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!
Pt. 3 – Hope they will be good, but probably won’t (returning and new series)
1. Agents of Shield
So before I start this explanation I need to say that I am a HUGE marvel fan, and up until last season “Agents of Shield” was probably one of my favorite shows on television besides Game of Thrones. Now that I have that out there I will say while Season 2 was just absolutely amazing and the beginning of Season 3 was very strong the last 4-5 episodes ruined this franchise for me. I was so disappointed with the story and what they decided to do that I have lost a lot of faith in the show. “Agents of Shield” in the beginning was promoted to be connected really well into the marvel universe, but as the years have gone on the show is branching farther away from that ideal (the movies barely get mentioned or even affect anything in the show at this point or vice versa). Whether that is an issue with the Marvel Movie-verse runner Kevin Feige and the show runners (Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen), or just the show runners want to do their own thing I don’t know. Bottom line is I feel the show has lost its way and failed the viewers at this point.
While I will still watch the first few episodes of “Agents of Shield” in hopes it gets better I have serious doubts especially when I read that Ghost Rider will be a big portion of this new season. I understand it isn’t Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider but still- seriously? Ghost Rider? WHY!?!? As I read the description of what is to come in season 4 I got the same level of dread I felt from watching the last few episodes of season 3. Who knows? I could be wrong, but seeing as how even ABC is placing this show on the back burner of a new Tuesday night time slot, now on at 10 pm; I think this show is only going to last this final season before ABC/Disney pulls the plug on its life support. “Agents of Shield” Season 4 premieres September 20 on ABC.
When I initially heard Eric Kripke was making a new show (the creator of Supernatural and Revolution) I was on board because I am a fan of his previous work plus the show is about time travel. I mean, who doesn’t like some time travel in their life? “Timeless” had all the makings of a great show with Shawn Ryan (The Shield) attached, as well as the producers of The Blacklist, and NBC really promoting this show as a potential new flagship series. They did everything right for the buildup of the “Timeless” but then the actual commercial came out. Maybe it’s just me but the commercial and first look seemed awful to me. The entire premise and the way the cast interacts just doesn’t appeal to me even if it is about time travel and history. Wait for the comedy Making History in the winter for this kind of premise. I hope I am wrong; but I have a feeling “Timeless” is going to crash and burn (pun intended) as a new series no matter how much NBC promotes it. Below is a description of “Timeless” from Variety as I felt NBC’s description didn’t really help explain anything. “Timeless” premieres on October 3rd on NBC.
‘In “Timeless,” a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. NBC’s description of the show reads, “Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?”’
3. Lethal Weapon
I am a big fan of the Lethal Weapon movie franchise (yes people… I even enjoyed Lethal Weapon 4), so I put this on the list because movie to tv show adaptions generally aren’t good. I would love to be wrong because I could use a great buddy cop duo show in my life and I am a fan of Damon Wayans Sr., but I am still hesitant. Fox also hasn’t really been pushing “Lethal Weapon” too hard so I don’t know how much faith they have that it will be a hit themselves. I will definitely be giving the show a few of the first episodes to see if it hooks me but I wont be surprised if it doesn’t. “Lethal Weapon” premieres September 21 on Fox. Below is the set-up that tv-line gave for anyone who’s never seen any of the Lethal Weapon movies.
‘Grim Reaper-taunting Martin Riggs (Crawford) transfers to the LAPD, where he is partnered with Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), a family man who in the wake of a recent heart attack just might be getting too old for this… situation. Kinda like the movie, you know?’
4. The Great Indoors
I hope that I am wrong about this show because I am a fan of Joel Mchale (Community and The Soup) but watching the first look for “The Great Indoors” had me pretty worried. It’s a sitcom of Joel Mchale, basically being himself, making fun of people; but the casting for the other characters as well as the laugh track type atmosphere of the show was not really working for me. The Big Bang Theory is probably one of the only shows that laugh tracks don’t bother me at all. Maybe it will gain a cult following like Community did but I don’t think so. The show also isn’t being promoted that much by CBS, but maybe with it coming on right after The Big Bang Theory it will get the boost in viewership that it will need. “The Great Indoors” premiers October 27 on CBS. Below is the official description via CBS Television Studios.
‘Joel McHale stars in this insightful and timely comedy about a renowned adventure reporter who has spent his life exploring the edges of the earth. Now that he’s taken a desk job in the digital department of the magazine, he must adapt to the times and his new world. He’s struggling to grasp the lingo of online click-bait and “listicles”, but his real challenge is in understanding his staff of millenials who write about the great outdoors but never actually set foot outside.’
5. Son of Zorn
“Son of Zorn” casting is great with Jason Sudeikis as Zorn (the animated main character), alongside Cheryl Hines and Tim Meadows (live-action characters). But I don’t know about the whole half animated/half live-action thing. Maybe “Son of Zorn” will be a smash hit in the fox comedy lineup, but I think it may be too weird of a concept for viewers to really get engaged. Fox is promoting this comedy though as well as putting it right in between Bob’s Burgers/Simpsons and Family Guy, so it is placed in the best spot Fox could provide it to be successful. We will have to see what Fox’s Sunday Comedy Lineup fan base thinks of the show. “Son of Zorn” premieres September 25 on Fox. Below is the official description via Fox.
‘ZORN (Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, has fought in countless epic battles throughout his life, but he may find the greatest challenge of all when he travels back to suburbia to reconnect with his family.
Once there, Zorn finds himself estranged from his son, ALANGULON or just “Alan” (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”), a 17-year-old with a mellow, P.C. attitude; and Alan’s mother, Zorn’s ex-wife, EDIE (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), a former wild child now living the life of an upper middle class mom. Zorn’s efforts to win them back are complicated by the fact that Edie is now engaged to CRAIG (Tim Meadows, “Saturday Night Live”), an online psychology professor and a stable presence in their lives. Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales under his boss, LINDA (Artemis Pebdani, “Scandal,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who appreciates his passion, but just wants him to rein it in at the office.
As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood, divorce and a boring office job. Sure, as an overlord of pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of enemies: meter maids, dress codes, and the DMV.’
Editor: Trai Wade