A quick look at the new series Fox will be rolling out this fall:


A soapy drama about a Texas con man balancing two families against a backdrop of greed and corruption in the oil industry. Sounds like a twist on “Dallas.” And like “Dallas,” I’ll probably never watch it.

“Raising Hope”

A sitcom from “My Name Is Earl” creator Greg Garcia about a dysfunctional family who suddenly have to raise the loser son’s baby (the mom’s in prison). Martha Plimpton (“How to Make It in America”) and Cloris Leachman are among the big names. Doesn’t sound great, but Garcia might elevate it. Looks stupid but funny.

“Running Wilde”

Based on names along, it sounds promising: co-producer Mitch Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”) and stars Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Keri Russell (“Felicity”). But take the names away and this sitcom sounds very ordinary: Arnett plays a rich, self-absorbed jerk who’s trying to woo liberal humanitarian Russell. Didn’t Adam Sandler make that movie, like half a dozen times? But Arnett cannot not be funny. Can’t he?

And coming midseason:


A drama from Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) following a tough Chicago cop (Jason Clarke, “Brotherhood”) and the first female chief of police (Jennifer Beals, “The L Word”). Sounds pretty run-of-the-mill, but Ryan isn’t known for making bad shows. Don’t expect “The Shield,” but maybe a “Southland”-type of grittiness.

“Mixed Signals”

An ensemble romantic comedy (good lord, another one?) about three friends balancing relationships. Sounds totally disposable.

“Bob’s Burgers”

From the guy who brought you “Dr. Katz” and Adult Swim’s “Home Movies” comes an animated comedy about a family-run burger joint. Sorry, no video available yet.