As you may have heard, the writers strike made a jumble of this spring's normal pilot development season, leaving the networks to scramble, each in their own way.
FOX and CBS rushed forward with pilots that have been ordered before the strike and were able to have screeners available by early summer. Kudos, FOX and CBS. The other networks operated at their own paces.
ABC, for example, will put only one new series on the air this fall, a remake of the British "Life on Mars" format, which has already had its American incarnation reconceived several times.
NBC and The CW also went in search of familiar formats. For NBC, that meant new version of "Knight Rider," an Americanized take on Australia's "Kath & Kim" and fresh spins on "Robinson Crusoe" ("Crusoe") and The Book of David ("Kings"), plus "My Own Worst Enemy," which has more than a little "Jekyll and Hyde" in it. For The CW, that meant finding new life in "Beverly Hills 90210."
Because of the upheaval, we haven't seen all of this fall's new shows, so we can't give our traditional Top Five list. Instead, we're going to list shows that we're looking forward to. In some cases, we've actually seen episodes, but in others, we're just like you, taking a guess at what seems cool.