Sorry, folks, fall 2012 is unlikely to go down in TV history for the broadcast networks. It probably won't be a complete disaster -- CBS shows tend to have staying power regardless of their qualitative merits --but those hoping for a year of buzzy shows and breakout hits may be disappointed.
Consequently, it's another year in which the pilots don't lend themselves to a best/worst list. A most potential/least potential list seems more appropriate.
Of all the pilots, ABC's "Nashville" is probably the best and the show I'm most excited to see more of. On the other hand, although I really liked the pilot for NBC's "Revolution," after so many serialized genre shows have come and quickly burned out, there's little reason to have faith this one will be much different.
ABC's "The Neighbors" -- humans move into a gated community full of extraterrestrial residents -- almost made my "most potential" list even though many TV critics hated it. I'll defend the pilot, but without seeing additional episodes, I'm wary of going too far out on a limb for the show.
Maybe I'll regret not including ABC's "The Last Resort," a fantastic concept on paper, but the pilot underwhelmed. Here's hoping "The Last Resort" improves and that the shows with least potential quickly disappear.
"Go On" (NBC)
"The Mindy Project" (Fox)
"Last Resort" (ABC)
"The Neighbors" (ABC)
"The New Normal" (NBC)
"Beauty and the Beast" (The CW)
"Ben and Kate" (Fox)
"Chicago Fire" (NBC)
"Guys With Kids" (NBC)
"The Mob Doctor" (Fox)