Tuesday, September 16

television shows I'm looking forward to this season.

fall tv premieres i'm looking forward to

Fall has been in the air for a few weeks now, with little signs like the pumpkin spice latte's return to Starbucks' menu, our Pinterest boards being taken over by apple everything, and of course, school starting.  However, I never really feel like I'm back in my fall routine until fall TV shows start coming back to the airwaves.  Today, I'm rounding up the shows I'm most looking forward to, along with their airtimes, networks, and premiere dates.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30/7:30c, FOX, Sept. 28) - I was skeptical about this show at first - I'd tried watching it when it first came on because I love Andy Samberg, and it just didn't work for me.  Then it won a ton of awards, I tried it again, and now that I've gotten to know the quirky, goofy characters, I love it.  The same thing happened to me with The Office- I think I am just really picky about comedies at first.  The second season should be interesting with Samberg's character going on an undercover mission and Kyra Sedgwick and Jenny Slate coming on as guest stars.

The Walking Dead (9/8c, AMC, Oct. 23) - Horror is so not my thing, but if I didn't watch The Walking Dead I wouldn't understand half the conversations my coworkers or students have, so I don't have much of a choice.  I don't watch or listen to most of the zombie scenes, but the characters keep me coming back.  I just hope the group can get out of their current situation and find Beth this season!

Mulaney (9:30/8:30c, FOX, Oct. 5) - One of my favorite comedians (his stand-up show New In Town is hilarious, and he wrote Bill Hader's "Stefon" skits on SNL's Weekend Update) finally gets his own show, which kind of looks like an updated Seinfeld.


The Voice (8/7c, NBC, Sept. 22) - I've missed my weekly dose of Blake and Adam's bromance, and this season Stevie Nicks will be advising Team Adam.

Sleepy Hollow (9/8c, FOX, Sept. 22) - I can still remember how dumb I thought this show looked when it premiered last year... and yet I still had to watch since it came from the minds of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.  This show is what would happen if Fringe and the National Treasure movies had a baby, and it's become one of Mr. Q's and my favorites. Being a Sleepy Hollow fan means forgetting everything about Washington Irving's version of the story except that there was a guy named Ichabod Crane and a lady named Katrina is it, and occasionally being willing to play fast and loose with American history and even the English language.  Do it.  Suspend your disbelief and let yourself have fun for an hour every Monday night.  Tom Mison's Ichabod and Nichole Beharie's Abbie Mills are the weirdest, greatest supernatural buddy-cop team since Mulder and Scully.

State of Affairs (10/9c, NBC, Nov. 17) - I haven't heard much buzz about this one, but it stars Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst to LADY PRESIDENT ALFRE WOODARD so I feel that I must give it a chance.


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9/8c, Sept. 23) - The first season of this show took a while to find its stride, but after the Captain America movie hit theaters and "hail Hydra" became the most infamous slogan in the world of superheroes, it was on.  Season 1 ended with an insane cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what happens next.

New Girl (9/8c, FOX, Sept. 16) - Hoping this season will be less Nick-and-Jess centric and let the other characters have storylines as well - that's when the show really shines.

The Mindy Project (9:30/8:30c, FOX, Sept. 16) - I will be looking forward to 9:30 all day today.  In my opinion, Mindy Kaling is writing the funniest material on television right now.  The Season 3 premiere is called, "We're a Couple Now, Bitches."  What more do you need?


The Middle (8/7c, ABC, Sept. 24) - First things first, the Heck family is the realest family on T.V.  Their furniture doesn't match, their living room is a mess, and their dinner usually comes in a bag and/or bucket.  They're basically the Connors from Roseanne, updated for a new era.

Red Band Society (9/8c, FOX, Sept. 17) - There is SO MUCH HYPE around this show. When I saw the first commercials, I instantly thought, oh, they're trying to cash in on The Fault in Our Stars.  But since my favorite hospital drama, The Night Shift, is on hiatus right now, I need a medical show in my schedule, right?  And Octavia Spencer!

Nashville (10/9c, ABC, Sept. 24) - Will Rayna and Deacon be together?  Will Juliette be pregnant with Jeff's baby?  Nashville is totally a soap opera, and I love it.


Parenthood (10:30/9:30c, NBC, Sept. 25) - Bravermans, you are my TV family.  This is the last season, so I expect to be crying by 11:30 every Thursday night.


Constantine (10/9c, NBC, Oct. 24) - As a casual comics geek, and having been told over and over by true comics geeks that the Keanu Reeves film was pretty much nothing like the actual storyline of DC Comics' Hellblazer, I think that I have to check this one out.


Saturday Night Live (11:30, NBC, Sept. 27) - I've been watching SNL since middle school.  I'll watch it through good seasons and bad seasons because it's the show that brought us Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader.  I'm always ready to see the next big comedy stars do their thing.  Chris Pratt will be hosting this year's premiere, which should be awesome since he's now extremely hot in addition to being hilarious.  Sarah Silverman and Adam Levine will also be hosting this fall.

What shows are you looking forward to the most this year?

Sources:  TV GuideBustle, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times


  1. Yes. New Girl and The Mindy Project. I got my husband hooked on New Girl last year, and he was sad that I watched the spring part of the season when he deployed.

    1. I'm so pumped for tonight! Is it weird that my favorite New Girl character is Winston? I just love how weird he is.

  2. Yes to "Nashville" and "Parenthood." Love the drama. Love the weekly cry. I'm also intrigued by the "Red Band Society." Oh hey, Dave Annable.

    1. I watched the first episode of "Red Band Society" and it was pretty good - kind of reminded me of "The Breakfast Club" in that it's about a bunch of very different kids - the jock, the party guy, the musician, the nerd, and the cheerleader- coming together.

  3. I really enjoyed Marvel last season, but wasn't so sure about the premier. But I guess we'll see how it goes. Parenthood on the other hand had an amazing premier, and I can't wait to see what they come up with the finish everything up.

    1. I thought the Agents of Shield premiere was very slow moving and I was kind of disappointed. I'm glad Fitz is alive, though... but sad that he's crazy now and that Gemma couldn't really help him. I'm a little intrigued to find out what Ward knows about Skye's dad... hopefully that mystery will be resolved this season.

      I DVRed Parenthood, looking forward to checking in with the Bravermans when I get some downtime this week!