Friday, September 9, 2016

WHAT TO WATCH- BEST NEW TV SHOWS OF THE SEASON

Every fall, television fans deliberate over which new shows deserve a spot on their jam-packed DVRs. Have no fear, I’ve done all the work for you and compiled a list of 11 of the most promising new shows of the season. Happy watching!

THE GOOD PLACE
Premieres September 19th, 10pm on NBC
The latest quirky comedy from creator Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation) stars the super cute Kristen Bell playing a woman attempting to become a better person in the afterlife. Ted Danson costars.

THIS IS US
Premieres September 20th, 10pm on NBC
This drama follows the lives of people who all have the same birthday and whose paths will eventually intersect. The preview doesn’t give much more away than that, but it does show off an endearing cast in story lines that tug at the heart.

SPEECHLESS
Premieres September 21st, 8:30pm on ABC
A mom (Minnie Driver) does whatever it takes to care for her husband and three children, one of whom is special needs.  Driver’s sassy mom from the sadly canceled About a Boy seems to have been transplanted into this new sitcom.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR
Premieres September 21st, 10pm on ABC
After working tirelessly to save every darn president on 24, Kiefer Sutherland is finally made president himself after an attack on U.S. soil leaves him next in line for the job. Sutherland sports a sweatshirt during most of the trailer to demonstrate to viewers that he really wasn’t expecting this, but it’s a Cornell sweatshirt so he’ll probably be at least somewhat prepared.

DIVORCE
Premieres October 9th, 10pm on HBO
Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this comedy about a woman resolved to end her troubled marriage. The creators insist that SJP is playing a completely different character from Carrie in Sex in the City. Still, this is also set in New York City, so it only seems fair to throw fans a bone and have Mr. Big somehow be responsible for the marriage falling apart.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE
Premieres October 11th, 8:30pm on ABC
A mom of three feels out of place with the other “perfect moms” in Westport, Conn. The trailer includes jokes about Spanx and Fitbits which feel a bit outdated, but it seems charming enough to be given a chance.

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE
Premieres November 25th on Netflix
Grab your coffee mugs, Pop Tarts, and takeout from Al’s Pancake World and sink into the couch for the much anticipated Gilmore Girls revival. The reboot consists of four 90-minute movies, each spanning a season (we know Lorelei will at least be able to smell when winter is coming). Everyone (and their mother) is back, plus there will be fun cameos from Sutton Foster and Mae Whitman.

24: LEGACY
Premieres Feb. 5th, 8pm on FOX
Kiefer Sutherland is finally getting his chance to rule the nation on Designated Survivor, but he still found time to sign on to the latest 24 installment as an executive producer. Corey Hawkins and Miranda Otto (Homeland) star as our new heroes who must stop an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

MAKING HISTORY
Premieres 2017 on FOX
A nerdy science professor (Adam Pally) discovers he has the ability to time travel back to the 18th century. He starts to spend time with a young woman (Leighton Meester) who happens to be Paul Revere’s daughter, which threatens to change the course of history. Laugh-out-loud dialogue delivered by the always hilarious Adam Pally makes this look like it will be comedic gold.

SHOTS FIRED
Premieres 2017 on FOX
A timely ten-hour event series set in a small rural town in Tennessee about rising racial tensions in the aftermath of a series of police shootings. The strong cast includes Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer.

STAR
Premieres 2017 on FOX
Fans of Lee Daniels’s Empire will rejoice with his latest project, a peek into the music business from the perspective of three young women who desperately want to become famous. The supporting cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Lenny Kravitz.

What new show are you most looking forward to watching?


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