Two of the most buzzed about new shows for the upcoming fall season are NBC's "Revolution" and CBS' "Elementary."
I saw both over the weekend and can say both are worth a look.
"Revolution" was already high on my viewing list, given the pedigree behind the show -- Eric Kripke, JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau. It's also got a strong cast and sets up an interesting premise -- in the near future, electricity and all other power sources stop working, causing society to crumble.
The series is set 15 years in the future, as large goverments and cities have fallen to waste and people must fend for themselves. Area militias now rule the land, including one headed up by Giancarlo Esposito. He wants the father and uncle of the story's heroine, a teen named Charlie Matheson (newcomer Tracy Spiridakos), who will remind viewers of "The Hunger Games'" Katniss.
Charlie is given the mission to find her uncle (Billy Burke), a former soldier, to help bring back her kidnapped brother.
"Revolution" is sort of being marketed as the next "big thing" for NBC, something to fill that "Lost" mix of sci-fi, action and mystery. So far, NBC's track record with shows like "The Event" and "Awake" has been less-than-stellar, but the network may be onto something with "Revolution." (Of course, I loved the pilot for "Awake," but that series fizzled out; hope it's not the case with "Revolution.")
Meanwhile, I was set to hate "Elementary," a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, especially in the wake of the BBC's superior "Sherlock."
But as the pilot went along, I found myself more engaged than I thought I'd be, thanks to an almost frenetic performance by Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes -- here, a recovering drug addict who has fled to New York. Holmes' father has hired a former doctor, Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), to be his sober companion. Holmes serves as a consultant to the NYPD, led by Capt. Gregson (Aidan Quinn).
Is this show as good as "Sherlock?" No, but then, few shows are. However, it's different enough that one can watch both shows and get different bits of enjoyment. "Elementary" is much more of a weekly procedural, as are most things in CBS' drama lineup, but the pilot was pretty good. Miller's energetic Holmes has a good chemistry with Liu's understated Watson.
Both shows are worth checking out.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: If you want a further look at what CBS is offering this season, check out a half-hour preview show the network is airing at 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, NBC gets the jump on the competition by launching Season 3 of "The Voice" tonight at 8 p.m., with two more editions Tuesday and Wednesday. It's followed by a sneak preview of the sitcoms "The New Normal" at 10 p.m., which I found average, and "Go On" at 10:30 p.m., which so far is the best new comedy of the season.
On cable, TNT has new episodes of "Major Crimes" and "Perception" from 9-11 p.m. ABC Family has a new "Switched At Birth" at 8 p.m.