There’s no doubt about it: I’m a tv junkie. I love getting lost in the drama, the comedy, the entertainment of television. Which makes me downright giddy for fall!
I sat down to chart out the days/times/premieres for all my shows (what? doesn’t anyone else do that?), and it became quite clear that I have a fondness for the fantastical. Give me a show with science fiction, fantasty, or superheroes, and I’m pretty much set. But I tend to steer clear of crime or medical dramas, gritty thrillers, or anything on the premium channels. My interests only round out so far as the token nighttime soap opera or two, and pseudo edgy (but mostly family-friendly) comedies.
Here’s a list of the tv shows I’ll be watching, DVRing, or catching next-day on Hulu Plus this season. Are any of these on your list? What will you be watching on TV this fall?
ONCE UPON A TIME
Premieres September 28
The Storybrooke residents do not know what Elsa has in store for them. Back in the past, in Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle, we will discover what happened to her, her sister Anna and Kristoff, and how and why Elsa became a prisoner of Rumplestiltskin.
And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina’s relationship with him, will she return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level? As the season continues, new fairy tale characters will be revealed and old acquaintances will be revisited. But not everyone can be trusted.
Why I’ll be watching: This show is pure cotton candy entertainment. Not much to think about, mostly predictable surprises, and an inconsistent pace that sometimes drives me crazy, BUT…I kinda love it.
Premieres September 22
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Why I’ll be watching: Encouraged by how well CW has handled Arrow and ABC has handled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, I’m hoping for another excellent take on the comic book universe from Gotham.
Premieres October 7
Barry Allen now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
Why I’ll be watching: I felt they did a solid job introducing Barry in last season’s Arrow, and I’m genuinely interested in getting to know this character better. I’m also a big fan of Arrow, so am expecting that CW will give the same proper treatment to The Flash as they have to their original superhero.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D
Premieres September 23
After helping to thwart Hydra, Agent Phil Coulson was appointed as Director and tasked with rebuilding the agency. By his side are Agent Melinda May, expert pilot, martial artist and longtime friend, and computer hacker Skye, now a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Agent Leo Fitz, brilliant engineer, and Agent Gemma Simmons, genius bio-chemist, are dealing with the impacts of their near-death experience at the hands of Grant Ward, a highly trained in combat and espionage, who was found to be a Hydra mole. Also joining Coulson’s core team Lance Hunter, a dashing mercenary sharp shooter with a quick wit.
Why I’ll be watching: Although I resisted the big twist last year, by the end of the season it was clear they needed that punch in the gut to pick up steam. I’m excited to see the show up the ante this season.
Premieres September 22 and 23
Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.
Why I’ll be watching: I watched the pilot on Hulu Plus, and thought it was charming enough. I’m definitely willing to give Ioan Gruffudd a chance as a kind of immortal Sherlock in this new series.
Premieres October 8
In the aftermath of this victory, Season 3 opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen — not as long as the city needs The Arrow.
Why I’ll be watching: I’m a little embarrassed at how much I like this show. I think it’s actually well-written, well-acted, and the action is intense. I love each little reveal as the universe is built, and now I’m ready for Roy to really step it up and become a bigger part of the story.
Premieres September 24
Modern Family stars the Pritchett-Tucker-Dunphy clan, a wonderfully large and blended family. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.
Why I’ll be watching: This is fun, reliable mid-week escape for me. I’ve enjoyed every season of this show.
Premieres September 24
Music legend and entertainment icon Rayna James has been one of the industry’s top female vocalists for two decades. After working tirelessly to elevate her game, Rayna suddenly discovers her passion for the business is not enough to compete with the new generation of talent lighting up the charts. She’s forced to accept the harsh reality that she’ll have to start over and reinvent herself if she plans on being relevant.
Why I’ll be watching: I might love the music from the show more than the show itself, but even for a sudsy prime time soap opera, this show does have it’s solid, touching moments.
Season 6 – FINAL SEASON
Premieres September 25
This is the story of the Bravermans – Sarah, Adam, Crosby and Julia – four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and unexpected joys of being a parent.
Why I’ll be watching: Morbid curiosity. I actually cannot stand this show (here’s why), but I am wondering how they’re going to wrap everything up for the Bravermans.
Premieres September 26
The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.
Why I’ll be watching: It’s strange to say it, but I feel like I actually learn something about business, economics, risk, and more each time I watch this show. That, and I find the people who appear on it generally brilliant and pretty gutsy.