So, the bulk of the fall TV releases are behind us, and what’s been the fallout? Of the new shows this year, I’m still watching:
Sleepy Hollow: Sure, it’s silly. Who cares? Apparently not many, since this just got renewed for season two after only 2 episodes. Booya! NOW can somebody buy that guy a new outfit?
Agents of SHIELD: Sure, it’s silly. Who cares? I’m totally down with this one, especially since episode 2 was such a marked improvement on episode 1. It’s funny and different, which makes it well worth tuning in for if you’re me. Well, that plus the part where Agent Coulson is a HOT-TAY.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This might be my favorite of all the new series this year — how weird, given the fact it’s a sit-com and I usually hate sit-coms! Thing is, I like smart, funny sit-coms, which are rare birds in this world. And this is one of those. Barney Miller for a new generation? So far, so good.
Hostages: I like this show, I just can’t quite figure out how they are going to make it last a full season. Unless they’re planning it to be a short-season series, with only one season? Except, since it’s being fairly universally panned, as well as fairly universally not watched by anyone else, I have a feeling we will never get to find out the answer to that question. Which is too bad because I’m loving Toni Collette in that part.
Blacklist: I’m putting this on here simply because I haven’t given up on it yet, though I have only seen the first episode. I may or may not retain this one after watching episode 2. It depends on how totally annoying I find “science is for boys!” lady the second time around. Don’t hold your breath.
What are you guys sticking with so far? AND, here’s what’s coming up this week!
Tuesday, October 8
The Originals - 8pm – The CW – This is some silly vampire thing. Not to be confused with the other silly vampire thing coming out on the 25th, Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. That’s the silly vampire thing I’m likely to tune into. This is not the silly vampire thing I’m likely to tune into.
The Biggest Loser
– 8pm – NBC – I hate this show with the fiery passion of 97,000 suns.
- 9pm – The CW – Time to go SupeNatch
— you’ve long since outstayed your welcome. My god, angels are boring.
Wednesday, October 9
Arrow - 8pm – The CW – Don’t watch, no clue.
The Tomorrow People
– 9pm – The CW – This sounds a lot like Heroes
but with a much prettier, younger cast. Borrrrrrring!
American Horror Story: Coven
– 10pm – FX – Oh, American Horror Story
. I keep watching you and keep not understanding why I keep watching you. YOU ARE NOT GOOD. So, what is my problem? I guess my problem is there’s just nothing else like you on TV, which makes you a fairly decent distraction. Plus, just often enough to keep me roped in, you sometimes surprise me with a tiny little moment of brilliance. The bad news is I’m not really into witches, and this season is allllll about ‘em. So. We’ll see.
Thursday, October 10
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland — 8pm – ABC – Spin-off of Once Upon a Time, this time focusing on ye olde tales of Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Tweedles Dee and Dum. I really enjoyed the first 8 or so episodes of the original, but then kind of drifted away and never felt like going back. I appreciate how creative and unique it is, though, and this series may be both those things as well. I’ve got too many other things on Thursdays to want to try to cram this in, but if it ends up getting good reviews and sticking around, I’ll catch up later on DVD.
Sunday, October 13
The Walking Dead - 9pm – AMC – The interesting thing about zombies, for me anyway, is that they were once people just like us. They still look like us, even. In fact, some of them still look like us-es that we knew. And so there is a built-in moral complexity to the zombie story that isn’t often found in stories involving other monstery things. The Walking Dead, however, long, LONG ago ditched any semblance of that, or anything else truly thoughtful, for that matter, and now is pretty much all about blowing shit up and slaughtering huge masses of former people in a myriad of close-up and gruesome ways. With all that room for story and so little story, I barely made it through last season. If this season doesn’t start off with something better, I’ll be walking (alive).