After a blog hiatus of waaay too long, I’m back, ya’ll, and honestly, if you’re a loyal YMFT reader it’s really not all that shocking what’s motivated this unsolicited advice today.
I mean, I’ve pretty much made it my job (which makes it clear how hard I work) to break down the new and returning shows for you on a yearly basis since 2012, although I’m not entirely sure what happened to 2016. I blame that year’s omission on the fact that I ended the previous year’s post with this declaration of excited anticipation:
New shows I’m giving a shot –
Marry Me (ABC, Tuesdays)
Mysteries of Laura (NBC, Wednesdays)
Red Band Society (FOX, Wednesdays)
A to Z (NBC, Thursdays)
*Insert facepalm here
Clearly I’m no clairvoyant.
Clairvoyant meaning having good taste in TV shows.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me … and every head of broadcast television who chooses the crap they green light.
You’d think I’d have learned by now, wouldn’t you? Especially when you see that six of the seven shows I was excited about last year are shows that were either canceled or that I lost interest in immediately (I’m looking at you, Designated Survivor).
But regardless of my track record, I’m back this year to break down the new season, and as usual, spent far too much time this past weekend studying the list and watching the “first look” previews on YouTube of all the new shows so I could make calculated decisions.
Meaning I picked the shows that didn’t irritate me, which makes one of the shows I’m most excited about truly surprising because it stars Lea Michele.
So, thanks to my trusty EW Fall TV Preview (which is now dog-eared and scribbled in after I devoured it on a plane ride to San Francisco last weekend), and my TVLine guide (which has been printed in duplicates and next to every TV in the house), here’s my Fall 2017 list of shows already in my DVR queue … just waiting to be deleted.
Returning Shows I’ll definitely watch:
This Is Us – Yeah, my husband and I are part of the herd on this one, but I totally get how it’s not everyone’s drug like it is mine. Don’t forget, I was also a huge Parenthood fan, so I enjoy being an emotional wreck. I do have to say I’m getting a little bit tired of the whole “Big 3!” cheer, and TBH do not really care how Jack dies, but there’s just something about the writing of this show that gets me, in a lot of ways. I love it.
The Voice – We’re suckers for singing competitions. We watched Idol from the beginning, and got addicted to The Voice early on. However, we really only watch this show religiously in the fall for some reason (i.e., there’s only so much Blake Shelton narcissism I can take), but last fall actually kind of sort of fell in love with Miley Cyrus. AS A JUDGE. (I feel that is a crucial qualifier.) She was super fun, funny, weirdly endearing, and – bonus! – didn’t once show her hoo-ha. Of all the four judges last fall, she was shockingly our favorite. She’s back this year, plus Jennifer Hudson is taking a spinning seat, so yeah, we’ll be watching. Again.
Superstore – I feel like our family is one of the only ones addicted to this show, but since it’s starting season 3 I’m obviously wrong. We love it for its total dry, bizarre humor, and equally bizarre characters. It’s totally mindless, which says a lot about our family.
The Goldbergs – mindless 80’s awesomeness. This show is so groan-worthy goofy and a staple in this house. #LiveLoveBev
New Shows I’m excited for that I will either hate after week one OR love and they will get canceled by December:
*with links to the YouTube previews so you can check them out
The Mayor – This is the one with *whispers* Lea Michele, but it’s the new star (Brandon Micheal Hall) — and the show’s premise — that is selling me.
Me, Myself & I – I have a sinking feeling that this is going to be one that gets the ax, but I fell in love with the preview (see link). I mean, we all know I’m a sucker for “travel through life” type of shows (see: This Is Us), so it’s really no wonder that I already love it.
The Good Doctor – I stopped watching medical shows when too many mothers and children kept dying on ER years ago. But this one has a twist, you guys. This doctor has autism. Like, high on the spectrum. Should be a GREAT doctor, right? Well, apparently not everyone thinks so, except for the brilliant Richard Schiff (of West Wing fame). The doctor is played by the adorable Freddy Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bates Motel) who, judging by the preview, knocks it out of the park. I have high hopes for this one … until the first mother dies. Then I’m gonzo.
Law and Order True Crimes: The Menendez Brothers – I’ve never watched one of other the 97 Law and Order shows, and this fall they’re jumping on the reenactment train of true, highly publicized crimes and tackling the story of the Menendez brothers. You remember those two darlings, don’t you? The ones who brutally killed their parents back in 1989? I’ll be honest, I’m just watching it for Edie Falco, whom I love, but whose Leslie Abramson wig I already hate.
And last but not least — drumroll please — the old show that is new again, and the show I’m OUT OF MY MIND with excitement for, and probably the only one of the “new” shows on my list that is a sure thing —
I cannot tell you how much I loved loved LOVED this show back in the day, and have happily been bingeing on old episodes all month in preparation for its return — THIS WEEK!!! (Hulu now has all eight seasons, btw.) I cannot wait to hang out with these four again!
Shows on my DVR I like but still haven’t watched all of last season’s episodes … or, Shows that I clearly do not like enough:
Jane the Virgin
Here’s a handy guide for those of you delinquents who have yet to make your game plan.
Get busy, already!
And hey, let me know which shows you’re most excited for … and which you think will bomb (unless you say Will & Grace, then we are no longer speaking).
*I realize this graphic is meant for snails, so here’s the link.
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