Idiot Boksen - Fall Television Preview (The Good)

Fans of innovation and originality in television probably don't expect either from the major networks, and a scan of next fall's slate of debuts won't convince them otherwise. There are supernatural, J.J. Abrams-esque sci-fi mysteries along the lines of Lost (Alcatraz, Person of Interest, Awake, Grimm). There are Mad Men-style period piece dramas depicting the shifting social mores of past decades (Pan Am, The Playboy Club). There are remakes from across the pond (Free Agents, Prime Suspect). There are shows about the existential crises of modern-day men (How to Be a Gentleman, Last Man Standing, Man Up). There are cartoons (Napoleon Dynamite, Allen Gregory).

The Big 4 might not be on par with more adventurous and forward-thinking cable networks, but it's safe to say the quality of network dramas is getting better. I mean, with that many shows, they can't all be bad, right? Here are the ones with promise...