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Fall 2013 TV Shows That Might Be Worth Watching

With everything coming on television lately, it’s hard to decide what’s worth watching, what isn’t and what is absolutely DVR worthy. Here’s a list of shows that I plan at least catching the pilot for. This list is based solely on watch factor; whether it’s good or bad, we won’t know until it premieres. If it has premiered, then I probably will discuss a few of my many thoughts. So, let’s get started:

1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The moment we heard word that Phil was not dead and was in fact returning for a show revolving solely around the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I was in hype mode level 10. Then, I realized that the closer it got to its premiere date and more extras were being released to the public, I found myself not so much excited anymore. It was either because they were taking a ‘villain’ of the day approach with one big baddie pulling the strings from behind the scenes or because they were bringing back Extremis (the lame Iron Man 3 version).

Oh and they fly around in a large black jumbo jet going from place to place, doing stuff like Sam and Dean (Supernatural) except now they ride in a tricked out version of the Magic School Bus. (Also, side question: How is no one not noticing the large black plane? Unless all of the show’s budget went toward stealth mode crap-which would probably explain the iffy other stuff that was just thrown in [the flying scanner thingies]-how could they afford it…along with the ridiculous amounts of jet fuel? Where do they park it?)

Even though it has the potential to be a really good show that is worth watching, it hasn’t shown me that yet. I will give it some credit in that it was only a pilot, not many shows are ultra-awesome right out of the gate. The characters themselves have the potential for me to actually care about them as people (I have a habit of giving no effs when shows kill off major characters, unless it’s Vampire Diaries, that’s different).

2. The Originals

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I am one of the people that cannot wait until this premieres because I am a sad person. The spin-off tells the story of the world’s original vamps, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and sister Rebekah (Claire Holt), as they return to New Orleans.

At this point, I care more about these guys than the ones in Mystic Falls-save for Ian- it has gotten painfully predictable every season finale the writers think the same thing ‘we are going to shock the crowd by killing off a main character’. Alright, shock factor, but only if you use it once. If you kill off everybody left and right, what are you going to do when all you have left is the 3 central characters? Bring ‘em back and kill ‘em again! Oh, wait, that has already been done. Based on this alone (and the fact that there is also some Maury show one-night stand scandalousness thrown in) I shall be tuning in.

3. The Blacklist

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The three-time Emmy winner, James Spader, returns to TV as Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the most-wanted fugitives who strikes a deal with the FBI: He will help them take down super-criminals on a blacklist he’s made. It’s a list of criminals and terrorists he believes the FBI cannot find because they did not know they existed and that they matter the most. The catch? He will only work with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).

To me, this sounds like a more procedural version of Silence of the Lambs; therefore, I already want to see it.

I also want to see how the relationship between Red and Keen will unfold in later episodes, especially since he asked for her, specifically citing her as “special”.

That right there the just upped the creep factor.

4. Hostages

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Not much to say here. Dylan McDermott‘s involvement intrigues me.

With a plot that centers on an FBI agent turning rogue in order to save his sick wife, it seriously can’t get much more dramatical. Oh, snap the president is in danger again? It appears as though it just did get more dramatical.

The only thing this show needs now is Aaron Eckhart as the president who loses his wife (because no movie is complete until Aaron loses someone, anyone, and starts hating life) and shuts down emotionally with Gerard Butler being indirectly blamed/responsible for it. Now, because Dylan’s own wife is possibly dying, he goes on a killing spree and decides to take down the president, the white house, and some random surgeon and her family.

My life will be complete.

5. Once Upon a Time In Wonderland

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…I actually have no idea what this is about except the main plot of Alice being consider insane due to tales of another place that is no longer dreary Victorian era London.

I’m going to watch the pilot going on the blind faith that I have in the parent show Once Upon a Time and the cast listings (when they pick villains, they go big, bringing in Jafar to do some damage).

If it ends badly, I’ll pretend I never watched it and go back to the original.

What are you guys top picks? Leave them below.

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