UPDATED 9/12/2013 - New shows available online from Fox and NBC
It is less than a month until Fall TV really kicks into gear. If you are like me, then you like to watch at least the pilot episode of every new TV show. And believe me, it is a lot of work. Not the hard kind of work - but that type of work that is incredibly fun, yet it takes a long time. If you are not like me, then you are lucky. You can just wait for the reviews to come in, and then watch whatever looks like it has a chance of making it.
Either way, here are three ways you can start preparing yourself for Fall TV now.
1. Do Your Research
Watching all of the fall pilots takes a lot of organization, scheduling, and research. Many pop-culture websites have already provided comprehensive lists of premiere dates and show descriptions, so I want try to match what they have already done. My favorite list comes from IGN. Not only does it provide a comprehensive list of premiere dates, it also provides pretty good blurbs about each show.
Another good option is from TVLine. It doesn't have show descriptions as part of the same article, but it does provide a nice calendar. The calendar starts September 8th and doesn't end until October 25th, making this a great scheduling tool.
If you aren't interested in watching all new shows, you can find several lists of most anticipated shows. In fact, my last blog post is a list of MY most anticipated shows. Here is another from TV.com. Here is a Ranker list, which surprisingly puts Dracula before Shield. Personally, I don't think that list is very good, but who knows?
2. Catch Up
If you are only watching pilots, don't worry, there isn't anything to catch up on. But several of the most popular shows on TV have full seasons available on Netflix. So if you want to have something to talk about around the water-cooler, then maybe now is the time to catch up on some of the hottest shows. Then, you'll be able to watch the premieres along with everyone else.
Here is a list of shows available on Netflix, and why you should consider watching them:
Once Upon A Time
Why Watch? For one, this show is pretty amazing. The evil queen has transported Storybrook to modern day Maine, and you watch the story unfold through real-time and flashbacks. But there is a second, and almost more important, reason to watch. A sort-of spin-off is going to air this year as well. It's called Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, and it also looks fantastic.
I jumped on the Vampire Diaries bandwagon rather reluctantly about 6 months ago. But, let me tell you, I have not regretted it. For those of you that think it is just another Twilight, you are wrong. For starters, the acting is about 10 times better. The story line is also more interesting and darker.
And, like Once Upon A Time, it is getting a spin-off in the Originals, which is on many people's most anticipated shows list. So give it a shot; it is pretty addicting.
I think that this show is one of the most underrated TV shows. Although it is a time commitment to catch up, the premiere doesn't air until the end of October, so there is plenty of time! The relationship between Neil and Peter is always entertaining, and last season was a real game changer. Warning: it may make you want to be an FBI agent.
Revolution is a good show to catch up on because it is only one season long. Thus, the time commitment is fairly small. This show was a genuine hit for NBC last year (probably their only hit). It was aided by having The Voice as a lead in, which it won't have this year. It will be interesting to see whether this show can keep its audience.
There are many, many more available on Netflix. These are just some of my suggestions.
A good way to make sure that you can see all of the pilots is to pre-game some of them. Despite the fact that the episodes haven't aired yet, networks (ABC in particular) are starting to post pilots online.
Here are some that are already available:
- The Goldbergs, ABC
- Trophy Wife, ABC
- Back in the Game, ABC
- Ironside, NBC
- Welcome to the Family, NBC
- The Mindy Project, Fox (though technically not a pilot, it is the season two premiere, and it is excellent)
And just keep your eyes peeled for more to be posted soon! I will update when I find more.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.