My TV and Me

September 21, 2011

The Fall TV Post

So guess what? Much to my surprise, there are quite a few new series that I’m actually looking forward to seeing this year. The most recent fall seasons have been fairly uninspiring – and that showed, I think, when almost none of the new shows got picked up for a second season – so I’m feeling encouraged about the prospects of this year’s crop.

*Inhale*

Quick and Dirty:

Returning Shows

Fringe – My current favorite, returns this Friday, September 23 at 9:00 on FOX.
Sons of Anarchy – Season 4 of SOA premiered on September 6 and I’ve got 3 episodes waiting for me on my DVR. It airs on Tuesdays at 10:00 on fX.
Castle – Season 4 of Castle premiered this past Monday. It airs on Mondays at 10:00 on ABC.
CSI – Season 12 finds the show on a new night – Wednesdays at 10:00 on CBS. Tonight is the season premiere. Laurence Fishburne is out and Ted Danson is in.
Modern Family – Season 3 of the Emmy-hog premieres tonight on ABC at 9:00 with an hour-long episode.
The Walking Dead – AMC’s zombie apocalypse show returns on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 with a full 13- episode second season.
Survivor – I don’t usually watch Survivor, but my mother asked me to watch it with her, so I will. Season 4,391 premiered last Wednesday.

New Shows

This is a long list, and I will probably drop half of them. If I don’t, well, I have no idea how I will fit all of this TV-watching in!

BBCA Dramaville – Drama anthology that includes The Hour, Luther and Whitechapel, each a 6-part mini-series. The first installment, The Hour, began on August 17 and concludes tonight (I have only watched 2 episodes so far). The two remaining series will air through November 30.
Person of Interest – Airs on Thursdays at 9:00 on CBS, and premieres tomorrow night. Attraction for me: Michael Emerson of LOST and JJ Abrams. High hopes.
Terra Nova – FOX’s new sci-fi/dinosaur utopia-planet-that’s-not-really-a-uptopia-planet adventure series premieres on Monday, September 26 at 8:00. I love this kind of stuff, but preliminary reviews are lukewarm. I’m hoping they give it a chance.
Hell on Wheels – AMC’s newest drama, a post-Civil-War recovery Western, premieres on Sunday, November 6 at 10:00. I do love a Western when it’s done right. *sniff*Deadwood*sniff*
Prime Suspect – As a HUGE fan of the BBC original, I had all these built-in prejudices against the NBC remake but you know what? It looks pretty good. Premieres tomorrow night, September 22, at 10:00.
American Horror Story – You can read a description here. From the makers of Nip/Tuck and Glee and airing on fX? Enticing, to say the least. Premieres on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00.
Once Upon a Time – This is another show that’s difficult to briefly describe, so here’s a link for you. Premieres on Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 on ABC.
Homeland – This one sounds pretty interesting, a psychological thriller involving the CIA, al Qaeda plots and personal demons (of course). The cast includes Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin). Look for it on Showtime on Sunday, October 2 at 10:00.

*Exhale*

And I think that’s about it. Ha! I’ll be lucky if I get to half of these in a timely manner, and that’s only if my DVR can handle the load.

I am excited about a lot of the new series, though, and that hasn’t happened in a while. How about you? What returning and/or new shows are you looking forward to?

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March 30, 2011

New Shows!

Filed under: tv news, video — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 3:40 pm

I’ve got three new shows coming up that I am extremely excited about, not only because they look really good and have good buzz, but also because I think they all may actually have a chance of lasting for more than a single 13-episode season (RIP my beloved Rubicon and Terriers).

The first is called The Killing, which will air on AMC, beginning with a 2-hour series premiere this Sunday, April 3 at 9:00 PM. Jace Lacob, Televisionary and columnist for The Daily Beast, wrote a very positive piece about it. Here’s a sample quote:

In The Killing, everyone is concealing secrets. “Even a seemingly innocent victim, this dead 17-year-old, had a secret life no one knew about,” said Executive Producer Veena Sud, who comes from both crime procedurals (Cold Case) and serialized drama (Push, Nevada).

While The Killing—based on the insanely successful Danish series Forbrydelsen—doesn’t have dancing dwarves, cryptic giants, or a log lady, what it does share with David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks is a harrowing approach to murder and a central mystery that will likely prove to be addictive viewing.

In both cases, it’s the gruesome murder of a seemingly perfect teenage girl that kicks off the action and the gloomy Pacific Northwest (Vancouver stands in for Seattle in The Killing) serves as a backdrop for an engrossing murder mystery where every character, from the girl’s grief-stricken parents (played by Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton) and her classmates to local politicos and their aides, are under suspicion.

Sounds like what Harper’s Island should have been, or at least what I thought it was going to be: Good.

Next up: TNT’s Falling Skies. Will this be the “anti-V“? God, I hope so! It premieres on Sunday, June 19 at 9:00 PM (that’s 2 so far that are on the same night at the same time…)

Pajiba has put up a good piece on Falling Skies – here’s a quote from them:

I sat in on a panel for “Falling Skies” at Comic Con, and the trailer looked pretty generic, the show runners and costars were all generic and saying the scripted things they’re supposed to be saying, and yet Noah Wyle sold the show’s premise to the crowd. He was unkempt, straggly hair and knotted beard, he kept interrupting with weird jokes about how of course this is on TNT, because everything he is in is broadcast on TNT at least on reruns. He cracked a couple times about how Ted Turner owned everyone of them on stage. But every time he spoke about the show, he spoke in this half-distracted, almost haunted way, rambling on quietly as if to himself about how his character was a professor of colonial American history, and how it made him strangely suited to lead. When he talked to himself about how sometimes a determined enough little group could break an invader’s will, or the hard decisions you have to make when speed matters and the weak can’t move fast enough … well, it felt like you were listening to someone telling Adama what it had been like back on Caprica before the rescue came.

Faint praise, at best, but my interest is piqued. Especially after seeing the new trailer:

Finally, the show I’ve been most looking forward to: HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the popular series of books by George R. R. Martin (I have not read them, but I do have the first book waiting for me on my nightstand). Honestly, I don’t know what it’s about exactly, except that it’s a sword and sorcery-style epic and Sean Bean is in it. That’s enough for me! Actually, HBO describes the series this way:

So when will Game of Thrones premiere? On what night and time will it air? The season premiere will air on Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 PM. All three of these shows are going to be on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM. This is going to call for some seriously creative DVR-ing.

September 8, 2010

Fall Premiere Schedule

Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:46 am

Mark your calendars and get ready to program your DVRs, people. Alan has posted a list of dates and times for both new and returning shows – for the fall season only – over at HitFix. It’s a pretty exhaustive list, so you should be able to learn when your favorite shows are premiering. If not, you can also check out the futon critic’s guide to fall and winter’s new and returning shows.

Here are the dates for the shows that I’ll be watching:

RETURNING

Castle, (Mon, Sep 20, 10:00 PM, ABC)
Modern Family (Wed, Sep 22, 9:00 PM, ABC)
CSI (Thu, Sep 23, 9:00 PM, CBS)
Fringe (Thu, Sep 23, 9:00 PM, FOX)

NEW

(the starred shows are ones I will definitely be checking out, the others are possibilities)

** Terriers (Wed, Sep 8 – tonight!!, 10:00 PM, fX)
Hawaii Five-O (Mon, Sep 20, 10:00 PM, CBS)
** Undercovers (Wed, Sep 22, 8:00 PM, NBC)
No Ordinary Family (Tue, Sep 28, 8:00 PM, ABC)
** Luther (Sun, Oct 24, 10:00 PM, BBCA)
** The Walking Dead (Sun, Oct 31, 10:00 PM, AMC)

I’m going to have some serious DVR issues on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

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