows making their debut this year, tons of our favorite shows are returning. Season premieres will be trickling out over the next couple months, but until your most anticipated show comes back, browse all the pictures of the new episodes. We got your 90210 and your 30 Rock. We got Gossip Girl, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and even Community. Print out this Fall calendar, then tell us which show's return you're most excited about.