September is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love that the weather cools down, Hubby is back in school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes abound, and TV shows become new again.
If you've come to know me at all, you're probably aware that I take my television viewing responsibilities quite seriously. It's a responsibility, people! I'm not a couch potato by any means. During the day, the girls and I rarely flip on the screen. I've actually tried to reduce Chica and Bug's show-watching, and we've cut back to local cable only.
But when the girls are nestled in their beds for the night, and 8pm rolls around, a part of me comes alive. It's not that I love TV, per se. But I love the stories. I love getting wrapped up for a half an hour with characters I've come to love. I love following the plot over several months, seeing where the show will take us. Yes, sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember it's not real. But getting involved with the shows you love is half the fun.
So I'm going to be honest here: I have all of my TV show season premiere's mapped out on a calendar. This is no lie. I want to be ready, and I don't want to miss a thing. I've mentally divided my shows into 3 lists:
- Regular Can't Miss
- On Probation
- Give A Chance
Regular Can't Miss are the standard shows I love. They ended the season with a solid, and sources predict another great season.
On Probation shows are those that have been around for a while, but certain qualities about them give me doubts about their future. Maybe the writing wasn't strong last year, maybe the show has jumped the shark and should have retired a few seasons ago. Whatever the reason, I watch with caution, so that if I have to break-up with the show or accept a mid-season cancellation, I am not too upset about it. Grey's Anatomy, I'm looking at you here.
Give A Chance shows are new this season, or at least new to me. I usually try to do a little research on the up-and-coming shows, making a mental note of ones that seem interesting. Last season, I added New Girl to the mix, as well as Parenthood despite the fact that I had not watched the previous 2 seasons. Both ended up being keepers. Two years ago, I gave The Event a chance. And it made it 2 weeks before I had to say bye bye.
Without further ado, here is my Fall 2012 TV Line Up, complete with premiere dates (and in case you missed last year, here is the 2011 Fall TV Preview)
New Girl (Premieres Tuesday 9/17, 8pm and 9pm)
The Event, you only made it 2 weeks). I'm glad I gave New Girl at least 4 episodes Because despite not putting their best foot forward, New Girl quickly became one of my favorite shows. Possibly of all time. The beginning episodes were awkward, and you could tell the writers were trying to figure out characters and where the show was going. Once they hit their stride, you couldn't keep me away. Without fail, New Girl had me laughing (possibly to the point of tears) each and every week.
This season, I look forward to seeing if Nick is committed to staying at the apartment or will he move in with his girlfriend. Will we see some of the romantic tension between Nick and Jess play out? Let's hope there are more Schmidt hilariousness, as well as what comes of Coach's job. I foresee a strong season, hopefully one with a ton o' laughs.
Parenthood (Premieres Tuesday 9/11, 10pm)
I don't know why I did not get my act together during the first two seasons. But over and over my friends kept urging me, "Steph you have got to start watching Parenthood. It is totally up your alley. You. Will. Lurrve. It." I decided to jump right in during the Season 3 premiere, with the wikipedia page on my browser so I could make sense of the family dynamics and some of the bigger things I missed the first 2 seasons. WOW. I've never had my heart stolen by a show before I met Parenthood. I have fallen in love with the Braverman family. The writing for this show is incredible. I love the complexity of each character, with the woven histories and function within dysfunction. I feel like I could drive to Cali right now, and the Braverman's would be waiting for me. I appreciate how they are tackling the topic of Autism with Max Braverman's character, as well as painting a real picture of family life - not one that is candy-coated (although some may argue that an upperclass white family may not be a well-rounded depiction of life).
This season, I am excited to see how newlyweds Crosby and Jasmine adjust to married life, the direction The Luncheonette will take, Amber's relationship with political figure Bob Little, as well as what comes of the foster/adoption situation with Julia and Joel. That is just to name a few of the many story-lines I am stoked about!
The Good Wife (Premieres Sunday 9/30, 9pm)
Judging Amy - oh how I miss it!), but following the story of heroine, Alicia Florrick, has been riveting. As a woman, I connected immediately with Alicia's character. We are introduced to Alicia during a press conference in which her husband, Illinois State's Attorney Peter Florrick, admits to a sex scandal. We've seen these press conferences in real life, and we often miss the behind-the-scenes impact on the family. We walk through Alicia's devastation and return to work as a lawyer after a 12-year season of being a stay-at-home mom. She is hired at the law firm of an old law school friend, Will, and it is evident there have been feelings between them but never discussed. Courtroom shows are never without drama, and there is a the combination of fresh story lines each week through the court cases, as well as the over-arching story lines that span over the season. I will not share any spoilers from past seasons, in case there are viewers catching up, but every episode leaves me anxious to get to the next!
This season, I am dying to find out about Kalinda's husband, Alicia and Will's relationship, if Alicia and Peter's relationship will continue (so many relationships!), the future of the Lockhard & Gardner law firm, the return of Cary to the firm, and how recurring characters and previous cases will pop up this season.
Community (Premieres Friday 10/19, 8:30pm)
This season, I think Community will be cancelled at the end of this season (if not mid-season) if there is not an outpouring of new viewers. If so, I believe Community will go out with a bang. I am hoping to see more of Abed and Troy's ridiculousness, movie-themed episodes (c'MON, Community! Big Lebowski, pleaaaaaasssse?), and some resolution of sexual tension between Jeff and Annie (not as big of a fan of Jeff and Britta). #sixseasonsandamovie
Parks and Recreation (Premieres Thursday 9/20, 9:30pm)
This season, what will happen now that Ben has accepted the job to work on another campaign, but in Washington DC? How will Leslie adjust to her new position as City Councilwoman? Will Tom and Anne actually move in together? How will Parks and Rec survive without Leslie at the helm?
Grey's Anatomy (Premieres Thursday 9/27, 9pm)
Oh Greys. Why do you do this to me? I unfortunately did not become a fan until the end of Season 6, when the gunman was loose in the hospital and shot Derek. Once I caught that storyline, I committed the summer to watching reruns on Lifetime until I was generally caught up (you'd be amazing: by watching 2 reruns per naptime, 5 days a week, how quickly one can catch up on a television series). I was committed from there on out, throughout the losses of doctors, the introduction of new staff. I wanted to see how Meredith and Derek would play out, as well as many of the other complicated relationships. Some fans jumped ship with the death of George O'Malley and the near death of Izzy Stevens, but many have continued to watch. I remained a fan, even commending their creativity with the musical episode. With so much up in the air this past season, I was anxious with the previews for the Season 8 finale. Despite how much had changed over the years with the show, I was still taken aback at the death of Lexi and the unresolved story waiting to unfold this season. I'm not sure how it will look to continue after season 9, as many are squawking over the spoiler that we'll also be losing McSteamy, Dr. Mark Sloane. Some of my friends are saying they will not watch this season, despite being longtime fans. I was a committed ER fan for many years, and was happy to have another medical drama to pick up when it ended. So, I'm giving it another season, hoping that new life will be breathed in.
This season, I need to see resolution from Season 8's plane crash. I know we'll be losing Sloane, but I am not sure if Arizona Robbins will survive, which will throw a big transition for Callie. I'm interested to see the new doctors introduced this season, as well as new cases. How will our interns handle becoming official residents? And will April still stick around despite failing her boards?
Modern Family (Premieres Wednesday 9/26, 9pm)
This season, I obviously want to see Gloria's baby announcement play out, as well as what will happen with Cam and Mitchell's attempts at growing their family. I think these two scenarios will play off each other interestingly within the 3 families. How will Claire and Mitchell feel about Gloria bearing them a half-sibling? How will Cam and Mitchell handle struggling to adopt while Gloria is pregnant? And how will things look now that Haley is in college? A lot of interesting story lines to look forward to - just please air them in a somewhat consecutive manner!!
Give a Chance:
Revolution (Premieres Monday 9/17, 10pm)
The Event, anyone?!). And no, I never got into Lost. Yet, the trailers for the new series Revolution quickly grabbed my attention. I enjoy post-apocolyptic stories (Hunger Games, The Road, etc). Not zombies. But the idea of civilization rebounding and waht the world looks like after a world-wide crisis. Perhaps it's something about rising above? Perhaps it's wondering, "how would I survive in a world like this?"
Anyway, I digress.
The plot revolving a worldwide technology failure (everything from transportation to computers to lights), and how life has continued to thrive (or not thrive) in the years to follow. It sounds like there is a large militia component in the current society, and a family who has a key to unlocking the secret to reversing the blackout. See? I'm already wanting to see what happens! Looking forward to tuning in on this next week.
The Mindy Project (Premieres Tuesday 9/25, 9:30pm)
I've had my say, now I'd like to hear YOURS - so leave a comment!
What shows are on your Must-See, Probation and Give a Chance lists?
What are your predictions for this TV Season?
(and most importantly)
What shows am I completely missing that I need to put into my rotation?