LDS comedian's preview of 25 Fall 2013 TV shows (25 items)
I love television. There are probably other people who say they love television, but I promise I love it more than they do.
When I was in middle school, I saved up all the money I could to buy my own TV. In college, I studied producing and writing for television at New York University. After that, I spent a few years working in the television industry at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Now I get to write about TV. I am living the dream.
And the fall premiere season is the most wonderful time of the year. Besides the handful of shows about parenting ("Mom," "Dads," "Trophy Wife" and more), the lineup this year includes a modern-day Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Avenger’s Agent Coulson and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, not one but two vampire shows and an Oscar winner’s comeback to television.
As always, it’s a wide variety of programming — except for the CW, which once again offers magical stud-muffins with an undying love for the Girl Next Door. (Even the CW's new historical drama has a supernatural undertone. And yes, I did just use "historical" and "supernatural" in the same sentence.)
Following is my forecast of the fall TV season, based on available online previews and, in a few cases, pilot episodes.
Must Watch = What don’t you understand about must watch?
Try It Out = Willing to give it a try when I’m bored of reality singing competitions
Pass = Thanks for trying
Booooo = Not for me
1 of 25. "Back in the Game" – ABC, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Rating: Try it out
"Psych" fans going through Maggie Lawson withdrawals will be excited to see that she’s back on TV and back in the game as a recently divorced mom who moves back home with her dad and ends up coaching her son’s baseball team of misfits.
While I found nothing particularly special about this show, I have been following Maggie’s career since she starred in the Disney Channel movie "Model Behavior" with Justin Timberlake, so I guess I will give this sitcom a try.
Scheduled day: Wednesdays
2 of 25. "Betrayal" – ABC, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
"Betrayal" appears to be ABC’s attempt to ride the success of its currently popular show "Scandal," in which a young woman has an affair with the president of the United States.
Set in Chicago, "Betrayal" is about a beautiful young wife who cheats on her husband with a man she later finds out is the defense attorney on a case that her husband, a high-profile prosecutor, is going to (as he puts it) “destroy.” Whoops. Call me old fashioned, but I typically don’t enjoy rooting for adultery.
Scheduled day: Sundays
3 of 25. "The Blacklist" – NBC, Sept. 23, 10 p.m.
Rating: Try it out
One of the FBI’s top 10 fugitives comes out of hiding to help one special agent hunt down the terrorists the FBI can’t seem to find on their own. It takes a criminal to know one, I guess.
The reason I’ll be watching "The Blacklist" is because James Spader ("Boston Legal," "The Office") does a great job playing the creepy yet somewhat charming crime-fighting villain. It’s a complicated role.
Scheduled day: Mondays
4 of 25. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" – FOX, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Rating: Must Watch
With the success of "Law & Order" and every other detective drama out there, I’m surprised that a sitcom about detective work hasn’t been done before. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" looks genuinely funny, and with an all-star comedic cast including Andy Samberg ("SNL," "Hot Rod"), I can’t wait to see more.
Scheduled day: Tuesdays
5 of 25. "The Crazy Ones" - CBS, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Rating: Must Watch
Two words: Robin Williams. It’s been 32 years since the movie star took to the TV soundstage in the sitcom "Mork and Mindy." (And for all those '90s babies out there, he’s the blue genie in "Aladdin.")
"The Crazy Ones" could be about anything (Williams plays an executive at an ad agency trying to save his job), and I’d still watch it.
Scheduled day: Thursdays