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 a few weeks.

Cassidy has you covered from A to Z to, well, A to Z. She’s our go-to person for everything you need to know about the new season, because if it’s airing, she’s heard about it.

Ah, Nels. You mentioned most shows on my list. I do not have a lot of time to watch TV these days. In fact, most shows I watch are relegated to the background while I’m doing other tasks. (I still pay attention to them, mind you, but I often miss some details here or there.) However, there are still plenty I tune into! Here are the ones I plan on checking out come September/October:

Thanks to the networks who have put up selected pilots up on Hulu and elsewhere on the internet, I’ve been able to watch three new pilots at the time of writing this. (I know there are at least two or three that are available in not so legal ways, but I’ve decided to wait.) A thing all three have in common: some voice-over narration… three makes a trend, right?


A to Z / Courtesy NBC

The first one I watched was A to Z (NBC, Oct. 2 at 9/8c) and I have to admit: I was ridiculously charmed by it, particularly by its leads. Cristin Milioti (HIMYM) and Ben Fieldman (Mad Men) have great chemistry and that comes through. I’m one of those people who think that, if you get your rom-com casting right, you’ve done half of the work already, and this show has that in spades. While I’m still not sure where the show is going or how it can function too long before it feels too repetitive, the show is endearing and promising and has two fantastic leads that feel fully formed. (Also: I don’t think Andrew’s best friend really worked like they wanted him to.)

However, out of the two comedy pilots I’ve watched, I would give the edge to the obnoxiously titled Selfie (ABC, Sept. 30 at 8/7c). I wasn’t expecting to like it so much! The Pygmalion-esque show has funny moments as well as a heartwarming ending, and I am excited to watch more! There is loads of potential here, and I liked Karen Gillan and John Cho’s rapport in this a lot.

Courtesy FOX

Red Band Society / Courtesy FOX

The third and final pilot I’ve watched is Red Band Society (Fox, Sept. 17 at 8/7c) and I was surprised by how compelling it was — I even found myself tearing up towards the end because I got so caught up in the characters and what they’ve been through. It does try to pull at your heartstrings, but it works (or at least, it worked for me), and it is an enjoyable pilot.

Courtesy CW

The Flash / Courtesy CW

But these are not the only pilots I want to check out! I’m quite excited about The Flash (CW, Oct. 7 at 8/7c), as Barry Allen’s introduction on Arrow was pretty solid. Grant Gustin (Glee) is very charismatic and I think the show’s lighter tone will play in its favor. Seeing as how Arrow has become a well-oiled machine, I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store here.

Speaking of WB/DC Comics shows, I am also planning on checking out Gotham (FOX, Sept. 22 at 8/7c): I really like the actors involved and it seems as if the promos’ gritty/noir tone is going to be present on the show. Even though I’m not the biggest comic fan, I can’t help but be intrigued by what this show has to offer.

Moreover, my Thursdays promise to be quite busy this year. In addition to all my returning shows airing there (more on that in a second), I am curious enough to check out Gracepoint (FOX, Oct. 1 at 9/8c). I haven’t watched Broadchurch, which is why I imagine I might like this show more than most critics. The trailer seemed very compelling and, I’ll be honest, it’s airing after one of my must-see shows: it would have to be terrible for me to not keep watching FOX right after Bones.

Also on Thursdays is the Viola Davis-led How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, Sept. 25 at 10/9c). I normally like Shondaland’s shows, even if I haven’t been able to regularly watch Grey’s in years and Scandal might be losing me. This was one of the better trailers, and if it’s anything like Scandal (fast-paced and burns a season’s worth of plot in an episode or two), it will keep me glued to my TV. It doesn’t hurt that Viola Davis is awesome, and that I like a lot of the cast involved in this.

Courtesy FOX

Bones / Courtesy FOX

As for returning favorites, I’m still very intrigued to see how the Bones (FOX, Sept. 25 at 8/7c) explosive cliffhanger is handled — as Nels mentions, they have a history of moving past them quickly but… how do you solve that effectively? It blew up some of the show’s foundations and I can’t wait to see how they pick up everything. Last year’s resolution was quick, yet it resulted in a very strong half of the season and the arc leading up to the finale was also well plotted, so I’m pretty stoked to see what comes next! What we’ve heard and seen so far (via Comic Con or the promos already rolling on TV) is pretty interesting –and with episodes 200 and 206 we should have a great season ahead of us!

I’m also eager to watch the return of a bunch of shows I recently caught up on: Emmy-winner Bob’s Burgers (FOX, Oct. 5 at 7.30/6.30c) and Golden Globe-winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sept. 28 at 8.30/7.30c).

Courtesy FOX

Bob’s Burgers / Courtesy FOX

Both are shows I consider to be some of the best comedies on the air right now, and definitely two of the few that leave me with a smile on my face right after. B99 particularly improved a lot and is now a great ensemble comedy that will likely fill the Parks-shaped hole in my heart once that show leaves.

On the Reality side, I truly can’t wait to see what The Amazing Race (CBS, Sept. 26 at 8/7c) has cooked for us in its 25th season (all we officially know is the cast and that their starting line was Times Square). I always love travelling with the cast as they race for the million-dollar price. Sadly, my other favorite reality, Masterchef Junior (FOX, Nov. 7 at 8/7c) is going up against it, but I’ll make a point of catching up. Aren’t those kids crazy talented and adorable?

Other shows I’m watching include Arrow (CW, Oct 8 at 8/7c), which had one of the better finales last spring (including a spectacular fight scene) and Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Sept 22 at 9/8c), which had my favorite new character from last season. I can’t wait to see Ichabod Crane reacting to more modern stuff… once, you know, he gets out of that coffin.

Honorable mentions (midseason edition)Backstrom and Galavant are the two new shows I am planning to check out for now. Parks and Rec (I have lots of questions to the characters about who/where I am in 2017) and It’s Always Sunny, or as I like to call it, “What have I done to deserve this, FXX?” are the returning vets that the evil networks are withholding from me. I don’t like being kept waiting.

Check in tomorrow, when Lucie throws finishes this series out with a home run. Missed Nels’ first pitch? Check it out here.

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


… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

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

  1. Nels Nels says:

    I agree with you about A to Z… Wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Since you convinced me to give that a shot, I might have to tune into Red Band Society, too.

    • Cassidy says:

      Red Band Society has a lot of heart! It has a nice balance of ~dramatic moments with nice, humorous moments. That pilot is good! I wasn’t expecting to be compelled by it as I was. (Some day I’ll finish writing the preview, haha.)

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