Fall 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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
Back when I was a kid, with the arrival of summer meant that my television watching days were over until it was time to return to school. With the exception of Saturday morning’s Cartoon Express and the occasional baseball game, I barely even glanced at the TV. Today, that seems to hardly be the case anymore.
Television is emerging from its cocoon, and blossoming into this beautiful butterfly, offering an array of choices in not only programming, but in platform and time. People are realizing that not everyone works the kind of schedule that television programming was built around in the early days of the infatuation with the boob tube. So, like many other things in the world, it is time for a revision of how we watch and what we watch.
No longer must we suffer through twelve plus weeks of reruns. Thanks to the internet and streaming subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Plus and Hulu, we are able to fill our time with shows we may have missed the first time around, as well as new programming that the networks may have never brought us. Not to mention that networks are starting to offer more new shows that air during the summer season to fill the gap.
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Most recently, Netflix has created smash hits Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, both of which have been lighting the TV industry on fire. For the first time in history, you don’t have to have a cable subscription to watch television. These shows, both of which boast some serious talent, have been winning awards, making people laugh, cry and cringe. Fresh and innovative story telling is keeping people continuing to tune in, and offering that programming at the touch of a finger, any time, any place – is making it King of all entertainment.
Since the internet came along and allowed people to connect in much easier, less stressful environment, fandoms have formed. Millions of dedicated people are creating communities, conventions, and in some cases, life long relationships. Their collective voices have caused networks to change their minds on the fate of a show. They’ve caused others networks to sit up and take notice, saving an axed program from oblivion (lookin’ your way Cougar Town).
It’s allowed people like myself, to find a new way to express my love for good storytelling. Being able to sit here and gush about some amazingly crafted hour of television, or rant about inconsistencies in the character arcs is what my dreams are made of. The best part is, I know that I am not alone.
So, the next time you think to yourself… “there is nothing on right now!” head to one of the other many platforms and explore what you may have missed. Look through your On Demand menu, fire up the computer and check out Netflix or Hulu. I guarantee you, something will catch your eye and you will be beyond glad you dove in.