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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Boob Tube

For the umpteenth time I'm singing the praises of my favorite season because, really, what's not to love?  I've covered most of it but now let's talk Fall TV.  Dare I say that there's almost too much to watch?  I dare because there really is and there aren't enough hours in the day.  But here is a short list of old favorites I've welcomed back and new shows I'm giving the old college try.  Here's a short list of the standouts:
Frank Dillane as Nick in Fear the Walking Dead
  1. Ray (freakin') Donovan!  -  The season finale was this past Sunday and I swear- never a dull moment with the Donovan clan.  So good from start to finish.  Love it!  (And Liev Schreiber is hawt!)
  2. Fear the Walking Dead  -  Next Sunday is the finale for the first season of this spinoff and I feel like it didn't really get good until the last episode.  I know new characters and storylines have to be introduced but I'm super impatient and I don't feel like I was able to form a connection with any of them so I wouldn't be sad if they all died in one big zombie pit.  I was mildly amused by Nick's antics but they've grown tiresome (fun fact: Frank Dillane's father plays Stannis Baratheon on Game of Thrones).  We'll see what happens this Sunday.  It's definitely holding me over until The Walking Dead premier in a couple weeks.   
  3. The Bastard Executioner  -  I will say that the first episode took a while to get into (almost the whole two hours) but it culminated well in the end.   I feel like if Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy had a baby this show would be its offspring.  Not in a bad way.  I'm actually into it. Fun fact: Ed Sheeran guest stars on tonight's episode.
  4. Heroes Reborn  -  I liked Heroes in the first couple of seasons and then I felt like it fell off so I stopped watching.  I have no clue how it ended but I dig the reboot enough to go back and watch.  I'm pretty lazy so I might not but even if I don't it holds its own pretty well.   I'm curious to see how many of the old characters come back in this version. 
  5. Empire  -  I have a love/hate relationship with this show and I have since the first season but I just cannot not watch.  I appreciate the irony of Chris Rock as an intimidating thug (and cannibal) but I felt like the premier was really all over the place.  I've got a lot of questions I hope to have answered in the coming episodes. That being said- man, I love me some Cookie! 
  6. Minority Report   - Visually it's pretty imaginative and I think that's a lot of what keeps me watching but I'm two episodes in but I'm still not hooked. I'm going to give it one more episode.
  7. Blackish  -  I love the family dynamic and the relatable subject matter the show covers.  They came back pulling no punches in tackling the use of the N-word but they handled it in a way that was both humorous and thought-provoking.  Still discussing it, actually. Glad to have Blackish back.
  8. The Simpsons  -  We've been waiting to find out what the deal was with Marge and Homer since rumors of their split began a few months back. I'm not joking. I've been watching this show since I was a pre-teen so the idea of them breaking up is like an aunt and uncle calling it quits.  While I'm glad to see the Simpsons are still very much together I didn't enjoy the premier. Like, it was trying to hard to be shocking. Maybe if there hadn't been a buildup.  Meh.

Upcoming Season & Series Premiers:
  1. The Walking Dead (10/11)
  2. American Horror Story (10/7)
  3. Ash vs. Evil Dead (10/31)
  4. Jane the Virgin (10/19)
  5. The Leftovers (10/4)

They say you can tell a lot about a person by what they watch on TV (no they don't).   I wonder what my programming choices say about me.


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