What I’ll be watching this 2013 TV season.

It’s is coming up on the most wonderful time of the year, season premiere season.  Gee, I feel like I’ve said that before.  But, it truly is.  All the excitement of the fresh new shows.  The return of your old favourites and maybe some new ones you’ve picked up in the off season.

You wonder which shows to include in your viewing schedule?  Which ones you should by-pass?  And which ones you will leave until the off season or until recommendations from your other friends who are just addicted to TV as you?

We can’t watch them all and we definitely can’t PVR (DVR) them all.  So what to do?  Well, I’ve put together my choices for new shows that I’ll be giving a chance, at least at the beginning, this season.  Would love to know what yours are.

This TV season looks like the theme is the return of favourite actors from days gone by.  From Robin Williams to Michael J. Fox to Allison Janney and more.  With great credentials like these actors have and memories of how they made me laugh before, I will give their shows a chance.

The new show Mom with Allison Janney, who I love in comedic roles, and the hilarious Anna Faris is definitely on my list.  Really looking forward to this one based on the previews and the cast.


The cast of The Crazy Ones brings together a few old favourites.  Some that go much further back than others.  Back to the days of Nanu Nanu.  Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Hamish Linklater, who I loved in the The New Adventures of Old Christine.


Taking a bit of a break from comedy, I’m thinking that I will give Hostages a chance, thanks to the great casting which includes the awesome Toni Collette.


Really, I don’t have to say much more than Michael J. Fox.  The Michael J. Fox Show is near the top of list for me this season.


As the season of favourite actors from years gone by continues, up comes Sean Saves the World with the hilarious Sean Hayes and the one and only Linda Lavin who played Alice in one of my childhood favs, Alice.  Kiss my Grits!


I’m liking the cast of Trophy Wife, as another West Wing actor returns to TV, Bradley Whitford, plus the funny Malin Ackerman and straight shooter Marsha Gay Harden along with a few others.  This one has some potential I think.


What are you all thinking of this new James Caan comedy, Back in the Game?  Are you going to give it a try?  I like him and the kids look like they’ll be funny.  The cast looks like it’s got some funny characters.  I’ll give it a whirl, at least the first week or two.


I’m not 100% sure about this choice, but as a lover of the sarcasm of James Spader from his Boston Legal days (one of the best shows), I’m considering this show, The Black List, on a very trial basis.


So I ask this again, what are you thinking about watching this season?  Would love to know and as the season begins tell me how you are feeling about the shows you’re watching and tell me what I might be missing out on.

Happy TV watching!


Your One Stop for TV Premiere Season 2011

Yes folks, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time for new (non-reality) TV shows to start. I’m so glad that summer is behind us for that reason.

There is a great crop this year.  Or that’s what I think.  This season sees quite a few great female lead sitcoms, some interesting fantasy and of course crime and medical dramas. But, this is the season of female leads in all genres.

I’ve put together a summary of most of the upcoming shows.  Instead of having to hit all the network sites, it’s all here in one place with a bit of my commentary.  There is quite a few, so set aside some time to enjoy this.  And for many of you, I know that you understand the importance of this most wonderful time of the year.  Also, please comment with any shows and previews I might have missed and what shows you are looking forward to.  Enjoy!


2 Broke Girls – CBS/CityTV Monday Sept. 19 – 9:30pm
Did you love “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and Kat Dennings who played Norah? Her sarcasm was incredible. She’s the co-lead in her own sitcom now. Just one of the great new female lead sitcoms. Check out this preview. I think that you will like it. I’ve put it on my must see list.

How to be a Gentlemen– CBS/Global – Thurs. Sept. 29 – 8:30pm
Not really sold on this one yet.  Quite a cast with Dave Foley and Kevin Dillion.  But don’t really know the lead.  Might give this one a try, but will have to see what options there are.

Free Agents – NBC/CTV – Wed. Sept. 14th at 10:30pm
Hank Azaria we haven’t seen on network TV in a while.  This concept looks like it might be fun and it has a great supporting cast. To me it seems a little Crazy Stupid Love like, but the Ryan Gosling character is now a women who the lead is sleeping with. Where will it go?  And just as an aside and a useless piece of trivia, the boss in this show did a love series through commercials for Taster’s Choice years ago.

Up All Night – NBC/CTV2 – Wed. Sept. 14th – 10pm
Impressive cast. Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph. I’m a big fan of the ladies in this show. They are great comedic actors. Will Arnett I haven’t really liked in anything since Arrested Development, but this potentially looks like a good fit for him. I think that this one is on the list.

Whitney – NBC/CTV – Thursday Sept. 22nd – 9:30pm
I don’t know the actors in this show, but I’m assuming that Whitney Cummings is a famous comedian. I do like what I see. Lots of sarcasm. Exactly my style. And another great female lead sitcom.

Last Man Standing – ABC/CityTV – Tuesday Oct. 11 – 8pm
Tim Allen is back. But this time he’s in a house full of women. A Man’s man trying to stay that way around all the women. Should be funny. Hilarity might ensue. We’ll see.

Man Up – ABC/CTV2 – Tuesday Oct. 18 – 8:30pm
Not sure about this one. I do like the female cast in this one. Don’t really know the men. You make the call.

Suburgatory – ABC/CityTV – Wednesday Sept. 28 – 8:30pm
Undecided about this one also. But I do like Cheryl Hines. She will add some good comedy to this one.

Allen Gregory – FOX/Global – Sunday Oct. 30 -8:30pm
I don’t normally like the various cartoons on FOX, but I do love Jonah Hill, so I will give this one about a pretentious 7 year old a try.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter – FOX/Global
Not sure where the funny is. Get back to me if you find it.

New Girl – FOX/CityTV – Tuesday Sept. 20 – 9pm
Zooey Deschanel. That’s all I need. She’s hilarious. They’ve been hyping this for a while. Hope that it’s worth the hype. It just might be.


A Gifted Man – CBS/Global Friday Sept. 23 – 8pm
Had never heard of this show before I watched this preview, but by the end it seemed like a unique show that might have potential. Now it’s on Friday nights, so it will be tough for them. But, they might get those that commit on a Friday night to this, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. A little medical drama before the cops take over.

Person of Interest – CBS/CityTV – Thursday Sept. 22 – 9pm
JJ Abrams is teaming up with our favourite bad guy from LOST, Michael Emerson. This one has a lot of potential and helps to fill holes that have been made by shows the loss of many shows like LOST.

The Playboy Club – NBC/CityTV – Monday Sept. 19 – 10pm
Mad Men meets…help me out here.  Not sure what, but why not play off the popularity of the 60s era shows.  We’ll see about this one also.  Could be some interesting stories around the various Bunnies.

Prime Suspect – NBC/Global – Thursday Sept. 22 – 9pm
Woman detective in the all boys club of the NYPD. Fighting the battle to prove herself. Have we seen this before? Probably. Will be see it again? Probably. But the lead in this Maria Bello has a nice hard edge to her. And Aidan Quinn is great part of this cast with some other recognizable “cop” type actors.

Charlie’s Angels – ABC/CTV – Thursday Sept. 22 – 8pm
Being a big fan of the original series in the 70s/80s and also a fan of the movies, I’m just not sure I’ll be able to do this one. Drew Barrymore is the Exec. Prod. of the show, so it should be pretty good. And they’ve done a great job finding a fairly close match to John Forsythe for the voice of Charlie. But, really, it will be your call.  And tell me about it.  Plus it will be up against a lot of great Thursday night comedies for me.

Pan Am – ABC/CTV – Sunday Sept. 25 – 10pm
Remember when air travel was classy.  Well most of us don’t, but this show will remind us of it. Pan Am seems like an interesting look at the ladies, “Stewardess’” and what they get up to. I imagine there will be some great period music and Mad Men type style. Will definitely be checking this one out.

Revenge – ABC/CityTV – Wednesday Sept. 21 – 10pm
I don’t get this one. But I’m intrigued. And I do like Emily Van Camp from Everwood and Brothers and Sisters fame. I need to understand what this Revenge is all about.


Grimm – NBC/CTV – Friday Oct. 21st – 9pm
Crime fighting Grimms. We all know that Fairy Tales are not the happy stories that some think they are. This show will change your view of them forever. Fairy Tale Crime Fighter with a bit of sarcasm. Might be worth it.

Once Upon a Time – ABC/CTV – Sunday Oct. 23 – 8pm
From some of the LOST creative team. Two worlds. One in the Fairy Tale world, one in the “real” world with the same characters. Interesting.

Terra Nova – FOX/CityTV – Monday Sept. 26 – 8pm
I know there are friends out there who are excited about this one. Looks like it would be a good movie (Jurassic Park), not a show. But who knows where they will go with it. If you watch it, Rica, please tell me about it.

That about sums it up for now.  Like every year at this time, I’m pretty excited about some of the new shows this season.  Plus, there are still lots of old favourites that will help to fill my viewing schedule.  I’m sure that I’ve missed a bunch of shows.  I would love if you would comment on this posting with the upcoming shows that you are interested it and a video clip so that we can all enjoy a preview.  I know that “Ringers” is on the list for some of you out.  Share your thoughts with all of us on what you are excited about.

Happy TV watching!