FALL TV PREVIEW 2014: MUST WATCH ON ABC & NBC

The 2014 fall primetime season is right around the corner. I know that there seems to be a lot of new shows out there. I am here to help you sort through the good and the bad. Check out the list below of the shows to watch this season on ABC and NBC.

ABC

Selfie (Tuesdays 8/9c)

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Premise: A modern day telling of Pygmallion, this show will follow Eliza as she try’s to tame her social media obsession and achieve deeper connections with those around her.

I was initially hesitant about this one, but I have been hearing fantastic things about Selfie all over the place. Check out Corey’s article for more on this new show.

Manhattan Love Story (Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c)

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Premise: Typical dude, Peter, and country girl, Dana, begin a new relationship in Manhattan.

In a slew of rom-coms this season, Manhattan Love Story looks like it will be quirky and unique. The show seems like a typical boy meets girl, but it is set apart by the fact that the story is told mostly through the internal monologues of the two main characters. It will be interesting to see how the characters act as we also hear what they are thinking.

Black-ish (Wednesdays 9:30/8:30c)

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Premise: Dre has created a good life for himself and his family, but as he begins to worry that they have lost their cultural roots he sets out to reconnect with his family’s culture.

Dre is played by Anthony Anderson and if his character is anything like his character from Guys with Kids from a few years ago, then we are in for a great show. Anthony Anderson sets up a type setting kind of like The Cosby Show with a modern twist.
The show might not be groundbreaking but it is a sure fire laugh. Also, you can’t ignore the fact that Laurence Fishburne is playing Dre’s father.

How to Get Away with Murder (Thursdays 10/9c)

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Premise: Professor Keating teaches an Introduction to Criminal Law class where she helps her students learn how to defend murder suspects.

I don’t normally push soap-like dramas but this show seems like the next great law-centric show. Viola Davis portrays the lead, who is a teacher and a lawyer, whose job is to defend murder suspects. She picks four of her students to work for her and mentor them in the profession. This show could go in so many different directions. Viewers hardly ever get to see this side of the law and I can’t wait for all the drama to come.

NBC

Marry Me (Tuesdays 9/8c)

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Premise: Longtime couple Annie and Jake are ready to marry, but they just can’t seem to nail the right proposal. Should they continue the relationship with all of these issues or just move straight to the altar?

First of all, if you haven’t watched Happy Endings then stop what you are doing and watch it NOW. Marry Me comes from the same creator of Happy Endings and it also stars the hilarious Casey Wilson. Wilson and Ken Marino portray the two halves of the couple. Their chemistry is spot on and the strength of this couples bond is sure to be tested when things don’t always go as planned.

Mysteries of Laura (Wednesdays 8/7c)

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Premise: Laura is trying to balance being a NYPD homicide detective during the day and being a mom of twins at night.

This is every mom’s dream procedural show. You have Debra Messing as the lead, you have interesting crimes, and you have family comedy. What more would you need? This one might not make be profound by any means and drown itself in the realm of shallow wish fulfillment. But then again it might strike a nice balance between comedic home life and dramatic crimes (much like CHUCK did!). But hey, sometimes you just want something simple to watch.

A to Z (Thursdays 9:30/8:30c)

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Premise: A romantic-comedy that follows the new relationship between Andrew and Zelda. Watch the relationship unfold “from A to Z” all the way to the break-up.

Did you fall in love with the mother from How I Met Your Mother but were disappointed you didn’t see more of her and THAT SHE DIED? Well don’t worry Cristin Milioti is the star of AtoZ and is just as adorable as ever. She stars as Zelda the girl to which Andrew (Ben Feldman), a hopeless romantic, is in pursuit. I expect great comedy and even better romance.

Constantine (Fridays 10/9c)

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Premise: John Constantine is a retired demon hunter who is forced back into the fight between good and evil. As the balance between good and evil begins to shift, John must confront his past in order to save the world.

DC is on a roll this season. After the incredible success of Arrow and now Gotham and The Flash, DC seems like it is going to do it again with Constantine. Although a bit darker of a show, Constantine is being paired with Grimm on Fridays. Critics expected Grimm to fail after one season but had been going strong for years now. This combo of shows should play well off each other and continue this darker fantasy approach to television.

Check out my recommendations for the shows to watch this season from FOX, CBS and the CW.

Also check out the suspected flops that didn’t make my must watch list.

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