The new TV season is just around the corner! Don’t get me wrong, this summer has been unusually full with things to watch from returning favourites like Suits, Covert Affairs, True Blood, and Breaking Bad; to new shows like Camp, Graceland, Under the Dome, and Hollywood Game Night (watching celebs get drunk and competitive playing games – not a bad way to spend an hour on Thursday nights). But I’m ready to go into crazy TV watching mode (the good, the bad, and the frustratingly annoying of it all) with the new fall TV season! So happy and excited to get my regular shows back: Arrow, Hart of Dixie, Grimm, Scandal, Parks and Recreation, the final season of How I Met Your Mother. I’m intrigued to see if Revenge and Once Upon A Time can come back after a ‘meh’ second season, and I’m even a little interested in this season’s cast of Dancing With the Stars (Saved by the Bell actresses! Bill Nye the Science Guy!). I also cry a little that I no longer have Fringe or Happy Endings and in complete denial that Nikita is ending this season (whenever The CW decides to air the final 6 episodes), while I part ways for good with Glee and The Vampire Diaries. Of course, with a new TV season means new TV shows that may or may not become a mainstay in my schedule.
With that, the new shows premiering this fall I’m most looking forward to (in no particular order)!
1.) MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (premieres Tuesday, Sept 24th @ 8 on ABC)
OK, let’s just be real here – anyone who is a fan of Marvel, whether it be from the comic books or the movies, is excited for this show. It was the most high profile show during pilot season, so expectations are undoubtedly high. Sure, the focus is more on the regular humans running the agency, as opposed to our superhero Avengers, but who cares? With the Whedonverse in control of the show, this will do just fine to hold us over until the next movies.
2.) DRACULA (premieres Friday, Oct. 25th @ 10 on NBC)
It seems a little counterproductive to have yet another show featuring vampires, but we are re-visiting a classic character. Plus, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the titular vamp – need I say more? Can’t wait!
3.) BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (premieres Tuesday, Sept. 17 @ 8:30 on FOX)
Without a doubt, one of the few new comedies I am legitimately excited about. It’s a workplace comedy based in a cop precinct, starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, as a goofy cop (who presumably is still able to get work done) and his tough new boss. Oh, and it’s also coming to us from the Parks and Recreation people. On paper, this show has absolutely everything going for it. I feel like they would have to try really hard to make this crash and burn.
4.) ALMOST HUMAN (premieres Monday, Nov. 4th @ 8 on FOX)
I already wrote about my thoughts on the pilot, after getting the chance to see it at Comic-Con. It’s from Joel Wyman, Bryan Burk, and J.J. Abrams, all of whom were responsible in some part for Fringe, which makes me fully supportive of this show. I said in my SDCC post that the pilot wasn’t perfect, but it did nicely set up the show and I can’t wait to see more. Plus, there’s something to be said about having more original ideas on TV, as opposed to just another procedural in a different location.
5.) SLEEPY HOLLOW (premieres Monday, Sept. 16th @ 9 on FOX)
Another show that is brought to us by veterans of Fringe, this time it’s Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, who created the show alongside director Len Wiseman. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman somehow show up in our modern world? Intriguing to say the least. Come November, Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow will be paired together on Monday nights, which makes this Fringe fan incredibly happy and excited.
6.) HOSTAGES (premieres Monday, Sept. 23rd @ 10 on CBS)
Hostages stars Toni Collette as a doctor set to perform surgery on the President of the United States, but before that happens, her and her family are taken hostage by Dylan McDermott’s rogue FBI agent, who has ordered her to assassinate the president if she wants to save her family. The series is set for a 15-episode break-free run, which is fantastic because if the show makes good to be as thrilling as it seems, any break it would have had might kill momentum in storytelling.
7.) THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 9 on The CW)
To be honest, this is probably the only CW show that I’m excited for. The show follows Stephen (played by Robbie Amell), a teenager with superpowers, who learns he’s actually a part of a secret race of people with supernatural abilities. Of course, what would a group of superpower-ed individuals be without a different group of people trying to hunt them down? First, although we’ve seen this type of story play out before in other shows/movies, the idea of having supernatural abilities is something we’re always thinking about. The show is also in the very capable hands of Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Phil Klemmer (Chuck), who know a thing or two about working on shows that require just the right mix of drama, action, and humour. Plus, it being paired with Arrow (which stars Robbie’s cousin, Stephen) created the best in-house marketing at CW – Amell Wednesdays!
8.) THE CRAZY ONES (premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 @ 9 on CBS)
Robin Williams returns to TV on this series, playing the owner of an ad agency who works alongside his daughter, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. For me, Robin Williams can be a little over the top in his comedic tendencies, so I’m hoping the show will use his craziness in just the right amounts. But the fact that it is Williams, alongside a cast that includes Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setton is what makes me excited to see the show. It also doesn’t hurt that their pilot episode features a guest starring role by Kelly Clarkson!
Those are the shows I’m really excited to watch, but notable mentions do include: Trophy Wife, Back In the Game, and The Michael J. Fox Show. Most of the other shows I’m looking forward to are actually on deck for midseason, which happens to be the case for the past couple seasons. So dear friends/followers, what new shows are you excited about seeing this fall season?