Fall T.V. Premiere time – A T.V. Junkie’s Bliss!

Tonight the fall T.V. shows either premiere  or start back up again.  In the eyes of a T.V. junkie, as I am, I couldn’t be happier.  After a few months of lackluster T.V. (other than my 1 month World Cup coma) it will be nice to see some good shows again.

The first show I’m looking forward to is Gotham, which is on FOX.  Gotham is about Commissioner Gordon and his rise from detective to the Commissioner.  We’ll get to see a young Bruce Wayne as well as some of Gotham’s villains.  Previews have looked compelling and buzz is this could be one the best new T.V. shows this season.  Here’s to hoping it’s worth the hype.

Show two is the return of Sleepy Hollow, another FOX series.  Last season left Ichabod and Abbie in questionable peril, but previews have shown that doesn’t last long.  This was one of my favorite shows from last year.  The premise seemed ridiculous – Ichabod Crane comes back to life due to a curse and teams up with a local detective to fight the evil forces that are invading Sleepy Hollow and hopefully stop their fated future.  But Tom Mision and Nicole Beharie have excellent chemistry, the writers gave a fast and fun plot line, and they put a humorous spin on Ichabod’s acclimatization to the modern world.  We’ll see if season two can hold up to the fun and enjoyment of the first one.

Constantine from NBC, which will be on Friday nights is another show that I’m hoping will be good.  This show is based on the comic book Hellblazer, which, I haven’t read.  Constantine has a vast knowledge of dark arts and has a sharp wit where he fights to protect the innocent.  I haven’t seen any previews of this show but I like the concept and am looking forward to checking out the premiere.

One show I’m totally on the fence about is Gracepoint from FOX.  This is the American version of the excellent Broadchurch that originally aired on BBC America.  Why it needed an American remake is beyond me and to have David Tennant in this version as well is an odd idea.  Part of what made the BBCA version so good was the Brits know how to do a drama.  The previews I’ve seen don’t seem to capture that compelling drama of the original. Then again, it could just be my jaded opinion on a remake of this show.  I’ll check it out just to see how the show is.

Marvel’s Agents of Shield is back for a second season and I’m hoping the action that happened in the second half of the series continues in the second season.  Grimm is another show that is back again this year.  This is just a fun show to watch and not one to take too seriously.  Yes there are some issues with it but it fits its Friday night-time slot well and it’s a fun show on a Friday night.  And of course there’s the next season of The Walking Dead on AMC.  Season five is much hyped (like all other seasons have been) and the Grimes gang has to find a way out of Terminus.

There are other shows I’m looking forward to, but these are some of the main ones.  How about you – what shows are you looking forward to?

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Sleepy Hollow – Surprisingly Good

Three weeks ago Fox debuted the new mystery-adventure drama Sleepy Hollow.  I had my doubts about this program but the first three episodes have been thoroughly enjoyable.

Sleepy Hollow is a new interpretation of Irving Washington’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (full disclosure that I’ve never read the book and have only a basic knowledge of the story).  Ichabod Crane is resurrected 250 years after his death and is tossed into an investigation of the headless horseman, who just happens to be part of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  To quote a fellow blogger “the premise is preposterous” (Sidekick Reviews).  True, however, the writers have done a great job and the show is entertaining, enjoyable, and has a good pace.

Ichabod Crane, played by Tom Mison and his modern-day partner, Detective Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie have great chemistry and their stories link up fairly well.  Abbie Mills and her sister had a scary encounter when they were younger which caused Abbie’s sister to be institutionalized and Abbie to pursue a path in law enforcement. This encounter is linked to Ichabod’s past along with his wife.  Orlando Jones, who plays Captain Frank Irving, also has great chemistry and fits well.  The series deals with the occult and has religious tones to it, which lends it to a nice creepy vibe.

My favorite thing so far is how the writers deal with Ichabod’s assimilation to the modern-day – they don’t dwell on it or make it a major plot line.  Ichabod in the car moving the automatic window up and down; Abbie leaving post-it notes on the various items in the hotel room so Ichabod knows what they are and what they will do.  All done very well, not dwelling on this topic and avoid dragging the show down.

I thought the most recent episode “For The Triumph of Evil” really had a The X-Files vibe about it.  Abbie and Ichabod were in the basement and the Captain finds them there.  Both Abbie and Ichabod say they like the basement and think it would be a great place to have an office and the Captain agrees.  X-Files fans will know that Mulder’s office was in the basement and that he and Scully investigated alien and paranormal cases, with Mulder steadfastly wanting “to believe.”  Sleepy Hollow deals instead with the occult and religion in place of the paranormal, and Ichabod and Abbie being a new, fresh version of Mulder and Scully.

After three episodes I’m a fan of Sleepy Hollow.  It’s been excellent viewing so far and Fox just announced that it’s already been given a second season.  Good news for those who are attached to the show already.  I think this is one of the Falls new hit shows and I’m looking forward to future episodes.  If you haven’t watched the show yet, catch-up on-line and then watch the rest weekly.  If you like the occult and enjoy mystery dramas, this show is one to watch.