I really hope that I have not added this article too late. I started it before any of the new fall shows started, but, obviously, I needed to actually see the shows that started before I published a review about them. There will probably be at least one cancelled show in the list. But, I should get to the reviews of these shows that I have decided to watch at least once.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Show Description- Stephen Colbert hosts a mostly standard late night talk show. This replaces David Letterman’s long tenor of hosting the same show by giving the show only its second host thus far. It also replaces various drama reruns during the summer. Behind the Scenes- Stephen Colbert, formerly a fake newscaster who did The Colbert Report, is the host of this show. My Thoughts- It most certainly has the type of weirdness that you would come and expect from late night talk shows. A lot of the fake news aspects of his old show remain on this one. He can be a bit over the top sometimes, but I say that he’s ultimately a good host in the end. He doesn’t limit himself to a certain type of guest. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- If I had to venture a guess, I’d have to say that Stephen Colbert will probably be here for at least a decade, probably longer. Where to Find- On CBS on weeknights at 11:35/10:35 Central.
Blindspot: Show Description- For mysterious reasons, a woman has amnesia and tattoos all over her body and there are crimes solved based off of this. Behind the Scenes- The post Voice time slot has mixed success in terms of ratings so that’s something to watch out for. My Thoughts- The show may seem a bit scatterbrained and it seems like they are trying to do a female version of Jason Bourne. The show can seem similar to other types of dramas in a way. But, it is interesting and I’ll probably keep watching it. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I’m not sure if this will last or not. I hope that it will, but I’m not too sure about it. I’d say that it has a good chance of lasting right now. Where to Find- On NBC at 10/9 Central on Mondays
Life in Pieces: Show Description- It’s hard to describe the plot of the show. It is basically about a family and their adventures all mixed into one story. It replaces The Millers and, momentarily, Mike and Molly. Behind the Scenes- This show has Colin Hanks, from Fargo and The Good Guys, who is also the son of Tom Hanks. My Thoughts- It’s different from most other shows. It is also very stupid and pointless. I give it two out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- The Big Bang Theory lead-in may be the only thing that it has going for it, right now at least. I don’t know if that will be enough for it. Single camera sitcoms like this tend to do poorly on CBS. But the ratings are good for now that people won’t have to worry about it being cancelled for a while. Where to Find- On CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Thursdays
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris: Show Description- This is simply put, a variety show full of various whatnot hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Behind the Scenes- Frequent host and former star of How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris, is the host of this show. My Thoughts- The episodes that I have watched seemed sporadic and all over the place. It wasn’t bad, but it might have lacked a real point. However, I would still give this show a good rating as it is pretty interesting. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- It doesn’t seem like the network has long term plans for this show, so I don’t think that it will last long. Where to Find- Not currently on the schedule
Minority Report: Show Description- A continuation of a movie of the same name, we see a precog (a person with unusual powers of seeing the future, typically seeing potential future deaths) team up with an FBI agent to prevent future crimes from happening. Behind the Scenes- This is inspired by and set after the movie Minority Report. It is in the same universe, but there are some differences here and there. One does not have to see the movie to understand this show. It also stars Wilmer Valderama from That 70’s Show and Awake, in addition to other cast members. My Thoughts- There are differences between this and the movie that could be considered errors to some people. One might also wonder where they are going with this. But, the show is also very interesting and worthwhile. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I’d like this to last, but given FOX’s bad track record with good science fiction shows, I’d say that this will unfortunately only last one season. It may have already been cancelled. Where to Find- On FOX at 9/8 Central on Mondays
The Muppets: Show Description- Basically put, this is a half hour mockumentary about the Muppets. Behind the Scenes- The Muppets return to television in a new series. My Thoughts- I’m not sure if the format of this works as well as it could. Other than that, this show is the type of humor that you’d expect from the Muppets, which is pretty good. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I see it lasting a while, although it might not. Regardless, we know that the Muppets, as always, will endure even if this show doesn’t last. I suspect that this will be on the air for a while at least. Where to Find- On ABC at 8/7 Central on Tuesdays
Limitless: Show Description- This show, in the same universe as a movie that has the same name, is about a person who uses a mysterious drug and helps the FBI with different cases. It, for the moment at least, replaces Person of Interest. Behind the Scenes- As mentioned before, this is based off of a movie called Limitless. My Thoughts- With it being another in a line of informant works for law enforcement shows, you can sort of see it being predictable. But, it is still interesting and good. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I’m not sure yet if this will last or not. I’m honestly thinking that it could last, but it seems more likely to fail. For now, it does have a full season order which is a good sign for the future of it, even if it might not have a second season just yet. I say that it might last for now. Where to Find- On CBS at 10/9 Central on Tuesdays
Quantico: Show Description- It can be hard to describe what this show is about. It is a mystery type show set in two different times, one the present and the other a close past (or future, if you look at it the other way). Basically, it is about new FBI recruits and the mystery is finding out which one of them is evil and planned a terrorist attack. Behind the Scenes- There’s not much to add here, except that it was originally going to air at a different time than it ended up airing at. My Thoughts- Well, this show may have too much sex in it. There might also be more violence than it needs. But, it is pretty interesting and worth watching. The show is quite gripping and intriguing. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I think that it might last, although it just as easily might not since it doesn’t have the best time slot. I’d put it at a toss-up for now. Where to Find- On ABC at 10/9 Central on Sundays
Code Black: Show Description- This show is about doctors in a hospital trying to solve medical cases. It replaces CSI and Battle Creek. Behind the Scenes- There’s not much to add here. My Thoughts- I like the show. It is interesting. It may seem like other medical dramas in some ways. But it is good in the end. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I don’t see it lasting long, but I’m hoping that I’m wrong about this. Medical dramas don’t tend to do well on this network, but we’ll see if this one lasts or not. Where to Find- On CBS at 10/9 Central on Wednesdays
The Player: Show Description- It’s hard for me to explain what the show is about. From what I can tell, it steals a bit of plot from a Liam Neeson action movie by having a person team up with other people to help fight against various bad guys while looking for his wife or ex-wife who may or may not be dead. Behind the Scenes- There’s nothing that I can think of to add here. My Thoughts- After watching some episodes, I still have no idea what the plot is. And yet, the show is still a pretty interesting drama worth watching. It keeps the cast small for a change and keeps you interested. The part I’m not sure about is whether he is working with the law or not. I don’t think that he is, but he’s still a good guy, in a sense. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- The ratings are terrible so this won’t last. It may already have been cancelled. Where to Find- On NBC at 10/9 Central on Thursdays
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Show Description- A woman randomly moves to where her ex-boyfriend lives in hopes of winning him back. There’s more to the show as needed. Behind the Scenes- With a bunch of previous renewals from the CW network, this is virtually the only new thing they are showing this fall, although other shows will premiere during midseason. My Thoughts- While this wasn’t bad, I didn’t like it. It was strange and didn’t seem to have much of a point to it. I do think that there are some good parts about it, but I don’t like it in the long run. I give it two out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I don’t think that it will last, but it just as easily could. I’ve been wrong about things before. Where to Find- On the CW at 8/7 Central on Mondays
Supergirl: Show Description- Superman’s cousin, a female, becomes a superhero herself fighting various alien outlaws. It replaces the combined hour of The Odd Couple and Two and a Half Men, although this is due to a sudden schedule change. The Odd Couple will return. It was meant to replace 2 Broke Girls instead of Two and a Half Men, but a switch in the schedule moving the show Angel from Hell to midseason complicates things. I will explain more soon. Behind the Scenes- This is adapted from DC comics. It was said to be, or at least planned at one point to be set in the same world as The Flash and Arrow. I don’t know if that’s still the case or not. Meanwhile, this does make you wonder if there’s the possibility of this ending up on the CW if the ratings get low on CBS. My Thoughts- This show was quite good and interesting, seeing a previously unknown superhero get her own story. There could be potential flaws with trying to appeal to feminists and being politically correct. But I think that most of this is a good show and worth watching. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- It has good ratings for now so should last a complete season, probably longer. Hopefully, the ratings stay high or it will be cancelled. Where to Find- On CBS at 8/7 Central on Mondays
Truth Be Told: Show Description- From what I can gather, this show is about two married couples and the friendship between them. I’m not entirely sure what else the show is about. Behind the Scenes- This is NBC’s only new sitcom this fall. My Thoughts- I originally didn’t plan to watch this, but I did when my planned program wasn’t on one night. I thought that parts of it were funny. But, the overall plot of the episode was pretty stupid. I didn’t like it in the long term. I give it two out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- Rumors are that this is already cancelled due to the episode order being cut. Regardless of if it is cancelled now or not, it certainly won’t have a second season. Where to Find- On NBC at 8:30/7:30 Central on Fridays
Show update: There have been some changes with the planned fall schedule. At one point, Of Kings and Prophets was going to be on the schedule in the fall but creative differences moved this to midseason. It was functionally replaced by Wicked City. For unknown reasons, the CBS comedy Angel from Hell is not going to be in the fall, but will be midseason instead. This moves up 2 Broke Girls that was planned to be at midseason. Hopefully, you’ll see reviews of them in a future blog post.
New fall shows- Blood and Oil, Quantico, Life in Pieces, Supergirl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Minority Report, Chicago Med, Blindspot, Limitless, Best Time Ever, Grandfathered, Wicked City, The Grinder, Scream Queens, The Muppets, Code Black, Rosewood, Dr. Ken, Truth Be Told, The Player, Rosewood, Heroes Reborn, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The new fall shows that I’m reviewing: Quantico (ABC), Life in Pieces (CBS), Truth Be Told (NBC), Supergirl (CBS), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW), Minority Report (FOX), Blindspot (NBC), Best Time Ever (NBC), Limitless (CBS), The Muppets (ABC), Code Black (CBS), The Player (NBC), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS).