It’s getting closer to a new season of television! It’s always an exciting time of year to discover new shows and fall back in love with some old ones too. We’re still nearly two months out, so if you need something to fill your time, check out my most recent batch of show recommendations. If you’re looking to plan your viewing schedule, I recommend TVLine’s day-by-day grid or something like EpisodeCalendar or TraktTV. If all you want to know is the premiere dates of the new network shows, then this is the post for you. I’ve listed all of the new shows below with links to the trailer and a description if you haven’t had the time to check them out yet. This post will be stickied until we get midseason/spring premiere dates and will be updated with links to pilot episodes and reviews from me as they become available. Happy planning!
Continue reading New Fall Shows 2015: What Are You Watching?
Since its creation in 2006 (and before as The WB and UPN), The CW has been in a league apart from the “Big 4” networks. It has struggled to get ratings that would be considered terrible on any other broadcast network and for many years has been dismissed as a network for teen girls. It’s the network that aired my two least favorite seasons of the Gilmore Girls and while I’ve enjoyed many of it’s (mostly failed) shows in the past, they’ve been firmly in the “guilty pleasure” box of television.
When The Carrie Diaries ended last year, I thought my viewing relationship with The CW ended with it and honestly, I was a little relieved. I often got sucked in by their new shows only to have them fall just short of what I wanted them to be and I thought it would free up more time to watch “better” shows (more on that in a coming post). I had seen and loved the trailer for The Flash but my original intention was to watch Arrow at some point before starting its spin-off.
Then fall of 2014 came around and absolutely none of my plans involving The CW happened as anticipated. I couldn’t resist the buzz surrounding The Flash and not only fell in love with that show but started s1 of Arrow as well. I checked out Jane the Virgin after some enthusiastic recommendations and once again, fell in love with it. In the beginning of March, I started The 100 after I could no longer resist the allure of any show described as “Battlestar Galactica, Jr.” and not only has it become my latest tv obsession, I got my boyfriend hooked as well. I haven’t had time to start iZombie yet but it’s on my list for the summer after more enthusiastic recommendations and a cast I already love.
In just one season, I went from having nothing to watch on The CW to it potentially becoming my most watched network on all of television (depending on FOX’s cancellations in a couple weeks). That same year brought the network its first Golden Globe and Peabody Award win thanks to the charms of Jane the Virgin and its star Gina Rodriguez. So what happened? What took this network from the land of teen drama to an award contender with a broadening demographic?
Personally, I think their biggest strength in the past couple year has been their willingness to take risks. In many cases, their small size works in their favor. They take chances because they can afford to. In order to make a splash at CBS or even NBC, you can’t afford to create shows that are only watched by slightly over a million people and only crack a 1.0 18-49 ratings share on the best days. This lets them try shows that would never have a chance at another broadcast network because there is a very real chance that they couldn’t deliver the quantity of audience required to survive.
Continue reading How The CW Found Its Groove
Airs: Thursdays on The CW at 9:00 EST
Timeslot Competition: The Crazy Ones/Two and a Half Men (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Glee (FOX), Sean Saves the World/The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Premise: The CW takes on the genre of historical drama with this new show about the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Pre-show Thoughts: The preview clips really didn’t catch my interest but I do have a weakness for highly dramatic teen fiction (I did watch all 6 seasons of Gossip Girl) so there is a possibility that I will enjoy the show more than I enjoyed the clips. It probably also works in my favor that I don’t know anything about Mary, Queen of Scots so accuracy won’t be a large concern of mine.
Post-show Thoughts: I found the first 10 minutes incredibly boring but it picked up a lot once Mary got to court. I actually really enjoyed this episode. I like Mary so far and while I’m disappointed that it doesn’t look like we are going to get more of her friendship with her handmaidens, I enjoyed what we did get to see in this first episode.
Sebastian is a much more interesting character than Francis, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of him and his relationship with Mary.
I think I’ll like Catherine’s plotting against Mary in order to save her son. It should be interesting to watch if nothing else. It’s not too unlike Gossip Girl just set in a different time period.
Despite my initial reservations about the show, I found myself really enjoying it. I may wait to see how the second week of ratings look before deciding whether to watch it live or just wait until the season is over before watching it all at once but I’ll definitely be tuning in at some point.
Airs: Wednesdays on the CW at 9:00 EST
Timeslot Competition: Modern Family/Super Fun Night (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), The X Factor (FOX), Law and Order: SVU (NBC)
Premise: A remake of a British show, The Tomorrow People is about a group of individuals at the next stage of human evolution who develop superpowers.
Pre-show Thoughts: I am a big fan of Heroes, Alphas, and The X Men movies, which could all also be described by the premise, so on the surface, this show should be right up my alley. It definitely has the potential to be cheesy and if Heroes taught me anything, it’s the importance of a sustainable premise, so we’ll see what path this show takes. It’s unclear whether this will be primarily origin stories or people with powers working together for some common cause. Either way, I’m interested enough to really want to check it out.
Post-show Thoughts: I really wanted to like this but it did not catch my interest at all. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, which is the one thing I can’t overlook in a pilot. I need to feel like I could eventually care about them and I didn’t get that impression. I wasn’t particularly interested in the Tomorrow People vs. Ultras plot either, for that matter.
Maybe this show will get better later on, at which point I’ll re-evaluate my opinion of it and give it another shot, but for now, this one doesn’t make my to-watch list.
Airs: Tuesdays on The CW at 8:00 EST
Timeslot Competition: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC), NCIS (CBS), Dads/Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Premise: This show spins off from The Vampire Diaries to focus on the original vampires as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) attempts to retake control of New Orleans from his protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) while dealing with the impending birth of his part-werewolf/part-hybrid (vampire/werewolf) child.
Pre-show Thoughts: I don’t think I’m the target audience for this show, since I have never seen an episode of The Vampire Diaries. I know a little bit about the show, thanks to a friend but I’m pretty much going into this pilot blind. I am completely in the dark about the characters and their history and since the premise doesn’t really intrigue me, I don’t think it will become a favorite. I do like Phoebe Tonkin though and I am happy to see her in something else.
Post-show Thoughts: Just as a quick note, I watched the director’s cut that was released online before the episode premiered on TV, so things may have changed for the TV version.
I underestimated how much I love supernatural teen shows. As expected, I am completely uninterested in Klaus and his quest for power, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I think Elijah is an interesting character as is Hayley.
For me, this show has one thing working against it. I’m tired of male characters who are obsessed with power and some idea of family. It always seems to me that they can’t have both. They want respect (and a lot of fear) from the majority of people around them but then want their family to genuinely care for and appreciate them. In order to make people fear you, your actions probably aren’t going to endear others to you. It’s an idea that has been explored to death in recent media (most successfully by Breaking Bad) and I am bored by it. I’m ready for new stories now.
Despite my problem with the premise, this is actually a show I would consider watching. Personally, I’d like to watch The Vampire Diaries first because I want to see the characters on that show and get some more backstory, but I think there’s a good chance I’ll watch this show sometime in the future.