Fall TV Preview Part 2: What’s New on ABC & NBC
Every season new shows premiere and are met with mixed reviews. It’s always a pain to sift through them all and figure out what’s worthwhile. I’m here to save you the hassle by pointing you in the right direction. I’ll take a look at each channel’s new shows and focus on what’s actually worth watching. Shows that I think deserve One Chance might have potential but I’m skeptical. If the premise entices you, then watch the first episode and make the call. If they don’t sit well with you, then you might as well just move on. If you see a What Were They Thinking!?! then you should never, under any circumstances, watch that show. Let’s get to it.
Check out part 1 of my Fall TV Preview featuring new shows from FOX and CBS right here on Snippets.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesdays 8/7c)
Joss Whedon, the genius behind The Avengers produces the show and even directed the first episode. We’ve got action, comedy, and drama; everything that spells success. We even have the thought to be dead Agent Coulson back and teaming up with the beautiful and talented Chloe Bennet. Tune in and get ready for the next great series!
The Goldbergs (Tuesdays 9/8c)
Premise: A family comedy set in the 1980s. Based on Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood.
At first when I heard about this show I was sure it was going to be a bomb. But each new preview gets better and better. I ultimately decided it’s worth a full shot. It looks like Modern Family set in the ’80s and who doesn’t love the ’80s? The cultural references and dynamic characters will keep you wanting more.
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland (Thursday Oct. 8 8/7c)
Premise: A twist/spinoff of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland where Alice returns to Wonderland years after her first adventures. Set in the world of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
I don’t have a ton of thoughts on this show. Everything I read gives me mixed feelings. I am a huge fan of the original Once Upon A Time but this seems to be unfolding as more of a more romantic show than action-fantasy. But I will watch out of fan loyalty. Also: what the heck is Jafar, the villain from Aladdin, doing here? I’m hesitant about any crossover storyline like that, but that basis worked for its parent show, Once Upon A Time. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes.
Trophy Wife (Tuesdays 9:30/8:30c)
Premise: A young woman marries an older man and enters into his family of 3 kids and two wives. She has to juggle being a newlywed, mother, and the “new wife”.
This show has potential. Malin Akerman is beautiful and funny. She definitely deserves to lead a show and her surrounding cast is great so the show should do well. I have reservations about the story lines and how simple they can be but with good writing this show could be hilarious.
Lucky 7 (Tuesdays 10/9c)
Premise: The lives of 7 gas station coworkers completely changes when they win the lottery.
This is a throw away show for me. I understand why they made it and I’m sure some people will like it. But it is a middle of the road show. It won’t be amazing, it wont attract a large audience and it wont intrigue anybody. It will just exist amongst other shows. I probably won’t watch it and it may not last more then a season but it is what it is.
What Were They Thinking!?!
Betrayal (Sundays 10/9c)
Premise: A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family.
Take sexy looking actors, throw in lots of sex, multiple affairs and “soap” style drama and you got the makings of a soft-core porno, or in this case, Betrayal. All that is missing is a horny teenager hiding from his parents and “taking care of business.” Just because 50 Shades of Grey came out doesn’t mean we need to make a show about the business world and sex.
Super Fun Night (Wednesdays 9:30/8:30c)
Premise: Three nerdy female friends decide to have super fun every Friday night.
The show takes place with a bunch of girls partying, like that hasn’t been done before. The only saving factor is Rebel Wilson but they took away her accent and now she has a terrible American accent. Remove what makes Rebel, Rebel and all you have left is a bunch of girls giggling.
Back In The Game (Wednesdays 8:30/9:30c)
Premise: A recently divorced mother, moves back in with her estranged father. She reluctantly decides to coach her son’s baseball team stacked with a bunch of misfits.
Not even James Caan can save this show. A show focused on little boys playing baseball and filled with “daddy” issues will not last. The comedy won’t hold when it is being supported by a bunch of kids. I love Psych’s Maggie Lawson and I applaud her for going off to lead her own show, but this was not the one.
The Blacklist (Mondays 10/9c)
Premise: A most-wanted fugitive suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico.
My last experience with James Spader was on The Office and I was incredibly disappointed with his performance. Ever since then I am weary to watch any of his new works, I cringe with thoughts of him playing Ultron in the new Averngers movie, but that is neither here not there. I do appreciate his early works, especially Boston Legal, where he was a true talent. I expect this to renew my faith in him. I love a great crime drama and the concept of a fugitive requesting only to work with a newbie is extremely intriguing and innovative.
The Michael J. Fox Show (Thursdays 9:30/8:30c)
Premise: A popular TV news anchor returns to work after taking time off to focus on his health and family.
Inspired from Michael J. Fox’s real life, family and experiences, this show has nothing but love from me. I am a huge fan of his and I want nothing but the best for him. I have seen him interviews and other shows and his Parkinson’s is hard not to notice but you have to love the guy. With a strong surrounding cast and quick-witted storylines this show should do well.
Dracula (Friday Oct. 25 10/9c)
Premise: Dracula is resurrected in 19th century London and seeks revenge against those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier.
This is another show I don’t know a lot about. It doesn’t pop up on my radar often when I’m searching around, you don’t see a lot of advertising and it’s doesn’t seem like a huge crowd grabber. I am a big fan of Dracula and any take on his stories gets my interest. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a great casting for the show and he draw out the main target audience, females 18-50. Same 50 Shades of Grey crowd we saw with ABC’s Betrayal.
Ironside (Wednesdays 10/9c)
Premise: A paraplegic police detective solves criminal cases in New York City.
I actually would like this show to work. Blair Underwood is a fantastic actor and crime shows almost always do well. The downfall is it’s a remake of a poor show and NBC is just pulling out any thing even shows from its past just to try and get a viewer or two. Well sadly this isn’t the show to do it but it has the foundations for a great show and that is enough for me to check it out.
What Were They Thinking!?!
Sean Saves the World (Thursdays 9/8c)
Premise: Sean has to figure out how to raise his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in with him, and his hectic career.
Why does NBC do this to themselves? Every year I have the same thought: if they just adjusted a few things, they could make a comeback. But then their fall preview comes out and they have shows like this. Sean Hayes is a very funny guy and with the right role he could be great but he has never been a leading man. He is a great supporting actor but not a person to be able to lead a show. I give it until the New Year at most and then it will be replaced by one of the many shows NBC has planned for midseason. That’s right. NBC has a bunch of shows ready for when their new shows fail.
Welcome to the Family (Thursdays 8:30/7:30c)
Premise: A white family and a Latino family blend when their respective children fall in love and have an unplanned pregnancy.
Speaking of new shows failing, Welcome to the Family might as well not even air. How can NBC take a great set of actors and put them in a terrible show. When I first heard about this show I wondered if it was a show by Tyler Perry. It is not but it might as well be. Two families brought together by a teen pregnancy, let the laughter ensue…not.
And if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, here’s a video of the entire NBC Fall Preview: