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 Mob Doctor'
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'The Mob Doctor'

Fox, Mondays at 9 p.m.

The Mob Doctor might be the most inspired high-concept title of the season – why didn't somebody think of this before? (USA Network, I'm looking at you.) It bangs you over the head with a brilliantly cynical pitch: People love mob dramas, and people love hospital dramas, so why not jam them together? True, hardly anybody loves both of them. But on Mob Doctor, the Mafia action redeems the ER clichés. Jordana Spiro, after years wasted on the TBS non-com My Boys, plays the sassy young surgeon with connections to the Chicago mob. Her brother racks up gambling debts he can't pay, so she takes on a side gig as house doctor to the South Side wiseguys. William Forsythe, fresh from Boardwalk Empire, is especially great as the don.

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