Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fall 2013 Television Lineup

There is a lot of talk about the upcoming Fall 2013 television schedule. Between the main networks: ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC, there are a lot of new shows and awesome renewals in store. 

I, for one, can NOT wait for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC! I don't think I've been this excited about a new show since Angel on the WB. You remember that channel, don'tcha?. Anyway, the straight-faced but undeniably cool Agent Phil Coulson is coming back from his seemingly big screen death in The Avengers in a resurrection style that can only be executed by Joss Whedon. Okay, and I know this technically isn't the Fall, but FOX is bringing the return of...wait for it...24!!! 24: Live Another Day will have 12 episodes over 12 weeks premiering in May 2014!

However, with the new comes the renewal and, shockingly, considering poor ratings and bad reviews, American Idol got renewed. And...I just put my head through a plate glass window. I love most of the CW shows but I'm surprised Beauty and the Beast got renewed, but Arrow and Supernatural (of course) got renewed. Yay!! The CW is also bringing back Whose Line Is It Anyway. I love that show. Kevin Bacon will still be bringing home the bacon this year with the renewal of FOX's The Following. ABC's Once Upon A Time is renewed and the spin off, Once Upon A Time: In Wonderland premieres on Thursdays this fall.

The Originals on the CW is a spin-off of Vampire Diaries. Thousands of tween hearts just leapt for joy. James Spader starring in The Blacklist on NBC sparks my residual 80's crush on Spader, whose acting chops are above par, and is motivating me to watch. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula on the NBC. Yum. The undead just got even sexier. The Night Shift on NBC is trying to go for that ER vibe. Pass. However, Believe on NBC is a show I'm super, no pun intended, excited about. "A drama about an orphan named Bo who has special powers — levitation, telekinesis, etc. — and is raised by a group called the True Believers, who safeguard her from outsiders. When Bo turns 10, the group decides a wrongfully convicted felon from death row (Jake McLaughlin) should be her new protector." I'm all about psychic powers, cute, talented kids, and hot male leads. This show is a trifecta of "yes" for me. Sean Saves the World on NBC stars Sean Hayes, of Will and Grace fame, who is hilarious and stars as a gay, divorced dad whose teen daughter comes to live with him. I'll check it out.

Ironside...Blair Underwood...Marry me?

Michael J. Fox returns to NBC in a semi-autobiographical comedy. Who won't be watching this awesome actor? FOX's Rake: "This “House”-esque drama series features Greg Kinnear as a brilliant, charming, self-destructive criminal defense lawyer who lacks a self-edit gene." I like Greg Kinnear as an actor and "House" did great on FOX, so this show could go far. Another FOX show is Sleepy Hollow, an upcoming action adventure series that has time travel and mystery 'unravelage'. Eh. I think I'll pass. FOX is also bringing Gang Related to the table which has a gang member going undercover as a member of the SFPD. Wait, what?

I love me some Michael Ealy. But I don't think buddy cop shows are his cup of tea, especially coming off of the heels of the failed Common Law on USA. However, both he and Karl Urban are great actors, and I am definitely excited about Almost Human, which partners LAPD cops with androids in the year 2048. Dads on FOX is a Seth MacFarlane live action comedy series featuring Gionvanni Ribisi and Seth Green as two successful 30-something guys whose dads move in with them. I can see this showing starting strong and then flatlining. We'll see.

It's looking like NBC is going to pack a punch this upcoming fall season with a great line up of original shows. What shows are you excited to see? What shows were you sad to see end or get cancelled to make room for these new shows?

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