Bob's Burgers, Fall, Midseason, Sundays at 8:30 What It Is: A cartoon about Bob and his burger joint. Snap Judgment: I am even less interested in FOX's Sunday night cartoons than I am in reality shows, which is saying a lot. Verdict: Pass
The Good Guys, Summer, Mondays at 9
This one has actually started - you can watch the pilot here. What It Is: Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks are mismatched Dallas cops. Hilarity ensues. Snap Judgment: Hilarity really does ensue. I can't really be at all neutral about this one, considering my Atlantic article and my fan site. Verdict: Yes, please watch it.
What It Is: "A provocative soap set against the backdrop of big Texas oil." There's a con man with two families, and other soapy things. Snap Judgment: More Texas, for those keeping score. This could either be really good or completely ridiculous, or maybe both. Too early to say. Verdict: Worth a watch.
MasterChef, Summer, Tuesdays at 9 What It Is: Amateur chefs compete while being trained, I guess, by Gordon Ramsay. Snap Judgment: Meh. Another cooking reality show. Verdict: Pass
What It Is: A sitcom! About friends! Trying to balance love and friendship! I AM SHOCKED. Snap Judgment: The promo was almost impressively unfunny, and not even the presence of Colin from Love, Actually can make me want to watch this. Verdict: No thanks.
What It Is: A totally unprepared young man finds out he has a baby and moves her into the home of his wacky, dysfunctional family. Snap Judgment: I expected to hate this, but the promo was slightly endearing. Probably not enough to make me watch, though. Verdict: Meh.
What It Is: More cops! These ones are in Chicago. Snap Judgment: It looks like there's enough politics and interpersonal stuff going on here to keep me interested. And there's an alderman! But there are a lot of cop shows. Off the top of my head, I'd put this one above the Detroit one but below the Selleck one. Verdict: I'll try an episode or two.
What It Is: A rich playboy tries to win back his childhood sweetheart, the housekeeper's daughter, who is now a humanitarian with a mute daughter. Snap Judgment: I really wanted this to be good, because I have a soft spot for the childhood sweetheart thing and the rich playboy with a heart of gold thing. But the promo wasn't particularly interesting or funny. I may give it a try anyway, just in case. Verdict: I'll probably try an episode.
Terra Nova, Midseason? What It Is: In 2149, the planet is dying, and scientists open a portal to prehistoric Earth to try to save the human race by sending settlers back in time. Or something. Snap Judgment: I kept telling this one to friends like a joke. "Did you hear the one about Steven Spielberg, Brannon Braga, and people from Avatar making a dinosaur show set in the future? No, really, they're doing that." It sounds completely ridiculous, but it's a sci-fi show on network TV, so I'll probably give it a try. If they manage to cast anyone good, that could help. Verdict: I'll try it, but I'm pretty much expecting a mess.