Fall TV 2016: What I’m Watching

The new TV season is officially upon us! Now, at the beginning of the year, the Canadian TV companies officially converted everything over to digital, so I’ve basically been without cable all year. No cable meant me watching everything online, after the fact. Also, with my busy schedule that’s going to keep on for some time, I don’t have the time that I used to to watch everything. So basically with this new TV season, I am trying to be super picky about what shows I’m devoting my time to. So what returning shows am I still sticking with this fall? And which new shows are on my list to check out?

MONDAYS

  • Supergirl
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Conviction [NEW]

Despite Supergirl‘s move to the CW, my Monday nights stay firmly in tact. Hayley Atwell’s American accent might take some getting used to, but I’m all in for Conviction. I also intend on watching DWTS, but that’s been relegated to YouTube video status – I don’t have the time to watch the full telecast.

TUESDAYS

  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Agents of SHIELD
  • The Flash
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • No Tomorrow [NEW]*
  • This Is Us [NEW]*
  • The Mindy Project

Tuesdays, still full. I’m not so sure how much I’ll like No Tomorrow or This Is Us, but I’m very much willing to give it a chance. Everything else is just returning shows.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Survivor
  • Arrow
  • Black-ish
  • Empire*
  • Designated Survivor [NEW]
  • Speechless [NEW]*
  • Frequency [NEW]*
  • Salem
  • You’re the Worst

How did Wednesdays become so full? I feel like I say that all the time, but it’s still true. Salem‘s not back until November, and You’re the Worst might be done by then, but I’m still not incredibly happy that Salem is adding to my Wednesday load. Season 2 of Empire was not great, so it’s on my list for now, in hopes that it gets back to what made it great in S1. Not sure about Speechless or Frequency, but willing to give it a shot.

THURSDAYS

  • Legends of Tomorrow*
  • Notorious [NEW]*
  • Pitch [NEW]
  • Superstore
  • The Good Place [NEW]
  • How to Get Away With Murder*

Pitch and The Good Place look really good. Haven’t heard great things about Notorious, but for Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, I’m giving it a chance. Legends of Tomorrow was off and on for me last season; I’m hoping it gets into a consistent creative flow in S2. As for How to Get Away With Murder? I feel like it went off the rails in S2, that I’m not even entirely sure I want to watch S3. If the first episode gives me a compelling reason to watch, then I’ll stick to it; otherwise, it’s getting the axe from me.

FRIDAYS

Ummm, with the final season of Grimm being relegated to midseason, I’ve got nothing. Catch-up day it is.

SUNDAYS

  • Last Man on Earth
  • Quantico*
  • Westworld [NEW]*

Quantico started off so well, and yet somewhere along the way, it became a soap opera mess. I desperately want it to do better in S2, but if it becomes ridiculous, it’s getting cut too. I don’t know much about Westworld, though it does look interesting, so give it a chance I will.

Starting off the season with 28 shows. How many will stay on my watch list by midseason? I guess we’ll just wait and see.

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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.

CBS

Pilot

  • 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

Pilot"

  • 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!

Gearing Up for Fall TV 2014

It’s officially September, which means regular TV will be coming back soon! Don’t get me wrong, summer TV has been good. My returning faves – So You Think You Can Dance, Suits, Covert Affairs, Graceland, Witches of East End – were still great to watch and got me through the summer. I tried watching some new shows – a couple I like but not love (Outlander, Legends) and a couple that didn’t stick for me (The Strain, Extant, The Leftovers). And then there was True Blood (the less said about it, the better). Point is, I am REALLY excited that all my other shows are coming back and some potentially new favourites are premiering soon!

If this year has shown me anything, it’s that I’m starting to get picky about the shows I watch because there is just simply not enough time to watch everything. Even if everybody else is seemingly talking about it, if it doesn’t hold my interest or if I don’t connect to it, I’m not going to spend more time than I should on it. That being said, I’m still starting off the new season with a pretty packed schedule filled with returning shows and new shows that I’m willing to give a shot. By November sweeps, I’m expecting my load to lighten up a little…that is until all the midseason shows premiere (it’s a never-ending cycle!)

*New Shows

SUNDAY

 

  • Once Upon A Time (ABC, Sept. 28, 8 PM )
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sept. 28, 8:30 PM)
  • Resurrection (ABC, Sept. 28, 9 PM)
  • Mulaney (FOX, Oct. 5, 9:30 PM)*
  • The Affair (Showtime, Oct. 12, 10 PM)*

Sundays used to be a packed night for me, but after deciding to drop both Revenge and Homeland this season, plus The Amazing Race moving to Fridays, tonight became a lot lighter.

MONDAY

  • Gotham (FOX, Sept. 22, 8 PM)
  • Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Sept. 22, 9 PM)
  • The Voice (NBC, Sept. 22, 8 PM)
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC, Sept. 15, 8 PM)
  • Scorpion (CBS, Sept. 22, 10 PM)*
  • Jane the Virgin (CW, Oct. 13, 9 PM)*
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Sept. 22, 8 PM)

My plan is to watch Gotham and Sleepy Hollow live but realistically, knowing that I’ll be at home having dinner with my family, it’s gonna end up being The Voice with DWTS in between commercials, and watch everything else after. Can we just talk for a second how Allison Holker (one of my favorite dancers, not just from SYTYCD but, ever) is one of the pros on DWTS this season?! AND that Julianne Hough is back, but this time as a permanent 4th judge? The Big Bang Theory is on Mondays for a little while until Thursday Night Football (how many nights of football are there?!) is over, and then it’ll move back to Thursdays.

TUESDAY

  • The Flash (CW, Oct. 7, 8 PM)*
  • Marry Me (NBC, Oct. 14, 9 PM)*
  • About a Boy (NBC, Oct. 14, 9:30 PM)
  • The Mindy Project (FOX, Sept. 16, 9:30 PM)
  • SHIELD (ABC, Sept. 23, 9 PM)
  • Selfie (ABC, Sept. 30, 8 PM)*
  • Manhattan Love Story (ABC, Sept. 30, 8:30 PM)*

Of all the new shows tonight, the only one I’m on the fence about is Manhattan Love Story. I like the two leads, Analeigh Tipton and Jake Dorman, but I’m reserving a wait and see approach. I know I’ll like Marry Me (from David Caspe who created Happy Endings? YES) and have already seen the Selfie pilot, which looks promising. Super excited for The Flash. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved About A Boy last season (I shouldn’t have been so surprised. I mean, Jason Katims, creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), so very much looking forward to its return.

WEDNESDAY

  • Arrow (CW, Oct. 8, 8 PM)
  • Survivor (CBS, Sept. 24, 8 PM)
  • Stalker (CBS, Oct. 1, 10 PM)*
  • Nashville (ABC, Sept. 24, 10 PM)
  • Red Band Society (FOX, Sept. 17, 9 PM)*
  • Modern Family (ABC, Sept. 24, 9 PM)
  • Black-ish (ABC, Sept. 24, 9:30 PM)*
  • Kingdom (DirecTV, Oct. 8, 9 PM)*

I’m not sure how it happened, but all of a sudden my Wednesdays became REALLY packed. I was able to kind of manage it last year with some crafty/skillful timeshifting (via multiple outlets), but this year is a whole ‘nother ballgame. Arrow and Survivor are my staples, Stalker has Maggie Q, and after having already watched the pilot of Red Band Society, I feel like I already love it (Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable? Plus a talented younger cast?) So it doesn’t really leave me much time for anything else. The rest might have to be pushed to the weekend.

THURSDAY

  • Scandal (ABC, Sept. 25, 9 PM)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Sept. 25, 10 PM)*
  • A to Z (NBC, Oct. 2, 9:30 PM)
  • Parenthood (NBC, Sept. 25, 10 PM)

What happened to Must See Thursdays?! This line-up is WEAK. I have nothing at 8 PM, until Big Bang Theory moves over at the end of October. I should be happy that this is manageable but still, this is my schedule until I add in the final season of White Collar and the second half of Covert Affairs season 5 run, which premiere Nov. 6. Then at that time I’ll have more decisions to make because WC and CA are at 9 and 10 P.M. respectively.

FRIDAY

  • The Amazing Race (CBS, Sept. 26, 8 PM)
  • Cristela (ABC, Oct. 10, 8:30 PM)*
  • Grimm (NBC, Oct. 24, 9 PM)
  • Constantine (NBC, Oct. 24, 10 PM)

Sinceriously, I love that CBS moved Amazing Race to Fridays – it just works out so well for me (the shut-in that I am)

On tap for MIDSEASON

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Agent Carter
  • Empire
  • Hart of Dixie
  • iZombie
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Weird Loners
  • One Big Happy
  • Mr. Robinson
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • The Messengers

And that is how my schedule is shaping up for the next couple months, unless some of the new shows inevitably disappoint me or don’t interest me as much I thought they would and I stop watching. But still, that’s a lot of TV. Good thing I don’t have much of a social life (LOL!)

2013 Fall TV: How’s Everything Shaping Up?

We’re well into November, so I figured now is as good a time as any to check-in on the TV season thus far. Let’s jump in!

NEW SHOWS

I’m not sure if this is the case for a lot of people, but heading into this season, I was incredibly cautious about all the new shows. There were some that I was legitimately excited about/looking forward to, there were some that I knew I wanted to steer clear of, but there were A LOT that I wasn’t sure about. Trophy Wife was one of the shows that felt like it could have went either way for me. The more I watched it though, the more I fell in love with it. Misleading title aside (think along the lines of Cougar Town), the show is a different take of a “modern family” and the cast just have incredible chemistry and comedic timing (which includes the kids). I’m still not sure how I feel about The Crazy Ones, a pretty funny series especially when the cast gets to bounce off each other (which happens a lot), but there’s a little something missing for me. Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show have their funny moments, but there’s nothing big that ties me to them and makes me want to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the people working on both shows but I find myself watching it whenever, and not necessarily seeking it out to watch it. Must see TV they are not.

The shows which I was unsure of and subsequently dropped after watching a few episodes? Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Reign, Back In the Game, Super Fun Night. With Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, I was already disappointed that they had decided to make it an actual series and part of the primetime lineup, instead of their original plan to air it during flagship OUAT’s winter hiatus. As I watched the first two episodes, I just found myself incredibly bored and the CGI incredibly distracting. OUAT’s VFX were never great (pretty good though with the budget they’re working with), but because it’s used sparingly, I can deal with the occasional green screen scene. For Wonderland, it is seemingly all green screen special effects and thus incredibly distracting. I honestly had no intention on watching Reign in the first place, which in itself is surprisingly considering I usually love watching historical/period dramas. I think people labelling it as “Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl” just completely turned me off. Then hearing a good number of critics/journalists actually liking it, I figured I should at least give it a try. After watching the pilot, I didn’t change my mind about it – I just didn’t like it. Back In the Game had a feeling that harkened back to older sitcoms, while trying its hardest to feel completely modern; therein lies the problem. While trying to be yet another take on the “modern family,” there was nothing that seemed fresh about it. As for Super Fun Night, I tried really hard to like it because of Rebel Wilson, but I didn’t find it funny at all.

One show that I was legitimately excited to watch this season was Dracula and unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations and I found it kind of boring. Then there’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Above almost all the other new shows, this one had the most buzz and anyone who is a fan of the Marvel universe was excited to see this one. The pilot episode was great, but after that, it took more than a few episodes before the show found its footing. I was more than happy to stick with it and see how they were going to develop it, despite some inconsistencies and blah moments, but I know a lot of people let it go as well. It’s not that it’s a bad show; I personally think we all may have had such high expectations for the show that when it didn’t deliver to those standards, we inevitably got disappointed. I was excited to watch The Tomorrow People because it’s another take on the humans with superpowers story we’ve heard/seen in various movies and TV shows before it, which ultimately could’ve proved to be too familiar. While not amazing (I’m still bothered by the fact that they made Robbie Amell’s Stephen a high school-er and the triangle set-up between him, Cara, and John), the show has still managed to make us care about these characters and what they’re doing. It helps that they gave backstories to Cara, John, and Russell so early (in episodes 3, 4, and 6, respectively).

But enough with the negatives. Let’s talk about the shows that I was excited to watch and then invariably impressed. Sleepy Hollow. Wow. Without a doubt one of the best new shows this season. It gave the original story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman a supernatural twist, but it also knows not to take itself too seriously by infusing some humourous moments. Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, as our two leads, have chemistry in spades, though contrary to popular opinion, I’d rather them stay platonic a la Sherlock and Holmes on Elementary. Also, the supporting cast in Orlando Jones and guest stars Lyndie Greenwood and John Noble just make the show work on so many levels. It might be a little bit early for me to say this but I love Almost Human. As of posting, the show had only aired 2 episodes, and I had already seen the pilot at SDCC. The pilot for me wasn’t perfect, but it set the ground work for the series. Episode 2 was pretty much what Fringe fans loved, but in a new show: drama, humour, heart, against a ridiculous backdrop (in this case – sexbots). Adding to the FOX love, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has delivered on the laughs every episode. With Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher fronting the show as the smart man-child detective and the serious Captain of the precinct, and the Park and Recreation guys in charge, it had to be funny. What made it great was that the entire supporting cast works so well, you’d have thought that they have all worked together prior to the show or that it wasn’t a freshman series at all.

RETURNING SHOWS

I wanted to talk about returning shows mainly for one reason: Arrow. It’s first season was great, with establishing the characters, Oliver’s story from when he was on the island and how that affected him to become this vigilante/hero, and all the action. This season, DC has seemingly given the show and its writers an all-access pass to characters in the DC universe, and they are just running with it. Just when you think they can’t get any better, they do. Twists, revelations, further character development (hello, Thea Queen for being the most improved), wonderful guest stars. The writing is top notch and they are just firing on all cylinders.

Revenge got a lot of flack for its convoluted second season, but this season has been a return to form. Is it nearly as awesome as its first season? No, but they’ve done an admirable job in trying to make us forget the mess of last season. Flagship Once Upon A Time seems almost like a spin-off of its own show with the focus being primarily on the core characters and their journey through Neverland to save Henry. Another ABC show, Scandal, continues to be the epitome of CRAZY awesome storytelling. Sometimes I forget Shonda Rhimes is in charge of Scandal, because obviously she’s still attached to Grey’s Anatomy (which I stopped watching years ago). The Mindy Project is as funny as ever, and it’s been great to see Adam Pally (who’s practically playing a straight, only slightly more professional version of his Happy Endings‘ Max) join the cast.

How I Met Your Mother, now in its final season, has been hit and miss with this idea to make the season take place over the entire weekend of Barney and Robin’s wedding. There’s been the usual HIMYM antics, which are still funny. However, the whole storyline with Marshall traveling with Sherri Sheppard’s character just didn’t do anything except keep Marshall away from the rest of the gang. The good part though? Getting to see more of The Mother.

What new shows have you gotten hooked on? What’s been surprisingly good or surprisingly disappointing? Which returning shows are still making your time worthwhile? Let me know in the comments!