Drama TV Series: Fall 2012

This hub contains a list of the new upcoming Drama TV shows for the Fall 2012 TV Season. Each new show has a synopsis, preview and review. I've also added a short list of Do's and Don'ts, which you can find at the bottom of this hub.

The other genres for the fall season:


What if a U.S. nuclear submarine gets the order to annihilate an entire foreign country, and the crew disobeys? This is the premise of ABC’s ‘Last Resort’, a new series created by Shawn Ryan (‘The Shield’). Led by Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher, ‘Men of a Certain Age’), the crew of the fictional USS Colorado decides not to launch a nuclear missile towards Pakistan. Declared enemies of their own country, the submarine gets fired upon by their own people. Hunted to the fictional island of Sainte Marina, a NATO outpost, they declare themselves the newest and smallest nuclear nation of the world.
‘Last Resort’ will premiere on September 27th at 8/7c and co-stars Scott Speedman (‘Felicity’) as Executive Officer, Robert Patrick (‘The Unit’) as Captain of the Boat and Autumn Reeser (‘Entourage’) as a weapons lobbyist back in Washington.

While the premise doesn’t look that revolutionary, ‘Last Resort’ promises to be a good show. While being a serious drama series, its trailer starts off on a light note when the USS Colorado crosses the equator. While ‘Last Resort’ is first of all a series about a submarine, revolt and survival, the show also seems to have a political aspect. As said, this type of premise has been used many times before. But as they say, it is not always a matter of what you do, but rather how you do it. Added to that, the political aspect could make the show stand out from your average survival drama. All in all, ‘Last Resort’ seems to be a great show and I’m looking forward to it.


In the fall season NBC will launch the new action drama series ‘Chicago Fire’. The show will premiere on October 10th at 10/9c. The show revolves around the firefighters and paramedics who work at the Chicago Firehouse 51. It not only features the day to day drama firefighters are faced with on a professional basis, but also the drama that takes place in their personal life.

The trailer depicts a lot of drama and action. Firefighters and paramedics have, of course, a very tough job, they are faced with many traumatic events. This show, however, might have gone a little overboard with the amount of action to keep the show interesting. If each episode of the show has as much action as the trailer it will be too much and the series will become incredible.


Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a former billionaire playboy, has lived on a deserted island for five years. And now, he has returned with a new set of skills and impressive muscles, and he is coming to bring justice to those who have done his city wrong. Using his bow and arrows he sets right all the wrongs, following a list of names his late father gave him. Names of people who rule the city through intimidation and fear. The story is based on the DC Comics character ‘Green Arrow’ and will premiere on The CW on October 10th at 8/7c.

‘Arrow’ looks promising. From the little parts of acting that are shown in the trailer it is already evident that Amell is very persuasive as a muscular, ‘Robin Hood’-like person. Also, his cape is very flattering. And for those who do not care about trivial things like clothing it might be interesting to know that there is also a decent amount of action and excitement, or so it seems in the trailer.


‘The Mob Doctor’ is a new drama series on FOX, the show will premiere on September 17th at 9/8c in the fall season. Jordana Spiro (‘My Boys’) will take on the role of Grace Devlin, a talented thoracic surgeon who works in a Chicago hospital. The mob forced her to work as a doctor for them too, because her family is indebted to the mob. The mob threatens to go after her brother if Devlin doesn’t do what they want.

Judging from the trailer this show looks like it’s going to be fast paced. You can clearly see Devlin isn’t happy with the way things are going. She can’t, however, just stop working for the mafia, because that means her brother will die. It is likely that during this season Devlin will try to escape the mob without endangering herself and her loved ones. This surely will be exciting to see. Although the storyline provides enough interesting possibilities, the trailer might not be encouraging enough to make people actually watch the show.


Another new The CW drama is ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’, formerly known as ‘First Cut’, and it will premiere on October 16th at 9/8c, following ‘Hart of Dixie’. The medical drama centers around Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter) as Emily Owens. Emily has just graduated medical school and discovers her life as a doctor is just as complicated as her life in high school and med. school. Among her colleagues are Will (Justin Hartley, ‘Smallville’), who she’s had a crush on since med. school, and Cassandra (Aja Naomi King), her former high school nemesis.

From the trailer, ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ looks like a typical The CW drama. Though the title ‘First Cut’ sounds a lot more interesting than the current title, this will probably be a success for The CW, as it seems to have a lot of traits that the The CW demographic wants. Because The CW is doing so horrible lately, the show will probably already be a success if Meryl Streep throws a little premiere party where she screens the show.


‘Nashville’, premieres on ABC October 10th at 10/9c, revolves around Rayna James (Connie Britton, ‘American Horror Story’), a 40-year-old country singer who used to be the most popular artist in the scene, but who’s star is fading. To brighten her star again, her record label forces her to team up with Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere, ‘Heroes’), a young and hip country singer. However, Juliette has no intention of sharing her spotlight with Rayna.
Rayna isn’t too happy about this synergy either; sharing her stage with an untalented teen-sensation isn’t what she pictured her career to be like. She will have to do it however, if she wants to keep her tour and promote her new record. To complicate matters, Rayna is the sole breadwinner for a family of four, and her father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe, ‘Deadwood’), is trying to scheme her husband, Teddy (Eric Close, ‘Without a Trace’) into becoming the mayor of Nashville. There may be a way out for Rayna however, in the form of the talented Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen).

I’m not entirely sure what this series will really focus on; the ‘battle’ between Rayna and Juliette, or perhaps more the discovery of Scarlett. In an effort to include as much as possible in the trailer ABC has made the whole ordeal a bit confusing. However, even with the confusion I like this preview. I think ‘Nashville’ will be a very good show, no matter what they focus on. The actors are all very talented and the story is very interesting. Even if you’re not all that into the music business this could be an interesting show because it shows something a lot of people have to deal with: older people are being replaced with younger, more popular people, who may not even be suited for the job.


‘Vegas’ is a new drama series on CBS set in the 1960s. The show will premiere Tuesday, September 25th and air every Tuesday at 10/9c. The series is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid, ‘The Special Relationship’) a rodeo cowboy who became a Sheriff of Las Vegas. Soon after his appointment Lamb clashes with ruthless Chicago gangster Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis, ‘No Ordinary Family’). Co-starring are Jason O’Mara (‘Terra Nova’) as Lamb’s brother Jack and Taylor Handley (‘Skateland’) as Lamb’s son Dixon.

This show has a lot of potential, not only it is directed by James Mangold, who has several Oscar nominations and two wins, but it also features great actors. Other than that, this show is unique because it’s based on a true story. Lamb became unwillingly the Sheriff, in the trailer it is shown that Lamb has some unorthodox way of enforcing the law. I expect this show to do good in the ratings.


Thursday, September 27th CBS brings us a modernized version of Sherlock Holmes. In the crime drama series ‘Elementary’ Jonny Lee Miller (‘Dexter’) will star as Holmes and Lucy Liu (‘Ally McBeal’) as Joan Watson. Yes, Watson is a woman, contrary to the original story. Holmes travels to New York City to go to a rehabilitation center, helped by his new, and sober, companion Joan Watson. ‘Elementary’ will air Thursdays at 10/9c.

The show is a remake of the British series ‘Sherlock’, but CBS promised Hartswood Films, the producers of ‘Sherlock’, that the two series would not resemble each other in any way. ‘Elementary’ is already receiving quite some criticism because it doesn’t look nearly as good as ‘Sherlock’. Other than this the show could be entertaining to watch.


Every Friday at 9/8c, starting September 28th, CBS will bring us the new legal drama ‘Made in Jersey’. The series will premiere in the Fall season. The show, formerly know as ‘Baby Big Shot’, centers around Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery, ‘Entourage’), a working-class woman who works in a Manhattan law firm. She needs to use her street smarts to be able to compete against her more polished colleagues.

The trailer looks interesting, but there doesn’t seem to be a main storyline apart from the fact that Garretti is a working-class woman in a white collar workplace. This in probably fun to watch, but a show can’t last more than a season on something like that. They need to come up with something else to be able to last.


'Wedding Band' is an upcoming comedy drama series on TBS. The show is created by Darin Moiselle ('Special Unit 2') and Josh Lobis ('Special Unit 2') and starring, among others, Brian Austin ('Desperate Housewives'), Derek Miller ('Secret Girlfriend'), Harold Perrineau ('Lost') and Peter Cambor ('NCIS: Los Angeles'). The show premieres on November 10th.

'Wedding Band' is about a group of friends who spend their spare time together performing in a wedding band. However, as in almost every group, not everyone gets along all the time. Even though this show premieres fairly soon, TBS didn't release much about the show. There isn't anything else known about the plot, nor did TBS release a trailer.

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WhatsNewPussyKat 4 years ago from Arkansas

Thanks for the great overview. I enjoyed reading about the upcoming shows.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

You're welcome! I hope that you'll enjoy some of the shows as well. At least now you know what is coming up!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Film Fanatic 603 4 years ago

While "Last Resort" and "Chicago Fire" both look interesting, I am most excited about NBCs "Revolution." Being a fan of the genre I know I will probably enjoy the series and hope it does good in the ratings. Unfortunately many shows like it have not made it passed season one. Thank you for the fall preview I can't wait to see how they do.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi Film Fanatic,

It's true that many shows with the genre of 'Revolution' (Sci-Fi and post-Apocalypse) don't survive to see a second season. That's a shame in my opinion, many shows really have potential. Maybe there aren't enough fans of the genre in general, or maybe the shows start off a little weak which causes a lot of people to stop watching. I think it's the latter because a lot of shows in the genre are made, so the networks must think there is a substantial audience.

Check back when the shows premiere for my hubs about their ratings!

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Chicago Fire sounds similar to Third Watch which was on NBC years ago but it focused on cops and paramedics too. I'm not too sure if it'll do as well as it's predecessor but it'll be interesting to see.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi Alecia,

I'm very interested in the direction 'Chicago Fire' will take. Will it focus on the drama, of will it be more of an action series? Hopefully this will be one of those series that sucks you in enough to make it a success.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

eguide 4 years ago

Previews great..personally too much cop stories about war...screen plots really lack originality these days.. you mentioend sci fi...do some more on that..

No need to reesesPONDpeaces!

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi eguide,

I agree there are too many cop series these days. In my other hub I have a list of the upcoming sci-fi series worth mentioning. This season there aren't that many, unfortunately.

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