The DVR has been emptied and programmed and I’m ready to plop down and spend a considerable amount of time watching… What, you ask?! Let me tell you…
First, I’d like to take a moment and pour some out for my shows that aren’t returning this year. (Did you see that Nashville is coming back!? Thank you, CMT!!!)
Next, I’d like to welcome back my returning favorites:
- The Goldbergs, ABC (Sept. 21, 8 a.m.)
- Modern Family, ABC (Sept. 21, 9 a.m.)
- Superstore, NBC (Sept. 22, 8 p.m.)
- The Blacklist, NBC (Sept. 22, 10 p.m.)
- How to Get Away With Murder, NBC (Sept. 22, 10 p.m.)
- The Simpsons, FOX (Sept. 25, 8 p.m.)
- Quantico, ABC (Sept. 25, 10 p.m.)
- Jane the Virgin, CW (Oct. 17, 9 p.m.)
- Life in Pieces, CBS (Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m.)
And finally, I’ve done a bit of research and I’ve included these new shows in my list this fall: (All show explanations are from Wikipedia except for Divorce. That explanation comes directly from HBO.)
Designated Survivor, ABC (Sept. 21, 10 p.m.)
On the night of the State of the Union, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman, who had been named the designated survivor. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is just the beginning of what is to come.
The Good Place, NBC (Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m.)
After she is struck and killed by a tractor-trailer carrying erectile dysfunction products, a woman named Eleanor wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. But when she is told by her mentor Michael that she is in “the good place” because she did a good deed by helping get innocent people off death row, she realizes that a mistake has been made and they think she is someone else.
Stuck in a world where no one curses or gets drunk and everyone is always nice, Eleanor finds herself caught between staying in the afterlife or trying to find a way to return to the mundane life she had back on Earth, as her entry into this spirited realm has caused a disruption since her arrival and she has to hide her not-so-perfect mortal behavioral past from everyone so they won’t send her to “the other place.”
Notorious, ABC (Sept. 22, 9 p.m.)
The show is based on real-life criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live news producer Wendy Walker. It’s a drama that goes behind the scenes of the murky relationship between criminal law and the media as an influential attorney and a TV producer manipulate the headlines and public opinion
MacGyver, CBS (Sept. 23, 8 p.m.)
A reboot of the 1985–1992 ABC series of the same name. Angus “Mac” MacGyver creates a secret U.S. government organization where he uses his extraordinary talents for problem solving and his extensive knowledge of science to save lives. I vaguely remember the original and still think of it when I use duct tape. I’m looking forward to this!
Westworld, HBO (Oct. 2, 10 p.m.)
Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld. I’ve heard great things and enjoy most HBO shows, so I’m in.
Timeless, NBC (Oct. 3, 10 p.m.)
Timeless is about a time-traveling criminal who steals a time machine in order to change the course of American history and destroy the country. It sort of looks like Forever, a show I really miss, so, I’ll give it a shot.
Insecure, HBO (Oct. 9, 10:30 p.m.)
Insecure is an upcoming HBO original series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, which is partially based on Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl.
Divorce, HBO (Oct. 9, 10 p.m.)
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.
The Great Indoors, CBS (Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.)
Jack has made a name for himself as an adventure reporter for the magazine Outdoor Limits. His days of exploring the world end when the magazine’s founder, Roland, announces its move to web-only publishing and assigns Jack to supervise the millennials who make up its online team of so-called journalists. I love Joel McHale!
A.P.B., FOX (Coming in 2017)
A tech-billionaire is given control over a Chicago Police district, hoping to close the file of a murder of a loved one. The story is loosely based on the New York Times-article “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?”
Let’s not forget about my favorite mid-season returners in early 2017:
- The Catch
- Pretty Little Liars (final season!)
- Shades of Blue
- Sleepy Hollow
Let me know if there are any shows I’m missing that you think I’d enjoy! We upgraded our DVR this year, so we have the space, even if I don’t have the time to watch live!
(Look back at some of my TV viewing plans here: 2015 | 2014 | 2013)