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Fall TV Preview: Must-see TV series

Vanessa Williams, right, and Terry O'Quinn in "666

Vanessa Williams, right, and Terry O'Quinn in "666 Park Avenue." Credit: Vanessa Williams, right, and Terry O'Quinn in "666 Park Avenue."

From a Park Avenue mystery to folks with bows, here are 11 new TV series to check out.

'666 Park Avenue'
Sept. 30, 10 p.m., ABC
This sinister New York City address is the location of ABC's mysterious new drama about The Drake apartment building, where all your wildest dreams can come true. For a price, of course. Sounds like a bit of "Fantasy Island," mixed with an evil Donald Trump (no comments, please). The show follows a Midwest couple that arrives in New York, moves into the building, and is seduced by the NYC lifestyle. Starring Terry O'Quinn ("Lost"), Rachael Taylor, Dave Annabel and Vanessa Williams.

Oct. 10, 8 p.m., CW
The CW is hoping another DC Comics character will bring them success again with this new series about ultra-rich Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow. This is not the same arrow-wielding super hero from "Smallville," nor is it the Green Arrow from the comics: This is a new take on the character. But you can expect to see some familiar faces from the comics, like the Huntress. Starring Stephen Amell as Queen and John Barrowman ("Torchwood" in a recurring role).

Sept. 17, 10 p.m., NBC
J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau helm this new series that is set 15 years after all electricity on the planet just stopped working. Society is now surviving in farming communities, cities are overgrown with plant life and technology is ancient history. The series focuses on a young woman, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos, "Being Human"), who wants to explore the world, and is forced to when she has to find her uncle and save her family. Also starring Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad") and Billy Burke ("Twilight").

Sept. 25, 10 p.m., CBS
Jonny Lee Miller is the latest guy to don (metaphorically, here) the deerstalker hat of Sherlock Holmes in this modern-day adaptation of the detective series. Here are some of the bigger changes in this version: It is set in modern day Manhattan and Watson is Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Also starring Aiden Quinn.

'Last Resort'
Sept. 27, 8 p.m., ABC
Shawn Ryan, the creator of "The Shield," gets exotic with his new series about a crew of a nuclear submarine that is turned rogue against the United States when its captain refuses to launch nuclear weapons against Pakistan. U.S. forces attack the sub, which gets crippled. The crew finds refuge on a deserted island (where have we seen this before?) and they'll have to find a way off the island and a way to prove they're not guilty of insubordination. Starring Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age"), Scott Speedman ("Felicity"), Daisy Betts and Robert Patrick.

'The New Normal'
Sept. 11, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Already generating some controversy - it won't be aired in Utah and One Million Mothers is boycotting it - this sitcom from Ryan Murphy ("Glee") follows a gay couple (Justin Bartha, "The Hangover," and Andrew Rannells, Broadway's "Book of Morman") as they look to get a surrogate mother to have their child. Also starring Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes and Georgia King.

'The Mindy Kaling Project'
Sept. 25, 9:30 p.m., Fox
The star of "The Office" and a bunch of Judd Apatow movies, Kaling gets her own self-title sitcom about a woman who is successful in her professional life, but stunted in her romantic life. Also starring Chris Messina and Ed Weeks.

'Chicago Fire'
Oct. 10, 10 p.m., NBC
Dick Wolf has spent a lot of time with lawyers and detectives with his countless "Law & Order" series. Now he's turning his attention to the fire department with this new series following fire fighters in the Windy City.

Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m., CBS
From the creators of "Will and Grace" comes this new sitcom about a pair of guys who have been friends since childhood, now living together as adults - one is straight (David Krumholtz) and one is gay (Michael Urie). They're as close as can be, which causes some friction with their significant others, played by Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, respectively.

Sept., 25, 10 p.m., CBS
Head back to the early days of modern Las Vegas with this new series starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis that draws from the real story about the birth of the casino culture. Quaid plays real-life sheriff Ralph Lamb, and Chiklis plays a Chicago mobster.

Oct. 10, 10 p.m., ABC
Aging country star Rayna James (Connie Britton, left) - out to recapture her past success - and young starlet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) are paired up for a contentious tour, with the young hotshot as the headliner From Callie Khouri, the writer of "Thelma & Louise."


Five more debuts we're excited to see:

-- 'Beauty and the Beast' Oct. 11, 9 p.m., CW
-- 'The Neighbors' Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m., ABC
-- 'Made in Jersey' Sept. 28, 9 p.m., CBS
-- 'Emily Owens M.D.' Oct. 16, 9 p.m., CW
-- 'Ben & Kate' Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m., Fox

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