Television Critics Assn. 2010: Hit

The summer Television Critics Assn. press tour might have come and gone, but the two-week preview left us ready for fall.<br>
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Although some shows fared better than others with critics (sorry, "Outsourced" and "Running Wilde"), there is more promise than peril this fall as dramas outshined their comedy counterparts.<br>
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Juice up your DVRs, and make sure not to miss <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP004494" title="NBC" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/nbc-ORCRP004494.topic">NBC</a>'s "The Event" (especially if you're still mourning the loss of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000027" title="Lost (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/lost-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000027.topic">"Lost"</a>) and "Undercovers,"  CW's "Nikita," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000009600" title="ABC" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/abc-ORCRP000009600.topic">ABC's</a> "No Ordinary Family," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000008831" title="Fox Broadcasting Company" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/fox-broadcasting-company-ORCRP000008831.topic">Fox's</a> "Lonestar" -- also "Mike & Molly" and " Hawaii Five-O," both potential big winners for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP002841" title="CBS Corp." href="/topic/business/cbs-corp.-ORCRP002841.topic">CBS</a>.<br>
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If broadcast doesn't tickle your fancy, there is a slew of cable shows set to make a splash: <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP00826014796" title="Showtime (tv network)" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/showtime-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP00826014796.topic">Showtime</a>'s "The Big C," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP0000017141" title="FX (tv channel)" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/fx-%28tv-channel%29-ORCRP0000017141.topic">FX</a>'s "Terriers" and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP00000211515" title="HBO (tv network)" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/hbo-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP00000211515.topic">HBO</a>'s "Boardwalk Empire" should be on your radar. And if you're a fan of HBO's " <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000009" title="Big Love (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/big-love-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000009.topic">Big Love</a>," <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP00826014173" title="TLC (tv network)" href="/topic/business/media-industry/television-industry/tlc-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP00826014173.topic">TLC</a> has the real thing with "Sister Wives," a series about a polygamist family in Utah.

( Clockwise from top left: NBC ["The Event"]; CBS ["Mike & Molly"]; Showtime ["The Big C"]; HBO ["Boardwalk Empire"], CW ["Nikita"] )

The summer Television Critics Assn. press tour might have come and gone, but the two-week preview left us ready for fall.

Although some shows fared better than others with critics (sorry, "Outsourced" and "Running Wilde"), there is more promise than peril this fall as dramas outshined their comedy counterparts.

Juice up your DVRs, and make sure not to miss NBC's "The Event" (especially if you're still mourning the loss of "Lost") and "Undercovers," CW's "Nikita," ABC's "No Ordinary Family," Fox's "Lonestar" -- also "Mike & Molly" and " Hawaii Five-O," both potential big winners for CBS.

If broadcast doesn't tickle your fancy, there is a slew of cable shows set to make a splash: Showtime's "The Big C," FX's "Terriers" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" should be on your radar. And if you're a fan of HBO's " Big Love," TLC has the real thing with "Sister Wives," a series about a polygamist family in Utah.

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