It’s September, and time to send your kids (if you have any) back to school. More than that, this month also marks the start of the fall TV season, when all of the major broadcast networks and several cable nets will fight to grab your attention with a mix of returning favorite series and brand new shows. Of the latter, are you looking forward to any new dramas coming up this fall? Vote in our poll.
In the interest of focusing our attention, I’ve tried to limit the following poll to only new drama series. It should have no comedies, no Reality shows, and no returning programs that had already been on for a season or more. You may vote for as many options as you’d like. If I’ve missed anything interesting, be sure to vote “Other” and tell us in the Comments.
Knowing our readership, I expect that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, Marvel’s TV spin-off from its hugely-successful comic book superhero franchise (which encompasses all of the ‘Iron Man’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Thor’, ‘Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Avengers’ movies) will probably garner the most votes here. I’m intrigued to see it as well, though I’m a little skeptical of how much involvement executive producer Joss Whedon will really have, given that he’s deep in development of ‘The Avengers 2’ right now.
Beyond that, honestly, this is perhaps the least exciting fall line-up for new TV in recent memory. Admittedly, some of these shows are still a ways out, so I’ll reserve judgment until more details come in. (The descriptions of ‘Almost Human’, ‘Mob City’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ seem to have potential.) But most of these shows that I’ve seen previews for look cheesy as hell.
While I’ll probably still give at least their pilot episodes a shot, I fully expect ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Ironside’ and ‘Dracula’ to be terrible. (Is it a coincidence that those are all on NBC?) ‘Hostages’ looks incredibly generic, and I question how its premise could be dragged out for even a whole TV season, much less multiple seasons. ‘Betrayal’ appears to be a cross between ABC’s ‘Revenge’ and the Richard Gere movie ‘Unfaithful’, neither of which did much for me.
Oddly, I may actually look forward to ‘Sleepy Hollow’. The plot set-up (which transports Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman through time to the modern day) sounds almost insanely stupid, and the series is backed by hack screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as hack director Len Wiseman. It seems to have just about everything working against it – and that likely fuels my perverse desire to see it for myself even more.
I will try to approach at least some of these with an open mind. After all, I was incredibly skeptical of ‘Hannibal’ last year, and that turned out to be amazing.
Which of these new shows will you check out when they premiere?