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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM

"ARROW"

DEBUTS: Oct. 10

Now that Superman has flown the coop at The CW, a new handsome, troubled hero from the comics arrives. Inspired by the "Green Arrow" comics, "Arrow" stars Stephen Amell as a skilled archer hunting for bad guys. Kate Cassidy ("Melrose Place") is his potential love interest.

TUNE IN: Fans of fantasy and comic books should go for this younger, hipper update of a character that debuted in the 1940s.

"ANIMAL PRACTICE"

DEBUTS: Sept. 26

Tampa's JoAnna Garcia Swisher ("Reba," "Privileged," "Better With You") co-stars with Justin Kirk in this sitcom set in an animal hospital that treats every kind of critter, both wild and domestic. He's a cocky, skirt-chasing vet and she's a former girlfriend who is now his boss. And there's a monkey on staff.

TUNE OUT: Kirk is totally unappealing, there's no chemistry between the leads, and the jokes are crude. The monkey gets all the laughs.

"THE NEIGHBORS"

DEBUTS: Oct. 3 (sneak preview Sept. 26)

Picked by many TV critics as possibly the worst new sitcom, this one stars Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz as a blue collar couple who finally move into a gated community only to find it inhabited by aliens from another planet (green lizard-like things that have taken human form). With superior brains but lacking social skills, the visitors turn to the couple for assimilation skills.

TUNE IN: You've got to see it once to believe that this throwback to "3rd Rock From the Sun" and "Alf" could get on the lineup.

"GUYS WITH KIDS"

DEBUTS: Sept. 26 (sneak preview Sept. 12)

"Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon produces this comedy about three dads who seem clueless when it comes to raising kids. Chris (Jesse Bradford) is a single dad of one; Nick (Zach Cregger), has two and a wife (Jamie-Lynn Sigler); and Gary (Anthony Anderson), who's got a house full and a wife (Tempestt Bledsoe).

TUNE OUT: Cute kids and dumb dads aren't enough to lift this above the make this rise above the "Mr. Mom" shtick that's been around since the 1980s.

"NASHVILLE"

DEBUTS: Oct. 10

In what could be the best new drama in a weak field this season, "Nashville" stars Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes") as county music singers forced to tour together by their record label. Britton shines as an aging superstar threatened by a ruthless and sexy upstart played by Panettiere.

TUNE IN: Set against the Nashville country music scene, this drama has well defined characters that travel interesting paths – and the musical moments are good, too.

"CHICAGO FIRE"

DEBUTS: Oct. 10

An ensemble drama with at least eight main characters, this drama from "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf follows the men and women who work out of Chicago's Firehouse 51. There are life-and-death stories of rescue work as well as the personal dramas of the characters.

TUNE OUT: The heroics during the action sequences are interesting but the personal lives of the players aren't.

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