With the encroaching fall season of television upon us we have been sent a hero. A hero with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury to bring you a list of what to watch. From the desk of our contributing TV writer, Shazam!
Time for TV again boys and girls! FALL TELEVISION! I will be the first to admit that I am a little obsessed with television. Unfortunately for me I tend to watch 20+ shows during the fall, mid-season, and spring television seasons. Why you may ask?
- Because I have a problem
- Because we are in THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION.
So to narrow down the field a bit (because no one wants to read a paragraph on 30+ tv shows coming out. Lets face it, we have short attention spans.) I am only doing the top 5 shows of: New Series (pt.1), Returning Series (pt.2), and Series I hope are good (new or returning), but probably wont be (pt.3). They are in no particular order of preference so don’t worry about the numbering system.
“Atlanta” is a show that has been in the works for a while and one I am EXCITED for! Donald Glover is the creator, writer, and producer of “Atlanta”; and I have been waiting for years for him to finally get his own project. You may know Donald Glover from the TV show “Community”, or as the rapper Childish Gambino (if you haven’t seen or heard either do yourself a favor and do). So far a lot of the critics that have seen the show early have said it’s a winner and I have a lot of faith this show will be a strong season 1. “Atlanta” premieres September 6 on FX and below is the official description.
‘Atlanta is one of the top cities for young rappers looking to make a name for themselves in the business. Among those up-and-comers is Alfred Miles, a hot new artist who is trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is managed by his cousin, Earn, who gets caught up in the local rap scene and his cousin’s career after returning home to the ATL. Earn does whatever he can to try to get Alfred’s career to the next level. Darius, the rapper’s right-hand man and visionary, is also in Alfred’s entourage. When Earn isn’t busy managing his cousin’s career, he spends much of his time with best friend Vanessa, who is also the mother of his daughter.’
[update: Airs Tuesdays @9pm central on FX]
- The Good Place
“The Good Place” just seems like it could be a good comedy sitcom to me. I wasn’t really sold on the show until I watched some of the commercials for it, but I am willing to give it a shot because of Ted Danson (CSI: Cyber) and Kristen Bell (Bad Moms). While there is a slew of new half hour sitcoms coming out this fall/winter season this show is getting pushed hard from NBC (they already ordered a straight to series order of 13 episodes right off the bat), so I think they are hoping it’s a new hit for them. Definitely going to give the show a few episodes to see how it is, but since it isn’t a family sitcom and actually something a little different I figured it’s worth a shot. Below is the official description of “The Good Place” and it premieres September 19 on NBC
‘After she is struck and killed by a tractor-trailer carrying erectile dysfunction products, a woman named Eleanor wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. But when she is told by her mentor Michael that she is in “the good place” because she did a good deed by helping get innocent people off death row, she realizes that a mistake has been made and they think she is someone else. Stuck in a world where no one curses or gets drunk and everyone is always nice, Eleanor finds herself caught between staying in the afterlife or trying to find a way to return to the mundane life she had back on Earth.’
- Pure Genius
So I am a sucker for a good unique medical drama and a sucker for cool future technology. I have had a gaping “House” hole in my soul ever since that show ended (RIP Dr. House…… R.I.P.), so I wanted to at least watch the first look of “Pure Genius”. I’m not going to lie I got the feels just watching the 5 minute first look. Chances are if this show doesn’t gain a good viewership in season 1 it will probably be cancelled (just the nature of the beast). With so many other medical dramas already in the TV field right now I will still be giving this show a chance. I really liked the dynamic of the billionaire and the surgeon in the first look, plus I want Odette Annable to actually be on a successful show again (she was in a season of House and was great). Below is the official description of “Pure Genius” which premieres October 27 on CBS as well as the link for the First look (cause who doesn’t want to see a family come together from a horrible illness…. Tear…..).
‘James Bell is a Silicon Valley billionaire who dreams of building a hospital with ultimate cutting-edge technology to treat rare and incurable diseases. He partners with a maverick surgeon, Dr. Walter Wallace, who leads the effort in clearing out the bureaucracy of medicine, and focus on forward thinking, advancing technology, and saving lives—at no cost to the patient.’
4. Designated Survivor
Kiefer…..KIefer…..KIEfer…..KIEFer….KIEFEr….KIEFER!!!!! Do I sound like a fan of him yet!? This show has a lot of hype around it whether you see the critic reviews of it or how much ABC is promoting it. The premise of the show is great in itself, but you add JACK BAUER (I know different show but who cares!) in it, and you have potential for gold. When I originally saw the commercial I had no idea what the show was or that a “Designated Survivor” was even a real thing. Well by the end of the commercial I was sold. I think this is going to be the next breakout show in the drama department as far as the new series go. It has all of the hype that “The Blindspot” had last year but with the added major celebrity status and fan base of Kiefer Sutherland to immediately jump viewership. Below is the official description of the show, but lets face it guys…… Its Jack Bauer as president so lets just all enjoy the ride shall we? “Designated Survivor” premieres September 21 on ABC.
‘On the night of the State of the Union, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.’
I admit that I feel a bit girly putting “Notorious” on the list, but A LOT of shows I wanted to put on the list isn’t airing officially until the winter/spring lineup so oh well. The series is a crime and legal drama that is actually based on some real life people. ABC is promoting this one big time as another show that isn’t in ‘Shonda-land’, but will still promote the drama brand of the network as the new “Scandal”. Going to give it a few episodes but I imagine it will suck me in with its “no one is really a good person” shtick that dramas like this usually have. “Notorious” premieres September 22 on ABC. Below is a description for the show.
‘Inspired by the real-life stories of Larry King Live EP Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, Notorious stars Perabo as Julia George, a cable news producer with a knack for manipulating guests and thus headlines, while Sunjata plays Jake Gregorian, a legal eagle who tends to have his finger in many L.A. pies. Richards and Teegarden play Jake’s brother/law firm partner and associate, respectively, while Grant, Moafi and Guzman populate Julia’s workplace at Louise Herrick Live.’
Editor: Trai Wade