Last week I posted about one of my frequent time consumers: TV. What with all the TV shows ending and starting last year and this fall, there was a lot to say and I didn’t get to finish. So here is my second installment. (I have an inkling that there may be a third, but I’ll just write this and see!) Last week I discussed shows that I have begun to follow on Showtime, ABC, and CBS. Some, I saw as potentially huge successes, while others were massively disappointing. Already, a slew of shows have been canceled, luckily only one I really liked- bummer- and a second I think would’ve been great to watch all together on Netlfix- but that’s not how tv works, I guess. I digress! Now to the important stuff…. My opinions on the rest of the new fall lineup!!!
The Originals: More big money productions sinking their teeth into the vampire lore. Am I the only one who thinks the Twilight Saga was already too much even before True Blood and Vampire Diaries? I mean, really? I never watched Vampire Diaries or True Blood, and I don’t care how bored I get, I won’t watch them on Netflix. There is nothing really original- no pun intended- about this show, but the cast is smokin’ hot. Especially the bad guy, Marcel, played by Charles Michael Davis. But what else do you need from a show on The CW? It’s target demographic is women between 15 and 35, I would say, so hot guys will pretty much satisfy them. Especially sexy ones who spend a lot of time sucking female necks… If you need something to play while you make dinner or do homework, this is the perfect show. You don’t need to actually watch this, but when you do look up to the screen, you won’t be disappointed.
The Tomorrow People: This show has a very interesting premise. Reading about it, initially, I wasn’t that impressed, but now that I know a little more I can dig it. It is about the human race mutating slowly into a more genetically powerful condition. The “tomorrow people”, as they are called in the show, have the three T’s- Telepathy, Telekinesis, and Teleportation. The male lead’s character has a fourth- Time (he can control it). This new species takes on a corrupt- and jealous IMO- group called Ultra, who try and rid the world of the advanced people. However, the two leads played by Robbie Amell (Stephen Amell, from Arrow, is his cousin) and Peyton List are awful despite a decent amount of sexual chemistry. I’ll watch it when I have medial homework tasks to do.
Reign: I actually real dig this show. The pilot I was rather disappointed with, but kept watching. I am so addicted to this show. Maybe it is because I am a HUGE European History person, but I can’t get enough of it. I usually don’t like it when they take modern couture and integrate it into medieval dress, but it works for me in this show. I think the acting is pretty good, I love the fashion, the storyline is great, some hot guys, beautiful women, intrigue, and the two leads playing Queen Mary and Francis II (Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo) have a fabulous chemistry that grows with each episode. I say watch.
Almost Human: So there is only one episode out so far and it is okay. Michael Ealy, I think we can all agree, has this insane combination of adorable and sexy, but I can’t get myself to like Karl Urban as the brooding John Kennex. Little too much brooding for me. I will probably watch this, but its just another cop show, just set in the future. Not crazy exciting to me. I will say, I was very happily surprised to see Minka Kelly as Detective Stahl and would like to see her character become stronger…
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This has-drumroll please- Andy Samberg in it. I love it. Weirdly I am turned off by his kind of comedy. A little to out there and needy for me. However when he does it… I melt. It also stars Terry Crews, Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio who I think are all amazing. The supporting female cast is also brilliant with Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, and Chelsea Peretti, who each bring their own brawn, brains, or lack-there-of. This show is funny, fun, sexy, and really refreshing. Yeah, it’s another cop show, but it has Andy Samberg. And everyone else I mentioned. And you should watch it.
Dads: All of my guy friends LOVE this show. They say it is just has a lot of great dude moments. I say if you want to watch a really great “dude show” go watch Men At Work. The material is better, the guys are hotter, and the premise is a smidge more original (?). I do watch this because there are some funny moments and I like Seth Greene, but its not a show with a lot of ingenuity, if any. Two guys run a video game company, both of their dads come to live with them at the exact same time, things happen. Pros: Seth Greene, the dads (kind of), Tonita Castro. If you don’t know what I am talking about when I say Tonita Castro, look it up, you won’t be sorry. Cons: the dads (kind of) and Vanessa Lachey. I get that she is kind of hot, or whatever, but she is a worthless actress and doesn’t have a funny bone in that semi-hot body. I would have rather seen Haley Duff play her character. Do what you want with this show, I literally have zero cares about it.
Masterchef Junior: JUST WATCH. I never saw an episode of the normal Masterchef, but I am utterly addicted to this. Kids between the ages of 8 and 13 compete in the same challenges that the adults do…. And do way better and are so much nicer/cuter. Don’t miss this, because you will be sorry.
Sleepy Hollow: WHY CAN THEY NOT PUT ICHABOD IN REAL CLOTHING?! Okay. Now that that is done, I can tell you that I really like this show. Rather innovative in my opinion, great acting, super sexy Ichabod Crane, lots of history that is being manipulated and revitalized. I only have two cons. One, they leave the ever attractive male lead, Tom Mison, in dirty, dusty, 18th centruy clothing, that he supposedly was killed and buried in. Two, there is a lot of creep violence in it. When it comes to blood and gore, I can handle it. When it comes to creepy demons snapping necks, etc, for some reason I get the shivers. Despite these two things, I say you should definitely not miss this show.
Blacklist: This show is amazing. First of all, James Spader is in it, why would you not watch it? Secondly, it is actually really badass. This premise is so original- at least to me- especially for a cop show. It also has turns that take you by surprise in every episode. You have to watch it. If you add only one show to your agenda it should be this one. So worth it. And I am calling it now. Red is Lizzy’s dad.
Ironside: After four episodes, this show is already canceled- or “concluded”. Whatever. Yet another cop show. This was actually a remake of a show by the same name from the 70s (or was it the 80s?), and quite frankly, I won’t miss it. Blair Underwood is great, but when is he not? The writing and supporting cast just couldn’t back it up enough. Every week I forgot this show even existed until I saw it pop up in my Hulu queue and there wasn’t an episode when I didn’t fall asleep watching. I don’t need to tell you to pass, because it’s already over.
Welcome to the Family: I liked this show. Pretty silly, but it was only 30 minutes. It slid into my morning routine perfectly. I didn’t have to actually pay attention to it, but I lvoe brushing my teeth and picking out my clothes while I listened to the dads with pregnant teenagers (and one pregnant wife) fought with each other.
Sean Saves the World: Watch. Sean Hayes is simply darling as a gay dad who is suddenly entrusted with his daughter’s care after his ex-beard leaves. Linda Lavin plays the mum/grandma and is absolutely hilarious and judgey. I predict this will be big as soon as HIMYM actually ends after this season.
The Michael J Fox Show: This is pretty cute. I watch it because of MJF, but it has a pretty darling supporting cast. As a person who is struggling with the loss that Parkinson’s brings, it is really touching to see MJF struggle, but not, in his beautiful, touching, and brave way. Parts of it can get a little annoying sometimes (the whole aunt storyline really bothers me), but I love at the end of every episode there is a moral. Cute and MJF is in it. Watch.
Dracula: Ugh. Another vampire show. I liked it at first. Fairly original way to tell the story, actually, but I am rapidly getting more and more bored of it. This bums me out, because I love the cast, particularly Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Katie McGrath (Merlin). However, the more I watch it, the more bored I get. Don’t waste your time, especially if you only have a limited number of shows you can or want to watch.
The Million Second Quiz: Haven’t seen it yet, nor will I.
So I will be doing that third installment. So stay tuned! Let me know if you agree, disagree, or if there are some shows that I haven’t talked about, but I should see!