20. Arrow (CW)
Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Jamey Sheridan, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne
Premiere date: October 10
Full disclosure: Arrow is present in this countdown out of sheer morbid curiosity. It doesn't take a television genius to guess that the CW's adaptation of DC Comics' Green Arrow character has the overpowering potential to be a complete disaster. For one, it's the CW, the home of Gossip Girl and other shows firmly entrenched far beyond the world of comic book lore (save for Nikita, perhaps); and, two, superheroes haven't fared well on boob-tubes in recent years (try to remember NBC's The Cape).
Still, it'd be great to see DC successfully launch a live-action hero who's not nicknamed the Dark Knight, so Arrow deserves at least an initial look. It's also tough to root against the always alluring Katie Cassidy, an underrated young actress who's given strong performances on doomed TV shows in the past (Harper's Island, Melrose Place). If only for her sake, give Arrow a shot.