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.

Lucie closes out our series with her PVR-worthy picks for this fall! Expect lots of murder and mayhem with a dash of sass. (As if you hadn’t gotten enough of that from Nels and Cassidy‘s picks earlier this week.)

Ooh look, my first contribution to this site! Nels and Cassidy have mentioned most of the shows I’m looking forward to so I’ll try not to repeat too much. Just like them, it looks like real life will be kicking my butt this fall, leaving little time to gush about TV. But there’s plenty to watch and I’ll be relying on my PVR and On Demand more than ever before. I’ve decided to break my TV preview by days of the week, which made me realize how much network television I actually watch; I’m shocked!

Sundays have been busy viewing nights of me and it’ll be no different this year. The politics nerd in me is looking forward to Madam Secretary (CBS, Sept. 21, 8/7c). It looks like it’ll be a combination of Homeland and The West Wing, and while I’m already anticipating some eye rolling, over the top, patriotic dialogue, I’ll be damned if it doesn’t get me every time. I don’t know it’ll hold my attention for long and the few promos I’ve seen remind me of Commander in Chief (Geena Davis as President!)  and I can’t help but wonder how well that show would have fared had it aired in 2014 instead of 2005.

Courtesy CBS

The Good Wife / Courtesy CBS

After I get my political fix, I’ll stay with CBS for The Good Wife (CBS, Sept. 21, 9/8c). I felt like last season was inconsistent but the finale was excellent and laid the groundwork for plenty of stories for this season. With no Will Gardner (Josh Charles) in the picture, at least this season should be free of any Alicia/Will/Peter boring love triangles.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, Sept. 28 at 8.30/7.30c) moves to a new night and will no doubt provide some laughs and comic relief. While I wasn’t a fan of Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta at the beginning of last season, the character grew on me as the season progressed. I’m hoping the show doesn’t suffer the dreaded sophomore slump and instead, thrives a la Parks & Rec (they share the same creators). This show has one of the best ensemble and possibly the most diverse cast on network television today.

Courtesy ABC

Castle / Courtesy ABC

On Mondays, Castle (ABC, Sept. 29, 10/9c) is back for more silly cases and Beckett and Castle romance. I don’t care about Caskett (worst shipper name ever) at all but Nathan Fillion is so charming and overall, the show is very enjoyable. While all the cases are murders, they aren’t as dark as others and the violence is minimal which I appreciate right before bedtime. It’s also fun to snark on and drinking games can be had such as “take a shot every time Espo says ‘bro'” or “chug your drink if Espo says ‘yo’ before the opening credits”. Tuesday hangovers guaranteed!

Courtesy CBS

Criminal Minds / Courtesy CBS

Wednesdays will be another day of tough choices. While I haven’t enjoyed the last few seasons of Criminal Minds (CBS, Oct. 1, 9/8c), it’s habit for me to tune in. I then proceed to rant about how graphic it is and become nostalgic for the earlier seasons. However, the show may finally be relegated to On Demand status as Red Band Society (Fox, Sept. 17, 9/8c) airs at the same time. I don’t know much a lot about it, but it has a strong cast and the premise has piqued my interest. I have a feeling I’ll be crying every week but I’m okay with that. A heartfelt drama is always appreciated when there’s so much violence on television.

Courtesy CBS

Stalker / Courtesy CBS

Speaking of TV violence, Stalker (CBS, Oct. 1, 10/9c)  may be my new replacement for my criminal murder fix. It’s another show I’ll be tuning in for because of its cast (Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q). It may be hypocritical of me to be looking forward to this since my dislike of Criminal Minds has to do with the increase in violence (especially towards women) but I’m hoping that it’s more of a psychological thriller than on the screen, gory violence.

Grey's Anatomy / Courtesy ABC

Grey’s Anatomy / Courtesy ABC

My PVR is going to be working overtime on Thursday nights. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, Sept. 25, 8/7c) returns for an eleventh season (yes, the show is STILL on). But despite its many years, there’s a lot to look forward to this season. There’s no Cristina Yang (nooo!!!), a new half sister Meredith never knew about, and in my opinion, it’s the last chance for Calzona (Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins) to prove they are worthy of having such a huge fandom shipping them.  Geena Davis has signed on for a multi-episode arc, and while there haven’t been many details about her character, there’s been plenty of speculation. Personally, I’m hoping she’s Derek’s big sister who comes in and gives Derek (Patrick Dempsy) a much need kick in the pants.

Staying in Shondaland and despite its name, I’ll be checking out How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, Sept. 26, 10/9c). The only Shonda Rhimes show I haven’t watched is Off the Map, so I’m not even going to pretend that I won’t be tuning in. I binged watched the first two seasons of Scandal but haven’t bothered with the third, so I’m hoping this show is more like Grey’s. With Viola Davis carrying the show, I anticipate it’ll be just as exciting and action packed as Scandal but it’ll be a little more grounded. The biggest mistake the show can do is take itself too seriously.

Parks & Rec / Courtesy NBC

Parks & Rec / Courtesy NBC

As for comedies, I’m patiently waiting for Parks and Recreation (NBC) to return midseason. I’m a little hesitant with the jump forward, and while I’m sad it’ll be the last season, I’m eager to find out what the folks of Pawnee, Indiana have been up to. This show does not get nearly as much attention as it deserves as it’s one of the most consistently funny sitcoms on TV. It may not be laugh out loud funny every episode, but the characters are likeable, there is so much heart, and there are many call backs to previous seasons which is always appreciated by long time fans. There have been episodes that have felt like series finales (Leslie & Ben, Ann & Chris) that I’m curious to see what’s in store for the actual finale. No doubt I’ll have the tissues out and ready.

Count me in as another who is interested in Gracepoint (Fox, Oct. 2, 9/8c). I’ve never watched Broadchurch, the British hit its based on but the premise has me hooked. I don’t know if I’ll be tuning in every week or if I’ll be recording it, as it seems like a show that may be better if it’s watched in one shot. I’m really hoping Fox gives it  a chance to allow for binge watching.

Bad Judge / Courtesy CBS

Bad Judge / Courtesy CBS

As for new comedies, the only one I’m semi-interested in this season is Bad Judge (NBC, Oct. 2, 9/8c). I’ll be honest: the commercials look terrible, the premise is unoriginal, but there’s one big hook that has sucked me in: Kate Walsh.

My week rounds off with The Amazing Race (CBS, Sept. 26, 8/7c) on Fridays. I love to travel but since I can’t do it nearly as much as I want to, I resort to drooling over the scenery on TAR and adding places to much never ending bucket list. Last season’s All Stars was a little lame with repeat locations and boring challenges, but as this is season 25, one can only hope the producers have something special in store.

Honourable mentions (aka: save on the PVR and marathon through later): Revenge (ABC, Sept. 28, 10/9c), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (NBC, Sept. 23, 9/8c), and Nashville (ABC, Sept. 24, 10/9c).


What a way to show up Nels and Cassidy.

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

 

Lucie
Lucie was a classic 80/90s kid that grew up with the television as a babysitter. As she’s begrudgingly becomes an adult, she sadly can no longer enjoy television as mindless entertainment and subconsciously starts analyzing shows, specifically in the context of race and gender. She enjoys police procedural, strong female leads, and political dramas. She’s sarcastic and snarks a lot which may be mistaken for bashing, but it’s not…usually. She longs for the days where she can just watch TV and not parse it for subtext.

One Response to Fall 2014: What We’re Watching!

  1. Nels Nels says:

    How could I have forgotten about Revenge? I’m definitely tuning into that in all its soapy glory. And this may just be the year I give The Good Wife a shot.

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