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?
“Good Lord, I just hope he isn’t her father,” is what I suspect MOST of The Blacklist fans are thinking and saying. I know I am. After all, what other reason could there be for Red to take a liking to her, only work with her, and go out of his way to expose her husband as a fraud? Despite last week’s episode, can I at least suspect we are all in agreement that Tom is a shady MOFO. I don’t care what he says, I don’t buy it. How or why would he have just been looking under the dining room rug and found the secret hatch unless he put it there? HMMM TOM??? Explain that one buddy! Oh, and Miss “I’m an FBI Agent but not really” Lizzie, what didn’t you ask him that?
Sorry, I digress from the topic… Red and Lizzie. Red’s concern for her seems like it extends pretty far. It’s a very odd tennis match that they play with each other and I think goes on like it does because Lizzie has feelings for him. Not saying its a romantic one, but she certainly runs to him a lot for just about everything. Yet, the second he does something that reiterates his criminal status, she chastises him and runs away. Sounds like a parent/child relationship, doesn’t it?
Red is supposed to be this bad ass criminal master mind, yet they were sitting on the steps together (or was it bench, I forget) and Li9z holds his hand for comfort… She clearly doesn’t know why, but (and god help me for the metaphor) she goes to him like a moth to a flame. Of course you’ll get burnt dummy, its fire, and Lizzie is knee deep in the pit with a match.
Of course, the mystery of Red isn’t the only thing I am curious about. It’s fairly clear the other agents have secrets. Those, however, I can wait to watch unfold as the season progresses. But the mystery bugging me the most, the one I want to know now… why does Red have such an affection for Liz. Anyone know? Anyone? Bueller… Bueller…