Rob Sheffield's 2012 Fall TV Preview

Your day-by-day guide to the 21 new and returning shows worth watching

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The CW, Wednesdays Starting October 10th at 8 p.m.

Ladies and gentlemen, the most topless vigilante superhero on television: Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow, of DC Comics fame. It's like this guy can't keep his shirt on, because that would interfere with the aerodynamics of his bow-and-arrows technique. On Arrow, Amell starts off as billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who has to check his head when he gets shipwrecked on an island for a few years. When he returns home to Starling City, he adopts a secret identity, the kind that billionaire playboys love. By night, he fights crime, archery-style. It has all the glitz you expect from the CW, but Amell is the one who holds it all together. He battles the bad guys, armed with truth, justice, his trusty crossbow and his permanently erect nipples.

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