I know, I know, ANOTHER TV post… already?! That would be correct. Hello, TV addict over here!
With only 1 show on my watch list premiering last week, I considered it a bit of a “soft open” to FTF. This week, however, has LOTS of new shows! Some oldies but goodies, some that just can’t seem to die and some brand spankin’ new ones that will hopefully last longer than a few episodes.
Here’s what I’ll be watching this season…
Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Mondays at 9/8c; Series premiered 9/16)
The premise is that the headless horseman and Ickabod Crane somehow end up in present day Sleepy Hollow and Crane teams up with a local cop to fight off the horseman and figure out the mystery that is his sudden awakening. I thought the series premiere was really strong! To be honest, I’m a big fan of period pieces in general, so if a show does that well, I’ll usually get on board with the rest of it. It did feel like the premiere gave a lot away, though, and I’m not sure if the show can keep up the momentum (or the ratings) to last, but I’m hopeful! Tonight’s second episode should help shed light on how much staying-power this show has.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Tuesdays at 8/7c; Series premiere 9/24)
A TV version of an Avengers movie spinoff. The show brings back Agent Coulson, who died in the movie, and is centered around him and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that I’ve never heard of before. I’m not a comic book fan in any way, but I did enjoy the Avengers movie and most of the individual superhero movies, and on top of that, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) is executive producing, so I pretty much have to give this show a try.
The Originals (The CW, Tuesdays at 8/7c; Series premiere Thursday 10/3, it moves to its actual time slot the following Tuesday)
The Vampire Diaries (TVD) spinoff follows fan favorite Klaus to New Orleans as he vies to once again become vampire king of the city. His (also vampire) brother and sister follow him there and (PLOT TWIST!) the werewolf Hayley is pregnant is Klaus’s baby!… OK, so it sounds pretty awful… But they put a soft premiere episode into last season of TVD and it was mostly on par with the original show. I don’t love the pregnant aspect, obviously (to say babies aren’t my thing is an understatement), but I’ll give this show a try anyway. It’s a little weird that they’re putting the series premiere on a different night than the regular time slot (on a Thursday, right after the TVD premiere, in hopes of audience retention, I’m sure), but despite any possible confusion, this show looks like it will be another CW hit.
Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesdays at 10/9c; Season premiere 9/24)
I’m not sure what it is about this show that piqued my interest, but I have to say it isn’t half bad as far as NBC dramas go. The writing is a little off here and there, but it’s pretty well acted and the story lines have a good bit of depth. Plus, attractive actors in firemen uniforms… Need I say more? I’m looking forward to good things out of the show’s sophomore season.
Nashville (ABC, Wednesdays at 10/9c; Season premiere 9/25)
I LOVED the first season of this show. Connie Britton is one of my absolute favorites to watch and it’s about country music, so obviously I was on board the moment I saw the first flashy teaser. Icing on the cake is that the music is actually an awesome part of the show and not something you wish they would bring in outside musicians for. So excited for this next season!
American Horror Story: Coven (FX, Wednesdays at 10; Season premiere 10/9)
AHS is one of the best shows on TV. The first season freaked my roommate and I out so much that neither of us could sleep for weeks. Since I decided against watching the second season at 10 pm when it aired (aka right before I go to bed), I have yet to actually watch it in its entirety. Season 2 got off to a slow start and I just wasn’t able to keep up with it, although I’m told it got really good towards the middle, so I’ll definitely have to make an effort to watch it all. Season 3 looks really great, but I still refuse to watch it right before I go to bed!
The Vampire Diaries (The CW, Thursdays at 8/7c; Season premiere 10/3)
It might just be a stupid tween vampire show on The CW, but this show has had some pretty awesome episodes over the years. One specific season finale comes to mind, but I won’t give away any spoilers to those of you who want to watch it (it’s on Netflix!). I’m not super into the current story line (I prefer the simpler days when the brother vampires were the craziest thing happening in their town, although that didn’t last for long), but I think Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek) do a great job with the series in general.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, Thursdays at 9/8c; Season premiere 9/26)
This is the show that never ends, it will go on and on my friends… Don’t get me wrong, I love Grey’s, and the first few seasons hold a very special place in the TV section of my heart, but enough is enough already. How many more traumatic experiences can the doctors at Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial go through? Sandra Oh is reportedly done at the end of this season, and I hope the series is, too.
Scandal (ABC, Thursdays at 10/9c; Season premiere 10/3)
Kerry Washington is another favorite of mine. She highlights an already-awesome ensemble that has great chemistry, story lines and writing, to boot. Washington’s “fixer” character is super complex, as are are the characters on the show, which makes for very interesting episodes. And the forbidden fruit that is her relationship with President Fitz makes it impossible not to come back for more each week. If you’re going to pick one show to start watching, make it this one. (It’s also on Netflix!)
Dracula (NBC, Fridays at 10/9c; Series premiere 10/25)
Friday nights are usually where shows go to die, but I think given the success of Grimm (NBC, Fridays at 9/8c), the fact that this show is in a Friday slot is not necessarily an indication that NBC has no hope for it. I can guarantee that I won’t be watching the episodes when they air, but I am interested enough to stream them. I haven’t seen many promos for it, so I’m not sure if it’s a twist on the traditional Dracula tale or not… On second thought, I’m not sure I even know what the traditional Dracula tale is…
Didn’t Make the Cut: Revenge (ABC) and Once Upon a Time (ABC)
I watched both of these shows during the first half of last season and ended up getting really behind on both of them. (Usually if I’m more than 3 weeks behind on a show, I’ll stop watching.) I had originally planned to catch up on these shows over the Summer, but that never happened. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to drop some shows though. I mean, it obviously wouldn’t hurt if I had less shows to watch…
What shows are you planning to watch this season? Are there any from last season that you’ve given up on?