When I was a kid, I loved summer because I could stay home and watch TV all day. Now I’m an adult who stays home all day year-round and every year I anticipate the fall because summer TV sucks and fall brings the start of awesome returning shows and new favorites. I asked some of the GWI team to share which veteran and rookie shows they were looking forward to most:
Parks and Recreation (Sept 26, NBC): Even after five seasons, this is undoubtedly the best comedy on network television. I’m hoping that it can surpass the sixth season slump that hit The Office.
The Walking Dead (Oct 13, AMC): Season 3 of The Walking Dead was tons of fun and included a brutal new villain: The Governor. I doubt that this next season will be brilliant, but I’m interested to see what comes next.
Hello Ladies (Sept 29, HBO): Out of all of the upcoming new shows, I have the most faith in a Stephen Merchant/HBO collaboration. I’m hoping for a great new HBO comedy to watch alongside Girls.
Dads (Sept 17, Fox): I’m really, really excited to see Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green! I have loved them since Clueless and Buffy, respectively, and have always thought they were underrated. However, there are so many bad sitcoms that I’m sort of wondering if this will be the worst train wreck ever!
Supernatural (Oct 15, The CW): I can’t be specific about the action, because I wasn’t able to keep up last year…so actually, I’m excited for the DVD release so I can cram the season in a week and prepare for this season! But I follow a lot of people on Tumblr who do a lot of fanfic, and I just can’t wait to get back and see those Winchester boys in action!!!
The Voice (Sept 23, NBC): I’m not big into reality shows except for this one. I love the addition of Shakira and Usher, and I love how Blake represented country last year. I’m just excited to hear new voices and to be surprised!
Glee (Sept 26, Fox): Although I hugely disagree that last season ended on a cliffhanger in terms of the story lines, unfortunately, after Cory’s death, I have this feeling that show in general is now left with a huge cliffhanger as well because you might have liked Finn or not but he was a big part of Glee and I can’t even imagine how the premiere will go and neither how will the tribute episode. But I really can’t wait to find out.
How I Met Your Mother (Sept 23, CBS): Guys, I am tearing up. This is the last season. Can’t believe it. I started watching this series when I was in still in high school, I believe and have continued to do so over university and my first year of working. WOW! The creators of the show promised us at Comic-Con that this season will be for the fans, so I cant wait to see how they tie up all the events and HOW will Ted meet the mother!
The Originals (Oct 15, The CW): The VD’s “other” show did not hook me because Klaus is going to be a daddy, no. I can’t stand Hayley as much as everyone else can’t watch VMAs anymore because Miley’s twerk is forever in my poor brain memory. The OGs have three components that I like and therefore will watch this show – Daniel Giles in suits EVERY week on my tv screen, no triangle of doom, and finally, Marcel, the cool Marcel – a good villain character up against the almighty Klaus.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Sept 17, Fox): Andy Samberg steps outside the sketch format to put a twist on the police procedural. With comedy vets Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews tagging along alongside Andre Braugher, this show already has a stacked deck.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Sept 24, ABC): Avengers’ pal Clark Gregg leads a team of not-super heroes in world of demigods. It’s produced by Joss Whedon, so great things are not only expected but demanded as well. Keeping my fingers crossed for a Hulk sighting!
Elementary (Sept 26, CBS): How about that finale? Is Moriarty going to find ways to torture our heroes from behind bars? Will Mycroft prove to be a thorn in Sherlock’s side? Will going back to London bring up old problems for our dynamic duo? God, I hope so.
Once Upon a Time (Sept 29, ABC): I can not wait to see a closer focus on character development as the main cast is forced to be civil and work together to save Henry. Drama and comedy will surely ensue. Also, Peter Pan as a villain? Sign me up!
Once Upon a Time In Wonderland (Oct 10, ABC): Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories and I’m dying so see how the creators of Once Upon a Time plan on twisting and layering the show to make it their own and create a fascinating new interpretation.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Sept 24, ABC): With as much buzz as this show has gotten, I want to see if it lives up to the hype. Also, who doesn’t live a tv show about shadowy government agencies pulling the strings from behind the scenes?
Masters of Sex (Sep 29, SHO): While mid-20th century period dramas aren’t exactly in short supply, focusing on researchers in a non-procedural setting has me sold. And I’ll admit, the prurient subject matter and the participation of Lizzy Caplan have me sold as well.
Scandal (Oct 3, ABC): Over the course of last season’s Defiance arc, Shonda Rhimes rewrote the book on appointment television, making the uptempo Breaking Bad look slow and sane by comparison, then never looked back. And Rhimes never dials down the craziness.
Parks & Recreation (Sep 26, NBC): Two words: Doppelganger episode. Also, I miss April and Andy.
Homeland (Sept 29, SHO): The last episode of season two was (of course) a cliffhanger. I’m dying to know what Carrie is going to do to prove Brody’s innocence!
The Crazy Ones (Sept 26, CBS): Sarah Michelle Geller is returning to TV after CW stupidly cancelled Ringer. She is one of my favorite actresses because she made my favorite TV show (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) possible. Her comedic timing on Buffy was perfect, so she should definitely be hilarious. Hopefully she will be nominated at some award shows too. Robin Williams being on the show makes it even better!
The Good Wife (Sept 29, CBS): This show is one of the best acted and best written shows on TV today. After the Emmy snub, Julianna Margulies should be back with a vengeance.
The Big Bang Theory (Sept 26, CBS): While some might dismiss this as “just a show about geeks,” last season really proved it had a huge amount of heart. I’m still teary eyed over the episode concerning the letter from Howard’s dad, and hello – Raj finally spoke to the girls without alcohol. That wasn’t just huge for comic relief, but shows that he’s growing. Now if they can bring a Big Bang Baby into the picture or finally let Amy have her way with Sheldon…Okay, maybe not that. I don’t think we’re ready for that, or are we?
American Horror Story (Oct 9, FX): I never expected to fall for this show, but here we are and this time around we’re tackling witches, yes! I heard that this chapter will be a little funnier and I really hope that doesn’t dampen the mood overall. Plus, I’m still iffy on the addition of all the big name actors joining the cast. Let’s hope Ryan Murphy can pull it off because again, witches! I’ve been stoked on that since the rumors.
The Originals (Oct 15, The CW): …Yes, a CW show. I am so ashamed to be this excited. Last season it was my job to watch The Vampire Diaries and it was then that I fell deep into fangirl mode with Joseph Morgan. Talk about perfect timing because now he has an hour all to himself and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t planning on gif hunting after every episode.
Glee (Sept 26, Fox): I’m looking forward to how they handle the Cory tribute and the differentiation between Lima and NYC. Especially since the seniors are graduating so early in the season! Also… DEMI. LOVATO!
New Girl (Sept 17, Fox): After Jess and Nick finally got together I’m super ecstatic to see how the show handles such a popular relationship. The pair have been teasing us for too long to not have a proper storyline!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sept 24, ABC): I’ve never been so shocked to see a spin-off series come to television. This is THE Marvel here! Although this isn’t of my favourite genre, I know that I’m gonna be hooked onto this show this TV season!
Grey’s Anatomy (Sept 26, ABC): I can’t wait to see Mer’s reaction to Webber’s death, as he’s been such an important father figure to her. Of course, Jackson and April have me on the edge of my seat too. I am so ready for that telly.
Parenthood (Sept 26, NBC): Even though this show is on the bubble every season, the characters just warm my heart. Last season wrapped with Ryan and Amber looking at engagement rings, and Hank and Sarah’s relationship hanging in the balance with his move to Minnesota. I’m rooting for both couples to last!
Mom (Sept 23, CBS): There’s just something about single parents on TV that cracks me up. Plus, Anna Faris and Allison Janney together promises to be hilarious.
Which new and returning shows have you counting the days until fall? Join us this year as we kick off the new season and share your thoughts in the comments below!