There's very little positive going on in Empire, except that Terrence Howard is worth watching. The trouble is that it's so far down the rabbit hole that it sort of dares you to be able to describe how bad it really is. It tries like hell, and you have to give it something for that, but a lot of what it tries relies heavily on your stupidity.
After SNL and Nebraska, I'm willing to give Will Forte a lot of room, and I appreciate the complexity of the comedic effort here, but unless the spin that won't connect for at least a couple of episodes is a real slam dunk, this one doesn't offer up enough along the way to make it worth waiting to find out.
Scorpion has some potential, but the show tries to hide it as much as possible. The "true story," is taken apart until all that's left is "there was this smart guy once." It's so goofy in parts that it's hard to imagine a lot of people will care what else there is.
The Last Ship has little to offer any demographic, especially any of those that might tune in. It's largely sappy and nonsensical, and hopefully won't be around long.