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'The Last Resort' (ABC)
This puzzle-plot military conspiracy thriller about a nuclear submarine crew that goes rogue was canceled this month due to waning ratings, but not before star Andre Braugher, right, had made a mighty impression as Capt. Marcus Chaplin, who makes the fateful decision to defy orders. Its powerful pilot episode captured plenty of attention and made it the second best-reviewed show of the new season, after "Nashville." "One of the few new shows worth getting excited about," according to Time magazine reviewer James Poniewozik, who praised the same "thrilling action premise" that others found ridiculous.
Assessment: "Andre Braugher is amazing and will probably get a nomination," says McNamara. "He's the one person on the planet who could make that premise work."