Ah drama, where would we be without it? Families wouldn't feud, lovers wouldn't fight, and college sorority houses all over the world would go out of business. Love it or hate it, drama is a part of our lives, and a part of our television. The following is a list of the dramas to look forward to this fall: get your overreactions ready.
Private Practice: The spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice was McPlugged in the spring when Grey's devoted a half an episode to its introduction. A series that follows Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) as she exchanges her umbrella for sunglasses, the show is set in a Los Angeles clinic. Backed by an all-star cast, zealous fans, and excellent writers, Private Practice, Wednesdays at 9 on ABC, has the potential to make perfect.
Women's Murder Club: James Patterson, one of the best mystery writers in modern history, brings his books to life Fridays at 9 on ABC. Featuring four San Francisco women – a D.A., a medical examiner, a detective, and a reporter – The Women's Murder Club shows what women can accomplish, and solve, when they put their heads together. For those who are avid readers of Patterson's novels, chances are the books will be better (they always are), but this show is certainly worth a chance. What would Alex Cross think if ya didn't?
Cane: When his character died on NYPD Blue, we all felt like we had lost a BFF. Well, Jimmy Smits is back in a new drama about a Cuban-American family at the head of a South Florida rum and sugar operation. As Alex, the adopted son of the patriarch Pancho (Hector Elizondo of seemingly every Garry Marshall film), Smits serves as the foil to Pancho's biological son Frank (Lost's Nestor Carbonell). When offered a deal from their rivals, the family finds itself torn between protecting their legacy or getting out of the sugar business altogether. In one way or another, Cane - airing on Tuesdays at 10 on CBS – is going to be sweet.
Life: We've all been there — put in jail for a crime we didn't commit. Okay, maybe not, but Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) sure has. After years in prison, he rejoins the police force and sets out to give himself a second chance at living. Possessed of a unique outlook – one that appreciates the little things and takes nothing for granted – Crews finds himself rejoining the job, and the life, that he once loved. Airing on Wednesdays at 10 on NBC, Life also features Adam Arkin as Crews' former cellmate. Trust us, he looks good in stripes.
Moonlight: Not to be confused with Moonlighting (sorry Misses DiPesto), Moonlight is about Mick St. John, a PI with vampire powers. But, unlike most vampires (at least all the ones I know), Mick uses his powers for good: he sinks his teeth into helping people. Stuck between the world of vampires and the world of mortals, Mick tries to balance what is and what could have been. Moonlight, which airs on Fridays at 9 on CBS, is sure to brighten up the dark reputation of the undead; please, hold the garlic.