Fall Television Preview: Here’s What to Watch while Drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes

As the summer starts to wind down and the scent of pumpkin spice slowly starts to fill the air, it’s a great to sit inside with a glass of wine, a pizza and of course, watch lots of television. Summer television has been filled with best of reality and not-so-much reality. There was the binge watching of new seasons (or first seasons) of Orange is the New Black, Bojack Horseman and Wet Hot American Summer. Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelorette returned prompting discussions of double standards. Who really cares if Kaitlyn hooked up with Nick? One woman, 25 hot guys, something is bound to happen. There was UnReal which was an amazing show about the interworkings about a show like The Bachelor, although far more soapy. I mean, I’ve never heard of a contestant jumping to their death during the taping of The Bachelor.

There was also Return 2 Amish about people who aren’t really Amish, Teen Mom 2 about girls who are moms but are no longer teens, One Bad Choice which will scar you forever and Big Brother which makes you question humanity. I Am Cait gave us an inside look to what it’s like for a very wealthy and privileged person to be transgender. Hollywood Cycle which was about the drama in a spin class and Hollywood Game Night which featured celebrities enjoying themselves while playing games. Oh and let us not forget Catfish which featured some of the craziest stories yet–how come these people are very willing to meet when Nev and Max get involved? Oh and Who Do You Think You Are? which explores the genealogy of celebrities and is probably one of the most fascinating shows out there.

It was a summer of wonderful shows that made for wonderful conversation topics or wonderful guilty pleasures no one spoke of.

Now, fall is starting soon and our favorites will soon be returning as well as some new shows that I’m looking forward to this fall. Let’s dive in, shall we:

September 8
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

We were all sad when Letterman left, but now Colbert is taking over as the new host of late night. At the TCA’s this past week, Colbert mentioned that he will be dropping the “Colbert Character” that that he had created for the Colbert Report and will be real. He stated that getting rid of his character felt incredibly freeing. He also told critics that he cannot wait to make jokes at Donald Trump’s expense. He joked that “every night he lights a candle and prays that he stays in the race.” On an unrelated note, I also pray that Trump gets nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for next year’s Emmy Awards. It will be utter perfection.

September 13

Project Greenlight (HBO)

A documentary that takes an inside look into the filmmaking process. This was created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and first aired on Bravo in 2005. This will follow a first-time filmmaker from the beginning to the end of a project with the Farrelly brothers acting as mentors to the filmmaker. Granted, there is a lot of waiting on sets but there is always a crisis and people wanting things yesterday. This could be pretty good. I also love that Damon and Affleck are behind it because of their own rise to fame through a project they also did on their own. A  movie called, Good Will Hunting which I think did think good things for their career.

September 15

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (NBC)

This will be a weekly variety show based on a British series called, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and has comedy sketches, pranks, stunts, musical numbers and also makes me nervous. NBC has barely any comedies and is currently struggling. I’m not sure this will help. There’s no denying that Neil Patrick Harris is unbelievably talented but is this a medium that will still work? It will be airing at 10p on Tuesdays and the competition doesn’t look too bad, and variety shows always bring back nostalgic feelings. Is that enough? Sometimes variety shows feel a little outdated and with the exception of Saturday Night Live, which is a legacy, they don’t always seem to last long. Also, given NBC’s current reputation of canceling shows before giving them a chance to grow, this worries me. Hopefully, it will be good.

The Mindy Project (Hulu)

It made me a little sad when this show got canceled by Fox last season. I had always thought that The Mindy Project was a perfect partner with The New Girl which typically came on before them. They always seemed linked and went together like cheese and wine. It was also really starting to hit its groove which made the cancelation even more sad. I was thrilled to hear they would be back on Hulu and will be streaming one episode a week. At the TCA’s, they eased my concerns about the structure of the show. Ike Barinholtz, who plays Nurse Morgan Tookers, told reporters that if they “really changed the show and made it more risqué and put it more on a tilt towards stuff you might find on HBO or Showtime, we would maybe turn off some of our core viewers.” In addition, because their move to Hulu, it will mean less of a time constraint and they will be able to expand the roles of some of the supporting characters like Xosha Roquemore (Tamra) and Beth Grant (Beverly) which will be even more awesome. So it will be the same old Mindy but just a bit more….which will work out just fine.

September 21

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

So….what will happen with Shamy? Are they over? Is it going to all be just one big misunderstanding? Jim Parsons left me on the verge of tears with his last line in the cliffhanger of last season. Oh, so many questions to be answered. At the end of last season, Amy told Sheldon she wanted time apart before the big revelation that he had bought a ring. Leonard and Penny were on their way to Vegas to get married and Leonard had admitted he had  been unfaithful which, honestly, I questioned that plotline a lot because it seemed a bit forced. It had shades of Ross and Rachel in it, let’s find another way to keep these two from finally getting together. If Leonard ends up begging Penny to get off an airplane, I’m going to write a strongly worded letter.

Life in Pieces (CBS)

Is it strange that when I first heard there would be a show called, “Life in Pieces”, my first thought was, “yes, finally!” It’s a very relatable title for many people. Metacritic calls this a Modern Family clone. During the TCA’s,  Justin Adler who created the show told reporters that his inspiration was far….loonier. As in the Looney Tunes. He went on to explain that he “had written the same episode on another show 8 years ago.” and in his comparing Life in Pieces to Looney Tunes, he said “it had independent multiple stories within a half hour. Why couldn’t you do that with an extended family?”  I also find it interesting that this show is on CBS because from the trailer, it reminds me of Modern Family and it’s a departure from their typical television comedy show format. If it’s successful, will that mean that they will start veering away from their typical multi-camera format that has proved to be pretty successful for them? What will that mean shows like Mom, Big Bang Theory and Odd Couple?

The Voice (NBC)

This chair turning competition show is back. They seem to be in the midst of filming now. In addition, it is well confirmed that Blake Shelton’s life behind the scenes has endured some pretty painful life changes with his recent divorce, so I wonder what the vibe currently is? I typically watch this show for the interactions between the judges and I’m waiting to see what those interactions might be.

September 22

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

I enjoy this show really for Constance Wu and Randall Park who are hilarious as the parents of three boys in this comedy about an Asian American family in the 90’s. Even though Eddie Huang, whom the series is based on, has distanced himself from the show claiming it’s far from his life, it’s still cute. Still enjoyable and I hope this season, they focus more on Wu and Park. I also enjoy the nostalgia of this show.

September 23

I’m just going to call it right now that on September 23rd, ABC will win the night. This lineup is amazing.

black-ish (ABC)

This is also a cute show starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as parents raising four very different children. It goes into culture, marriage, relationships and it’s just very well done.

The Middle (ABC)

This show needs more credit! Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star as parents raising eccentric kids in rural America. Also, with Super Clyde DOA, I’m assuming Charlie McDermott (Axl) is back with his Middle Family. There had been reports that he was leaving the show to appear in a CBS show called, Super Clyde but the show was ultimately passed on. So welcome home Axl? Also, I’m very excited to see what they come up with for Sue Heck at college.

Modern Family (ABC)

Excited to see how they’re going to play out Alex’s story as she is now in college and unlike Haley, I don’t see a plotline where she gets kicked out of school. I do hope they give the kids more screen time and more stories. Sarah Hyland was phenomenal last season and I also think they should do more episodes with like the one where they did it all on a Mac. That was brilliant, but no more episodes like, “Haley’s 21st Birthday” where they all shocked that the character who got kicked out of college for drinking knows how to put away a few.

Nashville (ABC)

Will Deacon die? What’s going to happen with Juliette? Also Teddy got arrested….so many questions need to be answered and quickly.

Empire (FOX)

Even more questions….
Will Lucious Lyon be able to avoid prison for murder? Will Cookie and Andre get Empire Entertainment back from Jamal? Will Cookie be awesome….well yeah. That will happen.

You know, between Nashville and Empire, Wednesday nights are going to be filled with drama and music and death and people being all crazy. How awesome!

September 24

Scandal (ABC)

Welcome back, Gladiators….so Fitz has banned Mellie from the White House and fired Cyrus after it was revealed that both Mellie and Cyrus played a role in the murder of all the jurors on the B613 hearing. Olivia and Fitz reunite.

September 27

Brooklyn Nine Nine (FOX)

This show is amazing and Bill Hader will now take on the role as police captain as Andre Braugher’s character took on an new job. He will still appear on the show though which makes me happy.


This is going to be a two hour movie featuring returning characters who have not died. This is the series finale and while I haven’t watched this show in awhile, I can never turn down a series finale.

October 3

Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story (Lifetime)

Why not?

October 4

The Affair (Showtime)

Sarah Treem told reporters at the TCA’s this week that viewers should expect things to get even more complicated as the stories will be told from four different perspectives, so expect more than just Noah and Alison’s stories. You will also get the points of view from Helen and Cole who are the significant others of both Noah and Alison respectively. This show is always so well done. It shows a very realistic view of life and showing more of the interior of all four characters seems engaging. Yes, things move slow in the world of The Affair but there’s always a reason for it.

The Good Wife (CBS)

It’s back for its seventh season and I hope it gets better. I really did not love the storyline of Alicia getting stripped of her role as State Attorney due to allegations of voter fraud. It seemed too easy and think could have made for some great stories if it they had kept it.

Homeland (Showtime)

The show is back for season five and I still have the finale on my TiVo. I’m not sure how crazy I was about this season, but I will have to watch the finale. I have until October.

October 9 

Undateable (NBC)

I find this show kind of amusing. It reminds me a bit of Friends except now they’re doing all live shows next season so this could either be the best thing ever or……not.

October 10

Unauthorized Melrose Place Story (Lifetime)

Because once again….why wouldn’t you?

October 12

Jane the Virgin (CW)

Where did that lady take Jane’s baby? What’s going to happen with Xo and Rogelio’s drunken wedding? Britney Spears is going to appear this season which, of course, makes everything better and what is she going to play?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)

This is a brand new show from  YouTube star, Rachel Bloom  about a girl named, Rebecca Bunch, who chases a guy across the country to the very sexy town of West Covina, California. West Covina is no Beverly Hills. It’s a musical comedy. Sounds intriguing and the critics seem to be liking it.

November 5

Mom (CBS)

Anna Faris and Allison Janney return in this sitcom about addicts which is surprisingly funny and touching! As the show begins, Bonnie and Christy are actually getting along. It’s a very interesting take on addiction which makes it surprisingly fun to watch.

So there you have it, that should give you some idea of shows to watch this fall…


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