Grab your snacks, couch potatoes – it’s fall TV premiere season! Of course, you know about your returning go-to shows, from Modern Family and Glee to 30 Rock and Gossip Girl. But how to navigate that morass of new series you keep hearing about? Don’t panic: We’ve broken it down to a single new program to check out each night of the week, Sunday through Thursday (because there’s nothing on Friday or Saturday, and even the biggest TV fans need to take a few nights off). Watch the trailers and see what the critics are saying after the jump.
8pm: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Premieres: September 19
Yes, it’s that much buzzed-about collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Sopranos writer Terence Winter, starring the wonderful Steve Buscemi as a crooked politician in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. We’re still pinching ourselves to make sure something so promising could actually exist.
Critics say: “What bodes well for Boardwalk as a weekly endeavor is that its Scorsese-fancy pilot is the weakest (the showiest, the slowest) of the episodes I’ve seen. The production becomes more sleek, emotionally complex, and sly in its subsequent hours. The casting of Buscemi — a veteran character actor who’s been great in movies ranging from Reservoir Dogs to The Big Lebowski — as a leading man and lover is both daring and mostly a success.” – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly