There are a lot of big stars coming to new shows in this 2012-2013 TV season, but who are the critics most excited to see? HuffPost TV rounded up 20 of the top TV critics in the country to share their picks, and while there was quite a lovefest for one actress in particular, there were plenty of names thrown out to get you excited for fall TV shows on all five broadcast networks.
From Connie Britton -- who was saved from that haunted "American Horror Story" house by ABC's soapy country musical drama "Nashville" -- to Dennis Quaid taking on his first series regular role on CBS' "Vegas"; from a "Friends" alum to a former "Felicity" star; and from the star of Fox's "The Following" (Kevin Bacon) to a few comedic standouts from "The New Normal" on NBC, here are the 12 fall TV stars we just can't wait to see more of.
(Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the fifth and final video in our TV critics series: Most Anticipated Returning Shows.)
A special shout-out to all of the critics who shared their opinions, in order of appearance: Jace Lacob from The Daily Beast; Ellen Gray from the Philadelphia Daily News; Gail Pennington from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Jarett Wieselman from ETonline and TheInsider.com; Michael O'Connell from THR.com; Alyssa Rosenberg from ThinkProgress.org and Slate; Dan Fienberg from HitFix; Matt Roush from TV Guide Magazine; HuffPost TV's own Mo Ryan; yours truly; Eric Deggans from the Tampa Bay Times; Meg Masters from TVLine; Todd VanDerWerff from The A.V. Club; Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe; Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV; Alan Sepinwall from HitFix; Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly; Carina MacKenzie from Zap2it; Denise Martin from Vulture; Damian Holbrook from TV Guide Magazine;
Check out the HuffPost TV snap judgments of all the new pilots here, by network:
*Connie Britton's "Nashville" premieres Wed., Oct. 10, 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
*Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman's "Last Resort" premieres Thurs., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
*Meagan Good's "Infamous" premieres midseason 2013 on NBC.
*Jonny Lee Miller's "Elementary" premieres Thurs., Sept. 27, 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
*Giancarlo Esposito's "Revolution" premieres Mon., Sept. 17, 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
*Kevin Bacon's "The Following" premieres midseason 2013 on Fox.
*Matthew Perry's "Go On" premieres new episodes starting Tues., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
*Lucy Punch's "Ben and Kate" premieres Tues., Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
*Dennis Quaid's "Vegas" premieres Tues., Sept. 25, 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
*Stephen Amell's "Arrow" premieres Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
*Andrew Rannells and NeNe Leakes' "The New Normal" premieres Tues., Sept. 11, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.