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By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 17, 2013

Tonight brings the series premieres of "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on Fox, along with the season premieres of "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project." Of the four, I'd go with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Whoever decided that Andre Braugher would be a good foil for Andy Samberg was very, very smart. And even smarter was to have Braugher play his role pretty much deadpan, demanding that Samberg not lapse into his charming-doofus role because that just would not work when you have Braugher gazing, unimpressed. And I very much liked the pilot because of that.

Butt then, maybe I'm just enjoying acting a lot these days. (Who could watch "Breaking Bad" at the moment and not be wowed by ALL the performances?) "Dads," a largely forgettable comedy from the "Family Guy" gang, perks up when Martin Mull and Peter Riegert are at work. Unfortunately, the show tries to balance those guys with scenes built around Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi. Green and Ribisi can be good at times, but they can't keep the material here afloat, where Mull and Riegert have that old-school way of lifting anything they decide is worth lifting. The problem with "Dads," though, is that their effort is not in great cause.

I would say something about "New Girl" and "Mindy," only neither show has made it far onto my radar. "New Girl" has always struck me as a little too precious -- even twee -- to keep me watching. And while I liked "Mindy" some at first, I didn't like it enough to keep watching,. And with a new season falling into place, I don't feel any great urge to make room for it now.

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