Fall TV: Five new shows we're most looking forward to

We've waded through the fall TV schedule — and made it out alive!

We also found five upcoming shows we'll actually watch (sorry "Charlie's Angels." Not you.). Here's our top five.

"2 Broke Girls" (9:30 p.m. Sept. 19, CBS):

Hint: It's about two broke girls — one a sardonic Brooklynite (

Kat Dennings

, who should star in every single TV show), one a former heiress whose dad is now in jail. They work at a restaurant together! Then move in together! And start a cupcake business together! Trust me, it's better than it seems, especially since, again, Dennings is on board.

"Prime Suspect" (10 p.m. Sept. 22, NBC):

Confession: My dad used to make me watch the old

Helen Mirren

original "Prime Suspect" when I was around 10 years old. Not entirely appropriate, since it had lots of sex and language and such. But still, that show remains a true TV classic. So I'm excited to see NBC's relaunch, with a perfectly cast

Maria Bello

. Even if she insists on wearing a plethora of fedoras for some reason.

"Terra Nova" (8 p.m. Sept. 26, Fox):

For those waiting for "Jurassic Park: The Series," here it, kind-of, is. To be fair, there are more than dinos in this long-delayed,

Steven Spielberg

-produced sci-fi drama. It's about a family (led by patriarch

Jason O'Mara

) who must travel back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race. Not interested? A reminder: dinosaurs!

"American Horror Story" (10 p.m. Oct. 5, FX): 
Ryan Murphy

's new series is, uh, a bit different than


It's a "psychosexual horror-mystery." And because it's on FX, they'll amp up the psycho, sexual and horror parts.

Dylan McDermott


Connie Britton

play a couple whose new home in L.A. has some unwanted guests. Best of all,

"True Blood's"

dearly departed (?) Russell Edgington and

Jessica Lange


"Hell on Wheels" (10 p.m. Nov. 6, AMC): 

As much as AMC's latest original series sounds like a Western (post-Civil War setting, gunslinging, general dirtiness), the producers are calling it an "Eastern." Sort-of lame. But the premise sounds fresh. Set during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, "Wheels" follows a Confederate soldier (a beardy

Anson Mount

) hunting for the Union soldiers who killed his wife. Vengeance! Plus, I hear there's lots of brothels, saloons and Common. Yes, the rapper co-stars.

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