Fall TV: What I’ll (we’ll) be watching

(Because I’m sure you’ve been waiting all summer to find out.)

Apologies for the slightly narcissistic tone of that post title (but I mean, c’mon, it’s a blog) but you guys, I love this time of year.
Those of you who’ve been following along for awhile know I’m not talking about pumpkin spice creamer and pumpkin spice Eggo waffles (although those are two things that are my favorites every day from now until about Christmas) — I’m talking about new TV. 

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Same.

Last weekend while my husband was busy planning and studying his Fantasy Football roster, I was hard at work on my own fantasy league: My fall TV schedule.

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It’s tedious work, you guys.

Besides the arduous task of scrutinizing the Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview in detail (in the bath with a glass of wine, of course) and then re-scrutinizing it the next morning with a clear(er) head to make sure I didn’t earmark any page with a show that has, oh I don’t know, Sarah Jessica Parker in it (insert me inserting finger down my throat here which is what I did when I realized what I did), there’s trailers to watch, calendars to fill in, DVR schedules to organize, wine to stock up on and bags of mini m&ms to buy.

I’m telling you, it’s a trying job, but I don’t just do it for me … I also do it for you.

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What if you don’t like the same shows as I do, you ask?
It doesn’t matter.
Most — if not all — of the new shows that are on my our list won’t be around in a year anyway, and we’ll get to do this all over again.

Don’t believe me?

Two years ago I was super excited about Marry Me, Red Band Society, and A to Z, and last year I was insane  for The Grinder and Grandfathered. 
All shows which were canceled in their first seasons.

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Demi, too, loves her some Stamos.

So maybe I don’t have good taste a good track record.
Fine, perhaps that’s true. But I also don’t have a desire for my TV watching — you know, what I do to escape reality and unwind — to be filled with terrifying violence, gore, or so much intellectual improbability (i.e., things above my realm of understanding like, say, the government) that I go to bed feeling like a confused idiot.

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I like lighter shows.
Shows that make me laugh.
Shows that might sometimes be fluff.
Shows that I identify with.

Sure, I also gravitate toward shows that reduce me to a sobbing, inconsolable mess, but I just add my own pent up feelings and tears about various things that I’ve pushed way, way down into the deepest part of my denial to the mix and bam! — free therapy.

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And I think this fall has promise, you guys.
After careful research I’ve discovered some interesting shows to add to the few returning favorites, and I actually think one or two might just make it past November.

And get this — in a miraculous turn of events the DVR schedule has been set without one overlapping conflict this year. 

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What about shows my 15 yo loves like The Flash and Supergirl and Arrow?
She gets the upstairs DVR with the smaller TV. You may call it spoiled, and to that I say damn straight I am.

What about shows my husband likes to watch, like Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan and NCIS?
Hey, I don’t see him sitting down with a highlighter and the Fall TV Preview of EW, do you?

Returning shows I love that made the cut:
Dancing With The (semi) Stars*
The Voice*
(* – History tells me I will watch for the first three weeks before losing interest and then pick them back up like two weeks before the finales.)
Jane The Virgin – Although I swear to God if Michael dies the show will be just as dead to me.
The Goldbergs – I love it because it’s so, so stupidly silly … and because Erica wears so many of the same sweaters I did in the 80s. 
Superstore – Mindless. Clever. Stupid. Of course I like it. 
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – With a time slot move to Friday nights I fear this smart, entertaining show is on borrowed time. But I mean, I’m usually home on Friday nights so maybe not. 
Last Man Standing – Despite loving this show, the political humor, and Tim Allen’s perfect timing, we’ve DVRd every season yet still think we’re like two seasons behind. Happy to add season 6 to the long list. Hey, it’ll give me something to do on Saturday nights. 

Will also be anxiously awaiting a new season of The Amazing Race, which doesn’t seem to have a fall time slot yet.

New shows to try (with links to their trailers):
This Is Us – Hands down the show I’m most excited for and one that will maybe fill the Parenthood-sized hole in my heart. I cry every time I watch the trailer (which is often). I’m already doomed. 
Speechless – I adore Minnie Driver and everything she’s ever been in. #RIPAboutABoy
Designated Survivor – I know I said I don’t do political/governmenty dramas, but here’s two words for you: Kiefer. Sutherland. Plus, the premise is so interesting and original (watch that trailer). I think this one will last — and I’ll last until I get confused. 
Notorious – Another hour long drama, and while I’m not sure I can do three dramas in one week, this one also looks original and intriguing. I mean, it’s not about forensics, ERs, or crime scene laboratories, so it’s already a winner in my book. Take a look. 
American Housewife – Nevermind. I already think I’m bored and annoyed with this one. 
Man With a Plan – How you doin’? Yeah, it’s a new comedy with Matt LeBlanc, and after watching the trailer I realize it’s basically a new comedy with a gray haired Joey. But it’s Joey, so yeah, I’ll be there for him. (See what I did there??)

And for my Bachelor-lovin’ friends, you know I’ll be watching this one –
Ben & Lauren – Happily Ever After

And (gasp) cut from the list this year? Modern Family, which we used to love but is now about two years past its expiration date.

So folks, how does this our list look?
Anything you want to add? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve got like 30 minutes before DWTS so I have just enough time to get the highlighter back out.



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  • Snarkfest - I can’t WAIT for Designated Survivor!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - I know!! I don’t usually fall for shows like that but the whole premise looks so fresh and interesting. Plus, Kiefer Sutherland. Can’t go wrong. (Unless your name is Julia Roberts…)ReplyCancel

  • Bev Draughon - Bull with Michael Weatherly. I will miss him on NCIS but this show looks promising to me.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - I will definitely take a look at the trailer! Thanks for the tip!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tiff - I just wrote a similar post on my blog but yours is so much better!
    Fall TV is my absolute favorite time of the year & there are a lot of new shows to watch. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Kindred spirits!! :) Going to check it out right now!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - I’m VERY thankful I’m not the only one who sits down and pretty much draws up a football playbook for the fall television schedule. I do a list by time and day of the week. I do a list by network. I do a list by what day they start or come back.

    Thank you for supporting my crazy. :)ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Always happy to support crazy, especially when it’s concerning television! What shows are you watching? Any disappointments yet? (Mine is “Speechless” – I tried to like it but haven’t been able to get through an entire episode yet. :( )ReplyCancel

      • Lara - Returning shows: Agents of Shield, Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends, Survivor, Gotham, Poldark, Big Bang Theory

        New shows: This is Us (LOVE), Designated Survivor (Kiefer can be president of my LIFE), Son of Zorn (my 13 yr old son LOVES this), Timeless (still on the DVR, haven’t watched it yet), and The Good Place (really enjoying this). I was going to watch Conviction but I’m limited on time & DVR space.

        I love a show with well-written snappy dialogue, and The Good Place has all that.

        And, of course, I am addicted to DCC: Making the Team. My 13 yr old son also watches this with me…but probably for different reasons than he did two years ago. 😉ReplyCancel

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