Category Archives: Fall TV

PITCH 1×01 Debriefing: Padres in the Outfield

PITCH: Kylie Bunbury in the all-new “Pilot” series premiere episode of PITCH airing Thursday, Sept. 22 (8:59-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Tommy Garcia / FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co.

The Fall TV season is back (and so are we!), and first up at bat here at TYLL is the new baseball-themed drama Pitch on FOX. This series’ curveball? It centers around a promising young pitcher — who happens to be a woman. The pressure reaches a fever pitch, leaving everyone wondering if Ginny Baker is nothing but a flash in a pan. Can the rookie series hit a home run? (And could I use any more baseball analogies in this article so far?)

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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.

Why SUPERGIRL is a super breath of fresh air

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Okay, that might be the cheesiest line I’ve ever written, but hear me out.

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of superhero shows. I’ve given some of them a shot, and have enjoyed them enough, but I’ve usually not been able to get into them, for one reason or another. (That reason often consisting of a lack of female presence.) Agent Carter was a revelation earlier this year, because finally a woman got the starring role in a way they haven’t in the medium so far.  (Can it hurry up and come back already?!)

Now, CBS’ Supergirl joins her ranks in saving the world — and in a mini-skirt to boot.

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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.

SCREAM QUEENS Premiere Debriefing: “What fresh hell is this?”

SCREAM QUEENS:  Cast Pictured L-R: Lucien Laviscount, Glen Powell, Nasim Pedrad, Nick Jonas, Billie Lourd, Ariana Grande, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Skyler Samuels, Diego Boneta, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele and Niecy Nash in SCREAM QUEENS which debuts with a special, two-hour series premiere event on Tuesday, September 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Matthias Clamer/FOX.

Team Note: Hey everyone! Please welcome our newest writer, Marla, to the fold! We’re so excited to have her onboard, and we can’t wait for you all to watch Scream Queens with her! 

Despite the promotional campaign that has spanned months, if not longer, I actually (for once) did not do any really extensive detective work into Scream Queens.  I initially heard the names “Ryan Murphy” and “Jamie Lee Curtis,” and I was honestly 100% sold already.  I fancy myself a fan of the horror movie genre, and throwing Jamie Lee Curtis back into that world both fascinated and exhilarated me.  Even if I didn’t know much about her character, I didn’t want or need to know any more than the fact that she was a part of it.

The double-episode Scream Queens premiere was almost exactly what I expected from a Ryan Murphy broadcast network show in terms of style, story and satire.  But it also packed some definite surprise and some of the most shockingly quotable lines I’ve heard in a television show in some time.  It wasn’t perfection, but definitely kept my interest through the entire two hours.  All in all, I’m intrigued to see where Murphy takes us in the weeks to come.

I couldn’t possibly go through this moment by moment, there were too many characters and too much show to cover.  Hopefully I can get into much more detail (in far less length) next week!

Marla has been passionately and disturbingly obsessed with television since she was in diapers. She lives and breathes all things TV, and attempts to watch anything and everything. Unfortunately there are just not enough hours in the day. She definitely has her top favorite shows, the identities of which will become painfully obvious if anyone stumbles upon her social media pages.

GRACEPOINT Debriefing: Bringing the art of the murder mystery across the pond

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I have to state this up front: I haven’t seen Broadchurch, the British series upon which Gracepoint is based. I always meant to give it a shot, thanks to its universally glowing reviews, but never got around to it, and once they announced the American remake, I decided I’d hold off, if only to avoid “spoilers” of a sort. So I couldn’t tell you how the FOX version stacks up against the original, or how bizarre it is to see David Tennant play the same role in both series.

What I can tell you, though, is that this version is beautifully shot and showcases Victoria, B.C. (as a stand-in for a small California coastal town) in all its glory, and that it seems to be on the right track to tug at the audience’s heartstrings. And, most importantly, that Tennant plays the gruff detective with remarkable ease.

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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.

GOTHAM Debriefing: Not your father’s comic book.

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Look at that: another season, another kick at the superhero can in the search for the next great television hit! Following in the steps of Arrow on the CW and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, FOX enters the race with its own spin on the genre with Gotham. In a prequel to the Batman universe we all know and love, we get to follow the origin story, of sorts, of everyone’s favorite Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), here a rookie detective in the wildly corrupt city we’ve all grown up loving and fearing. Filled with familiar characters and stories, Gotham still manages to be a fresh take on one of the most enduring comic series in he world.

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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.

MADAM SECRETARY Debriefing: It’s hard to think outside the box when there’s no box to begin with.

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The unofficial welcome week for the fall TV season began tonight, and CBS’ Madam Secretary was just one of the many rookie dramas premiering in the next few days, albeit after an hour delay thanks to football. (Seriously, CBS, this happens every year — maybe it’s time to rethink the fall schedule while the old pigskin is still being thrown around on Sunday nights?) As one of the most-anticipated freshmen on network TV this year, how did Téa Leoni’s return to the small screen fare?

It’s hard to say. Madam Secretary is ambitious, but falls prey to the typical pilot pitfalls of juggling half a dozen different balls at once. It’s not a fatal blow by any means, but it just proves that like any show, it’s got its work cut out for it in the next few weeks.

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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.

BLACK-ISH Sneak Peek: Not quite the same old song and dance (because nobody even does that anymore)

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ABC’s newest offering on its Wednesday night comedy block brings some familiar faces back to the small screen, but its spin on cultural identity brings the heart to the popular lineup.

It’s funny — you could be forgiven for thinking the opening moments of ABC’s new comedy Black-ish are a retread of the network flagship Modern Family, right down to the introductory images of the protagonist’s multigenerational family standing in front of the Spanish colonial house like in the latter’s credit sequence.

But in short order, Anthony Anderson’s latest TV venture reminds you just how different his Johnson family is from the Pritchetts, Where Jay and the gang are really a variation of a very old dynamic, Andre Johnson and his crew are new everything: newly wealthy, newly upwardly mobile, and newly reawakened with the awareness of their stature in their community.

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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.

BONES season premiere sneak peek photos

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We here at ThankYouLizLemon love Bones, and can’t wait for it to come back for season 10!

Fox has just released some promotional stills from “The Conspiracy in the Corpse” airing Sept. 25 at 8pm on FOX.

Click away, but readers beware, spoilers abound!

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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.

UTOPIA: Watch the first five minutes right now!

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FOX has made available the first five minutes of Utopia, its new reality show premiering Sunday night. From Big Brother‘s creator John de Mol, and also adapted from a successful Dutch TV show (an internet sensation over there!), this reality will follow 15 pioneering Americans as they leave their everyday lives and move into an undeveloped and remote location (in Southern California) as they’ve been given the possibility to start a new civilization from scratch. Read more about the show (and get access to the feeds and everything!) at utopiatv.com.

So far, most of the buzz the show has had has stemmed from Twitter and the people already watching the feeds there [the ‘pioneers’ moved in to the location around 9 days ago]. It will be interesting to see whether this will succeed or fail, as it is one of FOX’s biggest bets this fall (it is both the 8pm hour on Tuesdays and the 9pm hour on Fridays).

But enough from me! Watch the five minutes below and let us know whether you will be watching or have been watching already in the comments below!


 

Utopia’s three premiere-night events start tomorrow at Sunday, September 7 at 8/7c (two hours) and both Tuesday and Friday at 8/7c (one hour each).

… 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

RED BAND SOCIETY Sneak Peek: I’d rather be a comma than a full stop

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With an episode that straddles tones effortlessly and leaves you feeling good, Red Band Society is a show to keep on your radar this fall.

… 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
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