Fall TV premieres: What to watch this season
In case you’re new here, let me be the first to inform you that my television watching habits are unhealthy. Chances are, if you name any show right now, there’s a good chance I watch it. It’s OK, I’ve slowly accepted I have no life. (I joke … sort of). Now that I’ve lifted that weight off my shoulders, let me welcome you to today’s main event *ba da da da da da* (that’s my drum roll noise): I’m giving you four new shows worthy of your TV lineup.
While the pilot episodes aired this past week, you can catch them all via their network’s websites or find them streaming on Hulu. Happy watching!
NBC, Mondays at 10 p.m.
Starring Once Upon A Time’s Josh Dallas, “Manifest” is a new drama centered on a plane that mysteriously returns after vanishing five years ago. For the passengers, though, no time has passed at all. The show’s trailer peaked my interest shortly after NBC announced it upfronts in May. While the concept of the show sounded interesting, I couldn’t help but wonder how the show could be carried for more than a season or heck, five episodes. After watching the pilot, I’ve been convinced otherwise. The show focuses on the lives of the passengers and more so, their place in a world five years after they were presumed dead. While the first episode was bound to be full of intrigue, drama and emotion, I definitely wasn’t expecting the plot twists. This was definitely one of my favorites and I’m already counting down the days until Monday.
NBC, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
My first thought when I heard about “New Amsterdam” was “seriously?? another medical show?” I’m a big “Grey’s Anatomy” fan (who isn’t), so it’s hard for my loyalty to extend outside Grey-Sloan Memorial as far as any medical show is concerned. So “New Amsterdam”? Really? How is this show going to be any different than the others? Spoiler alert: Somehow it was. I’ll admit that I wasn’t sold by the trailer, but the show came out with a bigger bang than I was expecting. Ryan Eggold (“The Blacklist,” “90210”) plays Dr. Max Goodwin, the newly appointed medical director of the country’s oldest public hospital. Dr. Goodwin is optimistic if anything, aiming to provide the utmost care for patients and flip the hospital upside down in the process if that’s what it takes.
Fun fact: The show is based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer.
ABC, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
I’m going to be completely frank. I got so tired of hearing the commercials and ads for the show that I nearly didn’t watch it … but I’m glad I did! The show definitely gave me “This Is Us” vibes, if not for the emotion alone. The show centers on a group of Boston friends who begin to reexamine their lives after the death of one of their friends. The only complaint I had while watching the pilot was the high number of characters and stories to keep up with. By episode’s end, though, I felt the show did a great job at telling everyone’s story while not feeling rushed. And that plot twist! Wowza.
ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.
I’m not usually one for comedy shows outside of “The Big Bang Theory,” (sorry) but the lineup of top-notch actors sold me. Starring Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl"), Taran Killam (“SNL”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and rising stars Jake Choi and Kimrie Lewis, the show centers on a group of single parents and their attempt to salvage the personal life of fellow single dad, Will Cooper (Killam), outside of parenthood. I was really afraid this would be another “stupid funny” comedy show but it held up. Huzzah! It’s a light-hearted show with colorful characters and plenty of lol-moments.
What new shows are you watching this fall?