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5 TV Shows To Watch Out For This Fall

TV is a remarkable medium.

Not only is it growing and ever-changing (ask juggernauts like Amazon and Netflix), but it is also becoming more respected and becoming the go-to medium for actors AND well-written stories/concepts…even over film.

Yup. Seems like quality is still important. Who knew. *shrugs*

That being said, I pride myself in attempting to consume as much television and films as I possibly can. However, in this day and age, I can’t lie and say I’m not a bit more careful with the time I spend and the caliber of said TV show/movie that I let myself indulge in. And in the age of more options like Netflix and Amazon, it can be difficult to pinpoint which show is worth getting invested in.

As a result of such a conundrum, I decided to employ—once again—my favorite go-to approach when attempting to solve such an issue: LISTS

Yes, I am back with another list.

Man, you think you’d get used to that.

Oh, come on. You know I love lists.

Moving on, after carefully wading through over 55 show synopses and trailers, I have compiled a list of many shows that I am looking forward to this fall. But before I begin, I’d like to say that shows like Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Agent Carter get an automatic nod, as I am a huge fan of the superhero genre. However, I definitely want to bring attention to shows that haven’t been nearly hyped up as much.

That being said, prepare yourself, as this list will be split into TWO lists that will come together to form the sum of 10 awesome ass shows to watch out for. (I, AJ, and the other zookeepers are in the middle of like 9283340834320984928 projects; so this is the middle ground). I will try to get the second half of this list all typed up and ready for action by next week.

So, without further ado, here are 5 TV shows (so far) to watch out for this fall:

5: iZombie

I admit that I don’t know about this show nearly as much as I should. However, because of the fact that it is based off of the comic iZombie (which was published under DC’s Vertigo imprint) and the fact that DC sweet record where TV is concerned, I am inclined to give this show a chance.

Also, the show has the potential (like Constantine) to explore the more grim and horror-inspired aspects of the comic genre and that alone should make it stand out.

And, you know, if you need one more reason to get behind this show, I’ll give it to you. This show is being executively produced by Rob Thomas, one of the many masterminds behind Veronica Mars.

Yup, it’s true!

Here’s the official synopsis:

Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance now passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted. The change in Liv is baffling to her mother, her former fiancé, Major, and her best friend and roommate, Peyton, who still has the high-energy, Type-A personality that Liv has completely abandoned. Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, Liv can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Despite carefully covering her tracks, Liv’s boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, discovers her secret and is surprisingly excited about the scientific possibilities. Even with her boss’ enthusiasm, Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Liv begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. Much to the surprise of Dr. Ravi and homicide detective Clive Babineaux, Liv often has detailed knowledge of crime scenes and motives that she can’t easily explain. Posing as a psychic, she works with Detective Babineaux to investigate these crimes and discover who is responsible. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least Liv can find purpose in her undead existence by helping Clive solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead (The CW).

If you’re still skeptical, you can check the trailer out here (Fair warning: the internet is still waiting on an official trailer; this trailer is of not-so-great quality.

Bonus: I fully expect to see many a gag as it concerns eating brains. That is too good a plot/character point not to make use of.

iZombie will be premiering sometime this fall. 

4: American Crime

As you can see by this list, not a lot of dramas are included. This reason for that is because I am highly spent on TV dramas at this point in time (if you are not being blown away with shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and such, you are being bombarded with yet another CSI, NCIS, Law and Order, or whatever related procedural).

Believe. Things like CSI: Cyber are definitely still happening.

However, I am solely interested in for the show for two reasons:

1. The show (as the synopsis will later explain) is going to feature a lot of race and gender politics and I am interested in seeing if it portrays such things in either an unfiltered way or a “rosy-colored glasses way”. This is especially important in light of what is happening in Ferguson.

2. Even though the guy is supposedly a supreme douche and got into with Steve McQueen over the 12 Years A Slave script, John Ridley is writing, producing, and directing the series pilot. So, seeing as I’m a fan of the aforementioned film, I am exceedingly interested in what he is going to bring to this show.

Here’s the official synopsis:

All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama—from the point of view of the victims (Indiewire.com).

Bonus: There is none. What you see is apparently what you get.

You can check out the trailer below:

American Crime will be premiering sometime this fall.

 3: Cristela

I welcome diversity on TV (and film). In fact, I demand it. That being said, I have no idea how I feel (concretely anyway) about the show Cristela.

Granted, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen the success of a popular Latino/Hispanic American sitcom (the last one I really liked was George Lopez, but it’s been seven years). And because of that, I want this to succeed.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream (ABC Publicity).

The titular character herself is pretty wacky, so I have some respectably high hopes for the show.

Bonus: The show features alums from Hollywood Heights and Wizards of Waverly Place if that helps.

What? That’s all I got. Seriously.

You can check out the trailer below:

Cristela will be premiering on October 10, 2014 at 8:30/7:30 central on ABC.

2: Marry Me

Not gonna lie.

I am interested in this show for the following reasons and the following reasons alone:

1. I am still mad as all hell (read: bootyhurt) that Happy Endings (a criminally underrated show) was cancelled. And since Marry Me was created and is being executively produced by David Caspe, (the mastermind behind Happy Endings) I am already inclined to give it a watch or two (or three or twenty-two…if it makes it that far).

2. Casey Wilson aka Penny from Happy Endings is playing one of the lead characters—Annie—in this show. And since she was my favorite character on Happy Endings (besides Max), I really want to see what she can do.

Also, there is the fact that I have already established some bizarre head cannon (you don’t want to know) that leads her from Happy Endings to Marry Me.

…Yeah. Don’t judge me. Or do. I don’t give a f*ck.

Seriously. I don’t care.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”) and Jake (Ken Marino, “Eastbound & Down”) bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they have been inseparable ever since.

Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to “put a ring on it” in paradise and now Jake’s perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. Yet if history tells us anything, it’s when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong (NBC).

Here’s to hoping that NBC treats David Caspe’s project better than ABC ever treated Happy Endings.

I am still not amused, ABC.

Bonus: I mean, Penny/Casey is back. Why shouldn’t you be excited?

You can check out the trailer below:

Marry Me will be premiering October 14 at 9:00/8:00 central on NBC.

1: Black-ish

So before I proceed, I have GOT to address that name.

Yup. ABC is all kinds of serious about that name. *Sigh*

ABC, seriously? You couldn’t do better than “Black-ish?” I mean, you might as well have called the show “Hi, We’re Black” and it might have come off better than “Black-ish”.

Moving on from my obvious disgruntledness with that lame title, I’m calling this a show to watch out for for a number of reasons.

First: Anything that is being produced by Laurence Fishburne automatically gets my vote (and it doesn’t hurt that he is appearing in the show as the truth-spitting and funny ass grandfather either). On top of that, Tracee Ellis Ross appears as the family matriarch in this upcoming sitcom, which is an additional plus. I have definitely missed seeing this woman on TV (this is a huge fan of Girlfriends speaking) and she is always fantastic at whatever project she decides to tackle next.

Second: Some of the last good (that’s the keyword there, folks. So, anything that has been created by Tyler Perry is automatically disqualified) sitcoms that I remember featuring a black family/predominantly black characters go way back to the early 2000s (i.e. That’s So Raven, The Proud Family, and The Game [before it went to sh*t]). That is an exceedingly long amount of time to go without one, especially when sh*t like Dads, We are Men, and etc (yes, I did subject myself to said comedies and I still regret it) managed to make it on TV.

Who’s to say that I ever recovered from those abominations?

But before I continue my explanation, here’s the synopsis (oddly enough, it was hard to find one that wasn’t just a sentence. Shame on you, ABC):

Meet the Johnsons. There’s Andre (Anthony Anderson) – but you can call him Dre – the family patriarch with a great job and a wonderful wife in Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). The two have four kids, including Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) and Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner), whose unwitting ancestral defiance will end up giving Dre a heart attack. And then there’s Fishburne as Pops, the old school presence serving as the probable impetus for this show’s narrative thrust.

Here’s the deal. Even though Dre’s life is seemingly perfect, he wonders if the arrival of the American Dream replaced his sense of cultural heritage. So he decides to up the ante on his family’s “blackness” and tries figuring out ways to honor their past while preparing for the future (Cinema Blend).

All in all, I am hoping–really hoping—this show is good and doesn’t divulge into a mere pile of one-liners and/stereotypes, as it would be really cool and insightful (imagine that. Comedy being insightful?) to look at a family’s collective experience on being black in America.

Bonus: Some of the people behind The Game (Kenya Barris) and The Minority Report (Larry Wilmore) are behind this comedy; so there is hope.

You can check out the trailer below:

Black-ish will be premiering September 24 at 9:30/8:30 central on ABC.

What say you, denizens of the TV world and/or lovers of the Zoo? What shows are you looking forward to watching on TV this fall, new or old? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Source: ABC, NBC, The CW, Cinema Blend, Indiewire.com

Images From: ICarly.wikia.com, Wifflegif.com, Crushable.com, Glee.wikia.com, Imgur.com, Stanford.edu, Gifsec.com
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