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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fall TV Preview: What I will (and won't) be watching

The five major networks revealed their 2015-16 schedules last week, and some of their new shows look promising (and some do not). Below you can check out 12 new series that I will be tuning in - for at least their pilot episodes - as well as 13 shows that I will NOT be watching (all times are Central Standard). You can see a complete list of shows and trailers at

So let's begin with the WORST new series, which is People Are Talking (7:30-8 PM Fridays on NBC), a lame "comedy" that no one will be talking about. And any sitcom that needs a laugh track isn't worth watching in my opinion.

WORST new series runner-up:
Dr. Ken (7:30-8 PM Fridays on ABC) - Opposite NBC's People Are Talking (see above) is this laugh-free "comedy" starring Ken Jeong (Community) as a physician. And Friday continues to be a great night for going out.

WORST new series dishonorable mention:
The Guide to Surviving Life (Midseason on Fox) - So Fox canceled The Mindy Project for this "comedy"? Not even the handsome face of Justin Bartha (The New Normal, The Hangover) can make me tune in, but perhaps there are some young straight guys who might find this show amusing. Meanwhile, I will be watching The Mindy Project on Hulu, which has picked it up for a fourth season of 26 episodes (hooray!).

Now on to the weekly schedule:


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Jane the Virgin (8-9 PM on The CW) - I'm so happy that this wonderful show was renewed for a second season.

New series that I will be watching:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (7-8 PM on The CW) - I'm not familiar with actress Rachel Bloom, but this quirky comedy starring her looks like a lot of fun. And any show with musical interludes is worth checking out in my book.

New series that I will NOT be watching:
Supergirl (7-8 PM on CBS) - if I liked superhero shows, this is one that I would watch because it has a good cast, including Melissa Benoist (Glee), the adorable Jeremy Jordan (Smash) and Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters). But I'm just not into comic book characters when it comes to TV or movies. Also, it will be interesting to see how this show fares against Fox's Gotham - and vice versa.


Four new series that I will be watching:
The Muppets (7-7:30 PM on ABC) - it's the Muppets! I have to watch this - and it actually looks funny with them spoofing The Office-mockumentary concept.

The Grinder (7:30-8 PM on Fox) - I've always liked Rob Lowe, who looks mighty fine at age 51. And his new sitcom has a great supporting cast, including Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) as Rob's brother and William Devane (Knots Landing) as their father.

Scream Queens (8-9 PM on Fox) - This comedy-horror series comes from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and stars Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas, Ariane Grande and the original "Scream Queen" Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, Prom Night, Terror Train). Love the title - and it looks like it could be a scary good time.

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (9-10 PM on NBC) - this live one-hour variety show might be entertaining, so I plan to check it out. Also, it is extremely rare for me to want to watch an entire three-hour night of new television, but it's happening this fall on Tuesdays.

Two new series that I will NOT be watching:
Grandfathered (7-7:30 PM on Fox) - I've always liked John Stamos, who looks mighty fine at age 51. But unlike Rob Lowe's new comedy (see above), this one just doesn't do it for me. And I guess Stamos will be doing both this show and the Full House sequel, Fuller House, for Netflix.

Limitless (9-10 PM on CBS) - This new drama from executive producer Bradley Cooper (who will play a recurring character) doesn't look that interesting - even with Jennifer Carpenter, whom I loved on Dexter.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
The Goldbergs (7:30-8 PM on ABC), Modern Family (8-8:30 PM on ABC), Empire (8-9 PM on Fox) and Nashville (9-10 PM on ABC) - Wednesday continues to be a great night for groovy TV, but I do find it puzzling that Fox doesn't schedule their gigantic hit Empire at 7 pm in order to lead in to a new show. And poor Debra Messing is stuck doing another season of NBC's The Mysteries of Laura, which should have been put out of its misery.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Scandal (8-9 PM) and How to Get Away with Murder (9-10 PM) - ABC continues to be my Thursday night destination.

New series that I will be watching:
Life in Pieces (7:30-8 PM on CBS) - I can't remember the last CBS sitcom that I enjoyed, but this one looks like my kind of show. And the cast includes James Brolin and Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, whom I adore. I also think this comedy has an excellent chance of becoming a hit since it will begin the season airing on Mondays (7:30-8 PM) after The Big Bang Theory. And then in November (after NFL Football ends) it will move to Thursdays after TBBT.

New series that I will NOT be watching:
Angel From Hell (8:30-9 PM on CBS) - I like Jane Lynch, but her annoying character in this comedy makes Glee's Sue Sylvester seem pleasant.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
The Good Wife (8-9 PM on CBS), which will begin its seventh season this fall.

New series that I will be watching:
Oil (8-9 PM on ABC) - Did you know that Oil was the original title of the 1981-89 ABC series, Dynasty? And now the network is back in the oil business with this drama starring Don Johnson and the attractive Chace Crawford. I doubt that it will become as big of a hit as its predecessor, but I plan to tune in for at least the first episode.

New series that I will NOT be watching:
Of Kings and Prophets (9-10 PM on ABC) - Hunky leading man Oliver Rix is certainly eye-catching, but I find this biblical saga a very odd choice for ABC. I don't expect it to last long.

Midseason TV

Five new series that I will be watching:
The Family (9-10 PM Sundays on ABC) - I think this thriller starring Joan Allen, Rupert Graves and Andrew McCarthy has a much better chance of finding an audience than ABC's Of Kings and Prophets (see above). And I'm intrigued by the trailer.

Hot & Bothered (NBC) - Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) plays a telenovela superstar in this comedy, which sounds like it could be funny.

The Real O'Neals (7:30-8 PM Tuesdays on ABC) - this comedy from executive producer Dan Savage stars Martha Plimpton as the Catholic mother of a gay son. I'm willing to give it a chance.

Superstore (NBC) - This workplace comedy stars America Ferrera, who was a delight as Ugly Betty. Hopefully she will shine as bright in this sitcom.

You, Me and the End of the World (NBC) - This one-hour dramedy has already wrapped production, which means star Rob Lowe can still appear in Fox's The Grinder (see above). And since the always entertaining Megan Mullally also appears in this show, I will be watching at least the first episode.

Five new series that I will NOT be watching:
The Catch (9-10 PM Thursdays on ABC) - This Shonda Rhimes' thriller starring Mireille Enos (The Killing) will replace How to Get Away with Murder, but its trailer doesn't do much for me.

Coach (NBC) - Are people really clamoring to see a sequel to this 1989-97 sitcom? I know I'm not, but then again I never watched the original show.

Shades of Blue (NBC) - this "provocative" new drama stars "the iconic" Jennifer Lopez as a sexy New York detective and single mother. I'm already yawning.

Uncle Buck (7:30-8 PM Fridays on ABC) - The late, great John Candy will always be Uncle Buck to me. And comedian Mike Epps, who stars in this sitcom, is no John Candy.

Wicked City (9-10 PM Tuesdays on ABC) - Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) plays a serial killer in this drama set in 1982, but its trailer just doesn't excite me much.

1 comment:

joel65913 said...

I always sample a few that look interesting at the beginning of the season but so rarely stick. The only new show I felt any devotion to last year was Forever with Ioan Gruffudd and of course it was canceled! With the loss of it and Revenge I don't have any regular shows so hopefully something with catch my fancy.

Of course I'll watch The Muppets!