Starring: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Andrew Gower, Simon McBurney, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi,
Description: “Carnival Row,” a neo-noir fantasy, is a show about an alternate urban universe in which the world of humans and the world of fairies are always at war with each other. The show’s main stars, a fairy portrayed by Cara Delevigne and a human detective, played by Orlando Bloom, are caught in a love/hate relationship.
Why it’s lukewarm: We’re not sure what audience this show is aimed for, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, you’re going to want to give this show a chance!
Starring: Michael Dorman, Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus
Description: Different from any CIA show you've ever seen, "Patriot" follows the emotionally unstable state of John Tavner. The agent poses as a piping engineer so he can travel to Europe to prevent Iran from obtaining full nuclear capabilities. The show follows the complications that arise along the way of Tavner's mission.
Why it's lukewarm: "Patriot" manages to be dark yet often funny; some may even call it quirky. Although its risks don't always pay off, the show is still worth watching.
Alpha House (SO-SO)
Starring: John Goodman, Matt Malloy, Clark Johnson, Mark Consuelos
Description: The series follows Republican Senators who spend their days in Capitol Hill and their nights in a row house they rent together. Their primary purpose in life is to do as little work as possible. The political satire was created by Garry Trudeau and went strong for two seasons.
Why it's lukewarm: Throughout the show's two seasons, there were cameos from Hollywood's most celebrated veterans and politicians alike, which made for a refreshing series. Though many viewers wanted to love "Alpha House," they felt like the show was high-jacked with an agenda.
Comrade Detective (SO-SO)
Starring the Voices of Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Chloë Sevigny, Jake Johnson, John DiMaggio
Description: Okay, hang tight for a moment while we try to explain this ambitious Amazon endeavor. "Comrade Detective" is a Romanian buddy-cop action set in the 1980s. With a Communist backdrop, it's a Romanian production. It is dubbed in English by an all-star cast, including Kim Basinger, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chloë Sevigny, Mahershala Ali, and many, many more.
Why it's lukewarm: "Comrade Detective" takes history and humor and mixes them up to create a bizarre cluster of familiar detective stories. Sometimes, it hits; other times, it misses. But no one can deny the all-star cast.
Crisis in Six Scenes (SO-SO)
Starring: Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, Rachel Brosnahan, John Magaro, Elaine May
Description: Woody Allen's six-segment series is set in the 1960s and follows a middle-class suburban family who is visited by Lennie Dale, a left-wing radical who is wanted by the FBI.
Why it's lukewarm: Though "Crisis in Six Scenes" did not change television history, it did manage to advance the narrative that TV is the new movie. While Woody Allen's humor is a little old-fashioned, the show manages to be funny and gives Miley Cyrus room for an excellent performance.