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Five upcoming TV series we're intrigued to see

The major TV networks have all set their fall schedules (and a few midseason offerings as well), and we've just recently had a chance to scour through the listings and see what exactly the Big Five (we'll count the CW in there) have in store for us on the genre side of things (yes, it's taken us a while, but we had a batch of early summer movie releases to cover first).

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Not surprisingly, there are several new series that could hit pay dirt, including a modern take on a venerable DC Comics superhero and another sci-fi spectacular from J.J. Abrams' idea factory. While our most anticipated shows of the fall are returning series "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story," here are five new offerings we're most interested in checking out:

"Revolution" (NBC, Mondays, 10 p.m.): Produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and created by "Supernatural" mastermind Eric Kripke, "Revolution" is set in the near future, where a mysterious event has rendered all technology on Earth inactive. With no electricity, no computers, no high-speed communications and no batteries, society has collapsed and various factions battle for resources and supremacy. Thrust into this situation is the Matheson family, who possess an object that may hold the answer to the loss of technology. Based loosely on the "Emberverse" series of novels, this sounds like classic Abrams-bait: a sci-fi premise with an enigma at the center. Let's just hope it fares better than Bad Robot's last big network effort, the contrived, too-complicated-for-its-own-good and now canceled "Alcatraz."

"Arrow" (The CW, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.): Based on the long-running DC Comics superhero Green Arrow, "Arrow" supposedly offers a modern take on the story of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a billionaire playboy who is missing and presumed dead for five years after being shipwrecked. When he is eventually rescued, he's a changed man who intends to use his new survival skills -- including his mastery with a bow and arrow -- to battle crime. If this sounds familiar, well, that's because Green Arrow has always been a sort of secondary version of Batman. We're hopeful that this can follow "Smallville" as a fun new DC-based show, but we're concerned that the Arrow costume looks a bit too much like the outfit worn by the hero in the god-awful "The Cape."

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"The Following" (FOX, midseason, TBA): "Vampire Diaries" creator Kevin Williamson brings us this dark-sounding saga about a retired FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who finds himself in pursuit of an escaped serial killer -- the same vicious one he caught and incarcerated nine years ago -- who's now using communication technology to create an army of copycat murderers. The premise sounds creepy enough, taking a "Silence of the Lambs"-type story line and adding the world's most evil social network. Will this be a macabre horror thriller or a by-the-book police procedural? And can it sustain itself long-term? We'll have to wait until early 2013 to find out.

"666 Park Avenue" (ABC, Sundays, 10 p.m.): We used to work at 666 5th Avenue a long time ago, so a series about another edifice with a Satanic address immediately intrigues us. In this supernatural drama, a young couple become managers of the building and learn that its tenants may be connected to a demonic power of some kind. "Lost" alumnus Terry O'Quinn is on board as the building's owner, and we can only guess at his real identity. This one's based on a novel, so it will be interesting to see how they stretch it out. It'll be even more interesting to see if the show goes for the bonkers "American Horror Story" approach or something more restrained.

"Zero Hour" (ABC, midseason, TBA): We're suckers for historical conspiracies, and in this show, paranormal activity magazine publisher Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) must unlock a doozy -- billed as "one of the most compelling mysteries in human history" -- in order to save his kidnapped wife and make sure that the secret doesn't fall into the hands of the diabolical White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist, the villain in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"). Of course, the real secret is whether this all provides the formula for a successful TV series -- and the answer to that will remain a mystery for several months to come.

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