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.

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*)