Saturday, September 19, 2015

What You Must Watch: Fall TV Season 2015

I'm excited, are you? This coming week kicks off the new prime time fall TV season. So many great shows are returning and so many new shows are coming on that are so worthy of our time. I know that especially with how tired I have been lately from work, sitting down and watching some quality programming will allow me to escape from everything polluting my mind. 

Let me know which ones are your favorites.... 

Are they here? Are they missing from this list? Did I put something on this list that you think isn't time worthy? Speak now!


Blood & Oil: Series premiere on September 27th @ 9 pm on ABC-- Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society) play husband and wife Billy LeFever and Cody who move to North Dakota as a result of the biggest discovery of oil in the nation's history. Don Johnson (Miami Vice) plays oil tycoon Hap Briggs and Amber Valetta (Revenge) plays his socialite wife Carla. I am excited that Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie, The Astronaut Wives Club) has just joined the series in a recurring role as a food truck owner. Other stars include, Scott Michael Foster plays Hap's son Wick who is a villain on the show, breakout star Miranda Rae Mayo is Hap's illegit biracial daughter Lacey who is having an affair with Hap's driver AJ played by Adan Canto. The beautiful India de Beaufort plays Jules Jackson, the town's loan shark and lastly Delroy Lindo plays sheriff in town Tip Harrison. This is advertised as a primetime soap, guess that means the ladies are all in, while guys may watch cause it's about the cutthroat oil industry.

Quantico: Series premiere on September 27th @ 10 pm on ABC-- This one looks a lot more exciting and intriguing than I thought it would be. Priyanka Chopra stars as FBI Trainee Alex Parrish, she's a real firecracker, and I am so glad to see Jake McLaughlin (Tate on NBC's Believe) as her love interest and also FBI Trainee Ryan Booth. The series centers around a group of FBI recruits training at the Academy, there are flash forwards, and it seems one of the recruits is responsible for an attack bigger than 9.11. If you watch the previews, they give it away, it's Chopra's character. Nevertheless, it does look good, and I will watch.

The Good Wife: Season 7 premieres on October 4th @ 9 pm on CBS-- In order to fill the void left by Archie Panjabi and Matthew Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey's Anatomy fame) will be joining the show as investigator Jason Crouse. His character will be essential to the survival of Alicia's firm. Alicia resigned as lawyer for the State's Attorney's Office as a result of threats and scandal. Jane Curtin will guest star as Judge Farley and Margo Martindale will guest as Willa Eastman who works on the campaign team for Peter who may be running for President and may have Alicia's help. Willa and Eli will have an interesting relationship.

Back to Morgan's character, he will be both the new "Kalinda" as well as a love interest for Alicia. Excited yet?

The Simpsons: Season 27 premieres on September 27th @ 8 pm on FOX-- In the season opener Marge and Homer are separating! Say it ain't so! Apparently, all these years, Homer has had narcolepsy, and it's taken quite the toll on their marriage. Following their legal separation, Homer falls in love with his pharmacist voiced by Lena Dunham (from HBO's Girls).

Also this season, Lisa will befriend a homeless woman who turns out to be an amazing singer. There is an episode that is based on the movie Boyhood. Sofia Vergara will play Bart's attractive new teacher Mrs. Berrera


Dancing with the Stars: Season 21 premieres on September 14th @ 8 pm on ABC-- Len Goodman will not return as a regular judge this season, he is taking some time off, and appearing on the British edition of the show. Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli all return as judges with Goodman set to guest judge every once and a while.

Andy Grammer is paired with Allison Holker
Alexa Vega is paired with Mark Ballas
Bindi Irwin is paired with Derek Hough
Chaka Khan is paired with Keo Motsepe
Paula Deen is paired with Louis Van Amstel
Hayes Grier is paired with Emma Slater
Nick Carter is with Sharna Burgess
Carlos Pena is paired with Witney Carson
Gary Busey is paired with Anna Trebunskaya
Alek Skarlatos is paired with Lindsay Arnold
Victor Espinoza is paired with Karina Smirnoff
Tamar Braxton is paired with Val Chermovskiy
Kim Zolciak is paired with Tony Dovolani

The Big Bang Theory: Season  9 premieres on September 21st @ 8 pm on CBS-- The show will have a "force awakens" inspired Star Wars episode.  Penny and Leonard will tie the knot in the season premiere, but it will not be smooth sailing ahead for the long time couple, after all, Penny has commitment issues.

Also this season, a fun road trip for the guys to Mexico.

Supergirl: Series premiere on October 26th @ 8:30 pm on CBS-- Based on the DC Comic about Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, Supergirl flash forwards to Kara at 24 years of age and still trying to keep her powers a secret. As a child, she was adopted by the Danvers family, she grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, and now she works alongside her friends IT Technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olson (sound familiar?) for a media mogul named Cat Grant. Things get even more complicated when Hank Henshaw, head of a secret agency where her sister works, enlists her help to protect the citizens of National City.

Supergirl will be played by Melissa Benoist of Glee, Mehcad Brooks of Desperate Housewives and Unnecessary Roughness will play James Olson, Calista Flockhart of Ally McBeal and Brother & Sisters will play media mogul Cat Grant, Jeremy Jordan from Smash will play Winn Schott, and lastly, from Grey's Anatomy, Chyler Leigh will play Kara's foster sister Alex Danvers. This is a solid cast, and I think if it was done correctly, and with some good consideration, this could be a great show.

The Voice: Season 9 premieres on September 21st @ 8 pm (Tuesday's at 8 pm also) on NBC-- Carson Daly is back as host alongside coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell. Selena Gomez, Missy Elliott, John Fogerty, and Brad Paisley will all serve as mentors this season.

Minority Report: Series premiere on September 21st @ 9 pm on FOX-- Based on the movies and the book, the series is about a precog (meaning someone who has the ability to see the future) named Dash who tries to prevent crimes before they happen. Dash was part of a pre crime unit along with his twin brother and sister before it was dismantled several years before. He is now using this gift to help Det. Lara Vega prevent crimes. At the same time, he is trying to find his twin who is up to no good, and make sure that his special abilities are not revealed to the wrong people.

Stark Sands will play Dash the precog, Meagan Good will play Detective Lara Vega, Nick Zano will play Dash's twin Arthur who has a hidden agenda, Laura Regan is Agatha- Dash's sister who may have an even bigger agenda, and Wilmer Valderrama will play Will Blake-- Vega's boss.

Jane the Virgin: Season 2 premieres October 12th @ 9 pm on The CW-- Last season ended with Jane giving birth to baby Mateo only to have him kidnapped by Sin Rostro. Petra stole Rafael's sperm from the clinic, and Xo and Rogelio admitted that they got drunk and eloped to Vegas.

Season two will be all about Jane having to choose between Michael and Rafael. She will make her decision within the first five episodes of the season and then it becomes about who she will marry. She will choose, but will she marry that person? Britney Spears will guest star on one episode. Also arriving this season, Rafael's half brother and Rogelio's first wife.

Blindspot: Series premiere on September 21st @ 10 pm on NBC-- A woman with no memories of her past is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in tattoos. The woman's discovery prompts the FBI to take notice and follow the story told by her tattoos which hold the key to crime and conspiracy. At the same time, the woman looks to discover her identity.

Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller
Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe
Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Bethany Mayfair
Rob Brown as Edgar Reade
Audrey Esparza as Tasha Zapata
Ashley Johnson as Patterson
Ukwell Roach as Dr. Borden


The Muppets: Series premiere on September 22nd @ 8 pm on ABC--

A documentary style show that explores the muppets personal lives and relationships.

During this point, I really wanted to write about Scream Queens but it seems a little bit too familiar..... a cross between Glee and American Horror Story anyone?

Chicago Med: Series premiere on November 17th @ 9 pm on NBC-- The third show in the Chicago series, the first season will contain 13 episodes and is focused on the day to day of a busy Chicago hospital and the team of doctors and nurses that hold it together. Chicago Fire set up the series last season by introducing Nurse April Sexton played by Yaya DaCosta as a love interest for Kelly Severide. Chicago PD introduced Jay's (Jesse Lee Sofer) younger brother Dr. Will Halstead who is a trauma surgeon. S Epatha Merkerson plays Sharon Goodwin, head of the hospital, and Oliver Platt plays is Dr. Daniel Charles the head of psychiatry. Look for a crossover episode with all the Chicago Series, and one crossover with all the Chicago Series plus Law & Order SVU.

Limitless: Series premiere on September 22nd @ 10 pm on CBS-- Based on the movie with the same name that starred Bradley Cooper. The TV series stars Jake McDorman in the role of Brian Finch who discovers a powerful drug called NZT-48, the drug increases his IQ exponentially and gives him the ability to recall everything he has ever read, heard, or seen.

Best Time Ever: Series premiere on September 15th @ 10 pm on NBC-- I love variety shows and I love Neil Patrick Harris so this is near perfect for me. The show promises stunts, comedy skits, celebrity appearances and performances, audience giveaways and hidden camera stuff.

Chicago Fire: Season 4 premieres on October  13th @ 10 pm on NBC-- Season 3 ended with Dawson entering Casey's apartment and not finding him but finding a dead stripper. Casey was kidnapped by Nesbitt (Eric Mabius) and his employees; he will be found, but the kidnapping will have after effects. Fans of the show will not want to miss how Casey gets out of this  situation. Let's not forget the reason Dawson went to see Casey; she's pregnant with his baby. The couple will get back together but Dawson will wonder whether Casey is with her for love or out of obligation for his child. Severide is going to get demoted as a result of all the turnover in Squad. While at management training classes he gets involved with one of the other students played by Rachel Nichols. Their fling will bring trouble later for Severide. Steven R. McQeen (Jeremy from the Vampire Diaries) joins the cast as firefighter and potential squad candidate Jimmy Borelli; Brett and Chili will both be competing for his affection.


Rosewood: Series premiere on September 23rd @ 8 pm on FOX--  Rosewood is a dramedy about private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood who lives in Miami and is in high demand with law enforcement, Morris Chestnut stars in the title role. The charming doctor works with a tough detective named Annalise Villa; together the two uncover clues to help solve crimes throughout the city.

Criminal Minds: Season 11 premieres on September 30th @ 9 pm on CBS-- Jennifer Love Hewitt left the show with the possibility of returning. A.J. Cook announced that like Love Hewitt, she was also pregnant and will be out for the first six episodes. Aisha Tyler will join the cast as Dr. Tara Lewis, a psychologist who joins the BAU, and may have a romance with Reid, although we aren't sure yet.  The season premiere will reveal that there is a mole within the FBI who is tipping off criminals and helping them to allude the BAU.  The show will follow a more serialized format this year with this season's villain being a network of hitmen called the "dirty dozen"

Empire: Season 2 premieres on September 23rd @ 9 pm on FOX-- Season 1 left off with Lucious finding out that he did not have ALS, and getting his just dessert and going to jail, after all, he did kill Bunkie right! Jamal took over the empire with his jealous family nipping at his heels as a result. Rhonda is pregnant and ends up killing Andre's Uncle Vernon after the two get in a fight. They hide the murder.
Season 2 finds Jamal and Cookie at odds with each other. There will definitely be a darker side of Jamal that comes out this season. Cookie is going to fight for Empire, but if she can't get her label back, she is going to start her own label. Lucious being in jail will take him back to his beginnings, will be angry, more focused, and more passionate about getting back what is his, he is street! Hakeem will experience major growth. Hakeem's former love interest Tiana will return to the show as a series regular as will Portia and Becky.  Marisa Tomei will guest star as a billionaire lesbian corporate raider Mimi Whiteman, who wants to somehow be involved in the music business. Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Rowland, Vivica A. Fox, and Adam Rodriguez will all guest star. Rock will play a prison inmate, rapper Ludacris will play a prison guard. Fox will play Cookie's sister and Rodriguez will play Cookie's love interest Laz Delgado, a former EMT turned concert promoter.
This season will be 18 episodes instead of 12. 

Law & Order SVU: Season 17 premieres on September 23rd @ 9 pm on NBC-- Benson must move forward despite losing another partner. Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) moved to California at the end of last season to be with his family. Rollins mom and sister will come to town, although this will not be good for her. Rumors are, Rollins is pregnant, who is the baby's father? Could it be that this is Amaro's baby? Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen will guest start this season, there is also a rumor that Taylor Swift may soon guest star on the show. Madsen will play Rollins mother. 

Nashville: Season 4 premieres on September 23rd @ 10 pm on ABC-- Will Deacon live? Will Rayna's world be the same ever again, did she lose her love Deacon or her sister Beverly? The first five minutes of the episode will be particularly revealing for Rayna, it will set the tone for the season.  Will Julianne make up with Avery? It seems she is suffering from postpartum depression. What will happen to Will now that he has declared he is gay? Will Scarlett and Gunnar continue to have a platonic relationship? Steven Tyler will guest star. 

Code Black: Series premiere on September 30th @ 10 pm on CBS-- Code Black is a medical drama that takes place in LA in an overcrowded and understaffed ER, it is based on a documentary by Ryan McGarry. What impressed me was the amazing cast! Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, and Bonnie Somerville just to name a few. 

Chicago P.D.: Season 3 premieres on September 30th @ 10 pm on NBC-- At the end of last season, Lindsay quit the force, Adam proposed to Kim. Antonio bought the boxing gym that saved his life with the help of his colleagues at the precinct. This season, Lindsay will be prompted to rejoin the force when Jay is kidnapped and the kidnapper wants to negotiate with her. Voight's past will come back to haunt him, We will meet someone who he was incarcerated with. 


The Vampire Diaries: Season 7 premieres on October 8th @ 8 pm on The CW-- What happened last season? Elena decided to take a long "nap" so that Bonnie could live her life. As a result, Damon went off the deep end. Stefan told Caroline he would wait for her no matter how long it takes. What's happening this season? Damon will still only love Elena, even though she isn't coming back anytime soon. He'll be a lot like the Damon from Season 1. Stefan and Caroline will get together, but it will be slowly. Bonnie, Damon, and Alaric take a trip to Europe to drown their sorrows. There will be tons of flashbacks and flash forwards; someone is after the Salvatore brothers, they are running from something or someone. The heretics are the villains this season-- they're half witch, half vampire. This season will be very character driven, expect simplicity!

The Blacklist: Season 3 premieres on October 1st @ 9 pm on NBC-- Liz and Red are both on the run this season, and as a result, the show will have a new format. Red is a fugitive this season, and it will also become clear how much he cares about Liz. Liz will have a new look to hide her identity. The show will have a new villain called Mr. Solomon, he is a "monster in gentleman's clothing" and is not nice to Liz or Red or anyone that they care about. 

The Player: Series premiere on September 24th @ 10 pm on NBC--  From the NBC website: The series co-stars Wesley Snipes as the pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game, where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative turned security expert Philip Winchester ("Strike Back," "Fringe") to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins. I'm excited because the show all stars Nick Werschler who was also Jack on Revenge.


Masterchef Junior: Season 4 premieres on November 6th @ 8 pm on FOX-- Christina Tosi helps Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliott cohost the junior edition of the popular show for the first time. 

Truth Be Told: Series premiere on October 16th @ 8:30 pm on NBC-- A comedy about two couples who live next door to each other and are also best of friends. Mitch (Mark Paul Gosselaar) and Tracy (Vanessa Lachey) and Russell (Tone Bell) and Angie (Bresha Webb) talk about everything together, no topic is off limits for these friends. Mitch is an ethics professor, Tracy is a lawyer by day and mom to little Sadie by night. Russell is a stand up comic with a strong spirited wife named Angie who is truly his equal. 

Shark Tank: Season 7 premieres on September 25th @ 9 pm on ABC-- Ashton Kutcher will be on the show as a "guest shark". 

America's Next Top Model Cycle 22: Premiered on August 5th @ 8 pm on The CW-- It's been addictive this season. Some of the contestants are extra crazy.... think Devin, Bello, Mikey, and Mame and some are just beautiful..... think Lacey, Nyle, Justin. If you're not already watching, you should be. 

Blue Bloods: Season 6 premieres on September 25th @ 10 pm on CBS-- Anthony Edwards (ER) will guest star this season. Danny and Baez will track a serial killer who sends a scary message to Danny that someone may be after him as a result of the fall out from Linda being shot by a suspect Danny was chasing last season. Frank will be accused of corruption by a mayoral candidate. Erin will consider going for a judgeship position. Officer Janko will be forced to face her estranged father when he winds up in the hospital. Esai Morales (NYPD Blue) will join the show as an NYPD Sargent named Morales who will do anything to earn a promotion. 

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