Here are the 11 new TV shows that I’m excited to check out this fall!
I am so excited that fall is here! It’s hands down my favorite season because it means cooler temperatures while still being able to enjoy the outdoors, the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, boots with jeans, this year baby Liam and, of course, new TV shows to watch! It should come as no surprise that The Love Nerds are big pop culture geeks and therefore can’t wait for new shows to premier.
I usually spend time checking out as many of the new tv shows to watch as possible and then narrow down which make it onto my must watch list for the year. There are always the front runners shows that I have to stay up to date on week by week, the shows that Bryan and I will watch together on a free night, the shows that I have on in the background as I do some work or other projects, and those shows that I only watch when there is nothing else to watch. Are you similar? Or am I just weird?
But enough chit chat, let’s get to the list! Here are the 11 new shows this fall that I am most excited to check out. If I left something off this list that you are excited about, please tell me so I can watch it. Seriously! I want to know if I am missing some awesome entertainment.
The Good Place (NBC)
Premieres: Sept. 22 at 8:30/7:30c
What’s It About: Kristen Bell is back! She plays a woman who dies and goes to heaven (aka the Good Place) but then realizes there has been a mix-up and they have her life confused with someone else. In fact, she was a fairly terrible person when she was alive. With the help of her soul mate who is trying to teach her to be a better person, she is trying to keep the mistake a secret from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of her neighborhood in the Good Place so she can stay.
Why I’m excited: I will be honest – Kristen Bell is enough for me to watch a show. The concept is also fun and unique, so I’m looking forward to checking it out this weekend.
This is Us (NBC)
Premieres: Sept. 20 at 10/9c
What’s It About: This is Us is getting a lot of nods to Parenthood and I can see why. It has been awhile since we’ve had a poignant family drama to make us feel emotionally invested. This drama follows a few groups of people and their personal triumphs and struggles, connected by the fact that they were born on the same day. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia – with amazing chemistry – lead the way as new parents.
Why I’m excited: I can’t help it but I am a sucker for a good family drama and have definitely been missing it since Parenthood. I’m also really excited for Mandy and Milo!
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
The Designated Survivor (ABC)
Premieres: Sept. 21 at 10/9c
What’s It About: Kiefer Sutherland is back on TV, this time as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman. He is suddenly given the biggest promotion in the country and becomes president after everyone above him is killed in a terrorist attack at the State of the Union. Kirkman will have to contend with unenthusiastic advisors, attackers, a huge learning curve, and his own teens.
Why I’m excited: While I am cautious that this will end up falling flat, the premise has a lot of potential. I’m actually surprised this premise hasn’t been used in a movie or tv show before (feel free to correct me if I have missed something). Plus, as I sit here re-watching The West Wing again, maybe I am just excited to have another show taking place in the White House. Side note – I’m also excited to have Maggie Q in this because she’s awesome!
Premiers: October 2nd
What’s It About: I didn’t realize until I started looking into this show for this post that this is a remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 pleasure-robot movie. It went through a lot to actually get to the screen but it’s finally here!
Westworld is set in a not-too-distant future where people can pay $40,000 per day for access to a Wild West theme park that is filled with lifelike robots. The human patrons have no rules; they can do whatever they want to the robots. The robots have no memories or cognitive understanding of the world outside the park. However, as Westworld opens, the facade is already cracking and the town’s “girl next door” is feeling early pangs of consciousness.
Why I’m excited: You have incredible technology, the wild west, compelling characters, lots of mystery, and Anthony Hopkins. Plus, it’s a fresh story for tv, and the graphics look incredible. I’m definitely excited to see where it goes.