New must-see TV shows

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by Billy Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board

Terra Nova – Sept. 26 on Fox

Synopsis: It’s Swiss Family Robinson meets Jurassic Park. A family living in a chaotic future is forced to enter a time machine, whizzing them to a prehistoric era swarming with dinosaurs.

Why you should watch it: The show’s pilot episode, produced by directing legend Steven Speilberg, reportedly cost $20 million, marking it as the most expensive television show ever made.

Although hefty budgets do not always equate to quality entertainment, Terra Nova deserves a look for its breathtaking visuals that transport us to a time we can only experience on the screen.

Grimm – Oct. 12 on NBC

Synopsis: A homicide detective learns that he is a descendant of a secret society known as “Grimm” that hunts supernatural creatures.

Why you should watch it: It is surprising that it took Hollywood this long to blow the dust off of the stories of the Brothers Grimm and retell them with a modern twist.

Napoleon Dynamite – Fox

Synopsis: Based on the 2004 indie film of the same name, the animated series continues the adventures of oddball Napoleon Dynamite and his oddball family and friends, featuring the voices of the original cast.

Why you should watch it: With its quirky characters and endlessly quotable script, Napoleon Dynamite is the pinnacle of a comedy cult classic. During the height of its popularity, lines from the film entered every day conversation. In the cafeteria, students commanded their friends, “Give me some of your tots.” When parents asked their children how their day went upon returning home from school, they replied, “The worst day of my life, what do you think?” The film’s humor has staled over the years, not producing the laughs it once did. The television series just may reinject new life into its title character.

Person of Interest – Sept. 22 on CBS

Synopsis: Starring Jim Caviezel (The Passion of Christ, The Count of Monte Christo, The Thin Red Line) as a former CIA agent hired by a millionaire who has developed a computer program that predicts the identity of a person associated to a future crime.

Why you should watch it: Jim Caviezel is no Charlie’s Angel. Whether it’s enacting revenge on a former best friend or carrying a cross to Cavalry, Caviezel is willing to undertake the dirty work, devoid of dazzle or glamour. Those browsing for a TV show to fuel their adrenaline, search no more.

Charlie’s Angels – Sept. 22 on ABC

Synopsis: A reboot of the popular 1970s television show. Three women, aptly nicknamed Charlie’s Angels, are hired by millionaire Charlie Townsend to solve crimes.

Why you should watch it: Explosive action and beautiful women. Need I say more?

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