2015 Fall TV Preview
In my line of freelance work, I get asked the question, “What are you watching these days?” a lot. I’m happy to share the fall TV shows that take up precious space on my DVR most of the time. I like to ease people into my wacky taste by starting off with something universally appreciated like The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family. Then I whack them over the head with my TRUE obsessions, which happen to be most of the tweeny bopper shows on The CW. I have a tendency to stay away from things that feature blood, guts, sad storylines and most big name winners from the Emmy’s that one may find on a premium channel.
Below is my rather large, rather random weekly lineup, including NEW shows that are debuting this fall. Feel free to point and mock in the comfort of your own home, but please tell me if there is something you love that is missing from my roster. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions in the comment section!
Show: Once Upon a Time
Defense: There are several reasons I am still hanging on after four seasons. I am a fan of the fairy tale. I adore heroes and villains and I long for a good love story. Once Upon a Time fits all of those categories.
Hot Guy Alert: Colin O’Donoghue playing Captain Hook
Show: Blood & Oil
Defense: I know the oil and gas industry and it’s fun to see how much they inflate the truth. I also know the iconic ‘80s show Dallas and it’s fun to see how much Don Johnson tries to be like J.R. Ewing. Finally, I miss Gossip Girl and it’s fun to listen to Chase Crawford with a southern accent. (PS: I cover the show for Entertainment Weekly too!)
Hot Guy Alert: Sonny Crockett and Nate Archibald
Defense: This show has an Alias vibe. Oh how I long for another Michael Vartan to come waltzing into my network TV lineup. From what I’ve seen, it’s not too dark and focuses mostly on the “who done it” part of the storyline. I’m definitely intrigued.
Hot People Alert: Take you pick: Priyanka Chopra, Johs Hopkins and my favorite—Jake McLaughlin as Agent Ryan Booth. (He is a war vet who got into the acting business. I LOVE A HERO!)
Show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Defense: I have to say, I keep trying to like it more than I do. It’s Andy Samberg for crying out loud. Someone help me!
Hot Guy Alert: The amazing Terry Crews
Show: Dancing with the Stars
Defense: I’ll watch anything that incorporates dancing with beloved boy band members from my childhood and other ‘80s celebrities. (PS: I cover this show here!)
Hot Guy Alert: YOU’RE MY BOY, VAL!
Show: The Big Bang Theory
Note: The show will move back to Thursday nights once college football is over.
Defense: I am attracted to nerds. I think it’s because I’m a closeted one myself. When I saw Leonard’s periodic chart t-shirt in season 1, I may have squealed and purchased one on the spot. I adore Jim Parsons and Myim Bialik too. SHAMY FOREVER! (PS: I cover the show for Entertainment Weekly!)
Hot Guy Alert: Obviously, it’s Wil Wheaton. Duh.
Defense: It has c-h-e-e-s-e written all over it, but something tells me I need to give it the old college try. I think it would be well-received on The CW and probably considered a huge hit (even if it isn’t) but let’s see what CBS does. Also, girl power!
Network: The CW
Show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Defense: There will be singing. And stalking that ends up as an epic love story. I’m soooooooooo in.
The Show: The Muppets
Defense: I’m not sure about this one. I’ve watched the first episode and I have to say that my heart was a bit deflated when they made all of the Muppets so cynical and mean! I appreciate the fact that ABC is trying to incorporate humor and sarcasm, but the direction they are headed is one that taints the characters. They didn’t do that in the movies. Why do they feel the need to do that in the television show? I’m definitely on the fence and will bow out should the show keep careening toward the ditch. I prefer my Kermit and Piggy like they were when they took Manhattan.
Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Defense: It took a while for Agents to figure out how it was different from all of the MARVEL movies, but they finally have their act together. I’m a fan, but I will admit that this one typically is one of the last shows I watch when it comes to the long line of TV waiting for me on the DVR. But I do watch it every week.
Hot Guy Alert: Clark Grett (fun fact: he’s married to Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame), Brett Dalton (hubba, hubba), Ian DeCaestecker and Nick Blood (love their accents!)
Defense: It’s John Stamos. You have to tune in at least once. I’m not sure it will last though.
Show: The Grinder
Defense: It’s Rob Lowe AND Fred Savage. COME ON. This one has a much better shot and I think Grandfathered is lucky that The Grinder follows it on Tuesday nights. I have HIGH HIGH HIGH hopes. Also, does anyone else get a Chris Traeger vibe from Rob Lowe in the trailer? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Network: The CW
Show: The Flash
Defense: I love, love, love, love Grant Gustin who plays The Flash. He’s so freaking likable. I want him to have a love story. That’s the one thing The Flash is missing. Let’s get him together with Iris already!
Show: The Mindy Project
Defense: I will watch and read anything that has to do with Mindy Kaling.
Show: The Goldbergs
Defense: If you are a child of the ‘80s, you HAVE to watch this show. You will be transported back each week and giggle as you think, “I totally did that.”
Hot Guy Alert: Murray Goldberg sitting pantsless in his chair. No contest.
Show: Modern Family
Defense: Modern Family has been on my “meh” radar as of late, but the premiere episode was actually pretty good. I’m not a quitter, so I will stick with this show until the end.
Hot Guy Alert: Al Bundy as Jay Pritchett and Phil Dunphy in his cheerleader uniform
Defense: I know a lot of people who started watching this show and gave up after season 1. I will concur that the music isn’t as great as it used to be and they are taking a lot of liberties with special celebrities guests. With that said, I’m still in because…
Hot Guy Alert: DEACON CLAYBOURNE
Show: Mysteries of Laura
Defense: I understand that I am the only one watching this show and I’m okay with that. I have two very big reasons: Josh Lucas and Debra Messing. Enough said.
Network: The CW
Defense: I binge watched all of Arrow earlier this year and I think it’s safe to say I have a healthy addiction to Stephen Amell. Here’s why:
Network: The CW
Show: Vampire Diaries
Defense: I’ve been with the Salvatore brothers since day one because if you squish them together, they are my dream guy. I understand why Elena had such a hard time choosing. Speaking of Elena, I think the show will still be good without the presence of Nina Dobrev this year. I know that the boys can handle Mystic Falls crazy that is coming their way.
Hot Guy Alert: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matthew Davis, Zach Roeig and Chris Wood (I HOPE THEY BRING YOU BACK FROM THE DEAD, KAI!)
Network: The CW
Show: The Originals
Defense: Since this is a spin-off of Vampire Diaries, I had to hop on board this train. And the reason I stuck around is because of Klaus and Elijah. They are so bad, they are good.
Hot Guy Alert: Joseph Morgan (best crier on TV), Daniel Gillies (the man knows how to wear a suit) and Charles Michael (that smile…)
Defense: Season 1 had it’s moments, but the writers found their voice in season 2. And since the entire cast is an incredible ensemble of improv geniuses, NBC is letting them perform their show LIVE each week. That is about as brave as it gets. These guys deserve success. And a slow motion celebration…