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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What to Look Forward to on TV in 2015

2014 is but a distant memory now, so here’s what I’m looking forward to watching on TV in 2015!

Last year (does it seem weird to already say that?) seemed like a really good year with an abundance of really good-great TV. I surely hope 2015 will only bring us more awesome TV, plus maybe enough time to actually watch these shows. On top of that, I want the networks to not hastily cancel perfectly good shows that maybe just need a little time (i.e. Selfie), or better promotion (i.e. Trophy Wife, Enlisted), or for goodness sakes, let them have proper endings (i.e. Witches of East End)! Since we’re on the topic, there will be several shows that will indeed be ending in 2015, including Parks and Recreation (Jan. 13), Parenthood (final episodes start Jan. 7), and Cougar Town (Jan. 6).

But with the end of some shows (and brutal cancellations of others), come a new crop of shows hoping to watched/loved/adored. These are the ones I’m most excited about and know of; come April-May when Upfronts rolls around and we hear about even more new shows, well, we’ll talk about it then.

  • Agent Carter (Jan. 6) – The wonderful Hayley Atwell is coming to TV, reprising her role as Peggy Carter from the Captain America films. If the tie-in to Marvel wasn’t enough, they assembled a hell of supporting cast for the show, including Dominic Cooper reprising his role as Howard Stark, James D’Arcy as Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray(!), Enver Gjokaj(!!), and Lyndsy Fonseca(!!!).

HAYLEY ATWELL

  • 12 Monkeys (Jan. 16) – I can’t tell you how excited I am for this show! Mind you, I haven’t even watched the 1995 Bruce Willis/Brad Pitt movie from which it was based, but the people working on this show is more than enough for me. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, former writers on Nikita, created the show. Some of my favourite actors from old favourite shows/movies star: Aaron Stanford (Nikita), Amanda Schull (Center Stage, Suits), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), Noah Bean (Nikita). Plus, they lined up some pretty awesome guest stars as well like Ari Millen (Orphan Black) and Xander Berkeley (Nikita). Seriously, you’d think I was casting the show or something, with all these people I adore being on it.
  • Empire (Jan. 7) – Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star in this musical soap set in the hip-hop world. The show will feature original music from the amazing Timbaland. It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun to watch, that’s for sure.
  • Fresh Off the Boat (Feb. 4) – Asian family in the 90s. That’s all I need. I have faith that this show will be hilarious and awesome, I just need ABC to not let me down.

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WU

  • iZombie (TBA) – Saw a preview of this show from Rob Thomas and starring Rose McIver at SDCC. It seems very funny and quirky, and with a supporting cast that includes Robert Buckley and David Anders? I can’t wait to see more! Now give it a premiere date already, CW!

Pilot

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March) – Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created this show, starring Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who is trying to re-adjust to life in the city after being a part of a doomsday cult. The series was initially picked up by NBC, but has surprisingly found a home on Netflix.

And let’s not forget shows returning for another season: Orphan Black (Apr. 18), Salem (April), The Americans (Jan. 28), second half of season 4 of Suits (Jan. 28), House of Cards (February).

What are you looking forward to watching this new year?

Upfronts 2014: ABC Unveils Schedule for the New Season

Last season ABC only renewed two of its freshman series: Nashville and The Neighbors. This season, they did slightly better and renewed three: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection, and The Goldbergs. The network is obviously hoping for better results next season by picking up a total of 12 shows.

SECRETS AND LIES [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: When Ben Garner (Ryan Phillipe) finds the body of a 4-year old boy, he becomes the prime suspect. Everything is at stake for Ben, as he attempts to clear his name and find out who the real killer is, all while under the watchful eye of Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis). I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little weary of murder mysteries, so my interest in this will really depend on the overall tone and feel of the show.

RYAN PHILLIPPE, JULIETTE LEWIS

SELFIE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: Karen Gillan stars Eliza Dooley (inspired by My Fair Lady) as a 20-something who after experiencing a very public and embarrassing break-up, finds herself with more social media followers than she could ever imagine, though not exactly for the right reasons. To help change her image, Eliza enlists the help of a marketing expert. Talk about relevant to today’s society! Between Gillan and John Cho, I’m in; I just hope it’s really funny and that ABC does well by it.

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

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER [Drama – Thursdays @ 10]: Viola Davis stars in the latest Shonda Rhimes series, playing a law professor, who along with her students get entangled in a murder plot that could change their lives forever.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Just because the network has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already, doesn’t mean it’s done with the corporate synergy and Marvel TV. For those who have seen the movie, you would obviously know about Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America films. The show picks up in 1946, after the events of the first Cap movie, with Agent Carter now balancing her life between her atypical job as an administrative assistant¬† and working undercover for Howard Stark. SHIELD has had a rough go at it this season, but with the corporate synergy and whatnot, Marvel/Disney/ABC wasn’t going to let down so easy and allow DC to take over TV. Agent Carter allows them to explore the early origins of SHIELD, keeping it all connected, and give us a character that fans are quite fond of. Also, smart move for ABC to use this show as a bridge during SHIELD’s winter hiatus, instead of giving it its own timeslot on the schedule (they learned their lesson from this past season!)

HAYLEY ATWELL

BLACK-ISH [Comedy – Wednesdays @ 9:30]: Anthony Anderson stars in this comedy about an African-American family who wonder if they have assimilated too much into white culture. Finally, ABC gets more diverse with its shows, this being the first of two comedies with a minority cast. I’m hoping for the best on this one and with ABC giving it the plum post-Modern Family timeslot, clearly they are too. Though in recent years, that timeslot has been somewhat cursed, this is the first time they’ve put a family comedy that makes sense to follow MF, as opposed to the younger skewing shows that didn’t work out for the network/schedule (Super Fun Night, Mixology, Don’t Trust the B**ch in Apartment 23, Happy Endings).

MARCUS SCRIBNER, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, MARSAI MARTIN, ANTHONY ANDERSON, MILES BROWN, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, YARA SHAHIDI

AMERICAN CRIME [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: A young couple is brutally attacked in their home and though the husband – a war vet – is killed, his wife remains unconscious. The families of the young couple must now wait for a miracle and deal with the aftermath. It’s hard to tell from the description what we can expect from the show. I need to see more before making a firm decision. The network has announced that once Resurrection finishes its run for the season, American Crime will take its place (Sundays @ 9).

FOREVER [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), an NYC medical examiner, has a secret – he’s immortal. He studies the dead not only to solve cases but to find answers to his immortality. It’s an interesting twist to the typical procedural, but is it a big enough hook for me to tune in? Not so sure.

GALAVANT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Musical fairytale comedy – what could go wrong? Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost his one true love to the king and sets out on revenge. So musical fairytale revenge comedy. Forgive me for having doubts to how this could possibly work without looking incredibly cheesy. The show is set to debut in OUAT’s timeslot while OUAT is on winter break.

JOSHUA SASSE

THE WHISPERS [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Aliens are slowly invading our planet by using our most precious resource against us – our children. The show stars Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, and Barry Sloane. Aliens can be a difficult topic to deal with based simply on the fact that, there’s so many ways they can do this. With the focus being that the aliens are unseen, I feel like they are being used as merely a device to tell the storyline (at least in the beginning). I’m reserving a wait-and-see attitude with this.

BRIANNA BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, BARRY SLOANE, LILY RABE, KYLE HARRISON BREITKOPF, MILO VENTIMIGLIA

FRESH OFF THE BOAT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Set in the 1990s, Eddie is a hip-hop loving 12-year old kid living in suburban Orlando. Culture clash is strong and inevitable for Eddie’s Taiwanese-American family; his father owns an All-American chain steakhouse and is obsessed with all things American, while his mother is perpetually confused by the culture. This could go either way – offensive or painfully funny…I’m really hoping it’s the latter. But hey, at least they won me over with the title alone (it’s an Asian joke).

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WU

CRISTELA [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: In this semi-autobiographical show, Cristela Alonso is a law student who struggles to balance her career aspirations with the expectations of her Mexican-American family.

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30]: A young couple (played by Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman) in the early stages of dating, exposes the differences between men and women through their unfiltered thoughts. The bar for rom-com TV is set at The Mindy Project, so in order for this to succeed they have to have sharp funny writing and something that will truly set it apart from other relationship comedies.

Notables/Thoughts:

  • SHIELD is staying put on Tuesdays, but will now air at 9:00. Smart move from the network to air their new comedies earlier than their NBC/FOX competition. I mean, 6 comedies in the same one hour block was tough on everyone.
  • Thursdays are now owned by Shonda Rhimes, with Grey’s Anatomy shifting to 8:00, Scandal to 9:00, and her new show How to Get Away With Murder at 10:00. My only concern is that Scandal has always seemed to be a 10 PM show, because they could get away with more, so they may have to tone down the crazy just a little bit due to their new timeslot.
  • The Goldbergs are moving to Wednesdays @ 8:30. With Wednesdays being essentially the family comedy night for ABC, this should turn out well for the show.

For a complete look at ABC’s fall schedule, plus full descriptions of the new shows, head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

On deck for tomorrow: CBS (which is to say don’t expect a lot of changes to the schedule; my guess anyways)!