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What’s On Your Fall Television Schedule?

fall tv schedule feature imageFall is just around the corner, and with it some really great television. I can tell you for certain that some of our staple shows are bound for greatness with their fall premieres: The Walking Dead (October 12, AMC) for instance is already claiming to have the most “intense first six minutes” and with what I have seen so far, I don’t doubt it.

American Horror Story

Even those last season’s American Horror Story: Coven, wasn’t my favorite chapter of the franchise, I have to say that I am completely on board with Freak Show (October 8, FX)! I think, once again, Ryan Murphy has been set up for greatness with this next season and as long as he isn’t trying to shove too much into it like last year, Freak Show has the potential to really scare the life out of us. I mean, this year’s villian is a killer clown that is supposed to make Pennywise look like Ronald McDonald.

The Blacklist

Returning for its sophmore season is one of the only two shows left on NBC that’s worth watching (IMO) and that is The Blacklist (September 22, NBC). Since cancelling Revolution (yeah, not ready to let that one go), NBC hasn’t exactly wowed me with their summer programming, Taxi Brooklyn and Rosemary’s Baby reboot.. REALLY!? Nor has any of their new shows for fall seem like standouts, so as long as The Blacklist is coming back, I will keep NBC on my favorites list.

James Spader is pure awesomeness as Raymond “Red” Reddington, and he breathes life into a network that is full of bad reality TV and poorly scripted dramas. He adds humor and sass in a show that is full of interesting and intriguing plot lines, and is surrounded by an equally talented supporting cast.

Sadly, CBS and ABC have pretty much lost me as a viewer, with Modern Family being about the only thing left on ABC that I make sure to tune in for. I am still in love with the Pritchetts and Dumpheys and cannot wait for them to come back to my Wednesday night line up. Even seven seasons in, they find ways to keep family life really ridiculous, funny, and easy going. 

Sons of Anarchy

In other places, FX is gearing up for their final season of Sons of Anarchy (September 9, FX). My only regret here is that I missed out on the first six seasons as they played out live, only having binged the show over this past winter. I have yet to catch up on season six, but that’s ok. My DVR is set and ready for the Son’s final season, and I will play catch up along the way thanks to the magical addiction that is my Netflix account.

Speaking of which, if you don’t have a Netflix subscription, I highly suggest getting one or making friends with someone who is willing to share. Some of the absolute best television programming right now is on Netflix and you would be doing yourself a diservice if you miss out on Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Both of which will air new seasons in 2015, so you have plenty of time to catch up!

Even though I am well out of the targeted demo for it, I am really excited for the return of Supernatural (October 7, CW).

Supernatural

Season 10 premieres this October, and I am giddy with excitment. The way that last season ended was a game changer, and a fantastic way to lend life to a show that, most would say should have ended four or five seasons ago. Keep huntin’ boys, I’ll ride along in the Impala until we are all old and gray.

So far, the only new show that looks worth tuning in to, for me anyway, is Fox’s ‘Gotham’. I am admittedly a big fan of the Dark Knight Series, and I think that this prequel tale of Gotham city looks pretty gritty. I like gritty. While I do love some funny stuff, some of the best television I have watched has been down right dirty (either in mud or scandal). Go with what you know, right?

My biggest WTF so far of the fall season is the mysterious return of HBO’s The Newsroom. I feel as though I may be among the ones of people waiting for the third and final season. This show was fresh, funny, smart, and captivating. I am simultaneously pissed and enamoured with Aaron Sorkin for getting me hooked, then taking this little gem away. 

Of course, these are just my picks for what’s worth watching this fall. I know some of my other fellow TV Junkies have their own DVR schedule and will be sharing it in the near future. But for now, I want to know…

…what’s on YOUR viewing schedule?

Funny Movies to Watch…or NOT Watch on a Snow Day

this is the endJanuary has just begun and already we are snowed in here, in NYC. But that’s okay, because we are exceedingly eager to cozy up under the covers and watch a movie with a cup of hot cocoa! Thankfully, Hollywood has presented us with an abundance of comedic films in 2013 from which we can choose: The Hangover Part III, Grown Ups 2, Identity Thief, Scary Movie 5, Last Vegas, This Is The End, Movie 43, 21 & Over, We’re The Millers, The Heat, just to name a few.

If you’re looking for a hardy laughter-, even cackling-, inducing movie, you must, I repeat, MUST go with This Is The End. The cast alone should be enough to convince you of this movie’s hilarity. It will make you #LOL from beginning to end as it features Judd Apatow favorites like Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and includes Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Plus, there’s a significant number of cameos including (beautiful and ass-kicking) Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Jason Segal, Rihanna, McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and (a hilariously dirty performance by) Michael Cera. The leading cast interacts with great chemistry. It’s no wonder considering most have known each other from a young age, from the days of (the way too short-lived) Freaks and Geeks, and have grown up together, collaborating on multiple films such as Knocked Up, Superbad, Funny People, Pineapple Express etc . What a treat seeing them play themselves: a group of goofy, weed-smoking, mostly Jewwy, dudes, boasting bromances and making fun of each other when necessary, if not at all times. Not only are they hysterical with their self-written and improvised jokes, but the story itself was great, with an unexpected plot and impressive CGI. This Is The End  is a movie that tests the friendships and courage of six buddies and colleagues upon the arrival of the Apocalypse, and they must prove they are worthy of being accepted into heaven, despite their questionable pasts. If you are a fan of the cast, or movies they’re in, and happen to share their opinions and habits, I am confident that you too will love this movie. This is the best movie of the year in my opinion, at least as far as comedies go, and will keep you #ROTFL.

If you don’t want your snow day to be a complete bummer, then surely DO NOT watch Movie 43. The film may seem promising on its surface, as it features A-list actors like Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Justin Long, Kieran Culkin, and Emma Stone, and many others. But beneath the exterior lives a sick, twisted creature that should never be seen. The film is about a desperate producer, Dennis Quaid, who threatens film industry professional, Greg Kinnear, at gun point, in order to pitch his movie and have it be made. You’ll experience a visually unbearable scene where Kate Winslet goes on a first date with the handsome Hugh Jackman. Yes, it seems perfectly normal until you see a scrotum hanging from him chin! In another pitch, parents Liev Schrieber and Naomi Watts provide a high school education to their son through homeschooling. Yes, it seems perfectly normal, but quickly turns your stomach when they role play as high school students themselves and separately prey on their son in a sexual manner. In another short, Anna Faris  requests her husband, Chris Pratt, to defecate on her, as if it is a normal request according to her and his male companions. Soon enough you see what he had in store for her, all over the windshield and all over the street Yuck! I honestly don’t know how Hollywood recruited such A-list actors to commit to such filth and perversion. Did they have them at gun point too?  Movie 43 is extremely immature, uncomfortable, and obscene…nowhere close to funny. You can RedBox this flick, but it’s not even worth a dollar and change.

We Are The Millers is another movie I’d recommend seeing as it had a good story, a strong cast, it was funny, and only had a few unnecessary scenes, like the baby made of a bag of weeds and grass. Identity Thief had a great concept! But there were too many inconsistencies and needless characters. Also, why did there have to be resolution at the end? Melissa McCarthy was a criminal! Why did Jason Bateman and family express sympathy and stay in contact when she nearly ruined their lives? Not every movie needs to have a happy ending. Her other movie, The Heat, alongside costar Sandra Bullock, was laugh out loud funny….even if I was only one of three audibly laughing. It could have been even funnier, however, had Sandra Bullock’s character not been such a textbook goody-good and if they added more tiffs between the two leading ladies. I didn’t see Grown Ups 2, but I can only imagine how incredibly predictable the plot and jokes were. I recall seeing most of the first one (I could not finish it) and knowing exactly what punchline was ahead, a clear indicator of overdone, calculated comedy. But you can’t hate Adam Sandler for this. He has built a huge fan-base for his Happy Madison empire, after all. The Hangover III may not have been my favorite of the three (I favor Part II), but it provided an appropriate and undoubtedly funny resolution to the trilogy. And come on, who doesn’t love Zach Galifianakis? I can always count on him to make me #LMFAO. And more importantly, who doesn’t like looking at Bradley Cooper? He’s hot, hot, hot, and there’s no denying that!

What can we expect for 2014? Here are some comedies we can look forward to in the new year: 22 Jump Street, Neighbors, That Awkward Moment, Blended, Ride Along, Dumb and Dumber To, Muppets Most Wanted, Sex Tape, Filth, among others. This Is The End has set a very high bar. Maybe, just maybe, one of these movies will surpass it on the Richter scale of funny, but it will be very difficult. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!