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Worst new shows of 2013

The Following
The Following
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The 2013-2014 season brought us great new shows, but it also presented huge disappointments. Some of these shows couldn't be salvaged despite their big-name stars and pre-season buildups.


This Fox network shows stars Giovanni Ribisi, Seth Green, Brenda Song, Peter Reigert and Martin Mull. Hopes were high for this show, especially with Seth McFarlane as one of the executive producers. Unfortunately, critics panned the show, giving it only a 15 out of 100 rating on Metacritic. and a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The lazy racist and mysogynist jokes fell flat with audiences, who pronounced the show "stupid." No official decision has been made on cancellation, but the odds are not good for this disappointing show.

"The Following"

Another Fox show with a big-name star, even Kevin Bacon couldn't pull this show out of the line of critical fire. Bacon plays the seemingly most inept FBI agent that ever existed, who always has to be rescued from his own recklessness. Even so, it's a show watchers hate, but also hate to miss, with Kevin Bacon winning the Best Actor on Television Saturn Award in 2013 and being nominated as Favorite Dramatic TV Actor in the People's Choice Awards. Critics, however, do not agree, with Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times stating the show is "hard to turn off and even harder to watch." Despite the critical panning, the second season premiered on January 19, 2014.

"We Are Men"

This CBS show that starred Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Chris Smith, Tony Shaloub and Rebecca Breeds was yet another whose big-name stars could not save its cancellation. The show attempted to tell the story of a newly divorced man living in a single complex. The mysogynistic bend and flat comedic lines of this show did not sit well with viewers, and it was cancelled after only two episodes.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

This ABC spinoff of the popular and critically acclaimed "Once Upon a Time" stars Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby and Naveen Andrews. The premise, as you can guess, is the modernized story of "Alice in Wonderland". Watchers found it too soapy and its effects way below standard. It was given mixed reviews by critics, and even an ABC exec said it was put into the wrong time slot. No decision has been made, but it looks like it is heading for cancellation.

"The Michael J. Fox Show"

While expectations and hopes were high for the return of Michael J. Fox to prime time television in this NBC show, it did not live up to its potential. Fox himself was the shining light in this show, where he was surrounded by way too many sitcom stereotypes. Critics have given the show mixed reviews, and cancellation appears imminent, despite Fox being nominated for a Golden Globe.

Each year brings bad new shows, and we often wonder if some are just stuck in to take up a time slot. While the 2013-2014 season was promising with many new shows featuring favorite TV actors, the premise and writing for these shows did not do the talent justice in some cases.

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