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Project Fandom Fall TV Guide 2012

While I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I used to – my household is now down to two TiVos from four – I still love it. It seems the past few seasons of television has been really blah, or at least not as good as what I like to call The Golden Age of Television. You know, around 2005-2010 when all the great shows were on: LOST, Battlestar Galactica, 24, etc. Oh, we still have a few shining stars like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, but those are all on once a year. Whatever happened to good old network television?

There was a time when every night of the week – from September to May – had something good on one of the four major networks. Hell, Thursday nights were the reason we needed four TiVos because it seemed like ALL the good TV came on that night. Now, I have a hard time remembering anything besides ER.

Anyway, I want to feel excited about TV again, and not just every March when Game of Thrones returns or every October when The Walking Dead starts. Below, I’ve highlighted some new fall debuts that have promise and listed the return dates for some favorites. (Shows in red are shows I actually watch.)

Sunday

Returning:

  • CBS
    • The Good Wife (9/30)
    • The Amazing Race (9/30)
    • The Mentalist (9/30)
  • ABC
    • Once Upon a Time (9/30)
    • Revenge (9/30)
  • FOX
    • The Simpsons (9/30)
    • American Dad (9/30)
    • Family Guy (9/30)

New:

    • 666 Park Avenue (ABC) – 9/30

 

ABC’s 666 Park Avenue is on the top of my list of highly anticipated new shows. It’s based off a novel of the same name and takes place in an expensive apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side called The Drake. The building’s owners are a married couple played by Terry O’Quinn (Locke on LOST) and Vanessa Williams (most recently on Desperate Housewives). I’ll let that marinate for a minute. Locke is married to Vanessa Fucking Williams! I’m glad to see ABC keeping the talented Lady V employed after ending both Ugly Betty and DH, and I’m curious to see what kind of chemistry she has with O’Quinn, who we know can play spooky from his turn as Locke/The Man in Black.

 

As the residents of the swank building realize that all their dreams are coming true, they learn that they may have signed more than a lease. They may have signed over their souls.

http://youtu.be/PQy44VCA-w0

Monday

Returning:

    • CBS
      • How I Met Your Mother (9/24)
      • Mike & Molly (9/24)
      • 2 Broke Girls (9/24)
    • FOX
      • Bones (9/17)
    • NBC
      • The Voice (9/10)
      • Grimm (8/13)
    • ABC
      • Dancing with the Stars (9/24)
      • Castle (9/24)
    • CW
      • 90210 (10/8)
      • Gossip Girl (10/8)

New: 

    • Partners (NBC) – 9/24
    • Revolution (NBC) – 9/17
    • The Mob Doctor (FOX) – 9/17

I’m a huge J.J. Abrams fan so I’m watching Revolution. Sure, he made Alcatraz, but he also made Felicity, Alias, and LOST, and he directed Star Trek and Super 8. For that, he has my allegiance. Check out the trailer:

 

http://youtu.be/JwfCRAtkYEI

Tuesday

Returning

    • CBS
      • NCIS (9/25)
      • NCIS: Los Angeles (9/25)
    • NBC
      • Parenthood (9/11)
    • FOX
      • The New Girl (9/25)
    • ABC
      • Don’t Trust the B**** in Apt. 23 (10/23)
      • Happy Endings (10/23)
      • Private Practice (10/25)

New

    • Vegas (CBS) – 9/25
    • The New Normal (NBC) – 9/11

Vegas is a drama which blends both grit and glitz as it tells the true story struggle between the law and the mob in 1960’s Las Vegas. I’m willing to give it a go since it stars both Dennis Quaid (first time doing television) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield, No Ordinary Family).

 

http://youtu.be/RuHRnqMkwXY

Wednesday

Returning

  • CBS
    • Survivor: Philippines (9/19)
    • Criminal Minds (9/26)
    • CSI (9/26)
  • NBC
    • Law & Order: SVU (9/26)
  • FOX
    • The X-Factor (9/12)
  • ABC
    • The Middle (9/26)
    • Modern Family (9/26)
    • Suburgatory (10/17)
  • CW
    • Supernatural (10/10)

New

    • Chicago Fire (NBC) 10/10
    • Nashville (ABC) 10/10
    • Arrow (CW) 10/10

First of all, why the hell do I have to wait so long for Supernatural to return? October? Pffft. And as much I love Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story), I’m not sure Nashville is for me. It seems to be another attempt to bring back the nighttime serial (90210, Dallas, etc.)

 

http://youtu.be/mB9WHtAv7ts

Correction: I just watched that trailer… Connie Britton may be enough.

Thursday

Returning

    • CBS
      • Two and a Half Men (9/27)
      • Big Bang Theory (9/27)
      • Person of Interest (9/27)
    • NBC
      • 30 Rock (9/20)
      • Parks and Recreation (9/20)
      • The Office (9/20)
    • FOX
      • Glee (9/13)
    • ABC
      • Grey’s Anatomy (9/27)
      • Scandal (9/27)
    • CW
      • The Vampire Diaries (10/11)

New

    • Elementary (CBS) 9/27
    • Beauty & the Beast (CW) 10/11

 

I am a huge fan of BBC’s Sherlock. It’s so smart and well-written. And of course, there’s this: 

Benedict Motherfucking Cumberbatch

He will always be my Sherlock. But I will give CBS’ adaptation, Elementary, a shot. It stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes relocated to NYC with a female Watson played by Lucy Liu. I’ve give it five episodes to work its magic.

 

Friday

Returning

    • CBS
      • CSI: NY (9/28)
      • Blue Bloods (9/28)
    • NBC
      • Whitney (10/19)
      • Community (10/19)
      • Grimm (moves to Fridays 9/21)
    • FOX
      • Fringe (9/28)
    • ABC
      • Shark Tank (9/14)
    • CW
      • America’s Next Top Model (10/19)
      • Nikita (10/19)

The only thing of note on Friday nights, it seems, is that Fringe returns this September 14th for its final season. *sob*

 

 

Cable Shows:

    • Boardwalk Empire (HBO) 9/16
    • Dexter (SHO) 9/30
    • The Walking Dead (AMC) 10/14
    • Homeland (SHO) 9/30

 

Which returning shows are you most looking forward to seeing? How about the new ones? Which will you definitely be checking out?

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About Nina Perez (1391 Articles)
Nina Perez is the founder of Project Fandom. She is also the author of a YA series of books, "The Twin Prophecies," and a collection of essays titled, "Blog It Out, B*tch." Her latest books, a contemporary romance 6-book series titled Sharing Space, are now available on Amazon.com for Kindle download. She has a degree in journalism, works in social media, lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves Idris Elba. When not watching massive amounts of British television or writing, she is sketching plans to build her very own TARDIS. She watches more television than anyone you know and she's totally fine with that.

17 Comments on Project Fandom Fall TV Guide 2012

  1. The shows I am exicited to watch again: Parenthood, Bones, Private Practive, Greys, Modern Family, The Middle, Subergatory, and Whitney.

    I am going to try 666 Park Avenue and see how that show is also.

    Our DVR is all set and ready to go for the next seasons of my favs! I always end up with a whole season on DVR that I never have time to watch. I eventually get all caught up though.

  2. How is Once Upon a Time? I stoped watching it because it wasn’t ON-Demand anymore 🙁 I wondered how they were going to stretch the story out past one season. Now I hear Jorge Garcia will be cast for next season AND I got my first ever DVR! Looks like I might pick up on that and Grimm again.

    Revolution looks like something I’d be in to, I’ll give that one a try.

    I have some MAJOR catching up to do on Grey’s….the last season I watched was the one after Denny died 🙁

    I can hardly wait for The Walking Dead 🙂

  3. My only concern was, Person of Interest. It’s coming back and I’m excited. Happy that 2 Broke Girls is returning. I see it’s on a new night. The Walking Dead, well, that goes without saying. Oh, Scandal and Dexter are must see’s.

    Vegas and The Mob Doctor kind of interested me. Saw the trailers the other day. I will be setting my DVR for Elementary.

    I’m still disappointed about CSI:Miami.

  4. I hope with the death of American Idol looming that networks start to get away from reality tv and put money into more quality shows.

    • I literally couldn’t agree more. I just KNOW there are good writers out there, and people willing to watch what they can offer. More quality scripted series, please!!

  5. Im glad you mentioned Sherlock, since it is completely and utterly brilliant, the kind of show you mark the calendar for, gleefully watch, and then order the Blu-Ray set as soon as it is released so you can savour the thing again and again. Sherlock is what television should be.

    Elementary? I will give it a shot, but I am not giving it five episodes. I do not expect any show on US network TV to have even a tenth of the wit and style and panache of the original (see “Being Human” for a sad and tragic recent example). I’ll hang in for three episodes at most, and only because Lucy is in it and I have a mad and desperate crush on Ms. Liu. Maybe even four because it is obvious that they will not portray a female Watson a bumbling fool, something I have written about with severe passion in the past.

  6. Here’s something cool – the full pilot for Revolution is available online: http://www.nbc.com/revolution/video/pilot/1415378. I’m in.

  7. Oh, Fringe, how I will miss thee.

  8. I’m really looking forward to Parenthood, Person of Interest, and of course, Walking Dead. I’m also looking forward to Justified on FX, whenever the heck season 4 comes out. Also, I feel like I should print this article and post it on the fridge, so I don’t miss anything!

  9. I’m looking forward to Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Bones, Glee, Once Upon a Time, Grimm (catching up onDemand, since I hadn’t realized it started), The Walking Dead, Scandal.
    I am willing to give Elementary a shot. I am a long time fan of all things Sherlock Holmes. And after watching Sherlock on BBC (thanks Nina!) and falling in love/lust with Robert Downey Jrs turn as sherlock (btw that is the only time i can tolerate Jude Law, as watson) I may be spoiled/ruined for all other sherlocks. But I do like that Lucy Liu is Watson.

  10. Thank you for this!!! It really helps me because I don’t watch TV regularly but have watched a few of these and can’t wait for the new seasons. My list: Bones, Fringe, The Good Wife, Greys Anatomy, Dexter, Homeland, American Horror Story, SVU and Boardwalk Empire.

  11. The only things that interest me from the new shows are Arrow and Revolution. Everything else seems a little “meh”.

  12. Arrow is going to be good. I’m not sure how Revolution is going to be.

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