By Tim O'Brien
Digital Journalist, Digital Journal
From a show that seems like a flashback to "Bosom Buddies" to one that has inmates from The Rock coming back, it's time for TV. Meanwhile, "American Idol" returns on Jan. 18 and the coveted after Super Bowl slot goes to "The Voice" on Feb. 5.
Here are a few new shows that are intriguing and have potential. Oh, let's throw in two simply dreadful ones as well. All times EST
"Alcatraz" (Fox, Mondays at 9 p.m.) - It will start on Jan 16 then move to Mondays. This one looks solid and has the potential to work. From the creator of lost, J.J. Abrams, comes this one. If you liked "Lost" this one may be for you. The premise is pleasing. It's 50 years after the closing of Alcatraz and now, those long who worked there and inmates, are reappearing. Where this one goes is anybody's guess, but with the history of the Rock, look out. The pilot: while on a homicide case, a fingerprint leads a detective to a "shocking" suspect, a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. It stars Sarah Jones and Sam Neill, Also on board is Jorge Garcia from "Lost."
"The River" - (ABC, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) - Like "Alcatraz," this one looks and feels like a winner. Head to the Amazon in this mystery that centers around a family's search for a naturalist, who just happens to be a famous TV star. It is produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Bruce Greenwood as Emmet Cole and Joe Anderson as Lincoln Cole.
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