After crafting, what I would consider to be, a pretty robust Fall Reading Guide, I knew I couldn’t just sit here and act like I’m sitting around the apartment reading all the time. You know I LOVE watching TV! While the summer was packed with some fantastic reality seasons, I’m proud to say that scripted television is making a comeback this fall (cheers for the writers). So, I’ve gathered up the shows I’m setting my DVR for in the coming months, and I hope you’ll join me.
“Bull” (CBS) – Legal Drama
This is a new show (many of the shows I picked are new, as I usually don’t watch scripted television)! Here’s the scoop from CBS.com:
Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. They include his quick-witted former brother-in-law, Benny Colón, a lawyer who acts as defense attorney in the company’s mock trials; Marissa Morgan, a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security; former NYPD detective Danny James, the firm’s tough but relatable investigator; haughty millennial hacker Cable McCrory, who is responsible for gathering cyber intelligence; and Chunk Palmer, a fashion-conscious stylist and former All-American lineman who fine tunes clients’ appearances for trial. In high-stakes trials, Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.’s and a top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.
Premieres Tuesday, September 20 @ 9/8c
“The Voice” (NBC) – Singing Competition
“The Voice” is now in its 11th season, and each season I SWEAR I’m not going to watch it, and then I do. Why? Because it’s usually good, it’s just very time-consuming. But hey, I’ve got time! The Blind Auditions – what the show is known for – started Monday night, but there’s still plenty to see, especially since it’s the first season featuring Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys as judges, alongside Adam and Blake, which should be pretty entertaining.
Look for “The Voice” on NBC on Monday and Tuesday nights, but watch out for bonus Wednesday episodes.
“Conviction” (ABC) – Legal Drama
Another new show, and shockingly, another legal drama (#SorryNotSorry)! Here’s the description from ABC.com:
Hayley Atwell is playing a lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison. She is best known for her wild teenage years in the White House and proclivity to wind up on TMZ. But a cocaine bust is one misstep with consequences this former First Daughter can’t dodge. Luckily Hayes’ powerful mother, Harper, along with her occasional fling and former boss, Wallace, offer an ultimatum – jail time, or run New York City’s new Conviction Integrity Unit. Never one to be controlled, Hayes decides to use the opportunity and her brilliant legal mind to challenge the status quo. Alongside her eclectic and intelligent CIU team, Hayes will do whatever it takes to discover the truth, fighting for those overlooked by a flawed and fractured system.
“Secrets and Lies” (ABC) – Crime Mystery
Season one of “Secrets and Lies” brought us two things of glory: the beautiful Ryan Phillipe, and the Twitter feed for his character’s flashlight. While “Secrets and Lies” was fantastically creepy, I wondered how on earth we’d get a second season, given the crime was solved at the end. But, ABC has found a way: it’s a new crime, same detective – CORNELL (dun, dun, DUN!). Here’s ABC’s description:
In season 2, Kate Warner fell to her death from a 12-story building, but this was no accident, all evidence points to this being a homicide. Detective Andrea Cornell is brought in to root out the real killer. Her prime suspect is Kate’s husband, Eric Warner. Join Detective Cornell as she digs up secrets, exposes lies, and brings to light the truth of this tragic and senseless death.
“Secrets and Lies” premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9/8c.
“Frequency” (CW) – Time-Travel Drama
This one is very out of my comfort zone, and I don’t even think I’ve ever watched anything on the CW, but there’s a first time for everything. Here’s the description of “Frequency” from Wikipedia:
In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the “butterfly effect”, changing the present in unforeseen ways. To fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case.
Premieres Wednesday, October 5 at 9/8c.
“The Great Indoors” (CBS) – Comedy
Okay, so I’m not a huge fan of Joel McHale, but the plot of this one just sounded so perfect for me, so I hope it ends up being great! Here’s the scoop from CBS.com:
Joel McHale stars in this insightful and timely comedy about a renowned adventure reporter who has spent his life exploring the edges of the earth. Now that he’s taken a desk job in the digital department of the magazine, he must adapt to the times and his new world. He’s struggling to grasp the lingo of online click-bait and listicles, but his real challenge is in understanding his staff of millenials who write about the great outdoors but never actually set foot outside.
Premieres Thursday, October 27 at 8:30/7:30c.
“Pitch” (FOX) – Sports Drama
This show seems different, and I’m really curious to see how it turns out. Here’s the description from The New York Times:
Fox has done everything it can to make Ms. (Kylie) Bunbury, who plays the first woman to reach the big leagues, a plausible Major League pitcher. This includes having her learn how to, well, pitch.
But she’s got plenty of support.
Major League Baseball has enthusiastically signed on to the project, providing what its executives describe as unprecedented access to a running TV show.
So yeah, first woman in the MLB. I’m in. The show premieres Thursday, September 22 at 9/8c.
“Project Runway” (Lifetime) – Fashion Design Competition
While season 15 started last week, there’s still plenty of time to hop into the chaos that is always “Project Runway”, featuring original hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, along with judge Zac Posen. Season 15 features a new bunch of fresh, hungry designers, along with new challenges each week, all fighting for the ultimate prize: money for a collection, along with all sorts of other massive prizes.
“Project Runway” airs Thursdays at 9/8c.
“Divorce” (HBO) – Drama
You guys. I have been WAITING for this show to start foreeevvveerrrrrr! Here’s the scoop from HBO.com:
Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series,Divorce. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.
Other series regulars include Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam and Tracy Letts. The series, currently in production in New York, was created by Sharon Horgan. It is executive produced by Horgan, Paul Simms, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.
Premieres Sunday, October 9 at 10/9c.