Fall TV: Wednesdays
Once again, I’m here to give you, dear four readers, the scoop on what to watch and what to skip in the upcoming months.
Wednesdays are pretty easy, because of the four new shows on, only one actually looks decent!
The first, Back in the Game, is on ABC at 8:30/7:30c after The Middle. Terry Gannon is a recent divorcee/single mom who moves back home with her emotionally distant, somewhat alcoholic father, Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, an ex-baseball player. She played as well, and now her son wants to give it a try. Unfortunately, since she wanted to distance herself from the game (and her father), she evidently never really taught her son the basics, so he sucks. He ends up not making the team, but she and a new friend decide to fund and coach the B team, the ragtag misfits.
NOTEABLE FACES: Maggie Lawson, as Terry the mom (I’m psych-ed (ha) to see her in a starring role rather than supporting role), James Caan doing his thing as The Cannon, Lenora Crichlow from BBC’s Being Human as Terry’s new BFF, and Ben Koldyke (Don, Robin’s ex-boyfriend and co-worker from HIMYM) as the dick dad, Dick, who coaches the A-team.
Pilot available on Hulu.
UP AGAINST: Survivor (CBS), Arrow (The CW), The X Factor (FOX), Revolution (NBC)
Later on ABC, at 9:30/8:30c, is Super Fun Night, after Modern Family. Kimmie and her two BFFs have always strived to have the most awesome Friday nights together, without ever going out. All that changes, though, when Kimime gets a promotion and has to go out to a club to schmooze or something like that. Her BFFs stick with her, but of course are crazy socially awkward. It looks AWFUL. The jokes fall flat, and…
NOTABLE FACES: Rebel Wilson’s Kimmie, an American girl, is not funny one bit, and has one of the worst American accents ever. The only other face I recognize is Liza Lapira, who rocked in Traffic Light and was woefully underused on Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23.
It’s up against a new show on The CW, The Tomorrow People (9/8c). It’s about people with special abilities being hunted by a paramilitary group. There really no one I know in it, nor could I even make it through the trailer.
NOTABLE FACES: The name Stephen Amell sounds familiar, but I don’t care enough to IMDB; I think Aaron Yoo played Tibby’s boyfriend on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (Again, don’t care enough to IMDB.)
UP AGAINST: Besides each other, obviously- Criminal Minds (CBS), The X Factor (FOX), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Finally, in the 10/9c slot is a remake of the old drama Ironside on NBC, about a paraplegic cop in NYC, who in real life would be on desk duty, but in the fictional world is still in the field. Again, I could barely make it through the trailer. It just looks bland.
NOTABLE FACES: Hottie Blair Underwood plays the cop; Brent Sexton (Life), and Spencer Grammar (Greek)
UP AGAINST: Nashville (ABC), CSI (CBS), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (FXX), South Park (Comedy Central), Top Chef (Bravo), American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
The Middle/Back in the Game (ABC, both premiere on 9/25)
Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS, premieres on 9/18)
Arrow (The CW, premieres on 10/9)
The X Factor (FOX, premieres on 9/11)
Revolution (NBC, premieres on 9/25)
Modern Family/Super Fun Night (ABC, premiere on 9/25 & 10/1, respectively)
Criminal Minds (CBS, premieres on 9/25)
The Tomorrow People (The CW, premieres on 10/9)
The X Factor (FOX, premieres on 9/11)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC, premieres on 9/25)
Nasvhille (ABC, premieres on 9/25)
CSI (CBS, premieres on 9/25)
Ironside (NBC, premieres on 10/2)
It’s Always Sunny/The League (FXX, premieres on 9/4)
South Park (Comedy Central, premieres on 9/25)
Top Chef (Bravo, premieres on 10/2)
American Horror Story: Coven (FX, premieres on 10/9)