Things are already wrapping up for their fall finales but everything is finally basically out so here’s where I’m at. *New shows indicated.
This show isn’t necessarily all that good but it has avoided must of the unbearable personal stories or soapy drama that made the others of this ilk unwatchable, and you know so far they succeed on their missions in an uplifting way.
- 8pm – The Middle/Fresh off the Boat (ABC) / Lethal Weapon (Fox)
- 9pm – This is Us (NBC) / Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
- 10pm – Kevin (Probably) Saves the World* (ABC)
Some good classics are still hitting the queue, though I am almost over This Is Us unless they find a way to make anyone else as interesting as Randall and his family’s stories. I am thoroughly enjoying the oddball Jason Ritter series where he’s trying to balance family and his new secret missions with his invisible to others new cohort.
I dropped this show mid-way through last season but am glad to say I listened to critics and got back on board.
- 8pm – Gotham (Fox) / Superstore/The Good Place (NBC) / The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
- 9pm – Will & Grace*/Great News (NBC) / Mom/Life in Pieces (CBS)
I am mostly waiting for Gotham to be canceled and I am not sure how into Great News or Life in Pieces but some good comedies are still hitting Thursday night including the funny familiar though uneven Will & Grace.
- 8pm – Ghosted* (Fox)
- 10pm – Madam Secretary (CBS)
I’m enjoying the buddy paranormal fighting comedy and the Secretary still gives me hope for politics where most things turn out ok.
And because no one lives on network alone, some cable shows that are in the queue: Better Things (Fx), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA), Full Frontal (TBS), Good Behavior (TNT), Ink Master: Angels* (Spike), You’re the Worst (FXX), Z Nation (Syfy)
And I still haven’t watched this season yet but they’re backing up: The Long Road Home* (NGC), Mr. Robot (USA), Project Runway (Life), Queen Sugar (OWN), Top of the Lake (Sun)
The fall season doesn’t have quite the weight it once did but the shows are coming back. So here’s a look at some of the things that I’m looking forward to.
- Better Things (FX, 9/14) – This Pamela Adlon series was the half hour show that I most looked forward to in what I sort of think of as the Louie vein of comedy.
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/25) – I’m always happy to see what the gang is getting up to.
- Bojack Horseman (Net, 9/8) – It’s odd but it’s good on so many layers.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/26) – Since the original they’ve really found a way to bring out great qualities in each character and pairings.
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA, 10/14) – This was such an wacky series but I was won over by the conspiracies and time travel and the relationships that formed.
- Elementary (CBS, 10/2) – Still invested in the pair of crime fighters if not always the crime and whatever the overarching drama is.
- Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 10/3) – The backdrop of immigrant family in the 90s adds a nice layer to the family hijinks.
- Good Behavior (TNT, 10/15) – Intrigued to see what our con woman and hit man get up to this season.
- The Good Place (NBC, 9/20) – This was a great intro last season and I’m excited to see where Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and the gang take us this season.
- Lethal Weapon (Fox, 9/26) – Light and fluffy this new duo of Riggs and Murtaugh have a good groove.
- Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/8) – This is my hopeful political show where just enough magically gets resolved that I can ignore the real world for a bit.
- The Middle (ABC, 10/3) – This show has done a surprisingly good job of keeping the family comedic beats as the kids age.
- Mom (CBS, 11/2) – Allison Janney, Ana Faris, and their mostly recovering cohorts bring it in a great balance of real and unreal ways.
- Mr Robot (USA, 10/11) – Also a little uneven but the wins on this show are strong enough for me to dive back in.
- New Girl (Fox, 9/20) – One more season before the roomies and romances take their full stride into the tv afterlife.
- Queen Sugar (OWN, 10/3) – This is my first Oprah drama and I like the way the location is as much of a character as the fragmented family of sugar farmers.
- Speechless (ABC, 9/27) – I actually dropped this show last season but after hearing continued good things went back and picked it up and was rewarded enough to season pass it.
- Stranger Things (Net, 10/27) – I wasn’t as enamored of this show as everyone else, maybe much due to my Winona disdain, but it’s definitely a fun bingeable what I’ll call summer show.
- Superstore (NBC, 9/28) – The characters in this show have developed enough to make me keep tuning back into this work place comedy.
- This is Us (NBC, 9/26) – This one is on everyone’s radar, and while I find it a bit uneven the drama on here fills my missing sort of Parenthood slot.
- Transparent (Am, 9/22) – I’ve binged this since finally getting onboard with Prime and as reported it’s well worth a watch for the Pfefferman drama.
- Will & Grace (NBC, 9/28) – I guess I’m calling this returning, and while I’m actually curious to see how it goes I remember the early series less dramatic moments fondly enough that I can’t imaging not sticking with it.
- You’re the Worst (Fxx, 9/6) – I really enjoy the risks this show takes in regard to characters and storytelling and will keep tuning back in.
With a few others that I’ll check back in on: Gotham (Fox, 9/21), Life in Pieces (CBS, 11/2), Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC, 9/20), Search Party (TBS, 11/19), Z Nation (Syfy, 9/29)
Note: Premiere dates subject to change always check your local listings.
There’s always room for tinkering but as it stands here’s what I’ve got on the plan, or at least the TiVo queue.
- 8pm – Gotham (Fox)
- 10pm – Timeless (NBC)
Wacky time travel is the new addition to this timeslot, it’s a rompy fun show and we seem to get a new historical event each week plus of course some sort of overarching conspiracy. And I’m hanging in with this slant on the Batman world with the characters and cases still providing enough interest.
- 8pm – The Middle (ABC) / Brooklyn Nine-Nine/New Girl (Fox)
- 9pm – Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) / No Tomorrow (CW) / This is Us (NBC)
- 10pm – SHIELD (ABC)
New additions this this night include two hours that have been engaging so far. One a ridiculous rom-com where they keep playing with whether the dude is crazy (he is predicting the apocalypse, but you know citing science) and whether crazy matters if he’s good in the meantime. And the second the natural family drama fill in for Parenthood which so far has some members of the family more well-rounded than others but it’s keeping me in. And sticking with some of the amusing and riding out the ups and downs of the Marvel tv incarnation.
- 8pm – Lethal Weapon (Fox)
As long as you don’t pretend it’s a remake the new buddy cop drama is fun. Note I almost stuck with Speechless, the kid in the wheelchair and his aide are great but the show doesn’t end up bringing enough comedy for me.
- 8pm – The Big Bang Theory (CBS) / Superstore/The Good Place (NBC)
- 9pm – Pitch (Fox) / Mom/Life in Pieces (CBS)
New additions here are the afterlife mix up which I find amusing with the plot so far moving quickly into new territory each week and the girl baseball player which isn’t revolutionary but so far I find the main characters engaging. I did watch one episode of The Great Outdoors and will check out another but don’t imagine sticking around. And I am holding on to some other amusements.
- 9pm – Madam Secretary (CBS)
- 10pm – Elementary (CBS)
Neither of these are the most amazing for me but I like enough about them and the roles that they play in my schedule so am going to stick them out.
And lest we forget about other random cable channels that I tend to watch less on schedule: Atlanta (FX), Better Things (Fx), Queen Sugar (OWN), Younger (TVL), You’re the Worst (Fxx), and Z Nation (Syfy). I was also intrigued enough by the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA) to take it for another spin, though it is admittedly so odd I don’t know whether that’s going to be enough or too much.
Plus there’s still midseason! What’s in your schedule?
Still making my way through last week’s tv, fortunately a cold this week forced me to take a little downtime to do some catching up as more stuff keeps coming.
- Presidential Debate (Various) Monday, 6pm – Lester Holt moderates.
- Aftermath (Syfy) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – Another post-apocalyptic endeavor.
- Criminal Minds/Code Black (CBS) Season Premieres, Wednesday, 9/10pm – Thomas Gibson is out, who’s in? And more medical.
- Younger/Impastor (TVL) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10/10:30pm – I still find Younger, mostly due to the lead Sutton Foster, charming and they do a fun job of her 26 year old 40 year old lives and haven’t keep up with the fake holy man.
- Crisis in Six Scenes (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Woody Allen’s latest isn’t made more appealing sounding with the use of Miley Cyrus.
- Marvel’s Luke Cage (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – I enjoyed this character’s turn in Jessica Jones so I’m looking forward to what he does in his own series.
- Versailles (Ova) Series Premiere, Saturday, 10pm – Haven’t heard amazing things about this French import drama about the making of.
- Saturday Night Live (NBC) Season Premiere, Saturday, 11:29 – Margot Robbie hosts.
- Ash vs Evil Dead/Blunt Talk (Starz) Season Premiere, Sunday, 8/8:30pm – I’ve heard some good about Ash though not much about Blunt.
- Madam Secretary/Elementary (CBS) Season Premiere, Sunday, 9/10pm – I’ll give these both another go.
- Shameless (Show) Season Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – The return of the dysfunctional family.
- Westworld (HBO) Series Premiere, Sunday 9pm – The latest high concept sci-fi/fantasy drama.
The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.
This year fall sort of snuck up on me but as usual as much as it’s upon us it’s a slow roll. A few of the shows that I’ve got on season pass ready to return:
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/19) – This show might not be revolutionary but still makes me laugh enough to look forward to it for the fun mix of personalities.
- The Blacklist (NBC, 9/22) – I would be happy never to see Elizabeth again and Red may not be enough to keep me tuning in for another season but my interest is still greater than my annoyance, for now at least.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/20) – Another one I find funny, the characters have all grown in nice ways and create interesting complementary relationships.
- Elementary (CBS, 10/2) – I found I was paying less attention to this last year but still like the main characters enough, and enjoy having a good procedural to be available so for now I’ll tune in for more than Joan’s outfit.
- Empire (Fox, 9/21) – There was a bit of a sophomore slump on this one but I love a good fast moving soapy show and the musical accompaniment adds a nice touch.
- Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 10/11) – The mix of cultures and generations in our 80s era setting are well explored with a nice ensemble of well-drawn characters.
- Gotham (Fox, 9/19) – I never love this reinvention of the early years of the dawn of Batman as much as I want to but I find that I always enjoy the villains and the complexity of the ‘good’ guys more than I think I’m going to.
- Life in Pieces (CBS, 10/27) – I spent every episode last season deciding whether I was going to keep watching this show but I made it through the year so we’ll see if this extended family laugher keeps me laughing.
- Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/2) – I am keeping this show in the lineup as basically a poor man’s The Good Wife but this politics meets family show will do for now.
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/20) – Repeat Gotham description here.
- The Middle (ABC, 10/11) – This comedy has help up to the test of time and continues to bring amusement even as college is taking them away.
- Mom (CBS, 10/27) – This show has grown into a nice comedy while still keeping the drama of the darker moments of their lives.
- New Girl (Fox, 9/20) – Repeat The Big Bang Theory description here.
- Superstore (NBC, 9/22) – There was enough intriguing and amusing in this workplace comedy to keep me coming back.
And of course a few cable fare: Longmire (Net, 9/23), Project Runway (Life, 9/15), Rectify (Sund, 10/26). The Walking Dead (AMC, 10/23), Younger (TVL, 9/28), You’re the Worst (Fxx, 8/31), Z Nation (Syfy, 9/16)
Though as I read my reccos I realized most aren’t that strong, here’s hoping the new crop of shows offers some new faves. Stay tuned for my look at what I’m looking forward to.
Rolling out a few more fall, I’m on the fence about going back to Bones and Sleepy Hollow, but will check out two new promising sitcoms with some noted faces.
- Monday – I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Series Premiere (PBS, 10pm), The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Series Premiere (Com, 11pm)
- Tuesday – Grandfathered/The Grinder, Series Premieres (Fox, 8/8:30pm), SHIELD, Season Premieres (ABC, 9pm)
- Wednesday – Criminal Minds/Code Black, Season/Series Premieres (CBS, 9/10pm), Chicago PD, Season Premiere NBC, 10pm)
- Thursday – Bones/Sleepy Hollow, Season Premieres (Fox, 8/9pm), The Blacklist, Season Premiere (NBC, 9pm), Benders, Series Premiere (IFC, 10pm)
- Friday – Dr Ken, Series Premiere (ABC, 8:30pm), Love at First Swipe/Sex in Public/What She Said, Series Premieres (TLC, 9/10/10:30pm), The Jacksons, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm)
- Saturday – The Graham Norton Show, Season Premiere (BBCA, 10pm), SNL, Season Premiere (NBC, 11:30pm)
- Sunday – Madam Secretary/The Good Wife/CSI: Cyber, Season Premieres (CBS, 8/9/10pm), Homeland/The Affair, Season Premiere (Sho, 9/10pm), The Leftovers, Season Premiere (HBO, 9pm), Bar Rescue, Season Premiere (Spike, 10pm), Naked & Afraid, Season Premiere (Disc, 10pm), The Widower, Series Premiere (PBS, 10pm)
The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation other than those underlined. Times noted are typically PST.
As we wait for fall tv schedules to be announced and final cancellations to come in (upfronts are scheduled to start next week), I have to admit that I’m almost looking forward to cancellations. My backlog gets to be sort of daunting, and of course new shows will come out in the fall. So some of the shows that I’m tempted to give up on could use a little push. Though the wind could change based on scheduling or a good run, following are some of the things that might no longer make the cut.
- 2 Broke Girls (CBS) Renewed – This show is one that I find almost funny, and although I don’t have a season pass of it, when I’m looking for a half hour I somehow seem to keep tuning back in, chances of dropping are moderate.
- American Crime (ABC) TBD – I only watched the first couple and was intrigued but wary, a cancellation might keep this backlog off my to do list to see if it’s worthwhile, chances of dropping are high.
- Bones (Fox) TBD – Once upon a time I quite enjoyed this procedural and I still enjoy many of these characters enough, but it’s kind of done and not sure I’d feel terrible about letting this go the way of Castle (which I’ve already dropped), chances of dropping are high.
- Broadchurch (BBCA) Renewed – I just wrapped up this season, and it was one of the shows that I enjoyed but kind of found myself checking how many minutes of the show were left, I’ll be tempted to tune back in to the premiere to see what the new season story line/mystery will be, chances of dropping are moderate.
- Grimm (NBC) Renewed – This show was kind of fun for a while but I’m kind of over the monster of the week and all the interpersonal drama has worn itself out (I love it when most characters get a chance to go bad but not digging Juliet’s current vibe), chances of dropping are high.
- The Last Man on Earth (Fox) Renewed – While the pilot was a treat this show quickly became about how annoying Phil could be, I’m short the last two of the season which could determine whether I’m intrigued by the current direction, chances of dropping are moderate.
- Madam Secretary (CBS) Renewed – This show is fine, it’s just quite predictable that she’ll face a dire situation each week and come out of it morally intact, and it just comes across as not as good as The Good Wife, but it still works, chances of dropping are low.
- The Mindy Project (Fox) TBD – I’ve quite enjoyed some of these episodes but just didn’t love this last season, not sure whether this ongoing pregnancy story line will continue to waylay the laughs but I’ll probably check in, chances of dropping are low.
- Sleepy Hollow (Fox) Renewed – The first season of this show was so fun, while the second season did everything it could to keep us mired in the more tedious aspects and characters, I think this new season is sort of another fresh start so worth checking, chances of dropping are low.
- Undateable (NBC) TBD – Another half hour that has some potential and started when there was’t a ton on, it just doesn’t quite keep me laughing enough to warrant it being on the to do list, chances of dropping are high.
There are tons of sites that track status of things, here are a couple: TVLine and Metacritic. Anything you’re looking to let go?