I wrote this whole thing out at once, and it was WAY too long for one post! So, I’m going to break this up into a Friday post, Saturday post and Sunday post in order to properly welcome the Fall TV season!
Since the fall season of TV is almost upon us (the first shows start next week!), here are my pre-thoughts on the new shows, as well as some of the returning ones, that I’m looking forward to watching (or at least give a chance before making a final decision). Like this summer, if I come across a show that I really love that is not on the list, I will add it next month. If I find that a show turns out to be a disappointment, I will also include that in next month’s assessment before saying good-bye. So here are my preliminary shows (based on premier dates and by network) for Fall 2013!
ABC (The most Hulu friendly network. They show everything the day after broadcast, and you can watch it on any mobile device or TV)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (premiering September 24th)
I am cautiously looking forward to this show. It has some great aspects to it. I’m a huge comic book fan, and I love MARVEL. Judging from the trailer, this show picks up towards the end of the Avengers movie. *Spoiler Alert* In the Avengers movie, Agent Coulson dies, which spurs the superheroes to band together and defeat the evil. The show begins with revealing that Agent Coulson did not actually die, but is being put in charge of a task force of highly talented people to seek out more supernatural beings around the world. Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse – some of my favorites) is one of the writers and creators of the show, which tells me that it should have the cult following, but whether it will make it in the mainstream still remains to be seen.
Modern Family (returning on September 25th for a 5th season for one hour season premiere. Also, the trailer is not for the new season, but just to give you a taste of what to expect)
The writing on this show is so good. There is very little serial story line, mostly ties up plot points by the end of the episode, so it’s an easy one to watch whether you have been keeping up with the family or not. They address a lot of issues in a very grounded and comedic way. I totally relate to Claire’s character. That is probably the biggest reason I watch the show.
Once Upon A Time (returning on September 29th for a 3rd season)
We left the Storybrooke characters as they were spinning through a portal on their way to Neverland to save Henry. Each season seems to build a new set. In the first season, the story mainly took place in Storybrooke, with flashbacks to the fairy tale land. In the second season, the present day fairy tale world was incorporated into the mix when Emma and Snow were sent back by a spell. Now, we will have those two places and Neverland, all balancing unique and entangled storylines, which will still probably include a flashback or two. I’m so excited to see the new characters (like the Little Mermaid and a bigger part for Robin Hood) as well as how the older characters will learn to work together for a common goal.
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland (premiering October 10th)
This is a spin-off of Once Upon a Time. Instead of present day, it takes place in Victorian England, where Alice is trapped at an insane asylum after losing her love, a genie. Right before she is about to remove her memories of Wonderland for good, her friends from the other realm whisk her away because her love might still be alive! I have a feeling it will be much more whimsical than the original Once, and I’m also interested in seeing how they merge the Aladdin story with the Alice story. I will definitely stay tuned!
CBS (as a side note, I don’t watch a lot of CBS shows, not because of content, but because they don’t play at all on Hulu. I have to go to the CBS website to watch, and frankly, I just don’t remember most of the time. Plus, their player isn’t the best.)
Elementary (returning on September 26th for a 2nd season)
I love their take on Sherlock Holmes in present day, with a female Watson no less. The story left off that Holmes had defeated Moriarty (who was actually Irene Adler) with the help of Joan Watson’s schemes. It really has a sense of girl power throughout the season, so I will be interested to see where they take that this season. A lot of the episodes also nod to the original Sherlock stories, but it definitely has its own twist.
The Crazy Ones (premiering on September 26th)
I’m on the fence about this one. I can’t pass up an opportunity to see Robin Williams on television again (other than guest spots and a brief Disney genie spinoff, the last time he was on TV was Mork & Mindy). It looks a little more serious and dramatic than what I would originally think of when I think Robin Williams. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his daughter, and she is known for more quirky dramatic roles. It will be an interesting pairing to say the least. This show is still TBD for me (to be decided).
Stay Tuned (haha!) for the rest this weekend!