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My Must See Fall TV

  • Oct 10, 2011
There are a lot of great shows coming out this Fall. Here's my list of the shows I'm loving or the ones I'm looking forward to checking out. Which ones are your faves or soon-to-be-faves? I've added the pilots wherever possible so in case you missed it, you can check them out! The list is in chronological order for easy access.
Once Upon A Time

Premieres: October 23, Sundays at 8p PST

As this hasn't premiered yet, I can only speak on why I'm looking forward to seeing this. First, I think this is an incredibly unique idea. It's refreshing that in TV land, there's hope for originality whereas in their friend Hollywood, they keep on remaking 80s cartoons and movies for a new generation that has no idea that they're remakes. Second, this sounds like a show that's going to keep me on the edge of my seat- it's about a town where storybook characters come to life. How cool is that?
Pan Am

Sundays, 10p, ABC

Another 60s show (that Mad Men got the attention of producers, I guess!) but, set all over the world as we follow the glamourous Pan Am stewardesses (yes, that's what they were called and yes, it was glamourous) on their many adventures in life, work and love. Every once and a while you get a glimpse into the backgrounds of the characters beyond what they portray on their flight. There's an incredible twist that has me wondering if it actually happened way back when or even nowadays. In a time when women were still forced into marriage, Pan Am offered an escape from small towns, an escape from settling into a life of unhappiness like some of their mothers, and an escape to something more, something better. These women are educated, beautiful, and well traveled (many of them speak multiple languages). I think the show does a great job of portraying the times and lives of Pan Am stewardesses and the men in their lives.
The Playboy Club

Mondays, NBC*

I love period shows but, I never checked out Mad Men for some odd reason. In any case, this drama takes us inside 1960s Hugh Hefner's Chicago and The Playboy Club with its beautiful bunnies. The pilot, as you saw, starts you off with a bang and doesn't really let us for the next few episodes. I love the costumes, the sets, the characters and the storyline.

*Update: I just learned that NBC cancelled The Playboy Club because it's controversial (I'm sure not any more controversial than half the reality shows on the network) but, Hefner hopes that the series will be picked up by Bravo. I really hope it does too! Stupid NBC...

Tuesdays, 10p, CBS

Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery, from Without A Trace) has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to remember everything.She's a former NYPD detective that's been asked to come back to solve a case and join her ex-partner's unit. This show is cool because, once again, it's original, Montgomery manages to do a good job in a role that makes it look like she's typecasted, and it seems to be a combo of Medium and CSI, so I'm looking forward to seeing where it leads. 
Up All Night

Wednesdays, 8p, NBC

Probably my favorite new comedy, this show is about a married couple with successful careers and a fun, fulfilling life who find out that they're pregnant. The show follows the couple (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett) as she goes back to work and he quits to stay at home and raise the baby. This is a great look into marriage and parenting, it's honest and refreshing.

Wednesdays, 8p, CW

Whether we want to admit it or not, celebs are a part of our lives- whether it's just through entertainment or on the cover of our favorite magazine. We tend to have those we love (and just think are the best thing since sliced bread) and those we just cannot stand. This show plays on the latter emotion. The show is about bringing on "h8rs" (because you know, in this day and age of technology, we can't be bothered to spell out hater) and pairs them against the celeb they h8, all for our entertainment. This may be my favorite trash TV show of the fall so far lol...
Criminal Minds

Wednesdays, 9p, CBS

The only show that's not new on here but, all the same, I love this show and I hope it's not going anywhere soon. This is not their best episode but, I have high hopes it'll only get better. The basics: the FBI's BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) flies around the country to help solve crimes ranging from missing kids to horrific murders to kidnapping and everything where a forensic psychology team would be helpful. Each character lends their own unique skill to help solve the crime.
New Girl

Wednesdays, 9:30p, Fox

Girl crush alert: I love Zooey Deschanel. I think she's incredibly talented and super cute, so I'm pretty stoked that she's gotten a chance to showcase her chops. She's been through the indie film ringer, so she proved them a while back. However, you've never seen her like this- quirky, cute, funny and not afraid to be herself. It's a welcome change from the usual female leads on TV. The pilot shows her explaining to an ad she answered on Craigslist looking for a roomie for three guys. The show follows their antics as they become quite the fun loving family...kinda like Friends and Will and Grace all under one roof.
Charlie's Angels (2011)

Thursdays, 8p, ABC

Though the original series and subsequent Drew Barrymore led movies were campy, this series (also produced by Barrymore) are a bit more drama than comedy. Sure, there are some funny spots but, if you kill off a main character in the pilot season, you're setting up the audience for a wild ride. There, of course, is plenty of humor, sexiness, and action to keep you hooked.
The Secret Circle

Thursdays, 9p, CW

A girl is left to live with her grandmother after her mother mysteriously dies and learns that she has a powerful secret. Wonder of all wonders, she's not alone with this secret. There's a whole group of kids that have the same one. The Secret Circle, get it? It's not only the kids with this sordid secret power....mwahahahaaaaaaaaaa This is a fun brain candy show with a bit of mystery to it- kind of a mix of The Craft, Mean Girls, with something extra that I just can't put my finger on.

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October 16, 2011
What a great list Sam!! Unfortunately I have not been able to catch up on any of them and Criminal Minds is the main one I want to keep up with; I have Dish and for some reason I can't get CBS (I think that's it) on my basic Dish channels!! I'm still stuck with the reruns on ION and am furious because I'm addicted to the damned show! LOL I would love to check out The Secret Circle and Up All Night if I can find them on Dish - I really need to get back to Cable LOL
October 17, 2011
Yeah, I love Up All Night- it's a great comedy about being married and having a kid (though I can't relate to that part yet lol). Damn that Dish!
October 12, 2011
Nicely put together. I just watched the complete episode of OanAm you posted.
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
The only 2 of these that were on my list were New Girl and Pan Am. I DVR'd the first 2 eps and decided not to watch anymore...it just hit me more as stupid and formulaic than funny. I am enjoying Pan Am, but it hasn't classified as "much watch TV" for me yet. Now the new show I LOVE is Person of Interest. Also enjoying Terra Nova, but to a lesser degree.
October 12, 2011
I haven't checked out Person of Interest because I can't help but, think of 24 when I see the trailers. My mom loves it so I'm going to have to check it out OnDemand.
October 13, 2011
I didn't draw any parallels to "24" at all.  I just think it is an interesting show with a mix of the brain (Michael Emerson) and the brawn (Jim Caviezel) trying to stop crime before it happens.  It reminds me a little bit of the movie Minority Report, but not nearly so science fictiony as that....and more realistic.
October 12, 2011
A few of these shows look like they could be very engaging.
October 12, 2011
I think it's a good blend of brain candy and intrigue lol. If you check any of them out, let me know what you think!
October 11, 2011
I see myself trying out #'s 3-5, and then 7-8 (I am a fan of Zooey) The Secret Circle I have tried to watch but can't get into it. # 1 looks interesting but I wasn't too impressed with LOST.
October 12, 2011
Yeah, I'm bummed NBC cancelled Playboy Club- that was my fave of the list besides Up All Night and The New Girl. Hopefully, Bravo or someone will pick it up! The Secret Circle I'm giving a chance, I put it on here because I'm hopeful AND I can always re-edit the list ;p I'm looking forward to checking out #1, I think it sounds interesting.
October 12, 2011
I didn't know NBC cancelled PLAYBOY CLUB....I saw previews for it last week. That sucks.
October 12, 2011
Yep, I learned that as I was compiling this list :( SUPER bummed about that and I hope someone picks it up. The network said it was too controversial but, I couldn't figure out what they were talking about- there weren't any sex or graphic violent scenes so I'm at a loss.
October 12, 2011
October 12, 2011
Booo....people are so stupid lol...I mean really, people, REALLY?!? Just because it has Playboy in the title?!? I think they should've stuck with Bunny Tales, in that case- and what happens when you shop shows to research groups? They didn't find this out before it aired? Man, that just ticks me off but, thanks for the link!
October 11, 2011
So many new shows! The only one that I've caught so far is Pan Am and I kind of dug it. I'll have to check out The New Girl because I love Zooey, too! Great list!
October 12, 2011
Thanks, Dev! I'm a little bummed that Playboy Club was cancelled but, try to catch it OnDemand. If you liked Pan Am, you might dig that one ;p
October 12, 2011
Perfect. I just got OnDemand!
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