Even though on-demand options and streaming services have rendered the premiere dates of TV shows irrelevant, New Fall TV Season is still a thing. While 2016 has not been a great year for movies thus far, TV is having a banner year. With dozens of brand new series hitting the airwaves over the next few weeks, CTBoom has you covered with previews of the shows you should keep your eyes peeled for both to binge and to avoid.
Some shows, you just can’t get a read one. Maybe they’ll be really good, maybe they’ll be really bad, or maybe they’ll be good enough to watch for a few weeks until your vote has been cast. These are the standout X-Factors of the Fall TV Season.
Easy (Netflix, September 22)
**Put those headphones in. Slightly NSFW language**
IMDB: A group of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.
I love it. This is the recipe for streaming content success. Indie movie director turned showrunner, Joe Swanberg, leads a cast of on-the-bubble superstars and niche specific household names in a short anthology series about sex, love, and culture in Chicago which is maybe the greatest city on earth.
Check out this cast: Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman,Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Kiersey Clemons, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash,Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann, Jacqueline Toboni, Zazie Beetz and Evan Joingkeit.
This could be a live-action recreation of the cast of Minions talking to each other about Microsoft Excel tips and tricks, but as Jake Johnson and Aya Cash are leading the charge, I would still put it in on my must-see list.
Divorce (HBO, October 9)
IMDB: A couple goes through a long, drawn-out divorce.
Gotta love a title that tells you exactly what the show is about. Divorce is about a couple going through a divorce. Pretty clear cut.
While the surface level attention this new HBO 30 minute show is getting is focused on Jessica Parker returning home for another crack at premium cable greatness, what I am most interested in is that this series was created by Sharon Horgan, who created the best 30 min comedy series in recent memory, Catastrophe (streaming on Amazon Prime; make watching it a priority). If even one-third of the charisma transfers from Catastrophe to Divorce, this has the potential to be a major hit this fall.
Pitch (FOX, September 22)
IMDB: A young pitcher becomes the first woman to play in the Major Leagues.
Zack Morris, y’all. Zack Morris doing a Tom Berenger in Major League impression. I’m in. Chirping about a dude whose cultural significance peaked when I was in 6th grade is probably not the hottest take to lead with in discussing a drama about an African American woman playing major league baseball, but hey – it’s pilot season; whatever gets the eyeballs.
The timing of this show is perfect. It comes along at a time when TV has never been better and the greater cultural consciousness has never been more open or aware of change. Of all the shows Fox is rolling out this year, Pitch is by far the most interesting. Here’s hoping I’m not the only one that thinks so.
American Housewife (ABC, September 21)
IMDB: A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their perfect offspring.
Originally titled, The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport – an INFINITELY more interesting title than American Housewife – could be really good, or could be incredibly meh. Katie Mixon (Eastbound and Down) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) are more than up to the task of making this show funny, but it’s bland title and at-first-glance familiar plot devices could limit its potential. Granted, Modern Family isn’t exactly a title that jumps off the screen and that show has dominated the sitcom landscape for a while now. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Notorious ( ABC, September 22)
IMDB: A charismatic defense attorney and a powerhouse television producer work together to control the media following a high-profile incident.
Notorious is based on real-life criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live news producer Wendy Walker. If you watched the Emmys last night, you were blasted with ads about this show and the comparisons it has drawn to Scandal. If ABC can translate the watchability of Olivia Pope and the Gladiators to Notorious, ABC will be in the conversation for most watchable TV network of the decade.
Conviction ( ABC, September 19)
IMDB: A brilliant young attorney (Hayley Atwell), who is also the daughter of a former U.S. president, is blackmailed to head up NYC’s new Conviction Integrity Unit. She and her team investigate cases where people may have been wrongly convicted.
There is A LOT going on with this show. Not only is Hayley Atwell a lawyer but she’s ALSO a former First Daughter AND she’s leading a new team called the Conviction Integrity Unit – whatever that means – AND they only have five days to solve every case!
Dusting off cold-cases is a well trodden group within the procedural trope, but it has never been hotter than it is right now. While I doubt Conviction is going to grab pop culture by the lapels in the same way Serial and Making a Murderer have, it is certainly pushing its chips into the middle of the table at the right time in an attempt to do so.
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