Fall 2014: What We’re Watching!

It’s hard to believe it, but the 2014-15 TV season is nearly upon us! We here at TYLL thought this would be a great time to talk about what we’re most looking forward to this fall. Join Nels, Cassidy and Lucie as we discuss what we’re tuning into in the next few weeks.

First on tap, here’s Nels with her thoughts on rookies Gotham, Madam Secretary and so much more!

Full disclosure: I’ve been so inundated by non-TV-fangirling endeavors that I haven’t really been keeping up to date about what’s coming up. But, in between shenanigans, here are some shows that have caught my interest.

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Gracepoint / Courtesy FOX

Oddly enough, Gracepoint (Fox, Oct. 2, 9pm) intrigues me all of a sudden, even though I’m not always a fan of dark murder mysteries. I’d heard about the American remake of the British hit Broadchurch, but I was surprised to see commercials airing for it so soon across the pond. I’m really curious about how David Tennant’s (Doctor Who) performance will translate stateside, and glad to see Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and Kevin Zegers getting work. If I’m being totally honest, though, I’m mostly excited to see the city of Victoria, B.C. get its moment in the spotlight.

Courtesy FOX

Gotham / Courtesy FOX

On the same network, Gotham (Fox, Sept. 22, 8pm) has piqued my curiosity. I’m not totally into the superhero zeitgeist, but seeing The O.C.‘s Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) all grown up and broody as Detective Gordon in the promos has hooked me. Donal Logue’s presence in the cast ensures I’m going to give this a shot. I hope Fox lets this show be as noir as the advertising makes it appear.

Courtesy ABC

How to Get Away With Murder / Courtesy ABC

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, Sept. 25, 9pm) certainly has a catchy title, and promises to be full of as many twists as Shonda Rimes’ other shows. For now, it reads to me like Scandal set in a university, which may be fun or may be insufferable, but I’m probably going to tune in see for myself, anyway. If anything, it’s nice to see Viola Davis get a starring credit.

Courtesy CBS

Madam Secretary / Courtesy CBS

After binge-watching The West Wing this summer, Madam Secretary (CBS, Sept. 21, 8pm) feels like an extension of the White House world. Except, apparently, with more spying and disasters, if the commercials I saw the other day are any indication. I have a soft spot for Téa Leoni, though, so I’m withholding judgment, and snark, until it airs.

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Selfie / Courtesy ABC

There is a real dearth of new comedies I’m at all interested in (sigh, especially once Parks & Recreation exits), but I might take a gander at Selfie (ABC, Sept. 30, 8pm) solely for stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Cho (Harold and Kumar). It’s a modern take on the Pygmalion tale, but I must admit the idea of a self-absorbed social media addict and the PR wiz sent to save her leaves me cold. Here’s hoping there’s more than meets the eye.

Honorable mention: Backstrom (Fox, TBD), which is relegated to this end blurb only because it’s going to be a midseason replacement, which rankles me since it deserves better. Originally a CBS pilot which was passed on, then resurrected by Fox a year later, it stars Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the titular crusty detective on the verge of a complete breakdown, but predictably brilliant at his job. I tend to enjoy creator Hart Hanson’s (Bones, The Finder, Judging Amy) work, so I’m a little worried the show might be destined to be overlooked by audiences when it debuts in 2015, thanks to network scheduling craziness.

When it comes to returning vets, I have to go with Bones (Fox, Sept. 25, 8pm), back on Thursdays in this year’s edition of musical time slots. It’s a sentimental favorite of mine: it isn’t necessarily complex or intricate like HBO fare, but it’s comfort food at its best for me. The ninth season finale was a real doozy, with Booth (David Boreanaz) sent to the pokey after blowing up his house, along with a couple of corrupt Black Ops snipers in the process, and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) being shut out of his hospital room by the FBI agents sent to arrest her husband. I’m excited to see how the writers follow through on this thread: they have a history of moving on from these grenades pretty quickly (sometimes mercifully so– broken engagements anyone?), so I’m curious about how this pans out heading into season ten.

Elsewhere on the boob tube, I’ll be watching Ichabod Crane and his wacky hijinks with the modern world on Sleepy Hollow (Fox, Sept. 22, 9pm). I couldn’t care less about headless horsemen, I want to see Ichabod discover internet memes on Tumblr. New Girl (Fox, Sept. 16, 9pm) is a show I continue to watch despite it almost always irritating me, but I can’t help but love the guys in the loft, and Nashville (ABC, Sept. 24, 10pm) is my soapy guilty pleasure I keep trying to quit, but it sucks me back in every time. Expect fireworks for Juliette thanks to star Hayden Panettiere’s real-life pregnancy, and cuteness from the always-adorable-and-talented Stella sisters, who wonderfully demonstrate how Maddie and Daphne Conrad are more mature than their bed-hopping parents. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, Sept. 28, 8:30pm) makes an experimental leap to Sundays after The Simpsons, and I hope it does well there. Much like Parks & Rec before it, it leaves a smile on my face and drives its humor from the characters, rather than being mean-spirited, which I always appreciate.

Whew, there’s a lot more here than I thought I’d be watching! Let the 2014 network bloodbath begin!

(When did I start watching Fox so much?!)


Tune in tomorrow to catch Cassidy’s take on the new season, and Lucie’s ready to bat in Thursday’s edition!

What has you excited this fall? Anything on your must-watch list yet?

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

2 Responses to Fall 2014: What We’re Watching!

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