6 Shows We’re Psyched About For Fall!

I’ll be the first to admit it: I have really random TV watching habits. I’ve never seen “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” or “Scandal,” and I even gave up on “Breaking Bad” after ibe season. Yet, I still watch the travesty that is “True Blood,” nurture a sick fascination with all the “Real Housewives” series, and have a penchant for most shows aired on ABC Family. Consider that all fair warning before taking any TV advice from me.

Networks have been promoting their new fall line ups for a while now, drumming up anticipation before most premiere this month or next. Most new pilots look like they’ll last one season and then fizzle out. Ahem, “Super Fun Night.” As much as I really want to love a female-driven comedy, especially one helmed by Rebel Wilson, I just don’t see this one lasting. But a few new shows did manage to catch my eye. However, knowing my luck, the ones I’ll be interested in will most likely be canceled after a season or two (“Bunheads” and “Alphas,” I’m looking at you). But, there’s always hope!

So with that, I give you my short list of shows  — both new and returning— that I’m looking forward to watching this fall.

Let’s start with the newbies.

4. “Elementary” (CBS, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET): No spoilers for last season, but I do have to say that I’m not sure I loved the ending from season one. That said, I dig the relationship between Sherlock and Watson. Their smart, snarky banter is fun to watch and Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller are both pretty fantastic actors. I also appreciate how their onscreen relationship hasn’t devolved into the overplayed will they/won’t they that usually accompanies shows with two main protagonists of the opposite sex. Fingers crossed the show continues on this path. It’s an overall clever show with smart dialogue and interesting plots and they’d really have to do something stupid for me to stop watching.

5. “Top Chef” (Bravo, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET): I love any incarnation of this show. I love to eat, I enjoy cooking, and who doesn’t mind watching Padma Lakshmi or Curtis Stone talk about food for an hour? The newest season of the show will take place in New Orleans, which should make for some culinary treats. I would love to see more strong female competitors on the show — it’s a a general frustration with the gender (im)balance seen in kitchens across the country, frankly. But after some good showings from recent competitors Brooke and Kristen, I have faith we’ll see some stellar cooking chops from more women.

6. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix): What? I have to wait until 2014 for season two? Really? Ugh. Fine. I’ll just watched season one from the beginning again.

What about you? Any new shows you’re looking forward to? Old ones you can’t wait to return? Any shows I missed that I need to tune into?

 Avital Norman Nathman blogs for The Mamafesto. Follow her on Twitter.