Christopher M. Enis
*takes deep breath and does happy dance*
The Fall TV Season is like New Car Smell, Puppies, and a hug from Mom (okay, hugs from Mom are on a different level, please don’t tell her I downgraded them) all mashed into one!
There are 120+ new and returning TV series this year, which mean a whole lot of shi… err.. filler to get through to get to the good stuff. It’s a tough job, but I’m more than happy to do it. These shows top my ‘must watch’ list for the coming season:
- Designated Survivor (ABC) Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 10:00 PM—Kiefer Sutherland is, once again, asked to put the Free World on his back and save us all. But, he won’t be sleep deprived with a license to kill (and never once charging his cell phone) as he was on 24. This time, Sutherland is a cabinet member who becomes the President of the United States after everyone ahead of him is taken out. Maggie Q, Kal Penn and Natascha McElhone co-star.
- Conviction (ABC) Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 PM—Hayes Morrison is a former First Daughter with more than a few… let’s call them ‘issues.’ She manages to get herself blackmailed by the New York District Attorney, and has to work for him in something called the ‘Conviction Integrity Unit.’ I normally wouldn’t care about this kind of show, but Hayley Atwell (she of the gone-too-soon Agent Carter) is in it so… yeah. The show also stars Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey and Emily Kinney.
- Riverdale (CW) Midseason—Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the gang find out that take on the zombie apocalypse. No, really. Well… sort of. This subversive interpretation of the classic comic characters comes to the small screen courtesy of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa . It’s the latest in a long line of comic book interpretations on the CW, so here’s hoping it makes its mark in the world of unbelievable make-believe.
- Shots Fired (FOX) Midseason—An all-star cast (Sanaa Lathan, Stephen Moyer, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephan James, Aisha Hinds, Tristan Wilds) come together for a limited series about an investigator (Latham) and special prosecutor (James) for the Department Of Justice, to journey a small Tennessee town in the aftermath of possibly racially motivated police shootings.
- This Is Us (NBC) Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 10:00 PM—yes, we were bombarded with the preview of this show non-stop during the Summer Olympics, yet I am still optimistic about This Is Us. I have a feeling that NBC has found a worthy successor to the ensemble void left when Parenthood ended its 6 season run in 2015. This show features a group of people who all share the same birthday, who lives intertwine. Hmm, that sounds more supernatural but I’m still down.