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Well, I reviewed Entertainment Weekly's annual coverage of the Fall Television Season. The print was so tiny that I had to go to my reading glasses, the computer glasses wouldn't cut it. (I own three pairs of glasses including one pair of contacts. Distance, computer, and reading. My eyes are constantly adjusting to things. Getting old sucks, just saying.)

Anywho...only a few of the 137 television series covered leapt out at me. Most of which tended to genre series or off-the-beaten track. Many just old fare.

Of the newly minted?

1. Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency - premiering on BBC America, OCt 22, at 9PM. Stars Elijah Wood and Penny Dreadful's Samuel Barnett - based on the novels by Douglas Adams.

2. Westworld - HBO, October 2 (the other reason I can't seem to get myself to cancel my HBO subscription, even though I should) - stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden.
Based loosely on Michael Crichton's film that starred Yul Brenner. (Think the Wild West as a theme park for the rich and nasty.)

3. Falling Water - USA - OCT 13, 10 PM - Think Inception as a television series. It's a thriller about dreams bringing three people together on quest, using their dreams as the map.

4. Pitch - Sept 22, Fox, 8PM - a story about the first black woman major league pitcher for a baseball team.

5. Crown - Nov 4, Netflix - a television series about the life story of Elizabeth II from 1940s to present. Based on the play "The Audience", Matt Smith plays Prince Phillip and Clair Foy plays Elizabeth.

6. Divorce - Oct 9, HBO, 10 PM - Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church - a dark dramedy about a divorce.

7. Pure Genius - OCt 27, CBS, 10pm - the new drama by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) - about high tech's effects in a hospital setting.

8. Frequency - Oct 5, CW, 9PM - a young NYPD detective in 2016 contacts her long dead father on a ham radio in 1996, just before his death. Because of their conversation - he survives. But, with dire consequences to her life. Everything else changes.

9. Designated Survivor - Sept 21, ABC, 10PM - starring Keifer Sutherland, Kal Penn, Natasha McElhone. What happens when an explosion takes out everyone but one cabinet member, and that cabinet member is for The US Department of Housing and Urban Development? And he becomes President of the US by default?

10. No Tomorrow - Oct 4, 9pm, CW - Rom-Com about a girl who falls in love with a guy who believes in accomplishing as many bucket list items as possible before an asteroid is due to hit earth in eight months and 12 days.

11. Good Behavior - Nov 15, 9pm, TNT - about a female con-artist, as portrayed by Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey, that steals, deals drugs, and reveals in a life of crime.

12. Bull - Sept 20, 9pm, CBS - stars Michael Weatherly, based on the life of Dr. Phil, who was a jury analyst prior to becoming Dr. Phil. It's co-written by Dr. Phil and the creator of House. Sort of a dark twist on the legal procedural.

13. Atlanta - Sept 6, 10PM, F/X (I missed the pilot and will have to catch it on demand) - stars Danny Glover of Community, who is also the creator/show-runner. It follosw Earn Marks, a pennisless twentysomething managing his up-and-coming rapper cousin Alred Miles while trying to honor the responsibilities he has to his best friend Van and the daughter they share.

14. Timeless - Oct 3, 10PM, NBC - written by Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan (which I mixed feelings about, because both are a wee bit on the sexist side of the fence) -- is a television series about a group of heroes pursueing a time-traveling terrorist intent on changing key historical events. One episode deals with Abraham Lincoln's assassination, another focuses on Rat-Pack Era Las Vegas and the rumored mistress of Frank Sinatra, JFK and Chicago Mobster, and a third on Ian Fleming helping them solve a problem in Nazi Germany during WWII. And the writers seem to be aware of the butterfly effect problem in regards to time travel -- so it will most likely work for me. (I only like time travel stories that deal with the butterfly effect.)

15. Better Things - Sept 8, 10PM, F/X - co-created by Louis CK. About struggling actress Pamela Aldon's semi-autographical life as a struggling actor, mother, and realist - dark comedy, in the same vein as Louis.

16. Van Helsing - Sept 23, 10pm, Syfy - sort of a twisted, mature, less campy, not as witty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Vanessa Van Helsing is awakes from a coma only to discover that vampires have conquered the world and she has supernatural abilities, and oh both the vampires and humans are trying to control her. Apparently her bite can cure vampirism in a person and turn them human. It's interesting because the writers have created various types of vampires, and the slayer is female.
Stars the Kelly Overton.

17. Crisis in Six Scenes - Sept 30, Amazon, written by Woody Allen and Elaine May, starring Woody Allen, Elaine May, John Magaro, Rachel Brosnahan and Miley Cyrus. Basically think Woody Allen's version of All in the Family. Most of it ad-libbed.

18. Goliath - Oct 14, Amazon, stars Billy Bob Thornton, Willaim Hurt, Molly Parker, and Dwight Yokham - by David E. Kelly. It's about a hard drinking down on his luck trial lawyer who catches a malpractice case against a corporate behmoth and sleeps with his client along the way. (Reminds me a bit of Better Call Saul meets A Civil Action by way of Boston Legal.)

19. Good Girls Revolt - Oct 26, Amazon - The female response to Mad Men, inspired by the book "Good Girls Revolt - How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. It follows a group of female researchers - at a newsmagazines that's holding them back due to their gender in the 1960s.

20. Incorporated - Nov 30, Syfy - 10PM - about a world run by large corporations and divided into Green Zones for the Wealthy and Red Zones for the poor. A man born in the Red Zone infilitrates the Green under a false identity to find a missing woman from his past. When she finally resurfaces years later, he struggles to leave his wife and cushy white collar life as a junior executive in the Green Zone behind. Basically corporate espinoage meets sci-fi.

21. Sweet/Vicious - Nov 15, MTV, 10 PM - About a college soriority girl who spends her nights beating up sexual offenders, friendship with another woman, a classic college loner. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer in College without the metaphors.

[I may also try The Good Place, This is Us and Aftermath, and possibly Chicago Med, but am on the fence.]

Date: 2016-09-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looking forward to Dirk Gently.

Saw the pilot of Better Things, and Pamela Adlon can definitely carry a series. (Loved the scenes about her voice-over work on cartoons; Adlon was the voice of Bobby Hill on King of the Hill for 13 years.) Mother/daughter scenes didn't work 100% of the time, but enough to keep me interested.

Oh my god, Timeless looks incredibly cheesy. I've had a lifelong love affair with cheesy time travel (Time Tunnel, 7 Days, TimeCop, etc.) , but I don't know if I have the... um..... time to indulge myself.

ETA: Would also like to see Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery, but there's no way I'm paying for CBSAll Access.
Edited Date: 2016-09-09 05:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-09-10 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haven't tried Better Things yet. As you know, I'm hit or miss on situation comedies. Very rarely do they work for me, and when they do it's infrequently. So far, the only currently airing sitcom that has regularly made me laugh is Big Bang Theory. And even that is hit or miss. Whoever said drama is easy, comedy is hard -- wasn't kidding. Humor really is in the eye of the beholder. But ...Better Things looks different, so will try it.

Agreed on Timeless - it could be insanely cheesy, but the writer's take on it is intriguing, as is the still photo of the ensemble standing in front of a giant concrete eye. I may watch just to see where the concrete eye comes from. The writer's describe it as a bunch of people tracking a violent terrorist through a historical museum but not being able to touch anything without dire consequences. The whole butterfly effect bit intrigues me.

Would also like to see Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery, but there's no way I'm paying for CBS: ALL Access

Right there with you. It's not the only show, I've got that problem with. Hulu is premiering a noirish show with Hugh Laurie called Chance, but no. I'm not paying for another channel. Right now, considering getting rid of HBO, but can't quite get myself to do it.'s not like there aren't enough tv shows on...there's something for everyone, if you are willing to take the time to hunt it down, that is. You sort of have to treat finding a tv show to watch like a treasure hunt.

Finding television shows is a heck of a lot more work than it used to be. Makes me miss the old days of ten channels, and HBO.


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