4085149975Whether someone is seeking a new TV show as a fresh addition to his current favorites or is ready for a change from what the networks are offering, he is in for a treat. The upcoming premieres of new TV shows this season have something for everyone, starting off with the positively reviewed drama “Alcatraz.” With J.J. Abrams as its executive producer, “Alcatraz” features Jorge Garcia of “Lost” and Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy” in an exhilarating thriller. It is centered on a chilling search for prisoners who disappeared from the famed island prison following a mysterious homicide. With a cast and crew familiar to this genre of TV, “Alcatraz” is a promising show that already has many viewers at the edge of their seats. “Alcatraz” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

For those who are craving a good laugh, have no fear. Fans of Chelsea Handler’s raunchy humor can get a taste of what her life was like as a 20-something-year-old. “Are You There, Chelsea?” is based on Handler’s best-selling 2008 memoir (Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea) and follows Chelsea Newman (Laura Prepon), an outspoken woman, and her group of friends. Handler is not exclusively behind-the-scenes, however, as she plays Newman’s pregnant older sister, Sloane. Although the show has had somewhat of a slow start, it earned one of the best ratings for its current time slot, so those interested should definitely take a look. “Are You There, Chelsea?” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Another comedy launched by a familiar face is “Rob,” with Rob Schneider as its lead character. Schneider plays a somewhat nerdy bachelor who marries a gorgeous Mexican-American woman (Claudia Bassols) following a six-week courtship. The show documents the challenges that come with a quick marriage. For example. Rob must assimilate into his new wife’s family, although they treat him like an alien. Only after various interactions does Rob start to understand that not only has he married a new wife, he has also married into a whole new culture and family. “Rob” opened with fairly negative reviews; however, for those curious about experience family antics and dysfunction, perhaps this is the show for you. “Rob” airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

Fans of Broadway music and “Glee” should be pleased to hear about the new musical drama, “Smash.” It features Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”) as a relatively fresh theatre singer who faces off against experienced veteran Megan Hilty for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in a new Broadway show. With a great cast that also includes Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Uma Thurman, this highly anticipated show should have much to offer its viewers. Along with showing the competitive aspect of landing a lead role, it offers a closer look into the behind-the-scenes aspect of putting together a Broadway show. “Smash” premieres on Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Of course, a dose of reality TV cannot be excluded from the mix. “Fashion Star” is a clothing design series that is looking for not only the next big designer, but a promising and marketable brand. Hosted by Elle Macpherson, the show features 14 contestants — mentored by designer John Varvatos, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie — squaring off against one another for the final prize: to have their designs sold in stores. They will also face weekly challenges and compete to win the highest bid from buyers from various retailers, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and H&M. Producers of the show vow that it will not be another “Project Runway.” Furthermore, the audience can also be more actively involved, as the winning designs will be put up for purchase each week. “Fashion Star” premieres March 13 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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