Fall TV is back, and there goes your work ethic
The great philosopher Homer Simpson once said, “The answers to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle. They’re on TV!” This new Spectrum series will endeavour to keep you up-to-date on all things television for those times when your friends Vladimir and Jack Daniels let you down. Check back here each week for viewing recommendations, reviews, and drinking games.
The end of summer not only means the start of a new school year, but also the start of the fall television season. This fall, there are approximately 30 new shows premiering, and let’s be honest, who at Columbia has time to watch all 30? Luckily, I have previewed several of the new shows and picked out a few I think will be worth putting down your Lit-Hum/CC reading to watch.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: FOX’s new workplace police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” marks SNL veteran Andy Samberg’s return to the idiot box after departing NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 2012. Goofy and fun-loving detective Jake Peralta (Samberg), along with the rest of his squad, must adjust to the precinct’s new tightly wound Captain, played by Andre Braugher. While Samberg and Braugher stand-out in the pilot, each member of the supporting cast, especially stand-up comedian Chelsea Peretti, has at least one hilarious moment.
Premieres Sep. 17 at 8:30 p.m. on FOX.
“The Blacklist”: The ever-struggling peacock network’s most promising new show is the “The Blacklist.” “The Office” alum James Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Redington, an FBI fugitive who surrenders himself to the FBI and offers to help them track down a list of criminals he has cultivated for over twenty years—a list which he has taken to calling the “blacklist” because “it sounds exciting.” Reddington’s skills and expertise come with one, albeit puzzling, condition, i.e. he will only work with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone of “Law and Order: LA”). Spader’s performance is a highlight in the show’s solid pilot and will help you forget his time as the overly creepy Robert California in “The Office.”
Premieres Sep. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
“The Michael J. Fox Show”: Fresh off a great run of guest appearances on CBS’s “The Good Wife,”Michael J. Fox fronts this new sitcom. Fox stars as Michael Henry, a famed news anchor who quit his job when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Now five years later, Michael’s family has now grown tired of all of they are receiving from Michael, thus, his wife, Annie (“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt) conspires with Michael’s former boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce) to get Michael back on air. This pilot surprised me in how well it toed the line between tolerably heartwarming and cheesy, while at the same time dealing with Parkinson’s in a funny, yet tasteful manner.
Premieres Sep. 26 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
“The Crazy Ones”: Academy Award Winner Robin Williams returns to television as Simon Roberts in this David E. Kelly (“Boston Legal”) workplace comedy. Simon Roberts is the owner of a Chicago ad agency, which he now runs with his daughter Sydney, played by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Sarah Michelle. In the pilot, Simon and Sydney try to stop McDonalds, their biggest client, from jumping ship. The pilot delivers many laughs and is worth watching if only for Kelly Clarkson’s hilarious guest starring role (#stuntcasting).
Premieres Sep. 26 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
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