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Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE! Nevertheless, because horror movies are eternally popular, Hollywood remakes

Continuing the Popdose look at the new fall shows on the four major networks, here’s what we think of the three series that premiered on Tuesday.

Raising Hope (Fox) – As Raising Hope opens, we meet the quirky, trashy Chance family: senile grandmother (played by Cloris Leachman); parents who married too young; slacker son Jimmy; and dirtbag cousin Mike. Jimmy goes out for ice cream, picks up a gorgeous woman who is running away from someone, and ends up having a one-night stand. It turns out that Ms. Too-Good-to-Be-True is a serial killer. She goes to prison; nine months later, she calls Jimmy and asks him to take custody of their baby.

Jimmy’s parents want him to give up the baby, named Princess Beyonce, for adoption. Jimmy wants to keep the baby, partly out of a sense of responsibility, partly in the hope that having that responsibility will help him grow up. As the sitcom name-o-rama title implies, Raising Hope is a comedy, not a drama. There has to be silliness. And so, we have a baby in a shopping cart instead of a stroller, a young father so clueless that he does not strap the car seat to the car, and a bored grocery clerk who flips canned goods upside down so that she can go back and reshelve them.

And the baby isn’t sweet.  In a perfect touch of realism, Princess Beyonce is the type of crier who seems hell-bent on being an only child. Her screams keep everyone up; she’s real, not precocious, and not here to make Jimmy’s life easy.

It’s that time of the year again. The major networks roll out a slew of new shows, hoping that one or two of them will be the next Friends or Grey’s Anatomy, and none of them will suffer the same fate as Viva Laughlin. Throughout the course of the week, the Popdose staff will be posting first reaction reviews to the new shows appearing on the four major networks. Here’s a preview of those shows.