Ahead of its premiere tonight, Fox’s father-focused comedy Dads has already stirred up a bevy of controversy, as one watchdog group called it racist and Fox followed by saying they wouldn’t reshoot its pilot. TV critic Melissa Maerz already weighed in about the kerfuffle with a sharp essay, but what about a straight-up review and grade from her? She weighed in officially in EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, so check out our official review of Dads below: READ FULL STORY
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Apocalypse pop or Truther gothic? The goofy, intriguing, timely allegory that is Fox's 'Sleepy Hollow'
Another season, another conspiracy to end the world. That’s not the fatigue of so much Apocalypse Pop talking: In the grim noir world of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow – which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox — U.S. history is reimagined as the product of a never-ending, always stalemating supernatural shadow war, pitting truth-keeping, true believing patriots against black magic terrors bent on annihilating us from creation. At least, that’s what the “good guys” say. The bad guys have yet to speak…maybe because they’re lacking for heads. Say hello to what could be the season’s goofiest yet intriguingly subversive allegory for our troubled post-modern times.
Or not. Maybe I’m just looking for a way to make interesting a certain kind of American horror story that feels been there, done that: Sleepy Hollow — the umpteenth adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, that sacred text of homegrown Gothic lit, Halloween merchandisers, and high school English teachers — is yet one more franchise in which Fate-tapped/Fate-trapped heroes battle some ungodly or tragically misunderstood yet no less threatening Creep of the Week. (Also see, at present: Grimm, Supernatural.) You can practically hear the Doc Frankensteins who created this thing — superstar producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Star Trek, Transformers, Fringe), director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall), and writer Phillip Iscove — sewing together pieces of dead cult pop to make this monster mashup. Buffy and Angel, Kolchak, Twin Peaks, and The X-Files, The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, Highlander, and Smallville.
As EW’s TV critics, we’ve already weighed in with our six best new shows of the fall, including buzzy series like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Blacklist. But now, we present six more new shows — these ones aren’t necessarily the best, but there is potential in them. Here are the shows we’ll be keeping our eye on this fall.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m. on NBC
The vampire drama has been done to death. But if anyone can bring it back from its shriveled, dehydrated-human-jerky corpse, it’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who’s such a pale, slithery nightstalker, it’s easy to believe he actually spends his nights slurping from goblets of Type-A Negative and growing out his fingernails to Nosferatu lengths. So it’s a stroke of genius to cast him as Dracula in this 19th century period drama, which finds our fanged hero posing as an American entrepreneur so that he can seek revenge on the Order of the Dragon, a group of Victorian high-society folks who cursed him long ago. Because Dracula is brought to you by the exec producers of Downton Abbey, there’s also plenty of frilly costumes and forbidden romance: Dracula keeps getting distracted by the beautiful Mina (Jessica DeGouw), who might be the reincarnation of his dead wife. The melodrama is cranked up so high, you can almost see Rhys Meyers stifling laughs. But Dracula’s fight against the rich kids does have a certain 99-percenter timeliness, and the secret-society angle should excite the Comic-Con geeks — especially when Van Helsing shows up. —Melissa Maerz
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