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?
My schedule is starting to solidify as we wrap up the final fall releases.
- Man with a Plan (CBS) Series Premiere, Monday, 8:30pm – This Matt LeBlanc sitcom really isn’t getting any positive buzz.
- Rectify (Sund) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – The final season of this excellent show begins, and I still have some catch up on last season on Netflix since this is one of those channels I don’t get.
- The Great Indoors/Mom/Life in Pieces/Pure Genius (CBS) Series/Season Premieres, Thursday, 8:30/9/9:30/10pm – And with the last of our fall premieres, the new Joel McHale millennials vs. oldsters via outdoor stuff isn’t supposed to be revolutionary nor is the Dermot Mulroney hospital of the future, but I am a big fan of the off kilter humor of Mom and pretty on board with the amusing family humor of Life in Pieces.
- The Living and the Dead (BBCA) Series Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – No real word on this drama about an 1800s psychologist who moves home and finds some ‘odd’ cases.
- Good Girls Revolt (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – This look back at some ‘girls’ in the 1969 newsroom is apparently more clichéd than insightful.
- Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO) Series Premiere, Friday, 11pm – Ullman returns to sketch comedy.
- The Fall (Net) Season Premiere, Saturday – I’m excited for the return of this detective vs serial killer intrigue.
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.
Ready to embrace another season of both Mom and Elementary and a new Netflix Aziz option, plus can’t resist a glance at the ridiculous looking spy show Agent X. And for those who get it Flesh and Bone should be worth a look.
- Monday – Vanderpump Rules/Apres Ski, Season/Series Premieres (Brav, 9/10pm), Legends, Season Premiere (TNT, 10pm)
- Tuesday – Christina Milian Turned Up, Season Premiere (E!, 10pm)
- Wednesday – CMA Awards (ABC, 8pm), Coach Charming/Late Night Joy, Series Premieres (TLC, 10/11pm)
- Thursday – The First 48/Nightwatch, Season Premiere (A&E, 9/10pm), Mom/Elementary, Season Premieres (CBS, 9/10pm), Selling It: In the ATL, Series Premiere (WE, 10pm)
- Friday – Master of None, Series Premiere (Net, 3am), Masterchef: Junior, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm)
- Saturday – Survivorman, Season Premiere (Sci, 10pm)
- Sunday – Behind the Story, Season Premiere (Sund, 10am), Flesh and Bone, Series Premiere (Starz, 8pm), Oprah’s Master Class, Season Premiere (OWN, 8pm), The Real Housewives of Atlanta/Untying the Knot, Season Premiere, Season Premieres (Brav, 8/10pm), Agent X, Series Premiere (TNT, 9pm), Getting On, Season Premiere (HBO, 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.
A pretty dismal season for television so far though one or two options still might make the cut. Still waiting for State of Affairs but until then, here’s where I’m at:
- 8pm – Gotham (Fox)
- 9pm – Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
- 10pm – Blacklist (NBC)
The jury is still somewhat out on Gotham but there’s enough interesting about it that it’s still sticking for now. And returning series remind me that there were better shows last year, Hollow is still bonkers but super fun, Spader still makes it.
- 8pm –
- 9pm – SHIELD (ABC) / New Girl/Mindy Project (Fox) / Marry Me/About a Boy (NBC)
Happy to keep some of these comedies around, actors are likable enough for me to keep for now, and Shield has been finding some new rhythms though I oppose a triple booking I am deferring a cut with On Demand.
- 8pm – The Middle (ABC) / The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
- 9pm – The 100 (CW)
Ok, I’m not totally sold on Laura but it’s a decent enough filler for now while Middle and 100 are still keeping me in.
- 8pm – Bones (Fox) / Big Bang Theory/Mom (CBS)
- 10pm – Elementary (CBS) / Parenthood (NBC)
I really am almost done with Bones but it’s still a decent procedural and keeping up with the rest of the regulars.
- 9pm – Grimm (NBC) / ANTM (CW)
- 10pm –
After two Constantines I’m not sold but still don’t feel like I have a feel for the week to week, it’s a good pair with the solid freak of the week on Grimm and yes the models, last year’s addition of boys was a welcome one.
- 8pm – Madam Secretary (CBS) / Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
- 9pm – The Good Wife (CBS)
Secretary still sort of comes across like the poor man’s version of West Wing crossed with Good Wife (which is still fantastic) but even a poor man’s version keeps me in so far and Brooklyn still keeps me amused.
And for the cable fodder: Benched (USA), Ink Master (Spike), The League (Fxx), Project Runway (Life), Sons of Anarchy (Fx), Z Nation (Syfy)
What’s in your queue?
Update: Selfie is cancelled and Constantine no longer made the cut.
Animated Mike Tyson, really? But the one review I read was positive so who knows. Benched is worth at least a look to see if Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) brings the right balance to attorney melt down. Enjoyed Mom and Elementary and ready to check out new sitcom McCarthys. And yes we are now officially another season behind on Runway.
- Monday: 2 Broke Girls, Season Premiere (CBS, 8pm), Mike Tyson Mysteries, Series Premiere (AdSw, 10:30pm)
- Tuesday: The Great Halloween Fright Fight (ABC, 8pm), Prison Wives Club, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm), My Crazy Love, Series Premiere (Oxy, 10pm), Benched, Series Premiere (USA, 10:30pm)
- Wednesday: American Pickers, Season Premiere (Hist, 9pm)
- Thursday: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC, 8pm), Mom/Two and a Half Men/The McCarthys/Elementary, Season/Series Premieres (CBS, 8:30/9/9:30/10pm), Project Runway All Stars, Season Premiere (Life, 9pm), Beat Bobby Flay, Season Premiere (Food, 10pm)
- Sunday: Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons/House of DVF, Season/Series Premiere (E!, 9/10pm), Olive Kitteridge, Miniseries Premiere (HBO, 9pm)
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.
Well we’re easing into it but I think we can officially categorize post Labor Day September as fall. And while I’m still waiting for a little more info on new shows to see what I’m most excited about there are some returning favorites already queued up with a season pass.
- The League (Fxx, 10/3) – This is one of those off color Fx (now Fxx) series that has sort of grown on me, people who are so wrong it’s right, no football appreciation required (if you like It’s Always Sunny this is a nice pairing).
- Sons of Anarchy (Fx, 9/9) – This show has had some uneven spots but watching the interpersonal drama, and admittedly the significant violence, and who’s lying, Jax, makes it a can’t miss to see where our favorite motorcycle gang ends up.
- New Girl/The Mindy Project (Fox, 9/16) – Both of these shows have improved with time and with fleshing out the ensemble, they make me laugh enough.
- The Good Wife (CBS, 9/21) – Last season this show really demonstrated how to shake up a longer term series, and still hold on to what makes it special; still has the best balance of weekly cases with the personal and political drama where I’m interested in what everyone is doing.
- Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/22) – One of the critics I read dubbed this show ‘bonkers awesome’ and she’s right, it’s a ridiculous premise but the fast pace and main character dynamics keep it oh so interesting and did I mention headless horseman ridiculous?
- The Blacklist (NBC, 9/22) – This one is really all about James Spader and fortunately that’s enough to keep this criminal with unclear motives catching bad guys on his list interesting.
- The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/22) – They’ve done a pretty good job keeping what could be a one note show going, adding to the ensemble and growing the characters a bit, but keeping the mockery in top form.
- Parenthood (NBC, 9/25) – As we enter the final season we can assume that the Braverman family will not be drama free and while I haven’t loved every story arc I’ve come to be invested, plus I would follow Lauren Graham and Peter Krause anywhere.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/28) – The latest addition to funny, again finding the balance of the could be annoying main character Samberg has been key but it’s really the ensemble with the amazing Andre Braugher among others that makes it.
- The Walking Dead (AMC, 10/12) – Each season has had a different feel based on where the cast is but I’m intrigued to see them back together and of course getting out of whatever fix they’re in since the live people are often more of a problem than the dead ones.
- The 100 (CW, 10/22) – I keep giving these relatively cheesy CW shows a shot and this one, which is basically pretty people land on earth and so far run into pretty people who survived, but I’m often a sucker for that whole moralistic creating your own society and what’s really right, we’ll see if this season keeps me coming back.
- Grimm (NBC, 10/24) – A procedural show of the not normal variety, in that there is a world of non humans among us, and while I wouldn’t say I love this show the characters and stories keep me coming back.
- Elementary (CBS, 10/30) – I can’t watch this show at the same time as Sherlock because they’re so different in tone but I am down for seeing what our re-imagined Holmes and Watson get up to each week mostly because I like Miller and Liu.
Notable mention (those that are either a little uneven, a little passed their prime, or too fresh to see if I’m hooked): Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC, 9/23), The Middle (ABC, 9/24), Bones (Fox, 9/25), Mom (CBS, 9/29)
And keep your love for a few of these shows on the back-burner until mid-season and beyond: The Americans, Cougar Town, Hannibal, Hart of Dixie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Justified, Lost Girl, Louie, The Mentalist, Orphan Black, Parks and Recreation
What are you most excited to see return?