Progress Report: Fall TV Preview and Selection and Final Update Regarding Spring/Summer Shows

At this point, the primary TV viewing season is over, the summer viewing season in all its limited glory is in full swing, and the calendar has struck the month of August…which means less than a month until the fall TV season begins again!  Thus, it’s time to shop for new pilots (even if I’m still catching up on all the shows)! Since up-fronts were held in May, new TV offerings by networks and some cable outlets have been announced. It’s time to examine them closely and choose which will be added to the extremely extended lineup covered by this blog!

A TV Schedule/Grid with Premiere Dates will be created in another entry.

Thanks to TVLine for helping a girl out.

American Horror Story: Hotel

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL, FX

PREMIERE DATE | TBA

WHEN | TBA

WHO | Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson

WHAT | The latest edition of the horror anthology series goes inside a hotel and features a love triangle between Bomer, Gaga and Wittrock’s characters.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pick-Up.  I haven’t watched Freak Show yet, and I’m more than chagrined that we are down a Jessica Lange and up a Lady Gaga (who frakking gets top billing no less).  Also, Ryan Murphy’s shows suffer late life.  I loved Horror House and Coven and enjoyed Asylum, albeit less than the other seasons.  Of course, it’s still on my watch list. Even if I might regret it like a “Bad Romance.”

Angel From Hell

ANGEL FROM HELL, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | Nov. 5

WHEN | Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c

WHO | Jane Lynch (Glee), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Kyle Bornheimer (Family Tools), Kevin Pollak (Mom)

WHAT | When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.

Trailer Available at CBS’ YouTube Channel and TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Hesitantly Pick-Up.  Honestly, the plot/comedic situation seems pretty thin, and the main character is not as likable as some, but more Jane Lynch on my small screen with less spastic singing tweens and teens around her could be a very good thing.  She’s funny, but is she enough to carry this show?  It might be worth it to check it out, since the idea of Jane Lynch as anyone’s guardian angel is almost too delicious to pass up.

Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris

BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 15

WHEN | Tuesdays at 10/9c

WHO | Neil Patrick Harris

WHAT | A live one-hour show, complete with stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  As much as I love NPH, a variety show?  With Neil Patrick Harris, but a variety show?  I might tune in if I have the time and inclination, but a) the blog does not cover “reality” shows, game shows, or sketch shows (except the retro view of Saturday Night Live), and b) I don’t love this type of TV.  I suppose if I was going to watch a variety show, NPH is as good a host as any, but…I’m not going to watch a variety show.  It’s an interesting grab at retro nostalgia, though, and good for NBC for trying to experiment.  I wish it success, even if I won’t be watching.

Blindspot

BLINDSPOT, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 21

WHEN | Mondays at 10/9c

WHO | Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Broadchurch), Ashley Johnson (The Killing)

WHAT | A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

Trailer Available at NBC.com or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  I may change my mind if the show gains momentum, but here are my thoughts. While the premise is certainly intriguing, insofar as a random woman in Times Square with tattoos is somewhat interesting, the way the trailer teased the story reminded me of Memento meets The Terminator.  This mystery could be jaw-dropping, or it could fall flat, depending upon what the mystery is.  Yet, neither of the lead actors were likable enough in the trailer to draw me in, and unless this mystery carries with it a DaVinci Code proportioned revelation, I would find myself growing weary of it pretty quickly. Plus, I have so much TV to watch.  Again, if the show gets buzz, critical accolades, or otherwise gains steam, I might change my mind.  I can do that.

Blood & Oil

BLOOD & OIL, ABC

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 27

WHEN | Sundays at 9/8c

WHO | Don Johnson (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice), Scott Michael Foster (Chasing Life), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society), India de Beaufort (Jane By Design), Delroy Lindo (Believe), Caitlin Carver (The Fosters), Yani Gellman (Pretty Little Liars), Amber Valletta (Revenge)

WHAT | Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.

Trailer Available at ABC’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  You know who I think will like this show?  Texans.  Republicans. Fans of Don Johnson.  Most of those cross-sections overlap, so any combination thereof.  I’m one of those bleeding heart liberals from Michigan, and Don doesn’t do it for me.  It’s very much a new Dallas for the 2010s, with more sex and balls-to-the-wall capitalism.  It might be very successful, but I already know it’s not my cup of tea.

Bordertown

Bordertown, Fox

PREMIERE DATE | Midseason

WHO | Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, Efren Ramirez

WHAT | A satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Trailer Available at Fox’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICKUP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  As a holdover pilot from last season, my opinion remains the same. A culturally relevant, now animated sitcom will be introduced by Fox.  I don’t really gravitate toward adult cartoons beyond the mainstays like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, and the constant delays don’t leave me with votes of confidence for this one.  I may be surprised.

The Catch

THE CATCH, ABC

PREMIERE DATE | TBA

WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Mireille Enos (The Killing),Damon Dayoub (NCIS), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Rose Rollins (The L Word), Alimi Ballard, Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Elvy Yost

WHAT | A thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin. She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

Trailer Available at ABC’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  This looks like another Shonda Rimes entry, pitting a con artist against a fraud investigator.  Which is to say, I think the show was created by someone else but is being produced by Shondaland.  I am currently Shonda-free, having jumped the shark on Grey’s Anatomy, and I have not become involved with Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder. I am just starting to feel that there is a definite formula to shows produced by Shondaland, most of which have a steamy, soap opera vibe.  I have occasionally chosen to check out shows of that type, but my interest in this show was not piqued by the trailer, so I pass.

Chicago Med

CHICAGO MED, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | Nov. 10

WHEN | Tuesdays at 9/8

WHO | S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Yaya DaCosta (Ugly Betty), Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless), Oliver Platt (Fargo)

WHAT | The Chicago Fire spinoff follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most bustling hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the ChicagoP.D. and Fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Windy City heroes hits the ground running.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  Another medical drama?  Another Chicago Fire spin off?  While there is no trailer, I’m getting definite E.R. and Chicago Hope deja vu.  Maybe it will work for some, but it’s not original enough to entice me.  I had to be talked into watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Maybe someone will talk me into watching this.  Or not.

Coach

COACH, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | TBA

WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Craig. T Nelson

WHAT | This follow-up to the ’90s sitcom picks up 18 years later and find Nelson’s Hayden Fox interrupting his retirement to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  What the what?!  Seriously?!!  I think this resurrection smacks of a lack of originality in Hollywood – I blame Fox, with their 24 and X-Files reboots (even though I watched/will watch both of those).  I didn’t really watch the original Coach.  I will not watch the new one until I watch the old one, but let me know how it is.  I have morbid curiosity.

Code Black

CODE BLACK, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 30

WHEN | Wednesdays at 10/9c

WHO | Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife), Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia), Raza Jaffrey (Smash), Luis Guzman (How to Make It in America), Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth (Cult, The Tomorrow People), William Allen Young

WHAT | Inspired by the festival award-winning documentary of the same name, this medical drama is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – L.A. County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.

Trailer Available at TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  Yet another medical drama, CBS-style.  I didn’t watch this trailer…because medical drama.  Talk me into it.

Containment

CONTAINMENT, The CW

PREMIERE DATE | TBA

WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Claudia Black (The Originals, Farscape), David Gyasi (Interstellar), Christina Moses (Starship: Apocalypse), Kristen Gutoskie (Beaver Falls), George Young (Casualty), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Spartacus: War of the Damned) and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live)

WHAT | When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.

Trailer Available at The CW’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Hesitantly Pick Up.  While this new show looks like a TV version of Outbreak for the 2010s, it is created and produced by Julie Plec, the CW’s darling who created The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and The Tomorrow People.  There were also some fairly compelling performances in the short teaser that made me think this program would be an intense thrill ride. Because I trust the producer, I will check it out.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, The CW

PREMIERE DATE | Oct. 19

WHEN | Mondays at 8/7

WHO | Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken)

WHAT | Bloom stars as Rebecca, a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything — her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan, included — in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif.

Trailer Available at The CW’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pick Up.  On the strength of the trailer alone, I choose to pick up this show. The premise sounds very close to other rom-com fair, such as Sleepless in Seattle, or even Felicity with an extremely charismatic lead actress and comedic vs. dramatic pastiche – though, in this situation, it would be like what would happen if Felicity dated Ben in high school first, broke up with him, and then followed him to New York.  Except that this woman is following her ex-beau to California.

Look – if there are musical numbers like there are in the trailer, I will love this to the ends of time. In fact, that better be a thing.  There are not enough musical romantic comedies about crazy lovesick women on TV.  Plus, Rachel Bloom proved herself to be infinitely watchable in this five minute teaser.  And I really liked her outfits.  Excellent trailing, CW.

Seriously, I really hope the musical numbers are included.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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