This fall has brought at least 30 new shows to TV’s across America, all vying to be this year’s “#1 New Show.” Some have garnered more attention and praise than others, but each new show has had a fairly good start when compared to last year’s TV fail.
If you’re looking for a new TV obsession, check out these six shows or any of the myriad of new shows that have premiered in the past couple of weeks.
How To Get Away With Murder:
TGIT! Rounding out ABC’s “ShondaLand” Thursday nights is the newest drama from the creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” “How To Get Away With Murder” revolves around attorney/law professor Annalise Keating and the ambitious students she picks to work for her firm. It has everything “Scandal” and “Grey’s” have, plus a whole lot more. There’s sex, mystery, murder, and superb casting. Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating and is a great companion to the public relations powerhouse, Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope. The show premiered to over 14.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched show for the night on any network. This show is in no danger of being canceled anytime soon and if Shonda Rhimes’ track record is any indication, we will see another season of How To Get Away With Murder. Click here to watch the pilot episode on Hulu and tune in every Thursday at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Red Band Society:
Fox’s new Steven Spielberg-produced dramedy about kids living in a Los Angeles hospital has been getting mixed reviews from critics, but I still have high hopes for this show. Narrated by a young boy in a coma, Red Band Society focuses on the lives of teens battling various diseases and the staff that mentors and cares for them every day. It’s inspiring, heartfelt, funny and it’s relatable on much deeper levels than one might think initially. Unfortunately, the show doesn’t seem to be faring too well in the ratings department (it premiered to just 4.1 million viewers), but there is a great deal of positive feedback on the web and these viewers seem to love the show. Currently an underdog, the show needs to pick up steam and defy its disappointing start to stick around for at least one full season. Watch the first three episodes here and tune in on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Taking over the coveted post-“Modern Family” time slot, “Black-ish” is this season’s most anticipated new comedy. Anthony Anderson plays a successful African American l businessman living in a predominately white neighborhood and town with his family. Joined by co-star and comedian Tracy Ellis Ross, the show touches on a lot of issues that upper middle-class black families deal with every day. It premiered to over 11 million viewers and, impressively, much of “Modern Family’s” audience stuck around to watch the pilot episode. If this keeps happening every week, there is a good chance Black-ish could be the new permanent companion to Modern Family. Watch the pilot episode of Black-ish here and it is on every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
Batman fans will love this new show about Detective James Gordon’s rise to the top of the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department. The pilot episode started off showing the famous murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents and how rookie detective Gordon worked to solve the case. This show is the perfect prequel for fans who always wondered what Gotham was like before Batman arrived. It’s action packed and we get to meet Batman’s biggest rivals before they become the villains. The pilot episode had a respectable viewership, with just over 8.2 million people tuning in. Considering the intense competition, Gotham has to go up against every week (The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, and Monday Night Football), 8.2 million viewers is a very strong start indeed. Fox is usually pretty stingy with which shows they keep around but if the show can hold on to a solid fan base, we can continue to see more. Check out the first three episodes on Hulu and Gotham airs every Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Continuing with the comic book theme, the CW’s newest superhero gets his own TV show. Following the success of the other comic book series on the CW, Arrow, The Flash follows the young scientist Barry Allen after he is struck by lightning and awakens to find he now has the gift of super-speed.The show does a good job of doing small cross overs with Arrow, and Barry Allen has done an excellent job with playing the superhero role. The series premiere ended up becoming The CW’s most watched and highest rated series premiere since 2009 when The Vampire Diaries premiered. Hopefully this show can follow its promising start with a season full of entertaining, inspiring episodes and continue on the same path as “The Vampire Diaries” (its sixth season just started). The Flash airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and you can watch the series premiere on cwtv.com.
Following TV’s biggest comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Scorpion” opened to an impressive 13.83 million viewers. “Scorpion” focuses on a group of socially awkward geniuses recruited by the government to solve extremely complicated events that pose threats to the rest of the country. It’s a slightly far-fetched story line and it seems a little over the top, but each episode leaves the viewer wanting to to see how Team Scorpion is going to solve whatever national crisis that emerges each week. This is another show that has gotten mixed reviews, but if it can keep its numbers up there is no reason it shouldn’t be picked up for a full season. You can watch the first three episodes on CBS.com and watch live every Monday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
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