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.

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SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 4

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The last day of Comic-Con was an easy going one. My cousin and I only had a semblance of a plan for what we were going to do for the day, which was mull around NerdHQ and hope for Smiles for Smiles with the Marvel TV actors following their panel. First of all, I loved NerdHQ being at the Children’s Museum. It was so nice to see that they had a space of their own during the Con that they weren’t sharing with others. Yes, sharing is caring, but everything just felt more streamlined. Oh, and having the personalized Coke machines? Nice touch, even though the machine rejected my name on the first try because it’s not in the database. Well duh, that’s why I want my personalized ‘Share a Coke’ can.

So as we were sitting around enjoying our Coke, we overheard some of the guys working the Coke machines that they were going to stop the line in a little bit because of line-up for Smiles with SHIELD(!!) So needless to say, we were trying to be so stealth and do our best to position ourselves, so that as soon as they announced it, we’d run to get in line. That didn’t work out so well. For one, as soon as the panel let out, those in the panel had started lining up. Secondly, neither the NerdHQ app or Nerd Machine Twitter account announced the Smiles session. So we ended up just saying “To hell with it” and lined up with everybody else, despite no official word. Unfortunately, Hayley, Chloe, Clark and James could only stay for 30 minutes after the panel, so they got to as many people as they could, and then the rest of us were out of luck.

Heroes Reborn panel with moderator Greg Grunberg and creator Tim Kring

Heroes Reborn panel with moderator Greg Grunberg and creator Tim Kring

After the Smiles disappointment, we headed back to the convention center. Because all our shopping was done, we just wandered around the exhibit floor one last time for a little bit, before deciding that maybe we should go check out a panel. Because we did have the badge, so we should make use of it. So off to Hall H we went, waiting in line for the American Horror Story/Scream Queens panel to finish, and then go in for the Heroes Reborn panel. I am among the many former Heroes fans, who gave up on the show when it went off-the-rails. Season 1 was so good and then season 2, it started going to shit. I think I had made it through to halfway of season 3 before I quit watching. So yeah, I was definitely wary (still am, really) when NBC announced that they were reviving the series as a “limited series.” It’s been five years since the show went off the air, and this new series itself will follow that timeline; meaning we pick-up five years from the finale with a new group of characters (and some old ones) and see how that world has changed since then. Honestly, I really only care about watching this series because of Zachary Levi and now Dylan Bruce. I do have to give it to them for attempting to get everyone in the audience excited about the series. From Tim Kring admitting they went sideways towards the end and that “they’ve had some rest” so are back better than ever; to bringing out Jimmy Jean Louis and Masi Oka for the panel. From Greg Grunberg’s general enthusiasm as moderator, to the multiple clips they showed from the series itself and the prequel webseries. I’ll admit, I’m a little bit more excited now about the series than I was prior to the panel.

Cast of Heroes Reborn

Cast of Heroes Reborn

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And that was it for me from SDCC! Like I said before, every year is a different learning experience, mainly because priorities are different from year to year. The point is, coming to SDCC is all about having a good time with people who share your interests. I absolutely love going to San Diego, even through all the Con craziness and what we put ourselves through for this “vacation”, there’s nothing like being at SDCC. You just gotta roll with the punches and enjoy yourself! It’s all about fun! Here’s to next year!

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 3

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Saturday was once again an early morning. I had the idea in me to go for the Agents of SHIELD signing, meaning I had to get in early for the exhibit hall line. Once in Sails, I was in the 4th line, thinking that was pretty good. WRONG! By the time I got down to the Marvel booth, the line was already capped. How does everybody get down there so fast?! Lesson learned: don’t try to go for autograph signings at the Marvel booth. I think I stood a better chance had I gone to the FOX ticket drawing for the Salem signing instead, but oh well. I wasn’t in a total rush to get anywhere, so I stuck around Marvel anyways and waited until the Agent Carter signing to catch another glimpse of Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy.

The Last Man on Earth panel (L-R): Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

The Last Man on Earth panel
(L-R): Moderator Kristin Dos Santos, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

After about 10 minutes at the signing, I made my way over to Indigo Ballroom and caught the second half of the Last Man on Earth panel. The show was definitely one of the surprises of last season, and was weirdly funny. When you’ve got Will Forte and Kristin Schaal as the leads, plus January Jones doing comedy, you’ve got to expect that the show is slightly offbeat. Now like I said before, I caught the panel halfway through, so it was a shock to me that there was no time for fan questions. What did they even do for the first half then? And has anyone else seen this happen before at Con?

Childhood's End panel (L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Childhood’s End panel
(L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Next up was the panel for Syfy’s Childhood’s End. The miniseries is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name, and deals with an alien invasion that leads to a kind of utopia on Earth. I’ve never read the book, so I don’t actually know what I’m talking about. Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, and Georgina Haig are among the cast. It’s a miniseries that will air in December, so not like there’s a whole lot to commit to; if I remember, I’ll check it out.

12 MONKEYS panel! (L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

12 MONKEYS panel!
(L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

Then it was time for my #1 panel of the day (maybe the whole Con): 12 MONKEYS! It’s obviously one of favourite new shows, with some of my favourite people, and I was just SO EXCITED that they were coming to SDCC this year, after passing on it last year. I somehow lucked out and managed to find a spot in the first row of Indigo, though to be fair there was still like 10 feet of space between that first row and the stage, so it was close but not SUPER close. It was great hearing from the EPs and the cast talk about what they’re looking forward to for the second season and what we the audience can expect following the events of the season one finale. EPs Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett tried their best to give us an idea of what they’re planning without getting too spoilery, while the cast (including new series regulars Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, and Todd Stashwick) mused about some of their favourite lines from season one. No surprise, everyone pretty much loved anything Emily aka Jennifer Goines said. There was also a funny moment where Barbara was just talking about time and space on the show, everyone is listening intently, and then she went “I have no idea what I’m talking about.” You just want to believe everything Barbara says, as if she actually is Jones; doesn’t matter if it makes no sense, the way she says it, sounds like total truth.

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During the Q&A portion, I was going back and forth thinking about whether or not I wanted to ask a question. I had a question ready; it’s just me and public speaking is ehhhhh. So in a moment of “Ahh f**k this, I’m doing it!” (not unlike 2 years ago), I made my way to the microphone…and once again, made a fool of myself by not getting my words out properly, as I wanted to say them.

What I Meant to Say: “Hi! I’m Thi from Toronto. Also the one who’s incessantly and probably annoyingly tweeting your praises all the time. Been such a huge supporter of you guys, since the very beginning, because you are some of my favourite people who have worked on some of my favourite shows/movies like Nikita, Fringe, Center Stage – and in consideration of that, I wanted to know if you guys have a wishlist of guest stars that might include your former co-stars?”

What I Actually Said (more or less): “Hi I’m Thi. Umm I’m from Toronto…I’m the one who’s incessantly and annoyingly tweeting you all the time…[They asked me my Twitter handle and then said “Oh yeah, sure!” like they knew, but probably don’t because it’s Twitter, and we don’t have the Twitter relationship I think we have lol] Umm…sorry, I’m nervous… umm it’s just that it’s rare that people who worked on an old favourite show, Nikita, is now doing my new favourite show. So in the spirit of that, I wanted to know if you had a wishlist of guest stars you want for the show, maybe like your former co-stars…?”

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

Amanda, taking the cue as I just meant Nikita, passed it to Aaron, who talked about how great it was to work with Noah Bean again, and having Xander Berkeley be on the show for a couple episodes, even though they didn’t share any scenes together. Then Aaron talked about how Travis and Terry have been kinda sorta talking with Shane, so maybe something will come out of that. Great answer from Aaron. I did want to hear Kirk talk about his Fringe co-stars as well, and just hear Amanda talk about Center Stage (just because it’s one of my favourite movies) or Suits, but obviously that didn’t come out in my question, so fail. Yeah, note to self for next time I might want to ask a question: WRITE IT DOWN.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness!

So after the panel, I made my way back to the convention center, took a little time and once again made my way to the Marvel booth, in anticipation for the SHIELD autograph signing. After that debacle in the morning, I still wanted to stick around to see the cast, instead of attempting to go to Ballroom 20 for the Grimm and Outlander panels. I am so glad I was there. Sure, it was a long time standing around in that crowd of craziness, especially since they were running late, but the cast was just so nice to the fans. Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet being at the end of the table, kept going down to sign autographs for people in the audience whenever they had like 30 seconds. And even after they were done signing for all the people who got the tickets, the entire cast went down and signed/took pictures for as many people as they could on their way out. Needless to say, I got lucky and managed to get autographs from Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Chloe, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Ming-Na Wen! (I suck at taking selfies, so wasn’t going to try and get pics with them.)

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My final stop for this busy day was the panel for Salem! Just to see Shane West obviously…and the rest of the cast too. The biggest question going into the panel was whether the show was coming back for another season, and straight out of the gate, EPs Brannon Braga and Adam Simon announced that WGN had indeed renewed the show for season 3! I don’t talk about it much, but let me tell you, this is a bat-shit crazy show and I so thoroughly enjoy it. Most of the talk about S3 was focused on fates of the characters on the show, following the crazy events of the season 2 finale. They also threw out some ideas of what they were looking at moving on with the series, namely other witch covens that might pose a threat to our Salem witches, but they do still want to focus on our main characters.

SALEM panel (L-R): Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

SALEM panel
(L-R): Moderator Eric Goldman, Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

I did contemplate asking the same question to the Salem cast, as I did the 12 Monkeys cast, but before I got to my “Ahh f**k it!” moment, someone beat me to it! Saved me from looking like a total dork in front of Shane…again lol. The EPs contemplated the idea, saying that there are witches everywhere, so maybe they can try to work Maggie into the show. Good answer! You know me, always there for my Nikita cast!

DSCN2104DSCN2069I had every intention to attempt and make my way into Hall H for the WB/DC TV panel, because of how much I adore the casts of Arrow and The Flash, plus I wanted to see Victor Garber (forever known to me as Jack Bristow aka Spy Daddy!) However, by the time the Salem panel was done, I was so tired and hungry, I just couldn’t. Plus, I felt bad that I hadn’t even had a chance to have dinner with my other cousins who made the trip to SD as well. Family bonding time won out.

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 2

Friday, day 2 of Comic-Con, is always filled with awesome stuff, especially on the TV side of things. It was an early start for my cousin and I, as we tried to go for WB signings – me for iZombie (so I could get best of both worlds and not feel bad about missing their panel later to go see Orphan Black) and her for The 100. The last time I tried to do autograph signings was my first year, when I was going for Nikita – didn’t get it then, but tried to remember what I learned 2 years ago for this year. Unfortunately for me, the iZombie wristbands were done about 10 minutes before I got to the front of the line, but still stayed to help out my cousin (she still got it without my help).

After the wristbands, immediately made my way to the Ballroom 20 line because I was worried about getting into the Marvel TV panel later on. When I got into line, it was surprisingly easy as B20 this year gave  letter cards to people in line just to give us an idea of where we were in line. As one of the staff said, they had 1500 cards, but B20 holds 4200 people so it was very likely that we were getting in. So once I got in, found a seat, I settled in for my long day in B20.

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room panel (L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room panel
(L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

The first panel of the day was Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room. This panel, though officially doesn’t include the cast, has always had at least one of the cast members show up as a surprise guest in the past few years. This year saw Kunal Nayyar moderating the panel and then Mayim Bialik showed up as well! Though my interest in the show has sort of been waning, I thoroughly enjoyed the panel, which included the writers talking about how some stories are based from their own random experiences (like the drone episode) and discussing the logistics of past/present/future tense when talking about time travel (in one episode, the guys are shown arguing about Back to the Future’s timeline). There was also a small segment where the writers had come up with their own fan fiction involving Amy and Raj – pretty weird and hilarious.

Falling Skies panel

Falling Skies panel

Next was a bit of deja vu, as I found myself sitting through the Falling Skies and The 100 panels once again, just like last year. Nothing’s changed; panels were cool enough but nothing to make me want to watch the shows (especially The 100, as Falling Skies is wrapping up).

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The 100 panel

Minority Report was next. I was under the impression that we’d be getting the full pilot screening, but instead it was just the first 15 minutes or so. Better than nothing I suppose, but I wanted to see the whole thing! Anyways, the show takes place some 15 years after the film and follows Dash (Stark Sands), one of the Pre-Cog twins who can see crimes before they occur, as he uses his ability to help Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) prevent those crimes from happening. From what was shown, it looks very interesting. The future tech also looks really cool, probably even moreso than what they did on Almost Human. Not gonna lie, I was very amused (as always) at seeing Toronto act as Washington, D.C. (although the pilot was filmed here, the rest of the series will film in Vancouver).

Minority Report cast (L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Minority Report cast
(L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Then it was finally time for what I was waiting all day for: MARVEL TV with Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD!!! Man, both of the panels were just SO MUCH FUN! There wasn’t actually very much in terms of new info for Agent Carter, except for the basic set-up for season 2. We know that Peggy is called to Hollywood for a case, and though they didn’t go into extreme detail, the writers did mention that it’ll be 1940s Hollywood around the time of the Black Dahlia murder. The SHIELD panel was a lot of joking around, which was expected since it was the entire cast and no writers/producers. It was pretty much them talking about their experiences last season and what they hope to see going forward. They also answered a lot of fan questions, which again, was pretty much expected because what else could they talk about, not knowing what’s actually ahead for their characters? Since the writers were unable to attend because they were hard at work, the panel ended off with a “sneak peak into the writers’ room,” as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are seen trying to come up with ideas for next season. The obviously not real footage showed an empty whiteboard on one side of the writers’ room. On the other side? A dartboard with them trying to decide who’s gonna die next season (HA!) There might also have been an appearance by an old castmember at the end of the video, asking the better question of who should come back next season.

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter (L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D'Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter
(L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D’Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD
(L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

As soon as the Marvel TV panel was done, I booked it right across sails to 6BCF because there was one other panel that I really wanted to see – Orphan Black. Before the Con, I was tasked with the decision of choosing between OB and iZombie, which were going to have panels at the exact same time (my only real conflict all weekend). After I didn’t get the signing, I went back to contemplating which panel I should see. In the end, seeing all the Twitter posts with the OB cast, I made the final decision to go see them instead. There was a wait to get into 6BCF, but it was maybe 15 minutes and I was in for Colony, the panel directly preceding OB. Colony is a new show that will air on USA from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal; starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Peter Jacobson. We were treated to a 10 minute preview and from the looks of it, it’s a future where “aliens” have invaded Earth (I think, I’m not entirely sure what was going on. What else do you expect from Cuse?)

Colony panel

Colony panel

Anyways, after that panel was done, it was time for Orphan Black! I always love seeing this cast together and so happy that despite the events that occurred during season 3, they still brought Dylan Bruce along for one last SDCC appearance. Plus, Retta moderated the panel! And we got their blooper reel (which was not long enough)! Some highlights included: more twerking from Kristian Bruun, Jordan Gavaris getting momentarily distracted by a service dog, and of course, Tatiana Maslany being cool/awesome Tatiana. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you – the Orphan Black cast is beyond awesome and I just want to be friends with them and hang out with them all the time.

Orphan Black panel (L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

Orphan Black panel
(L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

Fall TV 2014 Check-In

It’s November, which means we’re in the special TV time known as Sweeps. In today’s day and age, there’s an increasing number of people who don’t watch TV shows the traditional way, live and actually on the TV; a lot of people DVR their shows or watch through various means (legal or otherwise) online. That being said, Nielsen ratings, as outdated as they are, still hold a lot of value to networks and advertisers – which is why November sweeps (along with sweeps periods in February and May) becomes sort of a battle ground for the networks. Sweeps somehow gauges what people are really watching, especially since a lot of shows and networks touting “big” episodes that you “must watch live.” Regardless, it’s a good time as any to check-in on the new batch of shows that premiered this season.

ABC

TIMOTHY PEPER, JOHN CHO, DA'VINE JOY RANDOLPH, KAREN GILLAN, ALLYN RACHEL, DAVID HAREWOOD

  • SELFIE [Cancelled]: The show follows in the footsteps of many horribly titled shows that came before it, commonly known as the Cougar Town effect, in which the show is much more than what the title implies. It’s like a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady, that has had some really funny moments, in spite of some of the issues it faced in the first couple of episodes. If anything really, I quite enjoy the dynamic between Karen Gillan and John Cho, and the show has been fleshing out all the characters beyond just Gillan’s Eliza and Cho’s Henry. I’m really bummed to see that ABC cancelled it so soon, when it has started to find its footing.
  • MANHATTAN LOVE STORY [Cancelled]: The first casualty of the season was this odd attempt at a rom-com. The only surprising thing about the cancellation was that the show lasted a month before ABC pulled the plug on it. I really wanted to like the show because I really like Analeigh Tipton (who really was the only good thing about the show) and Jake McDorman (who somehow ended up being a greater jackass version of his Greek character). There just wasn’t anything good about it.
  • FOREVER [Full Season Pick-Up]: An immortal medical examiner helps the police solve cases because he can REALLY see the details everyone else misses. I watched the pilot, and it’s not terrible by any means. In actuality, it has a slight charm to it that I’m gonna say is due to Ioan Gruffudd. At the end of the day though, it’s just not really my thing so I didn’t continue watching.
  • BLACK-ISH [Full Season Pick-Up]: I know some people don’t like the title, but I think it’s funny and on the nose. An African-American family, that according to the dad, has been “white-washed”, making them “black-ish” – you can’t get a more straight-forward title than that. It’s been quite funny and a joy to watch; has certainly proven to be a compatible lead-out of Modern Family.
  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER [Full Season Pick-Up]: Of note, the show is only executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, not created by her, but is part of a Shondaland Thursday that has proven to be a winner for ABC. Right from the pilot episode, it got me. Seeing the back and forth between present day and the flash-forward of the murder mystery is really interesting. Also, it doesn’t really need to be said but Viola Davis is a FORCE. AMAZING. My only concern with the show is how they’re going to keep all of this going. I feel like this is setting up to be first season Revenge, with the reveal of what led to the main murder around winter break, and then the rest of the season showing the fallout. So then what will subsequent seasons (if any) look like? For now though, I’ll take it as it is.
  • CRISTELA: Honest, I haven’t watched it yet. I’ve heard it’s decent, ratings are so-so for a Friday, and that’s about it.

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  • SCORPION [Full Season Pick-Up]: A group of geniuses are tasked to help the FBI. A lot of people have called it the action procedural version of The Big Bang Theory with Katherine McPhee’s Paige being the Penny of the group. It’s a fun show to say the least and they have made an effort to give the characters more depth and not just stereotypes. Is it something I’m in a rush to see every week? No. But I don’t mind watching it from time to time.
  • NCIS:NEW ORLEANS [Full Season Pick-Up]: I don’t watch the show so I really have nothing to say about it. But we all know the NCIS name is sort of a goldmine for CBS.
  • STALKER [Full Season Pick-Up]: I watch the show for Maggie Q. Some aspects of it (the sociological/psychological implications, the back-stories of Maggie Q’s Beth and Dylan McDermott’s Jack) are interesting to me, but I’m really not a big fan of the procedural aspect of it. Again though, watching it for Maggie – and maybe the cool alt-cover songs at the end of each episode.
  • MADAM SECRETARY [Full Season Pick-Up]: I have no interest in the show. It just didn’t look like something I would be into.
  • THE MCCARTHYS: The show got a late premiere so I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. Even based on previews, I’m not entirely sure I want to watch it.

The CW

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  • THE FLASH [Full Season Pick-Up]: There were high hopes for Flash coming into the season. Seeds were planted within the Arrow universe, allowing it to spin-off on its own, and by all accounts it has succeeded. The pilot became CW’s most watched EVER, after all the DVR ratings/playbacks were accounted for. Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg have done an incredible job taking what they’ve learned as executive producers on Arrow and put it into Flash. Excuse the obvious pun, but they really hit the ground running – there hasn’t been much of a learning curve and that has allowed the show to be very fun and more lighthearted than its dark Arrow counterpart. That doesn’t mean the show isn’t without some minor issues, but for the most part, it’s been doing an incredibly good job.
  • JANE THE VIRGIN [Full Season Pick-Up]: I was a little skeptical about the show at first, mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t sure what to expect. I quickly fell in love with the show after watching the pilot though; it was just so sure of itself from the get-go and knew what it was doing. Elements like the Telenovela speaker voice-over that you think wouldn’t work, somehow does. Anchored by Gina Rodriguez’ performance as our titular Jane, the show is just bursting with charm, humour, and heart.

FOX

Gotham

  • GOTHAM [Full Season Pick-Up]: This was one of the high profile shows of the new season, looking at the city of Gotham before there ever was a Batman; it was the “Batman show without Batman,” a label that was a little unfairly thrust upon the show. It’s a prequel series that follows Detective Jim Gordon return to Gotham, as the city itself is slowly crumbling from the crime and immorality. Yes, the underlying story is how a young Bruce Wayne became the Batman we know, but that’s not the main focus. Instead we get a serialized procedural – case of the weeks tied into the bigger story of a mob war for control of the city. It has been a slow build (as expected from a new series) but it’s been very solid. My only concern is that the show is getting a full 22-episode season, which if I remember correctly, wasn’t the plan. Initially, it was supposed to be like Sleepy Hollow and get an (at most) 18 episodes; stretching the episode count runs the risk of them adding filler episodes that don’t do much for the plot.
  • RED BAND SOCIETY: Some called it Glee meets The Breakfast Club, or Glee without the singing and set at a hospital. At the outset, it’s easy to make the Glee comparison (that is, first half of season 1 Glee) – these “outcasts” come together, in support of one another. I enjoy the show, but the first few episodes were obviously a process of learning to balance the teenage angst with the emotions involved with it being about kids in a hospital. While I disagree with some media outlets suggesting the show change focus to the doctors and nurses (led by the incredible Octavia Spencer, as well as Dave Annable), that would just make the show seem like Grey’s Anatomy-lite. It’s a tricky situation because realistically, not all the kids can “make it” and get a happy ending, but assuming the network gives it a chance, I really do think the writers can strike the right balance of teen and medical drama.
  • GRACEPOINT: I actually never watched Broadchurch, the UK series in which Gracepoint is based on, so it’s not like I was avoiding it and its similarities (as far as I’ve heard). I just slowly came to the realization that straight up murder mysteries don’t work for me; I need something else to hook me in (like the dual narratives of Showtime’s The Affair). The show was always touted as a limited series, so in the case of ratings, it will only play a factor in whether the show sees a second season, not a back nine.
  • MULANEY: I barely got through the first episode, and I don’t remember laughing at it once. There may have been a chuckle, but that was it. Chances of it surviving are slim.
  • UTOPIA [Cancelled]: FOX’s social experiment of tasking a bunch of strangers to form their own society, and live there for a year – what could go wrong? Well, no one cared. It was meant to be on air for 2 nights a week, which then got cut to just one night (on Fridays), and then straight cancelled. Can’t blame FOX for trying something a little different but this sounded like a terrible idea from the beginning.

NBC

Marry Me - Season Pilot

  • MARRY ME: I LOVED Happy Endings, and will never get over the fact that it got cancelled. That being said, I’m pretty happy that David Caspe has created this new show, loosely based on his relationship with series star Casey Wilson. Wilson and Ken Marino are the central couple, but like Happy Endings, the show is more than just about the couple – it’s also about their relationship with their friends. Pretty much if you were a fan of Happy Endings, the witty jokes, pop culture references, physical comedy – it’s all there.
  • THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA [Full Season Pick-Up]: I like Debra Messing and the show has Greg Berlanti (who somehow has the time to do ALL these projects, making everyone else look bad) as one of its executive producers, but something about it just didn’t appeal to me. I think the way the network sold the show to audiences – “She’s a mom AND a cop?! Whhhaaattt?” – just did not work for me.
  • A TO Z [Cancelled]: Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman starred in this cute little rom-com series that was to show their relationship from “a to z”/beginning to end. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see their relationship fully play out since NBC has decided to not give it a back nine, essentially cancelling it. I realize “cute” is a word I’m using a little too often in talking about a bunch of the shows, but sometimes that’s what you need. This show certainly put a smile on my face every episode, so I’m a little bummed that it won’t continue beyond the 13 episodes.
  • BAD JUDGE [Cancelled]: Kate Walsh plays a tough judge, who doesn’t have the rest of her life together. The ads did not do anything to make it seem anything less than stupid, so I didn’t even bother checking it out.
  • CONSTANTINE: It’s our third new DC show of the season, but this one got a bit of a later start than the rest. I’m enjoying thus far and it does have more of a supernatural feel to it than the dark grittiness of Gotham or the light superhero fun of Flash. But yeah, I’m liking it and it definitely makes for a fun creepy night of Friday TV paired with Grimm.

What about some of the returning shows?

  • Agents of SHIELD has been on a roll in its second season. The events that occurred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was definitely a game-changer for the series, and at least for those who stuck around, it sort of made getting through the first half of season 1 worth it. It’s been nice to see them broadening the show’s scope and actually incorporating characters from the comics (ex. the addition of Adrianne Palicki’s Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird). Knowing what we know now about the MCU slate for the next 6 years, one can’t help but wonder how/if the show will play an instrumental role in setting things up for the movies.
  • Sleepy Hollow has continued to impress in its second season, despite ratings being less than last season. Some media outlets are saying that some things need to be “fixed” with the show, for which I disagree because that means there’s something that’s broken within the show. There are some aspects that could be worked on (let’s see Katrina show off her powerful witchery, get Irving out of the psych ward, and use Jenny more!), but take it week-by-week and it’s still the fun crazy show we know and love.
  • I’ve quite enjoyed the integration of Frozen into Once Upon A Time. I am however getting very annoyed by their constant use of the “Magic comes with a price” line, and the theme for this season (family and acceptance) is being layed on very thick.
  • Can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m kinda getting bored with Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Still funny, but feeling very “same old, same old”
  • It’s been kind of hard to remember that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has moved to Sundays; I’m so used to Sunday nights of FOX to be strictly animation. That being said, there’s no sophomore slump here. Andre Braugher and his deadpan delivery is still the highlight of a very funny show.
  • Still on the top of its game? Arrow.
  • I haven’t watched Dancing With the Stars in full, live on TV for quite some time now, but I do still catch up with the performances afterwards. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve watched so much dance, but I’m not feeling it. Like some of the dances that are getting 10s, I’m like “Really? I wasn’t feeling it. I want MORE.” I think at this point, I just want to see professional dancing ALL THE TIME. And I really need them to get rid of contemporary and jazz (I will not stop complaining about this until it happens).
  • With a packed Monday, The Voice has been relegated to an afterthought – meaning like DWTS, I just watch the performances afterwards. I still love the show, but I can’t commit to the full two hours, when I have other things to watch. Though I do LOVE the addition of Pharrell as a coach.

So that’s my Fall TV check-in. What new shows did you check out this season? Any new favourites? Disappointments? Let me know!