PLOT An ex-cop (Donal Logue) starts a private-investigation service with his equally immature buddy.
PEDIGREE Executive producer Shawn Ryan previously served as creator-producer-writer for FX's The Shield.
PROGNOSIS A smarter spin on the Starsky & Hutch buddy-cop genre.
PREMIERE DATE Wednesday September 8, 10 p.m.
Boardwalk Empire [HBO]
PLOT A gangster politician (Steve Buscemi) rules Atlantic City at the advent of Prohibition.
PEDIGREE Terrence Winter (The Sopranos) and Martin Scorsese are executive producers.
PROGNOSIS The bootlegging of The Untouchables with the body count of The Wire.
PREMIERE DATE Sunday September 19, 9 p.m.
PLOT Spy work becomes couples therapy for a husband-wife CIA team.
PEDIGREE Co-creator J.J. Abrams tries to equal the success of his megahit Lost.
PROGNOSIS Another Abrams thriller, Alias, crossed with eighties powerhouse Hart to Hart.
PREMIERE DATE Wednesday September 22, 8 p.m.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret [IFC]
PLOT A buffoon (David Cross) sent to London by his boss (Will Arnett) to sell energy drinks fails miserably.
PEDIGREE Cross' writing partner for this series--also produced for British television--is Extras actor Shaun Pye.
PROGNOSIS The closest you're going to get to new episodes of Arrested Development.
PREMIERE DATE Friday October 1, 10 p.m.
The Walking Dead [AMC]
PLOT A zombie apocalypse threatens rural Kentucky.
PEDIGREE Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) writes and directs.
PROGNOSIS Zombieland minus the kitsch--and probably the Bill Murray cameo.
PREMIERE DATE October 2010
- David Walters