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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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A Little LOST

SPOILER ALERTS!!!

As many “others” prepared for the Season 6 premier of LOST on Tuesday night, I’ve been steadily watching recaps (thank you, iTunes) of the previous seasons. So much has happened to my castaway friends that as I prepared to watch Season 5 on Netflix, I felt I first needed a refresher course. And while it’s hard not staying in synch with those watching the in-season episodes each week, I’m excited that I still have quite a bit of time left with my island friends.

The last two recap episodes were very different in that co-creater, Damon Lindeloff, and one of the producers interjected comments between scenes, set up background info and provided insight into the minds of the characters. They really began delving into the psyche of our heroes and villains (also watching last season of Heroes, FYI) and I began to identify with some of them. Here are a few I thought I’d share…

JACK: I also feel the need to step up and lead to fill voids. I probably also struggle, though not near as much as I used to or as much as Jack does, with the “savior” complex and the need to help fix people. I, too, feel a great deal of loyalty and protection for those I love. I have had to return to places of great pain. We differ in that I am not a big fan of blood or needles.

KATE: Like Kate, I can feel conflicted in my decisions or deeply torn between two choices. You may have noticed that I also have freckles. And I also like to feel involved and not left behind. I want to be part of the action. We have both had crushes on the Jacks AND the Sawyers of the world. We differ in that I’ve never blown up my mother’s boyfriend.

SAWYER: I make literary references. James has actually read the books and I’ve mostly seen the movies, but nonetheless, I get the references! I also have things in my past I’m not proud of. Stubborn and resourceful are two qualities we share. We differ in that I’ve never conned any woman out of thousands of dollars.

LOCKE: John and I have a strong sense of faith, destiny and purpose. We are both willing to look a little foolish for the things we believe in. And we each have a great sense of adventure and curiosity. We differ in that my father has never stolen a kidney from me.

SAYID: I think we are both driven people. We have absolutely been searched at the airport more than once. We have different kinds of wounds, but woulds still. Underneath it all, we want to be kind and compassionate. We differ in that I was never a member of the Republican Guard, or any guard.

HUGO: We have both worked in the restaurant industry. I have also felt crazy from time to time. I have a strong moral streak. Like Hugo, I also want to see people get along and make others laugh. We differ in that I have never won the lottery.

JIN: We both like Korean food. I have also been in places where I don’t speak the language, literally and metaphorically, and have felt out of place. I also want to be useful. We differ in that I have never worked in a hotel.

SUN: I have also helped teach someone English. We both have a great desire to do the right thing. I struggle with tradition and my own independence. We differ in that I have never been married to a Korean man.

CLAIRE: We both really love peanut butter. I have also been to the doctor a lot recently. I have blue eyes. Claire and I hate feeling helpless. We differ in that I have never given birth in the jungle.

BEN: We both have a thing for the Wizard of Oz. We each have the power to manipulate (having is different from using). I also long for a more perfect world. We differ in that I have never caused a genocide.

CHARLIE: We have both let our vices control our actions from time to time. Our heart often dictates our head. We would sacrifice most anything for our friends. We differ in that I have never had a rock album. (You all, everybody!)

MICHAEL: We both lived in New York. We have each had our hearts broken. I, too, get irritated easily. We were both annoyed by Anna Lucia. We differ in that I would not name my child Walt, as much as I love Disney.

DESMOND: We are both crappy sailors. We both “pushed buttons” for too long. I have also been separated from friends and family for periods of time. We differ in that I don’t like calling people, “brother”.

JULIET: We have taken one assignment and ended up in another. I’ve felt like an Outsider among the Insiders. I am pretty confident as well. We differ in that I probably wouldn’t be a part of a book club.

Well, that was fun. Enough about me. Which character(s) do you identify with and why?

PS – Thank you JJ Abrams, for yet again bringing something of quality to television.