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Hear that? It's the sound of another TV show dying before it ever really got off the ground.
In case you hadn't noticed, new series are now given about a nanosecond to prove themselves before facing the ax. So early buzz—like, say, for last season's Modern Family, or once upon a time, a kooky little island show called Lost—can prove very helpful in making sure the good ones stick around.
And that's where you come in...
For the next week and a half, we'll be rolling out preview clips of all the new shows coming out in the upcoming 2010-11 TV season, and asking you to predict which ones you'll love.
Each day you'll pick the most promising-looking show from one particular network, and then on the final day, we'll pit the top show from each network against one another to determine the ultimate early-buzz winner.
This week, the networks have started sending out the full pilots to members of the press, which means you'll start hearing some things about the critics' choices, but we thought it'd be cool for your voice to be heard first.
So today we start with Fox. Just check out the series preview clips below and then take the poll down yonder, if you're feeling bold and frisky and fancypants, which we know you are.
Running Wilde: Will Arnett and a couple of the guys behind Arrested Development bring you this quirky romantic comedy about a wealthy and slightly moronic playboy (Will) who sets his eyes on winning the heart of his childhood love, played by Keri Russell. It's told from the POV of her 12-year-old daughter.
Lonestar: This drama about a guy leading a double life—to get ahead in the oil business—is from the creators of Party of Five and the director of 500 Days of Summer. Also, it stars Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki, which doesn't hurt a thing. Cast includes James Wolk (the leading man/two-timer), Eloise Mumford, David Keith, Mark Deklin, Bryce Johnson and Jon Voight.
Mixed Signals: Three dudes and the ladies who love/loathe them. Now we can see what men think when navigating their loves lives, besides how to not tell women they look fat. Starring Alexandra Breckenridge, David Denman (Roy moved on from Pam!), Nelson Franklin, Liza Lapira and Kris Marshall.
Ride-Along: Chicago is the setting for this new police drama where the audience is the passenger alongside the cops and corruption in the Windy City. Coming from The Shield's Shawn Ryan and starring Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria, Devin Kelley, Todd Williams, Billy Lush and Delroy Lindo. For midseason.
Raising Hope: A slacker (Lucas Neff) suddenly finds himself thrust into fatherhood, with his entire family (including new grandma Martha Plimpton—who looked so hot at the Fox Upfronts in New York I called her a, yes, "GILF") thrown for a serious loop. My Name is Earl show runner Greg Garcia is the executive producer and the pilot's writer. Cool guest cast includes Cloris Leachman and Bijou Phillips.
Bob's Burgers: Fox's newest animated series about a man, his family and his precious burger place. For midseason.
Terra NovaIt has dinosaurs! Not enough for you? OK, it's a drama that takes the Shannon family back to prehistoric times because planet Earth is on the brink of extinction. Still need more? Steven Spielberg is an executive producer, along with Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury. There's no preview clip yet for this one, so let your imagination run wild. For midseason.
What looks good to you and why? We'd love to hear you in the comments section.
Take a peek at all of Fall's TV Pilots here.