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The best and worst shows on the fall TV schedule

by Brand & Martínez

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Connie Britton (l.) and Hayden Panettiere (r.) star in the new ABC drama, Nashville. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

The fall TV lineup offers a mix of new comedies and dramas.

Maureen Ryan, television critic for the Huffington Post, said the dramas are "more promising."

She's a fan of Nashville, a new ABC series about a veteran country star played by Connie Britton facing competition from a young singer played by Hayden Panettiere.

Ryan said she's not a country music fan, but "it did a really god job mixing a behind-the-scene music drama with soap drama."

"It doesn't feel fake or forced and try to imitate Glee with over-the-top music numbers," Ryan said.

Speaking of Glee, one of the most-hyped shows this fall is the NBC comedy "The New Normal" from Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

The show stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple hiring a surrogate to bear their child.

"(Murphy) likes to shock people, get their attention and we'll see how that works and maybe that's the route to getting an audience these days ," Ryan said.

Now what if Ryan had to hazard a guess about which show will get the ax first?

"Guys with Kids," Ryan said of the Jimmy Fallon-produced comedy on NBC, which is just about that -- guys with kids.

"I'm going to go out and say I don't think America is going to respond that show," Ryan said.


Maureen Ryan, television critic for the Huffington Post

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