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'Revolution'? 'Mindy'? 'Nashville'? What's your favorite new TV show this season? POLL

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One month ago, Homeland and Modern Family were named Best Drama and Best Comedy at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Their crowning ushered in the 2012 fall TV season, an exciting new beginning filled with surprising triumphs and unsurprising failures. (Made in Jersey and Animal Practice, we hardly knew ye!)

It’s too early to tell whether any of the networks’ shiny new shows will dethrone Homeland or ModFam at next year’s Emmys. Still, we’ve seen enough of them to know which ones are live-watch musts, which deserve a spot on the DVR… and which should follow CBS’s legal drama and NBC’s monkey comedy to an early grave.

For now, though, let’s keep things positive. Which of the following new shows is your favorite one of all? Vote in the poll below — and explain yourself in the comments.

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'Big Bang Theory' react: Girls vs. guys games will leave you exploding with laughter

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Howard Wolowitz returning from space! Our favorite NASA astronaut (no offense, Buzz Aldrin) landed home safely during tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, but didn’t quite receive a hero’s welcome. In my favorite episode of the season, Howard was abandoned by all his loved ones, while Penny and Amy proved that girls rule and boys (like autotrophs) drool. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' react: The all-too-familiar plot disappoints

Tonight’s episode of Modern Family had a tough act to follow after last week’s back-to-back laugh fest. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver.

The all-too-familiar plot — Jay keeps a secret from Gloria because he doesn’t want to hurt her feelings; Cam and Mitch try to prove to each other that they’re capable of taking on each other’s roles as homemaker and breadwinner, respectively; and Claire and Phil find themselves drifting apart from their children — and low-impact one-liners made for a relatively dull half hour.

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'Modern Family' react: The laughs roll in back-to-back

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Baby bumps, vasectomies, lesbians, oh my!

Modern Family returned tonight with two back-to-back episodes. As riveting as last Wednesday’s first presidential debate was, Obama and Romney’s comedic timing is no match for the Dunphy/Pritchett/Delgado/Tucker clan’s.

First episode: “Schooled”

Change is in the air as Haley leaves for college, Lily starts kindergarten, and Jay and Gloria enroll in parenting classes to appease Manny. With the use of a human Venn diagram and the help of guest stars Michaela Watkins and Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mitch and Cam also realize that, contrary to what they thought, gay men and lesbians have commonalities. READ FULL STORY

'Call the Midwife' series debut: The PBS drama is just what the doctor ordered

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The U.S. series debut of PBS’ Call the Midwife fulfilled all my expectations of a BBC hit that trumped Downton Abbey‘s first season ratings in Britain. The period drama, which premiered in the U.K. in January, elicited both laughs and (near) tears in its depiction of midwives and nuns working in the 1950s slums of London’s East End.

The show follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) as she struggles to “find her feet” in the Nonnatus House nursing convent and accept the seemingly unsanitary living conditions of the women she cares for. Although the British import initially solicits a comparison to Downton, the show is more of a cross between Grey’s Anatomy (the earlier seasons), Upstairs, Downstairs (the “downstairs” portion), and The Real Housewives of New Jersey (see the opening catfight scene). Fine, maybe Real Housewives is a stretch.

Vanessa Redgrave narrates the show as the voice of the older Jennifer Worth, the author who penned the trilogy of memoirs that the show is based. “Midwifery is the very stuff of life. Every child is conceived in love or lust and born in pain, followed by joy or by tragedy and anguish. Every birth is attended by a midwife. She is in the thick of it. She sees it all,” she says. [SPOILERS AHEAD] READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' season premiere react: The episode lives up to its sweet and simple roots

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Tonight’s season four premiere of Modern Family  demonstrated exactly why the show has won three consecutive outstanding comedy Emmys. The episode, which picked up where last season left off with Gloria with child and Cam and Mitch without, was simple, yet heartfelt. The series may not be flashy, but is always poignant and laugh out loud funny.

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'Mindy Project': When does haha get hateful?

If you haven’t been keeping up with The New Normal, here’s a fall TV newsflash: Hater humor is all the rage. But it wasn’t Nana Forrest’s Republican rhapsodizing that got my proverbial panties in a bunch last night, it was a much more insidious brand of bad-mouthing — and from a most unexpected source: The Mindy Project. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family' season 4: Are you still down with the Dunphys?

As Sunday’s Emmy Awards proved, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members are still gaga for Modern Family. Six out of twelve Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress nominees hailed from ABC’s flagship sitcom; cast members Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen won their respective categories, both for the second time. The show itself took home its third consecutive Outstanding Comedy statuette, as well as awards for writing and directing. Maybe Phil didn’t need to fix that step after all.

But for some viewers, this outpouring of Emmy love might seem misplaced. Modern Family‘s third season was funny, but it was also uneven — and too often, it featured characters hitting the same notes over and over. A show that once won praise for its innovation had started to feel just the tiniest bit stale. This is inevitable for any long-running show, especially a family comedy like ModFam  — but still, it’s tough to say whether the series is simply settling into middle age or beginning a slow but steady decline.

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'New Girl' season 2 premiere: Cast, away!

Raise your glasses and take off your penis casts, Newbies! Jess and her band of misfit boys are back! Last night’s double barrel premiere saw all the highs and lows of a quirky, button-nosed rollercoaster, from fire dancing to thwarted bathroom sex. Now to it!

The first ep, “Re-launch” rightly centered on Schmidt’s genitalia — old and unimproved, but no longer broken! Upon getting his cast removed, he rushed to host a “re-branding event,” and the theme would be “Danger” (perhaps inadvisable considering the party was about his penis). Nonetheless, it was on, and he planned to invite all the usual suspects — his urologist, badminton partner, and financial planner, plus Philip Seymour Hoffman, the ladies from Lululemon, “a guy who once wrote for a little show called Crank Yankers,” and, oh yeah, Cece. (More on that later.) READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': How Xtina or Cee Lo could win it all this season

Collectively, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have racked up nine Grammys, three Billboard Music trophies, and countless WTF Outfit Awards — but neither has ever led a mentee to victory on The Voice. Unfortunately, this fall could be the last chance for both of them: Executive Producer Mark Burnett said this summer that the competition’s upcoming fourth season may feature an entirely new judging panel.

So, what can Xtina and Cee Lo do to vanquish Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, starting during tonight’s season premiere? We’ve got a few ideas. Namely:

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