Say goodbye to summer! Sun, sand and summer programming are almost a distant memory now as the upcoming fall season will begin this month. Last television year I had bad luck with the shows I picked for the Midseason 2013 list; I did well with the Fall 2012 list. Seriously, I shouldn't even bother picking my early favourites without fear of cancellation... but I'm going to anyway. I never can tell which shows I'll really like once I start watching the season. Several of my early picks quickly fell of my schedule within weeks (i.e. Deception and Hannibal).
Now that the first few premieres aired last week, I've thought of which shows I'm excited to see. The fall season features the top programs which networks promote to be their big successes and earn the highest ad revenue. While that's not to say midseason shows are treated less, the fall shows tend to get higher viewers and more press early on. It was hard to narrow my list down as there are plenty of shows I want to check out, but here's a shortlist of seven shows I'd like to watch the pilot.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Was there any other show that has earned more hype? While I haven't seen The Avengers quite yet, the early trailers and clips for the show look intense. Plenty of drama, action and potential cameos from big name stars and comic book heroes. The entire pilot episode was kept under lock and key by ABC from being leaked online. I've heard of rumours regarding a few cameos, but it must be an important episode to check out since it's gone to great lengths to not be revealed.
To be fair with my assessment, I've already seen the pilot for Sleepy Hollow. Possibly about a few months back near the Canadian Television Upfronts, I got a chance to watch the pilot beforehand. It had a nice mix of fairytale backstory while throwing in an apocalypse angle. Obviously the headless jokes are a bit cheesy but there's something to be said about the Headless Horseman and that axe. I would like to give this program a shot with a few episodes before I really decide. The standard is four so until then.
Reign peaked my interest since it's an unusual choice for The CW. The show is a period piece based on Mary, Queen of Scots (played by Adelaide Kane) throughout her teen years and may be a little too period for The CW's core audience. Also, the show was picked up to series over the highly anticipated (and expected) pilot The Selection and placed in the coveted post-Vampire Diaries timeslot. It's a gamble for the network and I'd like to see if they would be able to pull off an authentic period show.
Rebel Wilson - I think that could basically sum up an entire explanation on why to watch the show. She's funny, I loved her in Pitch Perfect and from the few clips I've seen, it looks like a pretty interesting half-hour comedy. Similar to The Mindy Project, this will be heavily dependent on Rebel's performance and it will determine the success of the show. Though, I think it could do somewhat well in the initial first weeks based on clips alone.
The Blacklist (NBC)
A bit of a change in gears for choices this post. The Blacklist stars James Spader as an FBI most-wanted criminal who helps the police track wanted criminals and terrorists around the world from his handy list of contacts. I didn't know what to expect until I saw the trailer and I was blown away. This might be one of NBC's best new shows of the year and could help them score a ratings boost for fall.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC)
Is it a spin-off or a limited series? Originally it started as a limited series to fill in the gap of Once Upon A Time in the middle of the third season but now it's a full-fledged show. My only hesitation is that nothing will hopefully change between both the main show and its spin-off since they're both set in the same universe. The Mad Hatter was already introduced in one show and I wouldn't want details to be altered between both storylines. If the show doesn't get picked up moving forward, I wouldn't be surprised to see the characters appear in the main series.
Another vampire show? I liked the Originals from The Vampire Diaries and I was glad to hear they survived the deaths in the main storyline. The CW is obviously hoping that fans will carry their fandom to another night and save Tuesdays, which has shaken its line-up similar to the other nights. I'm not too fond of the storyline but it has potential and it could be a more darker than its parent show.
There were a lot of good shows to add to the list and I still have plenty of new picks like The Crazy Ones (CBS), The Tomorrow People (The CW) and Dracula (NBC) to name a few. Similar to the last few picks, I'm always open to hear your choices on which shows I should be watching. The cancellation axe will hopefully be merciful this season but we won't know until it comes crashing down.
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