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

GUYS! In case you haven’t noticed yet, FALL TV IS UPON US! Most of our favourite shows are back, alongside a whole slew of newbies vying for our attention. This season, I find myself in a weird place, as I attempt to *gasp* cut back on my TV shows. I’ve said it before but I watch too much TV – I know that. For the past several months, due to work and personal family circumstances, I’ve had to make solid decisions on what I was watching and when. Making the call of what I really needed to watch day-of/live, as opposed to something I can watch later when I have time. Also, cutting shows that just weren’t doing anything for me. That last choice has been in effect for some time now, but as we begin this new TV season, I still question whether or not I still care about some shows. And even for that matter, do I even care enough about some of the new shows coming on the air to give my time to? Anyways, enough introductory babble, and onto my list of what shows I’ll be watching (and maybe watching)

MONDAYS

  • The Voice
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Blindspot (NEW)
  • Minority Report (NEW)
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Supergirl (NEW)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (NEW)
  • Gotham?

Honestly, The Voice and Dancing With the Stars has been relegated to commercial status, in that I’ll watch them when the other shows are on commercial break or just clips later. Why? Because one, I don’t even get to vote so why bother watching live? And two, why waste my time watching through the people I don’t like, when I’m just waiting to see my faves? Like this season of DWTS – here for my pro dancers (and their partners): Allison Holker & Andy Grammer, Derek Hough & Bindi Irwin, Sharna Burgess & Nick Carter, Witney Carson & Carlos PenaVega, and Mark Ballas & Alexa PenaVega. As much as I love The Voice and the coaches, even I have to admit that I’m getting a little burned out on too much Voice.

One of my favourite surprises from last season was Jane the Virgin and I am so looking forward to what hilarious/adorable/endearing things they’ll do this season. I mean, Britney Spears will be guest-starring as Rogelio’s nemesis! Like, this cast/crew just speak to me and I want to be friends with Gina Rodriguez because of her sheer awesomeness.

As for the new shows? I absolutely can’t wait for Supergirl to premiere. Yes, I know the pilot already leaked way back in late May, but I’m pretty proud of myself for not actually finding + watching it. Not to mention, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg has done so much good with Arrow and The Flash that I just have complete faith in them doing this show. And speaking of Berlanti, the uber-producer/writer who makes everybody else look bad, he’s also got another show on Monday with Blindspot. The premise of a Jane Doe waking up with no recollection of who she is and how she ended up with tattoos covering her body that serve as clues, is an interesting one. It makes me think of the movie Memento, but will probably veer towards a more procedural-style of storytelling. I’m definitely going to check out the pilot and see what they’re doing, but I definitely have my reservations about it.

I saw the first 15 minutes of Minority Report at SDCC and found some elements of it that were really interesting, especially the future tech. To be honest though, it kind of just made me miss Almost Human. Again, I liked what I saw, even if I wasn’t completely sold on any of the characters, but I’m hoping for the best. Another new show I’m a little iffy about is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the only new show to premiere this fall on The CW. Something about the previews just didn’t sit with me, so I’m going to wait until I watch the full pilot to see exactly what the tone of it will be and take it from there.

There’s one big question mark on my Monday schedule, and that is, do I want to give Gotham another shot? I so desperately wanted to like it last season. It had its ups and downs in the first half of the season, but when it came back from its winter hiatus, I found myself struggling to keep interest. Word is that this season will be slightly lighter in tone and function better as a collective unit. I just don’t know though. And I love Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin, which is why I kind of want to see what happens, but is it enough? I may wait and watch during the weekend or something, definitely not a must-see for me.

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

Upfronts 2015: FOX’s Schedule for Next Fall

With NBC getting a head start by announcing their fall schedule yesterday, FOX is up next, announcing their schedule early this morning. It’s been an interesting year for the network, laying claim to the biggest victory of the season with Empire. Now, FOX is looking to find another hit with these new offerings. Mind you, the network has less hours of programming than the other Big 4 networks, running from 8-10 p.m., plus they have baseball interruptions in October.

MINORITY REPORT [Drama – Mondays @ 9]: Consider this a TV sequel of the 2002 film, as opposed to a TV reboot. The series takes place 10 years after the original film, wherein pre-cog Dash (played by Stark Sands) still can’t shake his visions and his Pre-crime life; he begins to discreetly work with Detective Lara Vega (played by Meagan Good) to do what he had done before – stop crimes before they happen. Admittedly, I haven’t even seen the movie (not sure why) so my interest in the show has nothing to do with the movie at all. I legitimately am interested in seeing this. It just sounds cool even if it is slightly procedural, and kind of makes me miss Almost Human. Plus, not to kill your viewing ability, but future Washington, D.C. looks a hell of a lot like Toronto (they filmed the pilot here, so I’m assuming they’ll continue to film the series here as well).

 

GRANDFATHERED [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: John Stamos is a perpetual bachelor in this series, but is in for a real shock when he finds out he’s not only a father but yep, a grandfather. The grandfather part is clearly the twist on what we’ve seen before, where a bachelor’s life changes forever when their long-lost child pops back up in their life. It’s not completely new territory, but played right, there’s potential.

THE GRINDER [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30]: Rob Lowe plays the star of a long-running TV series, who moves back to his hometown thinking his “training” as a TV lawyer qualifies him to take over his family’s law firm. Lowe definitely showed his comedic chops on Parks and Recreation, and this character ALMOST feels like Chris Traeger, with the “can do anything” attitude. Let’s see if this is even half as good as I make it out to be.

SCREAM QUEENS [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9]: It’s a horror comedy from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, aka the people who brought you Glee and American Horror Story. Naturally, the next step is this show, which if it goes on for multiple seasons, will follow the anthology footsteps of AHS. For this first season, the story involves murders on a college campus and a sorority. Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, and Abigail Breslin are among the stars. Who knows, this could be campy fun.

ROSEWOOD [Drama – Wednesdays @ 8]: Morris Chestnut plays private pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, who does autopsies for hire to uncover clues that the police can’t. He’s joined by Miami P.D. Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), in helping solve these cases. He’s optimistic, she’s a cynic, I’m bored already. I applaud the casting of POC, but how many times have we seen this type of personality mismatch-up before?

THE X-FILES [Drama – Midseason]: The truth is still out there. Mulder and Scully reunite once more in this limited series. FOX wisely is saving this six-episode run for midseason, set to premiere after the NFC Championship game (football talk, I have no idea what that means.)

THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE [Drama – Midseason]: When Ray Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall), a morally corrupt retired cop dies, he suddenly gets a second chance at life when he is brought back in a younger body (Rob Kazinsky). Now he must decide whether to continue on in his ways or do things differently and right his past wrongs. I like that it isn’t a straight-up retelling of the Frankenstein story. In this format, it will probably lean towards procedural, but I could be wrong. I am willing to give it a shot, plus Tim DeKay (Peter Burke/”Suit”, White Collar) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca, Greek) is in it!

THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE [Comedy – Midseason]: A show which looks at what happens after you graduate from college, you know, that weird transition period before becoming a real adult. If the jokes are there, this could turn out to be something. I mean, we’ve seen shows cover high school, college, and then for some reason jump to thirtysomethings and adulthood, so this could turn out well if the writing is smart.

LUCIFER [Drama – Midseason]: FOX is doubling down on comic book lore with this TV series, which sees Lucifer bored with life in Hell, and leaving his throne behind for the LA craziness. Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, and DB Woodside star. As usual, I know nothing of the source material, so I’ve got nothing to go on. If I didn’t know that this was based on a comic, I would’ve thought this was a hilarious plot. Because really, the devil got bored and decides to help out the LAPD solve crimes? That sounds ridiculous to me. Again, that’s just my impression of it.

Other Notables:

  • The biggest news coming out of the schedule reveal is that American Idol will come back for one last go ’round. Yep, after 15 seasons, Idol is done. I haven’t watched Idol in ages, because frankly I got bored, but it’s a big deal that Idol is ending. I half-expected it to run on forever. You know scripted shows will end at some point, but some of these reality shows that have continued on for years, you just think they’ll keep going. I mean, when the day comes that Survivor/The Amazing Race/So You Think You Can Dance/Dancing With The Stars ends, it’ll be a big deal too.
  • Empire will continue in its Wednesdays at 9 p.m. slot, but will expand to 18 episodes, broken up into 9-episode blocks for the fall and winter. Ne-Yo has also been added as one of the songwriters for the show.
  • Sleepy Hollow moves to Thursdays at 9 p.m. It’s a tough call to make because it made sense to pair it with something genre (Almost Human and Gotham, previously) but the numbers decreased significantly this season, so FOX gave the post-Gotham spot to newbie Minority Report. They could’ve paired it with another newbie like Frankenstein, but that might be taking too much of a risk, since Sleepy is sort of a wildcard going into this third season. FOX is already banking on all new shows on Tuesdays, so pairing Sleepy with the stable Bones might be better for the network, even if they are presumably facing Shondaland Thursdays on ABC. We’ll have to see how that works out.
  • Absent from the fall schedule is New Girl, which will return midseason and still air 22 episodes.
  • The Sunday night block of Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, and The Last Man on Earth will remain as is.

Tomorrow will be ABC’s turn! In the meantime, what are your thoughts on FOX’s schedule for next season? Any new shows seem interesting? Or are you still bummed about some of their cancellations? (*cough* The Mindy Project *cough*)