I try.  Believe me, I do try.  At the beginning of every fall season, I try to catch as many of the new shows as possible, dropping those that fail to capture my interest and sticking with those that hold my attention. Slowly but surely, as the weeks pass, various of these new shows fall out of my DVR rotation until, inevitably, I’m watching my “regularly scheduled programming”: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Louie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Community, Downton Abbey, and The Walking Dead.  Notice something interesting?  That’s right – overwhelmingly cable with a lone big network show.  And the shows I’m in the process of checking out – Orange is the New Black and Ray Donovan aren’t big network either.

No, don’t bother recommended a series from last season.  I can assure you I watched it and lost interest at some point.

But will this year be different?

Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

Some of this fall’s more intriguing candidates…

1Hello Ladies

Premieres Sunday, September 29th at 10:30 p.m.


An Englishman searches for love in hard-luck L.A.

Leading the pack is yet another cable series.  Stephen Merchant is a very funny guy.  Finally, following behind-the-scenes contributions and onscreen supporting stints on shows like The Office and Extras, he is the lead of his own series.

Trailer makes me wants to see it: About the same.

1The Blacklist

Premieres Sunday September 23rd at 10:00 p.m.


One of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives turns himself in and offers to help the feds capture fellow super criminals on the condition he is teamed with a rookie agent.

Shades of Silence of the Lambs!  James Spader is brilliant and the prospect of watching him play a villain is just too good to miss.

Trailer wants to make me see it: A little more.

1Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Premieres Tuesday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m.


An immature young detective teams with a seasoned, by-the-book commanding officer.

Another show I’m looking forward to on the strength of its casting, specifically Andre Braugher.  Also, this is a comedy and Andy Samberg is a pretty funny guy.

Trailer makes me want to see it: Less.

1The Crazy Ones

Premieres Thursday September 26th at 9:00 p.m.


An eccentric but brilliant advertising executive runs his agency alongside his more level-headed daughter.

No, the casting is the draw here.  It’s the pedigree of show creator David E. Kelley.  I miss Boston Legal.

Trailer makes me want to see it: A lot less.

1The Goldbergs

Premieres Tuesday September 24th at 9:00 p.m.


A family comedy set in the 80’s.

Based on the home movies that the show’s creator shot of his family while he was growing up.  A successor to The Wonder Years?

Trailer makes me want to see it: A lot less.


Premieres Monday September 23rd at 10:0 p.m.


A rogue FBI agent kidnaps a surgeons family and threatens to kill them unless the President of the United States dies on the operating table.

Based on an unproduced Israeli series, it feels like a cable show…on network television.  The premise, however, feels a little thin to sustain a 15 episode first season, much less an ongoing.

Trailer makes me want to see it: About the same.

1Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Premieres Tuesday September 24th at 8:00 p.m.


A secret government agency investigates “strange” cases.

Superheroes and Ming-Na.  What more could you ask for?

Trailer makes me want to see it: About the same.

1Super Fun Night

Premieres Wednesday October 2nd at 9:00 p.m.


Three best friends have their traditional Friday night get-togethers threatened by the lure of a life outside the  little world they’ve created for themselves.

Created by Rebel Wilson and Conan O’Brien.  That means it should be pretty funny, no?

Trailer makes me want to see it: About the same.

20 thoughts on “September 1, 2013: The New Fall Line-up!

  1. I can’t think of a really good network show I like.
    Since you’ve watched them all, I won’t bother to say I like, in addition to what you mentioned is, Strike Back, Justified, Orphan Black and Utopia.

    I watched two episodes of Always Sunny, and I really, really, really didn’t like it. I just don’t understand the draw. I liked Community, but the latest shows seem to have broken the bank, as it were. Previous the writing was always strange, campy, funny, but never really over the top. Close mind you. Sometimes very close. But lately it seems a little over the top. Just enough to break the suspension of disbelief.

    I hope they dial it back just a scootch.

    I don’t see a whole lot of hope for the new batch you mentioned today. Maybe MARVEL or Blacklist. We can hope.

  2. The Blacklist- potential, if something goes wrong, Spader can always go thru a Stargate.
    Brooklyn Nine Nine- Bragher. I love him in everything. Despite the material, I just enjoy watching him.

  3. Agents of Shield and Almost Human are the most anticipated new shows for me. Can’t wait to see them . The only other new show I plan to check out is Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, and that is only because I am such a fan of O.U.A.T.

  4. I’m surprised that falling skies is not on your watch list it’s a really good show heading into it’s fourth season this coming summer.

  5. i don’t see how hostages is going to stretch thing out either. but the narration for one of the commercials makes it seem like a limited time series.

    and the last one seems more like a movie than as series. as does hostages, quite frankly.

    i’m mildly interested in robin williams’ new series, but sometimes is seems like they’re trying too hard.

    i’m also kind of interested in michael j. fox’s new show, but i’m getting mediocre vibes from the commercials.

  6. I really hate to say it, but that Super Fun Night looks like it might be funny. Reminds me of a cross between Bang Theory and The Vicar of Dibley.


  7. I’m really looking forward to Blacklist. Looks awesome.

    And, I guess Marvel looks OK.

    Everything else looks pretty lame.

  8. I was a huge fan of Boston Legal as well. Very glad to see Robin Williams back on TV- anxious to see how it works out. I just finished watching Orange is the New Black and was very impressed with Kate Mulgrew’s performance as Red. The whole show is really interesting and I’m really noticing the nuanced evolution of Piper’s character as she spends more time behind bars.

  9. I saw Sunny in P is going to the FXX chan, same but a diff channel here, just so you know. I am ready for some new funny stuff on tv, it has been kinda sad of late. James Spaders eyes say a lot for his character, scary, and I did like him in the original Stargate., and Ming-Na, she is such a pretty lady, glad to see her again. Maybe the fall line-ups might not be crap,, or we shall see…
    ~~~How is your smooth sailing going? ~~and Akemis lobster rolls looked delicious, must go to her blog and tell her. thanks..

  10. We don’t have the paid channels, so I have to wait until Netflix carries them to watch HBO/Showtime shows. Blacklist looks like a possibility but NBC might find a way to ruin it. The main networks seems to work around the laws of science for drama effect.

    Has anyone watched “The Neighbors”? http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/the-neighbors/cast/375725 We’ve been catching that one and it can be funny.

  11. The premise of Hostages could be extended if he does let the President die.That would give the surgeon secret knowledge that the in-power president is a puppet, while the puppet masters also have dirt on him – he let the President die! And then he’d have to wonder who all else he comes across are being manipulated. Hostages may not just be referring to his family, but those who wield power while caught up in this cycle of being manipulated and then being dirty in a way that can cause them to be manipulated again.

  12. Looking forward to Blacklist! Odd, when I first saw the commercial for this show, I thought the Spader character was really Alan C. Peterson who played the Canon in Demon’s from SG1 Season 3. I didn’t realized it was Spader until the second or third time around. I’m tired of new shows anymore as they tend to break up a season to much. Suits is good, was looking forward to Graceland but they show a new episode then wait 2 weeks. Now, I seem to spend more time on Netflix or watching all the Law and Order shows over along with NCIS! I’ll never tire of watching NCIS because of my buddy Gibbs who loves watching it over and over. lol

  13. Hello Ladies looks good, and I love Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette so I’m looking forward to Hostages.

    I’m obsessed with The Bridge, Copper and the David Geffen PBS docu, can’t stop watching it and wishing I’d signed up to be an intern at Geffen back in the day just to be part of that history.

    I’m also loving The Awesome’s on Hulu, it has just the right amount of sweetness to go with the NSFW comedy, and it turns on Seth Myers is a comic book geek, so gotta love the nerdy yet rude mouthed joy of it.

  14. I’ve seen the pilot episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted, and I’m working on the rest from Fox. I thought Enlisted was actually funnier than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Brooklyn Nine-Nine had more of “The Office” feel about it. Definitely funny. I had more of a problem with Dads.

    As far as some of the dramas on Fox, Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human’s pilots rocked.

  15. Wow, that last one looks very funny. I hadn’t heard of it before, but the trailer made me literally LOL. And, of course, as a Buffy/Firefly and Marvel fan, I’m totally looking forward to SHIELD.

    I saw a couple pilots at Comic-Con, neither were shows you mentioned. But Almost Human was pretty good. I’ll probably watch that when it airs. (Near-future sci-fi cop show about a cop and his android partner.) Also saw The 100, which I hear is meant as a mid-season premier. Typical dull CW stuff, not nearly as sci-fy-y as it could be. But maybe that will change as the show goes on.

  16. Wow, the only one of those I’m even remotely interested in is SHIELD (which I know I’ll watch). And Brooklyn 9-9 looks exactly like CBS’ big show they had last year that fizzled out.

    Well, looks like I may get work done this year. Then again, I do already have about 8+ shows I religiously watch.

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