Since one of my other obsessions (aka a pursuit I spend too much time invested in), that’s not books, is TV shows, taking a peek at the new TV shows is something of a Finding Wonderland tradition.
Every autumn is TV’s biggest stage. During the return of this season, each year, networks roll out their new premieres (in the hope they’ll have the next big hit) and set return dates for the shows that earned renewal at the end of the season (spring).
This year, dramas that sound really “strong” represent. This doesn’t bother me in the least depending on what writers do with the material, but if the masses have anything to say, there’s a sense of outrage over the “male dominated” line up for CBS. I’ll share a little secret, I don’t care. Why? Let me count up the reasons.
- these shows sound freaking good
- CBS’ track record is ah-ma-zing, and is home to many of my favorite shows (in other words, they know how to build successes. I admire this)
- depending on the writing (I reserve the right to change my opinion once I actually watch some of them), I’m so glad to see something like the military being spotlighted (SUPERFICIAL FANGIRL ALERT)
- I love many of the actors starring in these new shows
So with my little “rant” or fangirl ramblings, I’m not sure which, out of the way, let’s go ahead and “preview” some of the shows about to invade those DVRs and TV listings.
Previewing Fall 2017 TV
1: The Brave (NBC) | Premieres September 25
The first in the “military” theme shows (of this fall) to premiere, this one sounds incredibly good with more of a “thriller” focus. Nonetheless, I suspect if it lasts, its characters will get their due.
2: The Good Doctor (ABC) | Premieres September 25
It was the cast that first made me pause to take a closer look at this medical drama about a genius doctor. Following that up were the promotional spots which tempt me during Dancing with the Stars.
3: SEAL Team (CBS) | Premieres September 27
Agent Seeley Booth aka David Boreanaz stars in this new CBS drama that again turns the spotlight on the military (and an elite SEAL team). Of course I’m going to take an interest in this one.
This one chronicles the professional and personal lives of, of course, a SEAL team.
4: Inhumans (ABC) | Premieres September 29
Though I don’t see myself tuning into this immediately, it’s Marvel, so obviously I’ll check it out. Someday. Soonish.
5: Ten Days in the Valley (ABC) | Premieres October 1
Ever since seeing her in TNT’s The Closer, I’ve wondered at the possibility of seeing Kyra Sedgewick on TV again. Of course, in my “best scenario” it was always her return to the role of Brenda Leigh, but a new TV show will do too.
6: Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) | Premieres October 1
In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, a tech giant creates “crowd sourced” hub to aid in solving his daughter’s murder – and presumably others. This one, to me, sounds a bit like the same driving principle as APB.
7: 9JKL (CBS) | Premieres October 2
Sitcom-esque comedies like this aren’t my thing. Sure, I thought the pilot of American Housewife and Speechless were hilarious, but I didn’t keep up with them. I just didn’t have the attachment to them that I do
other genres (although I did watch Imaginary Mary). That said, Mark is fresh off Royal Pains and as a fan, this one might be worth giving a second look.
8: The Gifted (Fox) | Premieres October 2
Another superhero themed show about a family who discover they possess superpowers. Amy Acker (Person of Interest) headlines this drama.
9: The Halcyon (Ovation) | Premieres October 2
Fortunately, I’ve already seen this beauty of a series (thanks to a UK set), but I’m beyond thrilled to see it finally air for US audiences. Just as a fair warning, it does end on something of a cliffhanger without promise of a second season. That said, the costumes, the jazz, the dancing, the romance, the era… all this and then some, plus a little viewer imagination (I know how I’d write that epilogue) makes it worth the experience.
10: Valor (The CW) | Premieres October 9
Now we come to the third military themed drama on our preview list. Don’t mistake me, I’m not complaining only apprehensive over the depiction the writer’s may use for a group of men and women I respect and am beyond grateful for. This story focuses on helicopter pilots.
11: Dynasty (The CW) | Premieres October 11Fangirl Confessions: Previewing Fall 2017 TV #FWarchives Click To Tweet
No list is complete without at least one “soapy drama,” and CW’s attempt to remake Dynasty fits. A while back, you’ll remember TNT tried to reboot Dallas and it wasn’t the success they hoped for. I see something similar with Dynasty, but who knows. Perhaps this will fill the Gossip Girl hole and be that “guilty pleasure” dramedy.
12: S.W.A.T. (CBS) | Premieres November 2
Since Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) leads the cast for this one, of course I’ll be giving this one a try. I love the “look” of it and the premise, plus if my memory isn’t fooling me, the film this show is inspired by, is something I really enjoyed.
The premise revolves around Moore’s character as a newly prompted LA sergeant who is given responsibility for a new task force.
13: Alias Grace (Netflix) | Debuts November 3
In all likelihood this is another show I won’t rush to watch. There’s simply too many others vying for attention. Since it’s a period drama based on a novel by Margaret Atwood I did want to mention it.
14: Runaways (Hulu) | Debuts November 21
More superhero awesome? All that’s left to say is: Where do I sign up?
This one is another Marvel-backed series created for Hulu about a group of superheroes dubbed “Runaways.”
RETURNING TV | Arrow; The Blacklist; Blindspot; Bull; Chicago Fire; Chicago Med; Chicago P.D.; Designated Survivor; Elementary; Hawaii Five-O; Jane the Virgin; Lethal Weapon; MacGyver; NCIS; NCIS: Los Angeles; NCIS: New Orleans; Poldark; Shades of Blue; Scorpion; Supergirl; plus many more!
Which of these are you most anticipating? Are there any I didn’t include that have caught your eye? Will you be checking out all of the new fall drama or sticking to your favorites? What are your favorite TV addictions?? Comment down below! I’d love to chat with you about all things TV obsessions.
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