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ABC's New Fall Dramas

I had some free time last night, so I took a look at some of ABC's new fall dramas: "666 Park Avenue," "Last Resort" and "Zero Hour."

Because these screeners aren't for review, I won't get into too much detail as to what happens in the pilots, because that may change. These will be just general impressions.

--"Last Resort:" When it was first announced, this was one of the new series I was looking forward to come fall. And nothing in the pilot changed that impression.

Featuring a cast led by Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Streets"), the show deals with a US nuclear sub that breaks away from our country after it's mysteriously attacked by our own navy.

The show is a fast-paced drama that makes you feel the claustrophobia of serving on a sub. While some shows centered around conspiracy theories tend to get bogged down in the details of that conspiracy, "Last Resort's" seems to be fairly straightforward.

The show also stars Robert Patrick, Autumn Reaser, Daisy Betts, Bruce Davison and Scott Speedman.

--"Zero Hour:" I hadn't heard too much about this series before I viewed the pilot. It stars Anthony Edwards as the editor of a magazine that debunks mysteries whose wife is kidnapped after she buys a mysterious clock. In his search for her, Edwards' character uncovers a conspiracy that could lead to the end of the world.

"Zero Hour" is sort of a throwback to "The X-Files," though there's no alien element to it. I enjoyed the pilot, and Edwards is pretty well-cast as an everyman thrown into the middle of something he can't comprehend. But sometimes, shows that feature such a heavy mythology can get bogged down in it. It will be interesting to see how "Zero Hour" unfolds.

--"666 Park Ave.:" One of ABC's most buzzed-about new shows, it stars Terry O'Quinn as a mysterious wealthy man who seems to be able to make your fondest wish come true -- but at a terrible price.

Vanessa Williams plays his wife, while Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable play a new couple who move into the luxury apartments where she is to be the building's new manager.

The show plays up the supernatural angle, as we see ghosts, weird visions and people selling their souls in the opening episode. While I wasn't too high on this one early on despite being a big O'Quinn fan, I'm curious to follow the story a bit longer on this one.

I'll try to get to some more of the fall shows when I get a chance over the coming weeks.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC has "Wipeout," "Trust Us With Your Lives" and "NY Med" from 8-11 p.m.

On cable, ABC Family has "Pretty Little Liars" and "Jane By Design" from 8-10 p.m., and USA has new episodes of "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs" from 9-11 p.m. TNT counters that with "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Franklin & Bash" from 9-11 p.m.

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