Meanwhile, my first impressions, including of the hand full of new Canadian entries, appear in order of debut below. You’ll find my expanded take on the fall season in the Sept. 18 edition of the Toronto Star’s Starweek magazine, but for now, a quick look at a fall with few surprises, plenty of familiar faces and, as usual, one or two gems.
Stars Maggie Q, produced by McG. WWE meets CIA. Shot in T.O. to get around SAG. OMG!!
Outlaw (Sept. 15 at 10 p.m., NBC and Global)
A member of the U.S. Supreme Court (Jimmy Smits, left) bolts the bench to fight injustice as a lawyer.
Always watchable Smits slums through legal lite as flawed folk hero. Tough times call for law man of the people.
Chase (Sept. 20 at 10 p.m., NBC and Citytv)
Kelli Giddish (Past Life) leads a team of U.S. marshalls as they chase down bad guys.
Jack Bauer in heels. Every week the bad guys are going to underestimate her, and then be sorry they did. Every bloody week.
Talk about Arrested Expectations. First pilot an unfunny mess. Hurwitz promises sweeping changes. Our money is in the banana stand.
Undercovers (Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., NBC and Citytv)
Two stunningly attractive married spies (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, left) come out of retirement. From J.J. Abrams.
Saw clips of this and thought it’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith with better looking actors. Then watched the entire pilot and was bored to death. Fix it, J.J.!