Fall TV 2016: What I’m Watching

The new TV season is officially upon us! Now, at the beginning of the year, the Canadian TV companies officially converted everything over to digital, so I’ve basically been without cable all year. No cable meant me watching everything online, after the fact. Also, with my busy schedule that’s going to keep on for some time, I don’t have the time that I used to to watch everything. So basically with this new TV season, I am trying to be super picky about what shows I’m devoting my time to. So what returning shows am I still sticking with this fall? And which new shows are on my list to check out?

MONDAYS

  • Supergirl
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Conviction [NEW]

Despite Supergirl‘s move to the CW, my Monday nights stay firmly in tact. Hayley Atwell’s American accent might take some getting used to, but I’m all in for Conviction. I also intend on watching DWTS, but that’s been relegated to YouTube video status – I don’t have the time to watch the full telecast.

TUESDAYS

  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Agents of SHIELD
  • The Flash
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • No Tomorrow [NEW]*
  • This Is Us [NEW]*
  • The Mindy Project

Tuesdays, still full. I’m not so sure how much I’ll like No Tomorrow or This Is Us, but I’m very much willing to give it a chance. Everything else is just returning shows.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Survivor
  • Arrow
  • Black-ish
  • Empire*
  • Designated Survivor [NEW]
  • Speechless [NEW]*
  • Frequency [NEW]*
  • Salem
  • You’re the Worst

How did Wednesdays become so full? I feel like I say that all the time, but it’s still true. Salem‘s not back until November, and You’re the Worst might be done by then, but I’m still not incredibly happy that Salem is adding to my Wednesday load. Season 2 of Empire was not great, so it’s on my list for now, in hopes that it gets back to what made it great in S1. Not sure about Speechless or Frequency, but willing to give it a shot.

THURSDAYS

  • Legends of Tomorrow*
  • Notorious [NEW]*
  • Pitch [NEW]
  • Superstore
  • The Good Place [NEW]
  • How to Get Away With Murder*

Pitch and The Good Place look really good. Haven’t heard great things about Notorious, but for Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, I’m giving it a chance. Legends of Tomorrow was off and on for me last season; I’m hoping it gets into a consistent creative flow in S2. As for How to Get Away With Murder? I feel like it went off the rails in S2, that I’m not even entirely sure I want to watch S3. If the first episode gives me a compelling reason to watch, then I’ll stick to it; otherwise, it’s getting the axe from me.

FRIDAYS

Ummm, with the final season of Grimm being relegated to midseason, I’ve got nothing. Catch-up day it is.

SUNDAYS

  • Last Man on Earth
  • Quantico*
  • Westworld [NEW]*

Quantico started off so well, and yet somewhere along the way, it became a soap opera mess. I desperately want it to do better in S2, but if it becomes ridiculous, it’s getting cut too. I don’t know much about Westworld, though it does look interesting, so give it a chance I will.

Starting off the season with 28 shows. How many will stay on my watch list by midseason? I guess we’ll just wait and see.

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2016 Emmy Picks

The Emmys are tonight! Now, in recent years, I haven’t watched 75% of the shows that are nominated, which makes watching the awards kinda pointless. Unlike the Tony Awards, wherein I’ve never seen any of the Broadway shows, at least I have the amazing performances from those shows to make the telecast entertaining. I still like watching the Emmys nonetheless. I may not be the best barometer for what’s the best on TV, because we really are in a period of “Peak TV” and so many options. But I know what I watch, what I like, and what I think is deserving of some Emmy love. With that being said, here are my predictions/personal picks for who I think will come out on top.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

Should Win: Black-ish
Will Win: Veep

Of the 7 nominees, I actually watched 4 of them. (Yay!) My personal pick to win is Black-ish, because it has been so consistently funny, all the while tackling African-American issues/subject matters that is still relatable. I’ll admit to not having watched Veep, but I hear it’s good, and it did win the category last year. If I had my way though, the nominees would’ve included Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, and You’re the Worst; but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot

Should Win: The Americans
Will Win: Game of Thrones

Again, if I had my way, I would’ve liked to see 12 Monkeys, Outlander, and Suits nominated. However, we live in a world where three of the nominees are just safe repeats. But hey! At least, The Americans FINALLY got nominated!! And also good on Mr. Robot for getting a nomination (even though I couldn’t get into it.) I feel like the predictable choice to win is Game of Thrones, if only for the Emmys to say, “Hey! Last year was no fluke! We like genre shows!…(…But only if they’re on HBO)”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Should Win: Tracee Ellis Ross
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

JLD will almost certainly continue to reign in this category. I mean, if Amy Poehler can’t pull off a win for playing Leslie Knope, I’m not sure how anybody else can beat JLD. The best chance is with Ross, who completely owns her role as Bow, and doesn’t play a stereotypical mom. The only other true contender I think would be Kemper, who definitely added layers to her bright-eyed Kimmy in season 2. You have no idea however, how mad I was to see the likes of Gina Rodriguez, Constance Wu, and Aya Cash not get nominated for their work (Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, You’re the Worst – respectively).

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • William H Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Should Win: Anthony Anderson
Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor

Again, the odds on favourite to win is Tambor, much like JLD. I however would like to see Anderson sneak in a win. Anderson has finally found a role that works for him. As Dre, Anderson is equal parts loving husband and father, but also a goofball dad.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On

Should Win: Kate McKinnon
Will Win: Allison Janney

Oh look, 6 nominees and the only show I actually watch is SNL, and even that I don’t watch all the time. But we all know McKinnon is an absolute treasure, committing to all the characters/skits that get thrown her way on the show. That being said, the Emmys love Allison Janney (I don’t blame them) so I expect her to repeat win. Her next closest competitor I feel is Judith Light. I don’t know what it is, but I have the sense that she could potentially beat Janney.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
  • Matt Walsh, Veep

Should Win: Andre Braugher
Will Win: Tony Hale

I don’t understand how Braugher has yet to win in this category, for playing the best straight man/gay cop ever on a comedy series. Burrell’s time has come and gone (Modern Family just isn’t what it used to be). If Veep continues its streak, Hale will probably win once again

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Clare Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Should Win: Tatiana Maslany
Will Win: ????

This is a stacked category. These may be the nominees, but you could arguably come up with a whole other list with the likes of Shiri Appleby, Hayley Atwell, Caitriona Balfe, Krysten Ritter, Amanda Schull, and Kerry Washington, and they’d be just as deserving. I think Maslany should win, hands down, because hello?! She plays how many clones? Each of them are completely different from one another; so different in fact that you forget that they’re all played by Maslany. And if for some reason Maslany doesn’t win, the only next logical option is Russell, because this nomination was just way overdue. Ultimately, who will win? I don’t know. Davis might repeat, or Henson could take it, so the Emmys don’t get put through the wringer about minority wins. But how can you deny Maslany and her many clones??!!

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Should Win: Matthew Rhys
Will Win: ???

Once again, another question mark as to who will win. Last year’s winner, Jon Hamm, is obviously not in the mix anymore, leaving the race pretty wide open. Might voters recognize Spacey’s work, despite many calling season 3 to be incredibly weak? Could new nominee Matthew Rhys (who is finally getting recognized) pull off a win?! I sure hope so!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Should Win: Maura Tierney
Will Win: Maura Tierney

I think the three GoT actresses will split the vote, and Dame Maggie Smith has already won multiple times, so (for me at least), it comes down to Tierney and Zimmer. First of all, so happy to see these two nominated. I personally think that Tierney stands a better chance at winning for her tough and layered role on The Affair. In all honesty, she (along with Joshua Jackson) really made season 2; the additional viewpoints from their characters were quite beneficial to the show. That’s not to say that Zimmer isn’t deserving, because she completely is. Zimmer’s Quinn can be a total bitch, but you can sometimes see the cracks in her facade.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Should Win: ???
Will Win: ???

I watch none of these shows. I also didn’t get a single one of my dream nominees (James D’Arcy, Jesse L. Martin, Joshua Jackson, Jonathan Tucker) on the final list. So who should and will win? I really couldn’t tell you.