Top 10 New Shows We’re Looking Forward To
Is it just me, or are TV shows killing it lately? I can’t get enough of the shows out there today, and they just keep making more of them! So, apologies in advance if you already have a million shows marked into your schedule, but here are a few more coming out soon that you might want to check out.
Son of Zorn, FOX
Premiere: Sept. 25, 2016
Of all the shows coming out this fall, I think I’m the most excited about this one. From the writers/directors of such films as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street, these two have a comedy style that just gets me. And with big names like Jason Sudeikis (Zorn) and Tim Meadows, this show has all the ingredients of a smash hit. It follows Zorn, an animated warrior from a faraway island (where everything is animated), who returns to Orange County to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. Things get complicated when he finds out Edie (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm), is now engaged to Craig (Tim Meadows), and that his skinny, vegetarian son is definitely not warrior-class yet. That doesn’t stop Zorn from getting an apartment and a job in soap sales, determined in his quest to become a good dad. This show looks hilarious and I’m sure I’ll be one of many tuning in this September.
The Mick, FOX
Premiere: Early 2017
If you’ve ever seen It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, then you know how funny Kaitlin Olson (Dee) is. When I found out she was starring in The Mick, I had to check out the trailer. Although I don’t think this show will be as raunchy as IASP, Olson’s character looks similar to Dee in many ways, which hopefully means this show will be hilarious. The Mick is a single-camera comedy about Mackenzie, aka Mickey, who is a brash, down-and-out hustler from Rhode Island who has spent her life dodging any kind of responsibility. Upon visiting her sister in search of a handout, Mickey gets more than she bargained for when her sister and husband are arrested, leaving Mickey as a temporary guardian of three rich, high-maintenance children. The plot seems a little played out, but with the right actors and writing, it could put a fresh spin on it.
Making History, FOX
Another show produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street)? Don’t mind if I do. Making History stars Adam Pally (The Mindy Project, Happy Endings) as a computer science professor who has learned how to travel through time in a duffel bag. Ya, you heard me. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds and it gets even more ridiculous by the looks of the trailer. The reason he travels back in time is to visit his 18th century girlfriend, who happens to be the daughter of Paul Revere, a key player in the American Revolution. Queue the antics of history-meddling. I love a good time-travel comedy, so I hope this show is as funny as it looks.
This is Us, NBC
Premiere: Sept 20, 2016
Starring big names like Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember) and a personal favourite of mine, Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, Heroes), This is Us is a new dramedy that follows a group of strangers that happen to have the same birthday, and whose paths intertwine in surprising ways. From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love, you’re probably looking at a lot of laughs mixed with a lot of tears, and a refreshing, honest approach to taboo subjects.
The Good Place, NBC
Premiere: Sept 19, 2016
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Ted Danson (Cheers) star in this unique comedy about a not-so-saintly woman who passes away and is admitted into Heaven by mistake. With the help of her wise afterlife mentor (Danson), she learns the ropes of being dead as well as the rules of Heaven (“No swearing? …That’s bullshirt”). From the trailer this looks like it could definitely be a funny show, and with actors like Bell and Danson on board, I’m sure it will be (I’m sorry) heavenly.
Premiere: Oct 3, 2016
Weird—another show about a professor going back in time to set history straight. Ah well, I can’t get enough of time-travelling so I’ll take it! Besides, this one looks like a serious, action-packed thriller that I’m guessing might be a little more historically accurate than Making History. So if you’re not enjoying the plot, at least you’re learning something, right? Here’s the plot just in case you’re not watching for the educational value: A mysterious criminal steals a time-machine, intent on destroying America by changing the past (can you say time-terrorist?). A history professor, soldier and scientist are ordered to find him and take him down, all while trying not alter the past themselves. What could go wrong?
Premiere: Sept 22, 2016
“A true story on the verge of happening”, Pitch is an inspiring story about the first woman to play in Major League baseball. Like any rookie, Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome)must prove herself to her teammates and coach, but she must also convince the world and the media that a woman deserves to play with the boys. Not only that, but it seems she has her demanding father breathing down her neck. Although I’m not a baseball aficionado, I definitely think this show could get me cheering on my feet. I’m interested to see how the show will keep up its momentum and if, like Ginny, it’s worth the pitch.
The Exorcist, FOX
Premiere: Sept 23, 2016
It’s been over four decades since The Exorcist came out in theatres and to this day it’s widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made. That being said, can it translate to television? I’m not sure but I’m definitely interested in finding out! Whatever brings Geena Davis back into the world of ghosts and possessions (Can we get a cameo from Beetlejuice, please?) is fine with me. She plays Angela, the mother of two daughters and the owner of a house that may or may not have unwanted supernatural guests (spoiler alert: it does). She gets the help of two priests, who couldn’t be more dissimilar in their methods, to help rid the family of evil. Whether or not the storyline can survive the small screen, it’s bound to give you a fright or two.
Frequency, The CW
Premiere: Fall 2016
Did I mention I like time-travelling scenarios? I guess I’m not alone, considering this is the third new time-travelling show we’ve discussed. Well, it’s sort of new; this show is actually a remake of the hit movie starring Dennis Quaid from 2000. The television adaptation follows a police detective in 2016 who discovers she is able to speak with her deceased father of twenty years through an old ham radio. Why? Because… lightning? Nonsensical lightning-science aside, it’s always fun to see how meddling with historical events turns out for the present day. Looks like this scenario turns out perfectly with absolutely nothing altered or lost. Just kidding.
If you love rags to riches stories, or stories about rising to fame no matter the cost, then you might want to watch Star. Featuring a soundtrack of original music and what looks like some stunning performances, Star follows three talented singers in their search for success. The main character, Star, is a rough young lady whose spent most of her years in and out of foster homes. Despite her troubled past, she joins up with her sister and a friend she met via Instagram to create a trio destined for fame. Starring big names like Lenny Kravitz and Queen Latifah, it’s bound to be a hit.
Well, that was our look at some of the up and coming best new TV shows. There’s a lot of good ones and a lot of hopefully good ones. Only time will tell which are which. Happy watching!
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