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New (and Returning) Fall TV Favorites

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I love the break from new episodes that comes with summer. I use it as a time to catch up on shows I missed, or re-watch my classics (miss you, Bones!). I like the slower TV pace of those few months—even though I fully really this is all self-imposed. 😉 #TVaddict

But like many of you, I also eagerly await the fully-stocked buffet of fall TV. I can’t wait to see my favorites return, as well as what goodness will be premiering. So, I thought I’d share my picks with you . . . and hopefully, you’ll share yours too.

New fall favs:

  • The Brave: My favorite new show of the fall for three reasons. First, it’s a different spin on a military show than we usually see. Second, the woman is the sniper, and I love shows with strong women. And third, Mike Vogel—that’s one pretty man.
  • The Mayor: Funny premise, and the dialogue delivers in a lot of ways.

  • Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: This is just a really sweet show. It definitely has more of the “universal” spiritual aspect, but it’s far more about goodness, faith, and spirituality than we usually get to see on TV (at least that’s of high quality).

  • Ghosted: I’m honestly not 100% sold on this one, but I think it has potential with The Office and Parks and Rec family. The first season of Parks and Rec didn’t hook me either, so I’m holding out hope.

  • The Gifted: Same as above. Lots of potential, so we’ll see where it goes.

  • Ten Days in the Valley: I’ve been kind of surprised at how much I like this one. Kyra does a great job, of course, and it’s definitely gone in an unexpected direction.

  • Wisdom of the Crowd: Kind of fascinating “what if” idea on this one. Too many legal implications to be true, but it’s really interesting to think about, especially given how many of us watch cop/legal/murdery TV shows and what we might do if we had the opportunity to help in real life.

Exciting sophomore returns:

  • Stranger Things 2: Not as good as the first season, but still very entertaining. Too many new characters and subplots, I think, but they wrap it up well. Dustin and Steve’s characters and evolutions are my favorite part of the season. (And be sure to stick around after the last episode for Beyond Stranger Things for behind-the-scenes interviews.)
  • The Durrells in Corfu: I absolutely LOVED this show. I only really started watching it on Prime because it was a BBC show, and I love me some BBC. But it’s hysterical, and pretty darn clean too.
  • American Housewife: I was iffy about this for the first few episodes, but I’ve really come around to it. And I bet a lot of moms can relate to her frustrations and opinions.

  • Speechless: There are a lot of clever aspects to this show, and it’s pretty brilliant the way they’ve centered it around a real person with special needs. I’m sure it’s done a lot for the awareness and perception of people with cerebral palsy.

  • Designated Survivor: Kiefer Sutherland and a conspiracy, need I say more? This president is almost Bartlett-worthy to me.

  • Lethal Weapon: I was skeptical about this because not all movies-turned-TV shows work out well, but I like the buddy cop aspect.

  • The Tick: I think this one’s pretty funny, and I love the cleverness they included, like naming one of the villians “Overkill.”

  • Sneaky Pete: I love Giovanni Ribisi. I think he always takes on very strange and interesting characters, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

  • Riverdale: While there are some things about this show that drive me crazy, I love the spin on a classic comic, and how they’ve made it dark and intriguing. As you can tell, I love a conspiracy.
  • Timeless: We’ll have to wait until 2018 for this one, but I’m excited.

Upcoming, coming back, and anticipated:

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: From the creator of the Gilmore Girls, so we know the dialogue will be fantastic.
  • Jack Ryan: It’s a big departure from our darling “Jim,” but it looks like it’ll pay off.
  • Travelers: Probably the show I’ve recommended most over the past year. I was looking forward to it, and it turned out so different than I thought, but I loved it. Very character-driven rather than relying on the SciFi, which I didn’t expect.
  • The Last Tycoon: Ugh, so heart-breaking and dark. I had to immediately watch a comedy after finishing this series. But I loved it because it was beautifully done and acted, and I need to know what happens next.
  • The Man in the High Castle: Doesn’t really belong in this post since this will be the third season, but I love it so much I had to include it! If you haven’t seen it, let me leave you with this: What if the Germans had won WWII???

And you? What would be on your list?

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Fall TV Premiers: What I’m Watching

493999989It’s fall! And along with chilly air and the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we are given the gift of fall TV premiers. I’m so excited!

Here is what I’m looking forward to:

  • Legends (on DVD, didn’t get to see it this summer)
  • Stalker
  • The Flash

Here’s what I’ve already seen and am excited about:

  • Madam Secretary
  • Scorpion
  • Forever
  • The Mysteries of Laura
  • Selfie

Here’s what I’m most thrilled to see return:

  • The Blacklist (Best new show of last fall!)
  • Doctor Who
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Person of Interest
  • Modern Family
  • Bones
  • Castle
  • Homeland
  • White Collar (sniff sniff, last season)
  • Grimm
  • The Mentalist (sniff sniff, last season)
  • Elementary
  • Downton Abbey
  • Justified
  • Continuum
  • Sherlock

And I’ve seen and am on the fence about Gotham and How to Get Away with Murder, despite having initial high hopes. And I want to be really excited about Gracepoint, but I wasn’t over the moon about the BBC version, even though I am over the moon about David Tennant, my beloved 10th Doctor.

 

What about you? What’s on your watch list?


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Fall TV Premiers: My Perspective

166132280Fall brings so many delights with it—Pumpkin Spice Lattes, cooler weather, leaves changing colors. And to people like me, new series premiers! I love this time of year. There are always a few shows you say goodbye to in the spring, but fall brings new and renew. It’s a way to fill those little holes in your life, or at least in your TV schedule. 😉

Here’s what I’m really looking forward to:

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Hostages
  • Intelligence
  • The Blacklist
  • The Michael J. Fox Show
  • Sleepy Hollow (dug the pilot)
  • Almost Human
  • Enlisted
  • The Tomorrow People

Here’s what I’m unsure about:

  • The Goldbergs—Didn’t think I’d like it, but the pilot was kinda funny. I’ll check out a few more episodes.
  • Trophy Wife—Was pleasantly pleased by the pilot.
  • Lucky 7—We’ll see. Saw the UK version.
  • Back in the Game—Disappointed in pilot. I’ll try another episode before making up my mind.
  • Betrayal—Don’t know enough yet.
  • Once Upon A Time in Wonderland—Not sure about the direction it’s predecessor is taking, but will give it a whirl.
  • Mom—Clips look terrible, but with these two, I’ll try it out.
  • The Millers—Same comment as above. Just not sure Will Arnett can find the AD gold again.
  • The Crazy Ones—Hmmmm, just not sure yet.
  • We Are Men—It’s going to get one episode to prove itself to me. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of hope.
  • Sean Saves the World—Same comment as above.
  • Ironside—Saw the pilot, but not hooked yet.
  • Dracula—Haven’t gotten into a vamp show yet, so we’ll see if this is the game-changer.
  • Dads—Would’ve listed it above until I saw the pilot. WAS NOT IMPRESSED. Very disappointed. And sad, considering how much I love Seth Green. Will give it one more episode, not counting on it.

And, of course, what I’m most excited to see return:

  • Castle
  • Modern Family
  • Scandal
  • Person of Interest
  • Elementary
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • The Good Wife
  • Grimm
  • Bones
  • Doctor Who
  • White Collar
  • Downton Abbey
  • Psych
  • Justified

 

What about you? What’s going to fill up your queue or DVR in the coming months?

 

(Here’s a great full list recap by IMDB..)