Ahh, the scent of Fall in the air! Of course, with the advent of the school year comes the excitement for new network television. Who doesn’t enjoy the chance to get uber into a new show, only to get shafted at the end of the season when it’s not renewed? So, come, let me tell you which ones I’m hoping are not only good, but also manage to stick around long enough to make it through sweeps.
First up is ‘Ironside’! Starring Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammer, and Kenneth Choi. If it sounds a tad familiar, ‘Ironside’ is a remake of a show from the 60’s/70’s by the same name. The main difference between the two is that the new version takes place in New York City vs. the old San Francisco location. Underwood plays the title role of Robert Ironside, a seasoned NYC detective who plays by his own rules and who’s good enough at what he does to get away with it. So what if he’s confined to a wheelchair?! The fact is that a character driven, police procedural featuring badass cops is frequently a good thing and basically the reason I still lose entire weekends to marathons of ‘Law and Order: SVU’. Speaking of badasses, I have a strong sense that Ironside is going to be the real life embodiment of a “deal with it” gif. Most comforting though, is how this show’s premise has plenty of potential to avoid the end of season question of whether or not the plot can continue past the Winter thaw; there will always be crime and there will always be the gut reactions of characters to dissect.
Premiere date: October 2nd at 10pm on NBC
At the risk of being somewhat redundant, I felt this list wouldn’t be complete without my mentioning ‘Dracula’. Yes, I’ve gushed about it before, blah blah blah. Clearly, I have good reason. This time we have the father of all vampires (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as an American outsider in Victorian London, on the hunt to punish those who cursed him to an eternity of night. As it goes, a run in with his reincarnated love throws somewhat of a wrench in things. Jesus, why am I even running this down, people? It’s DRACULA! This is right up there with ‘Beauty and the Beast’: a tale as old as time and all that. One could even argue that they’re different forms of the same tale…both dear to my heart…for probably the same reasons. Omg, I need to go and reevaluate EVERYTHING about my life now, don’t I? Whatever.
It goes without saying that every time the idea is redone, I’m 100% game to see how they pulled it off, even if it ends up a complete shit-show. Plus? Is it EVER a bad idea to have JRM on one’s screen?! Nope. No. Non.
Premiere date: October 25 at 10pm on NBC
Okay, can all my fellow nerds gather ‘round for this, please? After an emotional blow dealt by ‘The Avengers’ i.e. Coulson’s death (do NOT bitch about spoilers unless you’ve lived on Mars since May 2012 or something), the rabid distress of fans was something that Marvel couldn’t avoid responding to. Not to mention that many of us felt we were on the receiving end of a most nefarious gaslamp anyway. I mean, even though “Son of Coul” was not the quintessential superhero, he held a special place in our hearts and we mourned his death accordingly; they couldn’t just get rid of him! Enter Agent Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) illustrious return in ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’! Co-starring Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge, the show promises to bring us more of a behind the scenes look at the other agents that make the organization work when there ISN’T a worldwide catastrophe requiring the presence of the Avengers. As something to fill both the entertainment and knowledge gap, between major franchise films, this show makes the utmost sense and I am oh-so looking forward to it!
Premiere date: September 24th at 8pm on ABC
The entertainment industry loves to beat a dead horse, don’t they? In this case, it’s a dead, and headless, HORSEMAN in Fall’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’. And it looks like the beating and updating of the old story may have worked! Here we’re getting a resurrected Ichabod Crane (guess we’ll find out HOW and WHY in the pilot) who’s tasked with, once again, trying to stop the aforementioned Headless Horseman of lore. As a plot point, they were simultaneously brought back since, otherwise, a show about the Washington Irving tale wouldn’t make much sense. Along with trying to adjust to present day Sleepy Hollow and fighting off the impending apocalypse, Ichabod finds himself trying to make sense of the jacked up past he left behind. Starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, this show is slated to be a history-laced Gothic mystery for the masses. And we’ll get to say the name “Ichabod” in everyday conversation. Win-win! Bring on the costume porn!
Premiere date: September 16th at 9pm on FOX
*drumroll* Finally, there’s ‘The Blacklist’. Ohhhhh, man, am I salivating for this one! I mean, outside of it having James Spader as the main protagonist (Raymond “Red” Reddington) sporting the only l’air de douchebag. This go around, he’s playing a top notch criminal who thinks it’s about time he starts HELPING the FBI on his tail, if only to start gunning for fellow criminals on his own personal “blacklist”. Smartly, the FBI takes his offer while still trying to keep him on something of a leash. Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone, is a rookie profiler yet the only person Red will work directly with. Why? No one really knows and Red certainly isn’t revealing his end game. What we CAN fathom, at least from the trailers, is that there’s more to Elizabeth that she’s either not telling or isn’t aware of and Red is fixated on her because of it. Or he could just be fucking with her head because, you know, THAT’S HOW HE ROLLS. Either way, he won’t be entirely “free” in this equation, but he’ll still be holding most of the cards and thinks it’s worth it. Wow. I am SUCH a sucker for this sort of setup! Good job, NBC.
Premiere date: September 23rd at 10pm on NBC