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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NBC, Mondays at 10 p.m.

 In Revolution, his great new drama on NBC, J.J. Abrams conjures up a world where electricity is a thing of the past and human civilization has descended into tribal warfare. Fifteen years after the lights went out, an ordinary girl (Tracy Spiridakos) tries to solve the mystery of how planet Earth blew the fuse. The great Giancarlo Esposito, last seen getting his face blown off as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, continues to rule as TV’s most diabolical villain. In this global wasteland, the landscape is full of threats – peaceful farmers, murderous militias. In other words, it’s a lot like the America where we already live. Most impressive: the way Revolution goes for capital-D dramatics, making other shows look small-time.

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