You’re busy studying for midterms and staying on top of your research projects – but surely you’ve got a little time to keep up with what’s going on in the fall TV schedule. Even the most diligent student needs a break now and then, and tuning in to a little TV not only lets you turn off your brain for a little while, it helps you keep up with what other students – or your professors, who aren’t immune to the TV bug – are talking about in the dining hall. Whether you’re looking forward to new shows – like The Blacklist or Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, are excited to tune into an old favorite – like How I Met Your Mother or The Voice, or are just tickled that The Colbert Report is finally among the Emmy winners, here are some shows you need to know about.
Two of the hot new shows that critics are calling highly anticipated are Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and The Blacklist on NBC. The Blacklist centers around former FBI agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, who became a criminal mastermind, and has now turned himself in, promising to aid the FBI in capturing a “blacklist” of the most dangerous criminals in the world. But he’ll only speak to one agent: rookie Elizabeth Keen, who might be his long-lost daughter. Roth Cornet of IGN reviewed the pilot in “Hello, Clarice – Kinda” on September 23, 2013, and praised James Spader’s portrayal of Red, writing, “Spader chews up every bit of the scenery he comes into contact with, as the rest of the cast races to keep up with him; which, ultimately, feels just as it should be.”
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has a lot of expectations to live up to as well: it’s the new Joss Whedon show, giving it cult appeal for Whedonites, but it’s also a tie-in to one of the most successful movie franchises in history. The Avengers broke 28 all-time box office records, and the return of Agent Coulson, supposedly killed in the film, has fans of the movie buzzing. Can the show live up to the hype? In “Watch the full length trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Blair Mandell, writing for Crave Online on the show’s debut day, September 24, 2013, was hopeful: “after months of anticipation,” she commented, “S.H.I.E.L.D. Day has finally arrived.”
Other new shows to keep an eye out for?
- The Tomorrow People on CW
- Dracula on NBC
- Almost Human on FOX
- Mob City on TNT
The Voice is back in its fifth season, and with a return of the original judges: Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera. Having the original foursome back reminded audiences of the show’s original chemistry, and also prompted Levine to compare them to the Beatles. They’re not as fab as the Fab Four, but they did bring in the ratings with their performance of “I Love Rock and Roll” – and with the new talent they showcased. Highlight performance? Matthew Schuler’s rendition of “Cough Syrup,” which had the judges fighting over who’d get to be his coach. (He chose Christina.)
Fans are eager to see just how Ted finally got together with his kids’ mother in the final season of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Now that Barney and Robin are getting hitched, and The Mother has finally been introduced, the show seems geared for a strong final season. According to a CBS News review of the show by Lauren Moraski in “’How I Met Your Mother’ recap: The Mother speaks,” posted on September 24, 2013, the interplay between actors Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti was strong, making it “easy to see how this romance will start to take off in the episodes to come.”
Other anticipated returning shows:
- Castle on ABC
- 2 Broke Girls on CBS
- The Colbert Report on Comedy Central (which just one its first Emmy)
- The Big Bang Theory on CBS, featuring Emmy winner Jim Parsons
Not so into television, but you want to indulge in visual media? Check out some original series made for the Internet. Creative Arts Emmy-winning The Lizzie Bennett Diaries by Pemberley Digital is a modern day Pride and Prejudice. The show is soon to be available on DVD, due to a Kickstarter that beat its goal by more than $400,000, but you can still watch it at The Lizzie Bennett Diaries website.
Other webisodes to consider:
- The Guild, now in its sixth season
- Dragon Age: Redemption, a webisode tie in to the BioWare game
- Welcome to Sanditon, another Jane Austen adaptation by Pemberley Digital
What shows are you looking forward to this season? Tell us in the comments!