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Season and Series Premiers I’m Looking Forward to in Fall, 2011
I admit, I’m a tv junkie. I try really hard to pick only a few shows that I will watch every year; ‘have-to-watch’ shows that I cannot go without seeing every episode. This year, there are too many to choose from. I have to integrate the new with the old that I already love.
While I know I won’t miss the premieres of my already favorite shows, I have to also choose a few new ones. I really hate doing that. One reason is because these are usually the first shows on the chopping block. If they can’t hack it in the first few episodes, they’re gone. I should watch to get their ratings up, but I’m worried I’ll end up finishing the season by watching some webisode on my computer monitor because the network got rid of it. This has happened to me more than once. I really loved a show and then bam! It was gone. I loved them so much, apparently, that I cannot remember a single name of any said-shows. Ha ha.
Sometimes I get lucky and they at least allow the series to finish out the season. That happened with The Gates. I really enjoyed that show. I do like the whole vampire-werewolf thing, but I guess some thirty-something’s don’t agree. The networks probably figured this was a genre best left to teens and HBO series without all the FCC rules.
Here are a few new and old shows premieres I’m looking forward to this year:
- Once Upon a Time – I will admit that I didn’t give this preview a second glance to begin with. That was, until I heard that Lost producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were somehow involved. Now, I have to watch it now! I loved Lost. I still have the series finale on my DVR and I cry like a nerdy, sci-fi loving baby when it all comes to an end. But I digress; once I gave the preview a look I started getting interested in the whole fantasy/real life kind of thing about it. It is based in a town called Storybrooke, Maine – already sounds awesome – and it contains a parallel world of some time. Any show with a parallel universe is a show I will be watching
- Person of Interest – This show is based on a screenplay co-written by J.J. Abrams. Again, I must watch this show. Michael Emerson, who played the very weird “Ben” in Lost, is a billionaire that has made a computer program that tell who will be involved, one way or another, in a violent crime in the future. Reminds me a little of the movie Minority Report, but with a twist. It can’t predict if that person will be the victim or the prepetrator. Cool! I will be watching!
- Fringe – Maybe I should rename this, “All the Shows I’ll be Watching That Have Some Affiliation with Lost”. I promise not all the shows on this list will be this way, but they do create and produce some great stuff. Fringe is one of my favorite shows. It has been on the chopping block before. Then, they moved it to a very inconvenient night (Friday) for me. I don’t know why people can’t get in to it. It has a parallel universe for goodness sake! Ha! Soon, Fringe will be in its fourth season and we will all find out if Peter Bishop ever really existed. He starts to disappear like he was never born – kinda like Michael J. Fox’s character in Back to the Future. A video promoting the show at the San Diego Comic Convention showed mock auditions for Peter Bishop's part with Michael Emerson and even Jeff Probst joining in the fun. I hope they have an awesome season.
- Revenge – This show is loosely based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo. The show is set in the Hamptons where a young woman moves in and starts taking revenge on the people responsible for hurting her family. I’m slightly skeptical, but I’m giving this one a shot. I enjoyed the novel, so I’m looking forward to seeing the parallels between the show and story.
- Vampire Diaries – Did I lose all credibility? Okay, I’m in my thirties and I like Vampire Diaries. These books were out when I was a teenager, so when the series came out, I started to watch. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I like it. I like to see how shows and movies portray the books they are based on. This show is loosely based on the novel series. Yet, I still watch. I like the sci-fi mixed with the hero/romance aspects. I am looking forward to the show’s third season.The hero of the show, Stefan Salvatore, has turned in to the bad boy. His brother Damon is left to care for his brother’s girlfriend. Who will Elena choose? Sounds a little ridiculous when it’s laid out that way. There are so many teenagers watching, there is little chance of this show ever being cancelled.
- American Horror Story – You may not have heard about this new show. It will be on FX starting in early October. The star is Dylan McDermott – big fan since The Practice – and he plays the father in a family that moves in to a haunted mansion in Los Angeles. I’m slightly skeptical with the failure of recent years’ horror movies, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I might be out in the cold when it is cancelled after seven shows or however long they let them go before ditching them. But, I am pulling for it. I love a great horror story. A television series will be difficult to keep up with a horror plot, but I’m hoping for good things.
Other honorable mentions include Castle for its fourth season; new show, Grimm on NBC, Grimm’s Fairy Tales meets cop-drama; The Playboy Club, centered around the first Playboy Club in Chicago, and; Charlie’s Angels, which I’d say is pretty self-explanatory.
What shows are you looking forward to this year?