6 Shows We’re Psyched About For Fall!

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 11, 2013

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.

1. “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET):I geek out a bit over comic books and am always mildly hopeful when they’re brought to the small screen. I stuck around for a few seasons of “Smallville” before it started to drag. I dig shows about superheroes as well, and faithfully watched “Heroes” until the bitter end. I still Google “Alphas” on occasion in hopes that SyFy will bring it back. With a strong cast and a toe in a popular movie franchise, I’m hopeful that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will stick around, but after the cancellation of things like SyFy’s “Alphas”? I try not to get too excited for quality sci-fi type shows lasting too long. However, I’m excited to see that ABC has done a decent job of having a diverse cast with a strong female presence – not always the norm when it comes to this genre. But, Joss Whedon (of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog” fame) is one of the executive producers, so that gives me hope for both quality and longevity.

2. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET): Am I the only one left watching the original “Once Upon A Time?” I’m a sucker for fairy tale/real world crossovers (Anyone else remember “The Charmings”?). And one with a cast of strong, intelligent women? Sign me up! “Once Upon A Time” had such promise. Then it just went in all sorts of directions and felt like it lost its plot, unfortunately. Does that mean I’ll stop watching? Probably not. I’ll also most likely start watching its spinoff which takes place in the realm of Alice in Wonderland. John Lithgow voicing the White Rabbit? Yes, please. Barbara Hershey rumored to reprise her role as the Queen of Hearts from “Once Upon a Time”? Definitely! She was one of the characters that kept me tuning in. Naveen Andrews as Jafar? All the yes’s in the world for Naveen, but I have no idea how a character from Aladdin ended up here. I’m not 100 percent in love with this show, but I’ll be giving it a chance. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

3. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET):If there’s something TV doesn’t really need anymore of, it’s cop shows. But that’s not going to stop me from watching Andy Samberg’s new venture post-“Saturday Night Live.” It also stars Andre Braugher, and really, who can get enough of him? Not this gal. I have a feeling this one might not last long, but I really want them to prove me wrong. Keep the comedy smart and the shtick to a minimum and we’ll be golden. As for shows coming back this fall:

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.