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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.

BACKSTROM Premiere Debriefing: Absolutely not your grandpa’s procedural

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Backstrom, the man, is absolutely unlikeable.

Backstrom, the show, won’t be, if the pilot is any indication.

Yes, it’s rough around the edges, much like the titular character, but FOX’s newest police procedural from Bones creator Hart Hanson has enough redeeming qualities, namely its stellar cast, that I think it’ll rise beyond its deliberately offensive opening to grow into its own.

Besides, there probably weren’t any other pilots on network TV with as many testicle jokes in an hour this season, so if nothing else it’s got that going for it.

Much like Hanson’s other shows, it mixes straight-up crime-solving with sarcasm and quirky characters, but unlike some of his past efforts, Backstrom is decidedly more cynical, and doesn’t deliver the heartfelt moments early on that have marked his other creations. And you know what? That’s okay, because solving murders doesn’t necessarily bring the warm fuzzies every time, especially not in rain-soaked Vancouver, er, Portland.

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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.

EMPIRE Premiere Debriefing: This is what would happen if Shakespeare wrote television dramas

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In one of the most highly anticipated premieres of the season, Empire finally debuted tonight on FOX, and didn’t waste any time jumping right into its world of corporate intrigue, backstabbing and family drama.

It’s not the first show about a music empire on television, but it may just have the most riding on it, given the caliber of its stars (Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson for starters). The real question is, will it live up to the hype?

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.

AGENT CARTER Debriefing: The Lady Hero we’ve all been waiting for

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I’ve got a confession to make.

I’m not really into the whole superhero zeitgeist of late.

I’ve seen a couple of the Marvel movies, sure. (Definitely at least one Iron Man, and I think one of the Captain America films, too.) I watched the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot last year and liked it enough, but never managed to keep up with it beyond the first few episodes. I’ve come across gifs from Arrow and Guardians of the Galaxy on Tumblr from time to time. They all seem very entertaining, but they just aren’t the first thing I think of when I want some distraction.

So when they announced Agent Carter picked up to series, I was intrigued, because I was curious about how they were going to adapt Hayley Atwell’s role for the small screen.

Then I saw the trailer, and I was hooked.

Feisty women holding their own in a sexist workplace? Check. Said women being secret double agents trying to prove a friend’s innocence? Check. Proving they are more competent than any of their co-workers and gaining some fans along the way? Check. Gorgeous period sets to recreate 1946 New York? Check.

Needless to say, the Agent Carter premiere was highly anticipated, and it absolutely lived up to the hype.

And here is why we all need a little more Peggy Carter in our lives.

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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.

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

Gracepoint cast

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.

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.

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.

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.
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