Louise’s Fall TV Lineup

Fall 2013 TV

It seems like just yesterday I was getting excited for the premiere of Ben and Kate, and wondering how The Neighbors ever made it past the pilot episode. (The former was canceled; the latter was somehow picked up for a second season.) Suddenly it’s September, and a fresh new crop of television shows are ripe for the viewing! This TV season includes some legendary returns to the small screen (Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones, Michael J. Fox in The Michael J. Fox Show), some pre-premiere controversy (Seth MacFarlane’s sitcom Dads), and a few new series starring Matt Long and James Wolk that I’m sure I’ll get sucked into before they’re abruptly canceled. (See: Matt Long in Jack & Bobby, The Deep End, and James Wolk in Lone Star, Political Animals.) Let the games begin!

Here are the new shows I’m most excited for this Fall:

SHIELD-cast

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton)—premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 8 on ABC

Why I’ll Watch: Joss Whedon’s return to television is pretty much my reason for living.

Michael Ealy Almost Human

Almost Human (Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor)–premieres Monday, November 4th at 8 on Fox

Why I’ll Watch: I would watch a documentary series on the history of mimes if it was created by Fringe mastermind Joel Wyman. Also, I’m in love with Michael Ealy.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher)—premieres Tuesday, September 17th at 8:30 on Fox

Why I’ll Watch: I love quirky cop shows when they’re done right (remember The Unusuals? Probably not…), and this one looks like it could be the perfect hybrid between police procedural satire and workplace comedy. Plus, you can’t deny that goofy man-boy Andy Samberg and Captain Serious, Andre Braugher make a fabulous comic duo.

The Crazy Ones

The Crazy Ones (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, James Wolk)—premieres Thursday, September 26th at 9 on CBS

Why I’ll Watch: Hmm, let’s see: Buffy’s back in prime time (after that whole Ringer business), Robin-freaking-Williams is playing her father, and if that weren’t enough, one of my favorite perpetually under-appreciated actors James Wolk (Political Animals, Happy Endings) is in it to boot. I’ll definitely be tuning in. (And crossing my fingers that both SMG and Wolk have better luck here than they did in their previous TV gigs.)

Lucky 7

Lucky 7 (Isiah Whitlock Jr., Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips)—premieres Tuesday, September 24th at 10 on ABC

Why I’ll Watch: I can’t resist a soapy melodrama—especially when it involves Matt Long. (Did I mention that I loved The Deep End?) Surprisingly, I’ve heard some medium-to-good reviews about this new show, which follows a group of gas station employees who win the lottery. Maybe this is the Matt Long drama that doesn’t get canceled after one season! That reminds me, I wonder if Jack & Bobby is on Netflix…

The-millers

The Millers (Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges)—premieres Thursday, October 3rd on CBS

Why I’ll Watch: I’ve watched some pretty questionable things for the sake of Will Arnett (Running Wilde, Blades of Glory, etc.), and the fact that this show is on CBS makes me dubious. The deciding factor for me was creator Greg Garcia, the brilliant mind behind Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl. Not only is he a comic genius, but he also happens to be from my hometown. (We had the same English teacher!) I have high hopes for The Millers to rise above their laugh-track-ridden CBS roots.

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The Originals (Joseph Morgan, Charles Michael Davis, Phoebe Tonkin)—premieres Thursday, October 3rd at 9 on The CW

Why I’ll Watch: Because I’m shamelessly addicted to The Vampire Diaries in all its dripping-with-drama glory. Klaus is one of the best parts of TVD, so of course I’ll follow him to his own spin-off…and I hope Caroline will, too.

THE CW UPFRONTS 2013

Reign (Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Coombs)—premieres Thursday, October 17th at 9 on The CW

Why I’ll Watch: Corsets and sword fights and love triangles, oh my! The CW’s new period drama centered around Mary, Queen of Scots has been described as Gossip Girl meets Game of Thrones,” sooooo yeah. I’ll be watching.

Super Fun Night

Super Fun Night (Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira, Laura Ash)—premieres Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:30 on ABC

Why I’ll Watch: I love the premise: three friends whose idea of a “super fun night” is staying in to watch movies together decide to make an effort to go out on the town. This probably appeals to me because I am 100% in agreement with the first definition of “super fun night”—the one that involves pajamas and popcorn. I’m also just genuinely intrigued by the notion of Rebel Wilson in a sitcom, so I’m excited to see how it goes.

THE CW UPFRONTS 2013

The Tomorrow People (Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List)—premieres Wednesday, October 9th at 9 on The CW

Why I’ll Watch: I will probably give this new X-Men-ish sci-fi drama a chance, if only for the novelty of watching two shows on The CW starring Amells. (Tomorrow People star Robbie Amell is the younger cousin of Arrow hunk Stephen Amell.) I was on the fence about this one since it seems pretty similar to every other “OMG we have powers!” show/movie made in the last ten years, but then I saw that Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars‘ Logan Echolls) has a role, so The Tomorrow People has been bumped up to “must-see” programming for me this season.

That’s about it for new fall shows I’m excited for. We’ll see how many rise to the occasion, how many fall flat, and how many get canceled after I’ve already spent hours writing fanfiction about them. Just kidding! I don’t write fanfiction…I only read it.

What new shows will you be watching this season?

-L

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Posted on September 17, 2013, in Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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