As the summer heat dwindles to a warm chill, bodies find solace in front of the television. Couches are filling as the fall TV season is in mid swing. Here at #nsontv, I’m picking my front-runners, runners-up and those who may struggle to get over the hurdle. Let’s start with the newbies.
How To Get Away With Murder
The house that Shonda Rhimes built delivers another Twitterlicious series in the Viola Davis led legal thriller. Davis is Annalise Keating, a criminal law professor whose teaching methods may or may not have lead her students to commit murder. The old-fashioned whodunit in the fashion of Matlock and Murder She Wrote gets a modern spin. It’s sexy, salacious and smart. Davis is playing a role she’s always coveted – a complicated woman.
Red Band Society
I haven’t been able to keep up with this heartfelt dramedy, but I enjoyed what I’ve seen. Starring Octavia Spencer Red Band follows the patients of a children’s hospital through the eyes of a comatose patient. Imagine Glee without the singing meeting Grey’s Anatomy with a dash of The Breakfast Club. It’s touching and funny but I just hope the stories tend to go beyond the usual teenage high school fodder.
ABC seeks to win with the Modern Family lead in for Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne’s comedy of cultural identity. Black-ish views an American family living the quintessential dream. With suburban success aside, the father (Anderson) can’t help but feel pieces of them, their blackness, are being lost for those substantial gains. The comedy is funny and tackles a touchy topic exclusive to the African American community. However I think it can overcome the hump of being foreign to a wider audience. Its also an issue many minorities encounter.
One of the most-anticipated shows of the season is the heavyweight prequel tale of Batman’s Gotham City. Rather than be another superhero retelling, the show focuses on the early years of Detective James Gordon and the various individuals who would become heinous nemeses of the Dark Knight. While the idea gathered fans all over the world, the execution has been somewhat shaky out the gate. It’s rather simple and has difficulty of choosing to be campy or gritty. Hopefully it finds its footing because Arrow started better in its first season.
Now the returns
Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills are back to fight the powers of evil in Fox’s fantasy adventure. Season one concluded on a tense cliffhanger: Crane buried alive, Abbie trapped in purgatory; and, Henry – the Horsemen of War – conjuring a plan to finally unleash Moloch into our world. The second season promises new characters as our dynamic duo meet a new captain, an explorer from Mills’ past and a new foe in the Horsemen of Death.
Season 4 of ABC’s hit began last Thursday and picked up where it left off. Olivia Pope’s hiatus from D.C. was abruptly cut short as the death of a gladiator brings her back to Pope and Associates. Three months have changed everyone. The Grant’s continue to mourn their son’s murder differently. Abby is the White Hosue’s press secretary. Huck works at a hard drive store. And Quinn is just Quinn. The departure of Columbus Short’s Harrison is written as a death, and unites our team once again. Things feel like old for a glance, but I’m sure a new dilemma will challenge our colorful cast. While I enjoy the show for it’s “OMG” moments, the series is ticking on a short life span. Hopefully it wraps up this season. Unlike it’s hour-prior counterpart.
In it’s 11th season, the doctors and residents of Seattle Grace are once again being pushed to their limits. Meredith meets another new sibling in Maggie, Dr. Weber’s lovechild with Mere’s mother. She’s also experiencing the void of Yang and the on-again/off-again feud with Derek. Elsewhere new challenges arise: Bailey and Karev are battling for Yang’s seat on the board. Arizona and Callie are seeking another child. April and Avery are too cute its annoying. At this point viewers are hoping the show ends in the spring. Grey’s magic got lost a few seasons back, somewhere between Meredith’s near-drowning and the plane crash that killed everything. Hopefully Rhimes senses an endgame soon.
Those are just a few of the shows my viewership. Next week actually adds another slew of subjects including The CW’s The Flash and Arrow; and, FX’s fourth installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.