September 7th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
There aren’t a ton of original ideas out there in the land of fall TV, but that’s good news for those of you looking for more of the same.
We’ve compiled a list of new shows that sound a lot like… well, old shows, so you can see which match up to your TV tastes.
If you miss "Lost," then try out "The Event"
With an equally ambiguous title, “The Event” is looking to fill the void that “Lost” has left. The main character works to expose a big cover-up, which effects “an eclectic band of strangers” (can you say Jack, Hurley and Sawyer?). Also, this conspiracy could change the fate of mankind forever. (Premieres on NBC September 20 at 9 p.m.)
If you like “Southland” then try out “Detroit 1-8-7”
While the location is different than other cop shops, TV Guide says “Detroit 1-8-7” is done in the style of “Southland.” Our main detective in Detroit is described as wily, respected and misunderstood which may end up being similar to “Southland’s” seasoned, honest and no-nonsense main character. (Premieres on ABC September 21 at 10 p.m.)
If you like “Bring It On” then try out “Hellcats”
Okay, this one technically isn’t based on a TV show, but those who still catch “Bring It On” whenever it’s on basic cable will nonetheless be pleased. “Hellcats” promises the same characters, clothing and drama as the successful movie, including cheer routines, a quest for a national title and a girl who just doesn’t fit in. It sounds an awful lot like the year 2000, but why change a formula that works? (Premieres on The CW September 8 at 9 p.m.)
If you miss “Alias” then try out “Nikita”
It’s about time for a strong female assassin to lead an action show (again). “Nikita” – The CW’s remake based off the 1990 Luc Besson film that’s also inspired a U.S. movie and a television series - follows a young rogue spy working to bring down a secret agency. But this agency is called Division, while the secret agency on “Alias” was called SD-6. Totally different. (Premieres on The CW September 9 at 9 p.m.)
If you like “Greek” then try out “Glory Daze”
What’s it like to pledge a Greek house at a college campus? Both “Greek” and “Glory Daze” will show you. “Glory Daze” follows four friends navigating college and planning for their futures – which means it’ll be “Greek,” circa 1980. (Premiere TBD.)
If you like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” then try out “Undercovers”
Like "Hellcats," this technically isn't a TV show knockoff, but we couldn't help but notice that the plot feels similar to "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Married former spies own a small catering company – until a friend goes missing and they return to the world of espionage and disguises. According to NBC, the couple realizes that working together as spies is the “excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.” Because as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt proved in their 2005 film, nothing adds spice to a marriage like a little espionage. (Premieres on NBC September 22 at 8 p.m.)
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