Since I have a late September birthday, I’ve always felt like the new season of shows was a birthday present to me. Well happy birthday to ME, because this week my DVR will be full of shows to watch. Below is everything the What’cha Reading team is excited about watching this week. Unless otherwise noted, these are all on regular TV. Forgive the repetition of dates, I just want to make sure you don’t miss anything because of my formatting!
On Saturday, 9/20 we’ve got our ever-present Doctor Who (BBCA, 9PM) and Outlander (STARZ, 9PM —this week’s wedding promises to get us over whatever trauma Black Jack Randall inflicted on our collective psyche last week).
Monday night (9/22) seems like the new “Must See TV Night” of the season with three big premieres lined up. At 8PM on Fox, we’ve got Gotham, and unless you’re living in a hole in Antarctica somewhere, you’re seen ads/commercials for this early days look at DC’s favorite city, promising us a “before they were superheroes” look at Batman, Catwoman, and the Penguin, among others. The entire What’cha Reading team has high hopes for this one.
Monday (9/22) also has the return of Sleepy Hollow on Fox at 9PM. Last season did not end well for any of the characters, and I can’t wait to see how Ichabod, Abbie, and the rest get out of their current predicaments.
At 10PM on Monday, 9/22, flip the channel over to ABC to catch Forever. I had originally hoped this would be based on the book of the same title by Pete Hamill, which is one of my favorites, but from what I’ve heard this looks more like Ioan Griffudd as an immortal of the Captain Jack Harkness variety meaning he comes back from the dead. Frequently. Bonus, ladies and gents, I’ve heard that when he comes back? He comes back nekkid. Oh, yeah. And, those sneaky people over at ABC have a trick up their sleeves. We get two new episodes of Forever this week: one Monday night, one Tuesday night (also at 10PM). If you want to jump the gun a bit and catch a sneak peek, the pilot episode is available on abc.go.com.
On Tuesday night (9/23), we have the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9PM on ABC. Last season’s reveal that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra means that newly appointed Director Coulson has a hell of a lot of rebuilding to do. Add to this the ongoing mystery of Skye’s parentage and her recent life-saving injection of some blue alien juice (from the same T.A.H.I.T.I. lab that saved Coulson when Loki killed him), and we’ve got a whole bunch of fun variables before we even start bringing in this season’s new baddies and agents. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. found its feet the middle of last season and tore off at a run from that point on, so I’m expecting that same kind of pacing and another big payoff this year. That’s what happens when you set the bar so high, Marvel!
Tuesday (9/23) also has the returning Person of Interest at 10PM on CBS. This show was a tip from a friend of mine, Regan, who explained it as “the nerdy guy from Lost is a computer genius and uses an algorithm to find misfits.” Although it’s going into its fourth season, that explanation alone has geek cred, I’ll check it out.
Wednesday night (9/24) has the second season of sentimental favorite of mine, The Goldbergs, on at 8:30PM on ABC. If you grew up in the 80s like I did, you’ll feel right at home with this family. The stories are based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s family life as he was growing up, and has plenty of references to the bad fashion, awesome music, and cheesy TV of the 80s, along with a hefty slice of technology references you are going to have to explain to anyone not of your generation (they’re not going to get trying to watch the Spice channel through the cable company’s scrambling, trust). It’s a fun and funny walk down memory lane.
So those are this week’s picks. More season premieres next week means even more TV watching. Are there any of your favorite shows that I forgot to mention? Leave me a note in the comments or give me a shout on social media…I’ll work them into a future What’cha Watchin’!