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The Four New TV Shows We Can’t Wait To See

With the big reveal of CBS’ 2012-2013 primetime schedule, all of the major networks have revealed which of their current shows will be back in the fall and which ones are being sent to the television graveyard as well as which pilots will be premiering this fall.

We have to say, we’re pretty pleased with how things panned out. After a tense, touch-and-go couple of days “Parks and Recreation” and “Happy Endings” got their expected pick-ups, and favorites “Modern Family” and “30 Rock,” albeit for a truncated final season, will also be back when the leaves start to turn.

(We’re not exactly in love with the idea of two cycles of “The Voice” – part of that show’s appeal was that it was neither overextended nor played out and a non-stop, yearlong run puts that in danger – but we’ll deal.)

We’ve also got Louis C.K.’s brilliant “Louie” returning to FX in June, and our high hopes that the summer-long break from the traditional TV season will give us a chance to catch up on “Mad Men” or “Game of Thrones.”

So there’s a lot of good things going on in TV right now, and that includes some of what we’re seeing from the previews of the new shows that are premiering this fall. As the network upfronts continue, we’re getting a first feel for which shows to start getting excited for. Below we’ve lined up the four shows (one from each of the four major networks, to keep things fair) that have us really excited for the hot and sticky summer to fly by (save that week at the beach … that can linger as long as it likes) so we can get back to where we belong – in front of a television with a fan, a glass of red wine and all of old and new (TV) friends.

1. “The Mindy Project,” FOX

Our affection for writer-director-actress Mindy Kaling is well-known. We loved her book, she was wonderful on “The Office” as Kelly Kapoor and is the writer behind some of the series’ most affecting episodes. “Mindy Project” is her baby (she stars, writes and created the series) and its synopsis – “A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office” – and the “Bridget Jones” comparisons make the show seem like it falls so squarely into the comedienne’s romantic comedy-meets-smart single girl snark sweet spot that, if her past successes are any indication, is proof positive “Mindy” simply cannot fail.

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