12. Elementary (CBS)
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
Premiere date: September 25
True, Elementary is the fall season's least original new show, curiously revamping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes characters into a modern-day detective series. One that changes Caucasian sidekick Watson into a sexy Asian female partner, named Dr. Joan Watson and played by Lucy Liu. Which, one must admit, is a step up from Jude Law in those Guy Ritchie Holmes flicks.
Is Elementary the TV equivalent of one of those unnecessary Hollywood remakes? Sure, but there's something fascinating about a new take on Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) where he's a full-blown drug addict who checks into a Brooklyn rehab center and begins fighting crime with a beautiful cohort.
Unless you're unwaveringly faithful to BBC's version of Sherlock, starring on-the-rise Hollywood players Benedict Cumberbatch (the villain in next year's Star Trek sequel) and Martin Freeman (the lead in Peter Jackson's forthcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Elementary seems worthy of a shot.