2015 Fall TV Preview
In my line of freelance work, I get asked the question, “What are you watching these days?” a lot. I’m happy to share the fall TV shows that take up precious space on my DVR most of the time. I like to ease people into my wacky taste by starting off with something universally appreciated like The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family. Then I whack them over the head with my TRUE obsessions, which happen to be most of the tweeny bopper shows on The CW. I have a tendency to stay away from things that feature blood, guts, sad storylines and most big name winners from the Emmy’s that one may find on a premium channel.
Below is my rather large, rather random weekly lineup, including NEW shows that are debuting this fall. Feel free to point and mock in the comfort of your own home, but please tell me if there is something you love that is missing from my roster. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions in the comment section!
Show: Once Upon a Time
Defense: There are several reasons I am still hanging on after four seasons. I am a fan of the fairy tale. I adore heroes and villains and I long for a good love story. Once Upon a Time fits all of those categories.
Hot Guy Alert: Colin O’Donoghue playing Captain Hook
Show: Blood & Oil
Defense: I know the oil and gas industry and it’s fun to see how much they inflate the truth. I also know the iconic ‘80s show Dallas and it’s fun to see how much Don Johnson tries to be like J.R. Ewing. Finally, I miss Gossip Girl and it’s fun to listen to Chase Crawford with a southern accent. (PS: I cover the show for Entertainment Weekly too!)
Hot Guy Alert: Sonny Crockett and Nate Archibald
Defense: This show has an Alias vibe. Oh how I long for another Michael Vartan to come waltzing into my network TV lineup. From what I’ve seen, it’s not too dark and focuses mostly on the “who done it” part of the storyline. I’m definitely intrigued.
Hot People Alert: Take you pick: Priyanka Chopra, Johs Hopkins and my favorite—Jake McLaughlin as Agent Ryan Booth. (He is a war vet who got into the acting business. I LOVE A HERO!)
Show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Defense: I have to say, I keep trying to like it more than I do. It’s Andy Samberg for crying out loud. Someone help me!
Hot Guy Alert: The amazing Terry Crews
Show: Dancing with the Stars
Defense: I’ll watch anything that incorporates dancing with beloved boy band members from my childhood and other ‘80s celebrities. (PS: I cover this show here!)
Hot Guy Alert: YOU’RE MY BOY, VAL!
Show: The Big Bang Theory
Note: The show will move back to Thursday nights once college football is over.
Defense: I am attracted to nerds. I think it’s because I’m a closeted one myself. When I saw Leonard’s periodic chart t-shirt in season 1, I may have squealed and purchased one on the spot. I adore Jim Parsons and Myim Bialik too. SHAMY FOREVER! (PS: I cover the show for Entertainment Weekly!)
Hot Guy Alert: Obviously, it’s Wil Wheaton. Duh.
Defense: It has c-h-e-e-s-e written all over it, but something tells me I need to give it the old college try. I think it would be well-received on The CW and probably considered a huge hit (even if it isn’t) but let’s see what CBS does. Also, girl power!
Network: The CW
Show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Defense: There will be singing. And stalking that ends up as an epic love story. I’m soooooooooo in.
The Show: The Muppets
Defense: I’m not sure about this one. I’ve watched the first episode and I have to say that my heart was a bit deflated when they made all of the Muppets so cynical and mean! I appreciate the fact that ABC is trying to incorporate humor and sarcasm, but the direction they are headed is one that taints the characters. They didn’t do that in the movies. Why do they feel the need to do that in the television show? I’m definitely on the fence and will bow out should the show keep careening toward the ditch. I prefer my Kermit and Piggy like they were when they took Manhattan.
Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Defense: It took a while for Agents to figure out how it was different from all of the MARVEL movies, but they finally have their act together. I’m a fan, but I will admit that this one typically is one of the last shows I watch when it comes to the long line of TV waiting for me on the DVR. But I do watch it every week.
Hot Guy Alert: Clark Grett (fun fact: he’s married to Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame), Brett Dalton (hubba, hubba), Ian DeCaestecker and Nick Blood (love their accents!)
Defense: It’s John Stamos. You have to tune in at least once. I’m not sure it will last though.
Show: The Grinder
Defense: It’s Rob Lowe AND Fred Savage. COME ON. This one has a much better shot and I think Grandfathered is lucky that The Grinder follows it on Tuesday nights. I have HIGH HIGH HIGH hopes. Also, does anyone else get a Chris Traeger vibe from Rob Lowe in the trailer? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Network: The CW
Show: The Flash
Defense: I love, love, love, love Grant Gustin who plays The Flash. He’s so freaking likable. I want him to have a love story. That’s the one thing The Flash is missing. Let’s get him together with Iris already!
Show: The Mindy Project
Defense: I will watch and read anything that has to do with Mindy Kaling.
Show: The Goldbergs
Defense: If you are a child of the ‘80s, you HAVE to watch this show. You will be transported back each week and giggle as you think, “I totally did that.”
Hot Guy Alert: Murray Goldberg sitting pantsless in his chair. No contest.
Show: Modern Family
Defense: Modern Family has been on my “meh” radar as of late, but the premiere episode was actually pretty good. I’m not a quitter, so I will stick with this show until the end.
Hot Guy Alert: Al Bundy as Jay Pritchett and Phil Dunphy in his cheerleader uniform
Defense: I know a lot of people who started watching this show and gave up after season 1. I will concur that the music isn’t as great as it used to be and they are taking a lot of liberties with special celebrities guests. With that said, I’m still in because…
Hot Guy Alert: DEACON CLAYBOURNE
Show: Mysteries of Laura
Defense: I understand that I am the only one watching this show and I’m okay with that. I have two very big reasons: Josh Lucas and Debra Messing. Enough said.
Network: The CW
Defense: I binge watched all of Arrow earlier this year and I think it’s safe to say I have a healthy addiction to Stephen Amell. Here’s why:
Network: The CW
Show: Vampire Diaries
Defense: I’ve been with the Salvatore brothers since day one because if you squish them together, they are my dream guy. I understand why Elena had such a hard time choosing. Speaking of Elena, I think the show will still be good without the presence of Nina Dobrev this year. I know that the boys can handle Mystic Falls crazy that is coming their way.
Hot Guy Alert: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Matthew Davis, Zach Roeig and Chris Wood (I HOPE THEY BRING YOU BACK FROM THE DEAD, KAI!)
Network: The CW
Show: The Originals
Defense: Since this is a spin-off of Vampire Diaries, I had to hop on board this train. And the reason I stuck around is because of Klaus and Elijah. They are so bad, they are good.
Hot Guy Alert: Joseph Morgan (best crier on TV), Daniel Gillies (the man knows how to wear a suit) and Charles Michael (that smile…)
Defense: Season 1 had it’s moments, but the writers found their voice in season 2. And since the entire cast is an incredible ensemble of improv geniuses, NBC is letting them perform their show LIVE each week. That is about as brave as it gets. These guys deserve success. And a slow motion celebration…
Ok, I LOVE Mysteries of Laura…I’m so glad someone else does! Also, one of my husbands best friends is a writer in undateable…it’s so fun for me to get to read your recaps! Thanks for keeping us entertained!
how fun Holly! You and I are the only two in the world!
PS: LOVE Undateable. Love.
You are not alone! I watch Mysteries of Laura. I find it fun and LOVE the cast.
Oh yay! There are THREE of us now! Woo hoo Leeanne!
THRILLED to hear you watch Arrow, Lincee! Isn’t it just the greatest show?! I have a healthy obsession with Stephen Amell, so I’m totally on board with the workout clips you included! 🙂 Do you follow/like him on social media?! I suggest you do.
He also owns a winery called, Nocking Point Wines – you should check it out. Hot guy + wine = the GREATEST combination ever! 🙂
I’m Googling now Laura. Thank you for that tip…
I’ve decided to start watching Blood & Oil because I need something soapy now that my beloved Revenge has ended. 😉
No Scandal? Best soapy + cliff-hanger-every-episode show ever! 🙂
So. Much. SOAP. You will love it Jasmin!
Muppets take Manhattan!!! My favourite of all the Muppet movies! I have watched it far too many times… I totally agree with you on your take on the new show so far.
Love, love, LOVE the Goldbergs! It’s one of the few shows my husband and I both agree on. I love hearing him start laughing at random things that he recognizes and relates to! And yes, Murray Goldberg with his pants off. It never fails to crack me up when he walks in the front door and takes off his pants the way other people would take off their shoes.
Also I kind of like Fresh off the Boat, more so now that my son watched it for the first time last week and liked it!
I’m also a die hard Survivor fan (never missed an episode), especially when there’s good strategy and game play going on (another show my son likes to watch with me).
And finally, the Amazing Race, although I’m starting to tire of it a bit after so many seasons.
Surprisingly, I’m finding Dancing with the Stars is not holding my attention this season. I’m shocked! I’ve yet to get through an entire episode on my PVR! Hopefully it gets better.
Grandfathered looks good – I think I’ll check it out. And possibly the Grinder as well. Thanks for putting up their trailers!
This was fun! 🙂
Loving The Goldberg love Bri!
I too LOVE Mysteries of Laura – totally have a girl crush on Debra Messing.
Ok add to your DVR:
Madame Secretary – Tea Leoni and Tim Daly are awesome! And her wardrobe is too die for!
NCIS – talk about cute boys! They have them at all ages to pick from.
Fresh of the Boat – is hysterical and the 90’s references are great.
Amazing Race is always good (but my husband and I agree we could never run the race together unless we want to end up in divorce court after lol)
Keep up the great reviews!!!
MoL is up to FOUR!!
I will consider your Fresh Off the Boat and Madame Secretary. I may have to watch NCIS on mute because bloody stuff and murder scares me. Thank you Kimberly!
Definitely not the only one watching Mysteries of Laura, great writing and cast. Love Josh Lucas-hiss Home Depot ads make insulation sound sexy.
Agree totally on the Muppets, super excited for the idea, but was not impressed by the first episode and won’t watch if they don’t get better after the next one.
FIVE FOR MYSTERIES! YES!!
I need to go YouTube Home Depot ads now. Excuse me Heather…
Scream Queens on Fox is right in your wheel house Lincee! It’s a wonderful mix of spoof horror movie and Gossip Girls!
The horror part…won’t I have nightmares about that red devil man?
Lincee – thanks to your recommendations, I watched Quantico last night – it was really good! Tonight will be Blood & Oil! I miss Nate Archibald too 🙂
Quantico is GOOD. Love it. Thanks Jackie!
THE BLACKLIST! Lincee, you’re really missing out on this one. Your schedule does seem quite full, but you should try to fit this one in. Steph lives!
I watched Grinder last night…I really liked it!
Amy…is it scary?
and The Grinder was good. I love Fred Savage. And Rob Lowe (duh…)
LOVE NASHVILLE!!! I binged watched it this summer after having a little boy and fell in love with show! The other day I heard a new song on the radio and I was hoping it was Gunner sing it.
I also love my Greys! I have watched it this long, I can’t stop now even though all of my favorite characters keep dying off.
And I am a reality TV nut – Survivor and Amazing Race! I do get bored sometimes with them, but I can’t miss them!
A show that I am ready for is Downton Abbey! I can’t wait for January!!!!!
I totally forgot about Downton. I’m ready for it too!
Deacon = hot
Lincee, you have to look at the Muppet Show sort of like how I compare you to Some Guy in Austin. Love love love me some Lincee, while Some Guy is just a little bit more naughty and risqué! Both are equally entertaining and hysterical. You are the PG to Some Guys R rating!
I have been cracking up over the 2 episodes so far. You have to really pay attention or you miss the subtle innuendos.
That’s my point Cindy S! I don’t know if I want my Muppets to have innuendos!
PS: Texting SGIA now to tell him I am the PG to his R. He will be THRILLED at this news.
You also watch Jane the Virgin, right? A bit of spoof, drama, lighthearted cliffhanger, and romance as well….less than 2 weeks away from season2 premiere! 🙂
Ugh, I don’t Christine. That one is on my list!
Can’t go wrong with a Latin lover narrator who fills in the gaps in each episode. 😉
My husband and I think The Middle is the most overlooked show on TV! Love it. I’m also a big Scandal fan!
I’ve heard The Middle is dorky fun! Thanks Beth!
I watch Mysteries of Laura. I Love SVU, and Debra Messing..and cop shows, so since they’re back to back, I dvr’d it once. Been hooked since the FIRST show. I’ve seen everyone first season and love it this season, too. A tad bit tongue in cheek for me…I dont want the humor to jump the shark. I’m in though. All season, and SVU. and Good Wife, even though it takes months to get them all in with award shows. The most preempted show on network tv.