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Which Competing Primetime TV Shows Should You Watch This Fall Season?

Kathy Zerbib |
May 24, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. PDT

Film Editor

Can "Sleepy Hollow," a new addition to FOX, stand a chance against "The Voice"? (FOX)
Can "Sleepy Hollow," a new addition to FOX, stand a chance against "The Voice"? (FOX)
This upcoming Fall season features plenty of cancellations, renewals, and new shows, which means a week-full lot of time conflicts between worthy primetime schedules! Peep the competing shows below (including trailers for new shows) and look at which ones are worth tuning in to over others (*’ed for your convenience!). 

Monday Night Madness:

* ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”

CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” “We Are Men” (New), “Two Broke Girls,” & “Mom” (New)

* NBC’s “The Voice”

FOX’s “Bones”/”Almost Human” (New) & “Sleepy Hollow” (New)

The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” & “Beauty and the Beast”

Okay, Monday nights are easy to figure out. Right off, The CW does not have much of a chance in this competition, and they clearly know it. “Hart of Dixie”? Meh. “Beauty and the Beast”? Shrug. The usual “Dancing With the Stars” fans will flock to ABC, while an even greater number of “The Voice” fans will tune in to NBC. With the exception of “How I Met Your Mother,” CBS probably won’t be able to compete, despite its two new shows. As for FOX, as promising as “Almost Human” looks, will it hold up is the question. The preview for “Sleepy Hollow” seems much more interesting than its competitor, “Beauty and the Beast,” but we'll see just how it fares. Moving on…

Tuesday Night Turmoil:

* ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (New), “The Goldbergs” (New), “Trophy Wife” (New), & “Lucky 7” (New)

* CBS’ “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” & “Person of Interest”

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” “The Voice,” & “Chicago Fire”

FOX’s “Dads” (New), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (New), “New Girl,” & “The Mindy Project” 

The CW’s “The Originals” (New) & “Supernatural”

Tuesday nights are up for the taking, since every network has something juicy to offer. “The Originals” on The CW will see flocks of “The Vampire Diaries” fans, in addition to some curious new viewers who never hopped on the latter show’s hype. That alone has the potential to reel in great ratings, but not enough. The show is going up against “NCIS” and its stardom. “NCIS” might just tackle every show it’s up against, even ABC’s most promising addition, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” A real shame. NBC, meanwhile, proves it will definitely be losing with its “The Biggest Loser” decision. FOX’s new shows aren’t even worth mentioning (Maybe expect some mid-season cancellations, to boot?).

Friday Night Failures:

ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” “The Neighbors,” “Shark Tank,” & “20/20”

* CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” “Hawaii Five-O,” & “Blue Bloods”

* NBC’s “Dateline NBC,” “Grimm,” & “Dracula” (New)

FOX’s “Junior Masterchef”/”Bones”, “Sleepy Hollow”/”Raising Hope”/”Enlisted” (New)

The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries” & “America’s Next Top Model”

Oh, great. Friday nights are looking mighty dull this fall season. “Undercover Boss” and “America’s Next Top Model” seem like the only two highlights of the night… But only for a select kind of viewer, and usually these viewers are out on Friday nights. “Dracula” after “Grimm” is a great decision, but, again, only attracting a certain kind of viewer. “Dracula,” which will star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers should be a good show to catch on Hulu the next morning, though. As for FOX and ABC… Meh.

Sunday Night Sameness:

ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” “Revenge,” & “Betrayal” (New)

CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife,” & “The Mentalist”

* NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”

“FOX’s “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad”

Sunday nights will be just the same as ever. NBC will dominate with “Sunday Night Football.” For the non-football-loving households, ABC and CBS have your backs with drama, action, and adventure. In case of extreme boredom, FOX has you covered with ridiculous comedy. Enjoy.

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