Checking In on the 2015 Fall TV Season

We’re nearly three months into the new TV season! With November sweeps now behind us and heading towards winter hiatus, I figured now would be as good time as any to check in. During premiere week, I set out with all the shows I was planning on watching, both old and new. Now, I’m pretty set on what I’m still watching and what I’m dropping. By the looks of it, I’m being pretty picky about what I’m watching, so let’s just recap and take a look shall we?

MONDAY

  • The Voice – Kinda, sorta, not really watching. I hate to say it, but I really do think I’m getting burned out on singing competitions. I want to watch it, but with the other stuff I’m watching, I don’t actually get around to it. So basically, I’m not committed to this season.
  • Dancing With The Stars – Kinda, sorta watching. I may still have some issues with DWTS (namely certain song choices – I’m convinced I can do a better job choosing songs), but I found myself enjoying this season quite a bit. Not to mention, I still love my Pro Dancers.
  • Blindspot (NEW; Full season ordered) – Dropped. I am intrigued in the mystery side of things (Who is Jane Doe? How did she lose all her memories and get all these tattoos that somehow relate to other stuff? etc.) Other than that, there’s something about it that just doesn’t sit well with me. Not in an offensive way, just something just doesn’t work for me. At one point I think I referred to it as ‘Chuck meets Memento’, which is kinda weird to be honest.
  • Minority Report (NEW; Episode order cut to 10) – Dropped. I had high hopes for this show, but again, something about it just didn’t work for me. Doesn’t look like it’s going to make it anyways.
  • Jane the Virgin – Still watching. Still sweet, cute, heartwarming, and funny. I love this show.
  • Supergirl (NEW; Full season ordered) – Watching. It’s without a doubt, one of my faves this season. I love that it kinda took the positivity of The Flash and kicked it up a notch. Plus, the female relationships are absolutely wonderful to see.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (NEW) – Dropped. Watched the pilot and I didn’t like it.
  • Gotham? – Yeah, despite some people saying that this season is better than last, I have yet to bring myself to actually watch any of it.

TUESDAY

  • Fresh Off the Boat – As hilarious as last season.
  • The Flash – I am loving the Earth-1/Earth-2 alt universe storyline, but then again, as a huge Fringe fan, it’s just totally up my alley.
  • Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Still watching it. I was initially a little bit worried about the multiple storylines they were juggling, but then it all connected recently, and I could not be happier with how things have been going.
  • iZombie – The cast and the writers are clearly having a ball making the show, and you can see it in the finished product. Still a lot of fun.
  • Limitless (NEW; Full season ordered) – Watching. It is by no means the greatest show, but it knows what it is doing and incredibly fun/entertaining to watch. My only real nitpicking with the show is that Jake McDorman’s Brian Finch is such a Cappie (McDorman’s character’s frenemy on Greek), and I keep saying “Why is Evan Chambers being like Cappie?” at least once every week.
  • The Mindy Project – Still watching, still funny. Though the switch to Hulu has made it difficult for this Canadian to keep up every week.
  • The Muppets (NEW) – Dropped. I said before that I was never really that into the Muppets growing up, so I didn’t have the same nostalgia factor that a lot of people had coming into the show. I watched a couple of episodes and found it just okay.
  • Grandfathered (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching. I like the chemistry between John Stamos, Josh Peck, and Paget Brewster. The show seems sure of itself and that counts for a lot, especially with a new comedy.
  • The Grinder (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching…for now. Again, I like Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, and it’s got a lot of funny moments. What kind of bothers me is that I’m not really sure what kind of show it is striving to be. I thought they were selling the show as a family comedy of sorts, but turns out it is that mixed with workplace comedy and satire.
  • Scream Queens (NEW) – Dropped. I was already not entirely sold on the show, and as I watched the first two episodes, I couldn’t get over the fact that all the characters were super annoying. I know they’re supposed to be like these caricatures, but I just could not stand it.
  • Wicked City (NEW; Cancelled) – As the reviews came out, it was made clear that the show was terrible. And you know, sometimes I’ll still check out some of it, just to see for myself, but with my Tuesdays as they are I just couldn’t bother.

WEDNESDAY

  • Arrow – I still love watching it. I know there are some people who don’t really like it as much anymore, and I’ll admit that it still does have its flaws, but overall it’s still enjoyable.
  • Survivor – This season has been FANTASTIC! This being Second Chance, the players have come back playing a pretty unique game, and the outcome is just so fascinating.
  • Empire – There’s something about season 2 that feels off to me, compared to the first season. But the show is still incredibly entertaining and great to watch. Also, Cookie Lyon/Taraji P. Henson.
  • Modern Family – I’m not entirely sure why I still watch it because it has been incredibly hit and miss. It’s pretty much background at this point.
  • Black-ish – The show has been on such a roll going into its second season. It’s even more sure of itself than it was before, being consistently funny while tackling issues like gun control and religion, among other things.
  • Nashville – I’ve been sort of keeping up on the show, mainly watching like two episodes at a time, when I remember to watch it. Almost every character, except Rayna (because Connie Britton y’all), maybe Deacon, and Avery, is getting on my nerves. Pair that with some odd storyline decisions and I’m verrrryyyy close to dropping this show altogether.
  • You’re the Worst – How a comedy manages to still be completely funny, while dealing with such a dark and serious subject such as clinical depression is beyond me, but YTW has done just that. It was a risky story decision, but one that has paid off as the show was recently renewed for a third season.
  • Kingdom – I haven’t actually watched this new season. With everything that’s already on, I just figured it’d be best if I wait it out and watch all of season 2 once it’s done.

THURSDAY

  • Sleepy Hollow – I felt that season 2 was a bit off/on, but still enjoyed it. Season 3 has been consistently good, as I feel like it was able to get out of its own way, and do things that weren’t necessarily tied into the Horsemen.
  • How to Get Away With Murder – I’m sure what a lot of people liked about the first season was how twisty the mystery was; that and Viola Davis’ performance. Davis continues to own this show like no other. The twists in season 2 however, have gotten increasingly complicated, and sometimes I honestly just laugh at what’s going on and let it be what it is. Also, let’s be real: how long can the show possibly continue in its current state without the main characters either going to jail, moving/getting away from the entire situation, or getting murdered themselves?
  • Scandal – I’m still watching it, but it just doesn’t interest me in the same way that it used to.
  • Heroes Reborn (NEW) – Dropped. I managed to get through maybe four episodes before I realized that really, nothing had changed from when it went off the air. Too many storylines, undeveloped characters, overall nonsense; even my love of Zachary Levi and Dylan Bruce couldn’t keep me watching.
  • The Big Bang Theory – Another long-running comedy that’s kinda losing steam. I still watch it, it still has its funny moments, but I don’t pay much attention when I’m watching it.

FRIDAY

  • The Amazing Race – Even a so-so season like this one, I always watch Race.
  • Grimm – I find that Grimm is so dependable and consistent. Even with its case-of-the-week stories, they still manage to move the mythology and personal character developments forward.
  • Dr. Ken (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Dropped. There were some things in the first few episodes I watched that I was amused by (pretty much anything that involved Albert Tsai – I still miss Trophy Wife), but it was just whatever for me, so I stopped watching.

SUNDAY

  • Quantico (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching. For how much I didn’t like Joshua Safran’s previous work (the later seasons of Gossip Girl, Smash season 2), I’m surprised by how much I enjoy watching this show. Some things are a little on the ridiculous side, but I just kinda roll with it because they do move things along at a quick pace. Much like HTGAWM, I’m curious to what its future could possibly look like, seeing as how it is very specific in its storytelling at the moment. At this moment however, I’m sticking by it and worry about the future later.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Still one of my favourites.
  • The Last Man on Earth – The show is still pretty weird, given of course the premise of the show; but it’s still very funny and sure of itself.
  • The Affair – Adding the additional viewpoints of Helen and Cole has elevated the show, I feel. From the beginning, I found the dual viewpoints to be such an intriguing aspect of the show. Now having four (but still two within each episode), adds more depth and dimension to this story and these characters.
  • Once Upon a Time? – I tried watching the premiere and once we found out the whole time jump/characters lost their memories AGAIN(???!!!), I rolled my eyes and stopped watching. I’ve been curious to see how everything has played out, so I randomly read episode recaps, which only makes me happy that I spend the 5 minutes reading, as opposed to the hour watching, because things have only gotten even more ridiculous it seems.
  • Blood and Oil (NEW; Episode order cut)?? – I like the cast but I could not get through the pilot.

 

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Fall TV 2015: What I’m Watching (Weekend Edition)

I finish off my Fall TV list with what I’m watching on Fridays and Sundays.

FRIDAYS

  • The Amazing Race
  • Grimm
  • Dr. Ken (NEW)

Friday nights are easy. I have my two staples in The Amazing Race and Grimm, and I’m good with that. ABC’s got another new comedy, Dr. Ken, with Ken Jeong and Albert Tsai that I’m looking forward to checking out.

SUNDAYS

  • Quantico (NEW)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Last Man on Earth
  • The Affair
  • Once Upon a Time?
  • Blood and Oil (NEW)??

I can’t wait for the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth, two of my sure things for Sunday night. And really, what better way to cap off your weekend than with some really funny shows? Well there’s also the flipside of that. I’m really eager to see what unfolds next on The Affair, a show that was really interesting to me in the way it told the story, with two viewpoints sometimes of the same events. They’re going to build upon that method of storytelling for season two, and like I said, it’ll be really interesting to see where and how things are developed.

Of the new shows, I’m definitely checking out Quantico; it does remind me of How to Get Away with Murder in its intent to show a big event (in this case, a terrorist attack) and going back in time to see how it led to the attack and who did it. Will it be as twisty as HTGAWM? Don’t know, but I hope it turns out well.

There are a couple shows airing Sundays that I’m not sure about. First is Once Upon A Time, back for its fifth season. Last season was such a drag for me. I mean, it had its moments but overall, I was so bored and tired of hearing the same things over and over again (I would love for them to kill the “Magic comes with a price” line. I feel like I’ve heard it a million times in four seasons). But then, the finale twist of Emma becoming “The Dark One” and I find myself wanting to know what happens next, so we’ll see. The second question mark (and this one actually comes with HUGE question marks) is the new show Blood & Oil. Frankly, I don’t even really care much for the premise of the show, because it sounds dated and done before. The only reason I want to watch this show is for the people involved: Chace Crawford (finally getting something to do because he was practically a secondary character on Gossip Girl by the end of it), Rebecca Rittenhouse (RIP last season’s Red Band Society), Scott Michael Foster (Cappie/Leo!), India de Beaufort (OTH), Wilson Bethel (Wade! I miss Hart of Dixie), and Barry Corbin (OTH! Whitey!), among others. I’ll stick it out for as long as I can, but it does not look promising at all.

Fall TV 2015: What I’m Watching (Thursday Edition)

It’s Fall TV time! As premiere week continues rolling along, I am sharing my list of shows that I’ll be watching and maybe watching each day of the week.

THURSDAYS

  • Sleepy Hollow
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Scandal
  • Heroes Reborn (NEW)
  • The Big Bang Theory

On Tuesday, I mentioned that at some point, it became the day full of really good TV. On the flip side, I have no idea when Thursdays became so boring. I still have just enough to fill my night, but at the same time you have to wonder: what happened to Must See TV Thursday (I know that was an NBC thing, but I’m applying it to all the networks)?

Now granted, ABC has been doing really well with its TGIT line-up of Shondaland shows, and I plan to still watch Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (I gave up on Grey’s Anatomy a long time ago). But what else is on Thursday for me? Sleepy Hollow, moved from its former Monday slot; and The Big Bang Theory, which is technically on Mondays right now, until CBS is done airing Thursday Night Football around November, and then it’ll move back to Thursday.

The only kind-of new show is Heroes Reborn, the follow-up limited event series (?) taking place five years after the events of the original series (also, how long it has actually been since the show went off the air). I’m on the fence about the show mainly because of how badly I got burned watching the original series. Like season one was great, then the S1 finale happened, and it was all downhill from there. I didn’t even stick with it to the very end. I went to the SDCC panel for this, and despite how excited they were in trying to convince us that it’s not the same Heroes, I still have my doubts. The big sell for me to watch this follow-up is, without a doubt, Zachary Levi (and then Dylan Bruce). If this turns out to be like S1 Heroes then I am in, but if I see anything that gives me S2-4 vibes, I’m out.

Fall TV 2015: What I’m Watching (Wednesday Edition)

My list of what I’m watching (and maybe watching) this Fall continues with my Wednesday schedule.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Arrow
  • Survivor
  • Empire
  • Modern Family
  • Black-ish
  • Nashville
  • You’re the Worst
  • Kingdom

So apparently a new TV season meant absolutely nothing to my Wednesdays, as I’m not adding a single new show. My Wednesday staples of Arrow and Survivor continue to mess with my 8 PM, as I decide from week to week which I want to watch first and the other later. Last winter’s incredibly addictive Empire is also back at it for a second season, of which I am so happy about it because it means new music every week for a little while! We’ll also see the return of MMA series Kingdom, a show I didn’t think I’d like when I first heard of it, but turned out to really enjoy.

On the comedy side, I still watch Modern Family, albeit later on in the week; it’s not as good as it used to be, but still fun to watch. Black-ish is another funny show on ABC I’m happy to see back for season two. A show you should definitely be watching though is You’re the Worst over on FXX; it’s sort of an anti-rom-com and just so HILARIOUS in how terrible (in the good way) these characters are.

And then there’s Nashville. There’s a lot of it that’s ridiculous. However, for some reason or another (mostly Connie Britton), I keep coming back year after year. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure. It’s not high on my must see list, meaning I’ll end up watching it during the weekend when I’ve got time.

Fall TV 2015: What I’m Watching (Tuesday Edition)

Fall TV is upon us! You know what that means? I officially don’t have a life anymore (LOL kidding…sorta). Continuing on from my list yesterday, I give you the Tuesday shows I’ll be watching this season.

TUESDAYS

  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • The Flash
  • Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  • iZombie
  • Limitless (NEW)
  • The Mindy Project
  • The Muppets (NEW)
  • Grandfathered (NEW)
  • The Grinder (NEW)
  • Scream Queens (NEW)
  • Wicked City (NEW)

I don’t know when it happened, but all of a sudden, Tuesday became the place to be for awesome TV. First, I’ve got my returning favourites. Agents of SHIELD is coming into season three with more Inhumans and Secret Warriors. Also, how is everybody faring after the events of last season’s finale? Like, what happened to Simmons?! The Flash will further explore the alternate universes/timelines, which I seem to love in my sci-fi stuff even though it sometimes confuses me. After being cancelled on FOX, The Mindy Project got picked up by Hulu, but still releasing the episodes week to week. The somewhat procedural (in that there’s a different case every week) but very humourous iZombie is also back. And then of course, there’s Fresh Off the Boat, a show SO funny and which I love so dearly.

Those shows alone fill my night. But then there are new shows I want to check out too! At the top of that list are the two new FOX comedies: Grandfathered and The Grinder. Silly as they may sound, they also look hilarious! I’m rooting for Uncle Jesse…ehrm I mean, John Stamos, and the combo of Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. I obviously want to see The Muppets, but I’m not nearly as excited for it as everybody else seems to be; I feel like I was never that into the Muppets growing up for some reason.

On the drama side, there’s Limitless, another movie-to-TV adaptation/sequel/whatever. In terms of the movie, I liked the first 2/3 of it and then found the last bit kind of ridiculous. However, in bringing the movie to TV, they opted to use the idea of taking the NZT drug to unlock a guy’s capabilities and put it into a procedural. Bradley Cooper’s character from the movie is still sort of here, but the focus is on a new character played by Jake McDorman. As someone who doesn’t particularly like cop procedurals, this provides enough of a twist to make me interested in it, and I do feel like it’s going to work for CBS.

There’s also two shows that I’m on the fence about, but will obviously watch because there’s some interest. My reservations with Scream Queens lie with the fact that it comes from Ryan Murphy. I don’t watch American Horror Story because it’s not for me, and we all know how I feel about the later seasons of Glee, so having this fall somewhere inbetween those two shows, makes it a huge question mark for me. I’ll make a better decision about it once I see it. The other show I’m not sure about is Wicked City. I like some of the cast lined up for it (Erika Christensen, Ed Westwick, Jeremy Sisto) and the premise (finding a pair of serial killers in early 80s L.A., based on true crime that happened) is intriguing, but not knowing how the show is being handled makes me not want to commit to it just yet.