This year, fall seems to have snuck up on me. I know that we’re not quite there yet, but the mornings are growing chilly, and I imagine it will only be a few more weeks before I trade my TOMS for moccasins and then those for boots. I hadn’t even begun to think about the upcoming TV season until Sarah visited from Orlando, and we started discussing our hopes for old favorites like Once and the hype around some new ones. (I’m lookin’ at you, Scream Queens!)
Most of the shows that I’m most looking forward to are newbies, but just because a show isn’t on this list doesn’t mean I’ve given up on it for good. New Girl, I promise to catch up on last season soon; The Blacklist, if I’m being honest, I’m a little over you, but Spencer’s still invested, so I’ll be tuning in; and SNL, you know I’ll never abandon you.
Now on to the shows I’ll be watching this fall, new and old.
1. Fear the Walking Dead – Sunday, August 23 @ 9 pm
Okay, so technically this one already started, but I still wanted to include it in this list. So far all I know is that it’s supposed to be the story of what happens in the U.S. during the time when Rick is in a coma in the first episode of The Walking Dead. I’m hoping it will give a little more insight into the things that I’ve been waiting for from the original series — how did the zombie apocalypse begin, what’s causing it, are there any parts of civilization that haven’t fallen to it. In Spencer’s opinion, they won’t include that kind of important information in a six-week miniseries if they haven’t shown it in the original, but the first episode wasn’t bad, so I’m holding out hope.
2. Doctor Who – Saturday, September 19 @ 9 pm
Oh how I’ve missed Doctor Who. First of all, Peter Capaldi definitely grew on me last season, and I have no doubt he’ll continue to do so… with Clara by his side! I was so happy to find that she wasn’t leaving the show yet; it just didn’t feel like her time was up. The Comic Con teasers and official previews have brought up all sorts of questions — Missy, new creatures, Arya Stark?! I’m thoroughly ready for some answers.
3. Blindspot– Monday, September 21 @10 pm
I hadn’t seen a thing about this show until I went scouting for new shows to watch this fall, but so far this one seems like it will be a frontrunner. A possibly Special Ops woman with no memory and a bunch of tattoos who is dropped naked in Times Square and has to help a special agent figure out what happened to her? It sounds awesome. I’m just hoping it won’t be one of those predictable cop shows. It looks like it has definite potential.
4. Scream Queens – Tuesday, September 22 @ 8 pm
From the creators of Glee and American Horror Story, a show about a stuck-up sorority with a haunting past is born. First of all, they’ve pulled together a great cast, which is enough to make me want to watch. But I also think that everything Ryan Murphy touches is gold, and you know they’ll be all sorts of over-the-top scenarios that only former sorority women will truly understand. I’m sure Spencer won’t care to watch it with me, but I’ll be tuning into Scream Queens this fall.
5. Once Upon a Time – Sunday, September 27 @ 8 pm
This show never ceases to amaze me with its ability to reinvent itself. Seriously, I think back on the first season, and it’s completely different from any of the others. Last year’s forays into Frozen territory were some of the best storyline combining that they’ve done, and I’m sure that bringing in Merida from Brave will be handled equally well. Plus Dark Emma?! What will Hook do? How will Regina cope with all that guilt? Will Charming and Snow ever stop being so naïve and useless because I feel like they weren’t like this before? Hopefully all these questions and more will be answered this season!
6. iZombie – Tuesday, October 6 @ 9 pm
I started watching this show last season by accident; it was featured on Hulu Plus, I double-clicked, and the rest is history. I know that we’re probably all getting a little over the zombie craze, but I will say that this show is so much more than that. Rose McIver is wonderful, the writing is great, and I love the concept — girl eats brains to keep from becoming a full-on zombie, steals the dead person’s memories, and helps solve their murders. It’s pretty genius, and the character dynamics are wonderful. Do yourself a favor and check out this show before the new season!
7. Supergirl – Monday, October 26 @ 8:30 pm
If I’m almost over the zombie craze, I am over the superhero one. But, if CBS is going to do what no one else has done and give us a completely girl power, female-driven superhero show, then I’m going to at least give it a chance. Plus Melissa Benoist is great, and I wish I could’ve enjoyed her seasons of Glee.