September 29, 2012

Beyond Premiere Week 2012

Happy weekend, friends! Have you been enjoying the new shows so far? How about your old favorites? Life—blog life, that is—goes back to normal next week. (And I've got some good things in store!) There are some good premieres coming up in October, however, so you'll have to allow me this one last (quite long) Premiere Week post.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 30:

Call the Midwife 7–8 p.m. (PBS)

The plot follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee and the work of midwives and the nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent, coping with the medical problems in a deprived area of East London in the 1950s. (via)

I really enjoy Downton Abbey, and the fact that this takes place around the same time period and was also created by the BBC makes me think good things. Miranda Hart—who played the wonderfully awkward Teal on Hyperdrive—is also in the show, so it's definitely worth at least a first watch.

Once Upon a Time 7–8 p.m. (ABC)

Although I had reservations at first—I felt for a long while like the show would have been better as a miniseries à la 10th Kingdom—I fell pretty hard for this show by the end of its first season. I am so glad the showrunners didn't drag out the "spell" past the end of the first season; it really opens up what they'll be able to do with the storyline. I'm looking forward to seeing more magic, more rebelling against the Queen, and more familiar and well-loved characters during the second season.

Tuesday, Oct. 2:

Hart of Dixie 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

Hart of Dixie is another of those shows I probably should be a bit embarrassed about loving, but I suppose I could say that about most all CW shows. (They're total guilty pleasures I'm actually not all that guilty about.) I adore the cast of this show, and I love the ridiculous situations they find themselves in. And I cannot wait to see how Zoe deals with the situation she found herself in the season finale.

Wednesday, Oct. 3:

Supernatural 8–9 p.m. (The CW)

I couldn't find a promo photo from Season 8, so this bit of brotherly love will have to do.
Oh Winchesters, how I have missed you! I am so excited for the new season. After watching all six series in quick succession last summer, Supernatural has become one of my most favorite shows of all time. Season 7 was a bit slow at points, but with the promise of a "return to what worked before," I hope that season 8 won't let us down. Also, powers that be, please bring back normal Cas.

Wednesday, Oct. 10:

Arrow 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow—a vigilante—to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society and restore Starling City to its former glory. (via)

Superheros and bad TV—two of my absolute favorite things. I'm not familiar with the Green Arrow mythos, but I figure I could easily get on board if the show's decent. The CW's got a pretty good track record with their superheros, too, so I'll give it a shot.

Thursday, Oct. 11:

The Vampire Diaries 7–8 p.m. (The CW)

Due to scheduling conflicts and DVR issues last year, I ended up not watching much of Vampire Diaries' season 3. I know the big plot points, and the surprise of the season finale, so, once I catch up thanks to Netflix, I will start this series up once again.

Beauty and the Beast 8–9 p.m. (The CW)

Catherine “Cat” Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, who is haunted by her own tragic past. When she was a teenager, Cat witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Cat would have been killed too, but someone—or something—saved her. (via)

I've long been a fan of modern-day reboots of classic stories, so I'm interested to see how the CW puts its spin on this story I love so much. I don't quite get the way this Vincent/Beast looks (a.k.a., totally human), but I've read—spoiler alert!—that it's a werewolf sort of transformation. I suppose I can get behind that.

Sunday, Oct. 14:

The Walking Dead 8–9 p.m. (A&E)

I still haven't decided whether I'm actually going to watch the third season of this show. I was sorely disappointed with the last season, and most of the choices the characters made each episode made me want to scream. I'm intrigued by the move to the prison, though, and the characters of the Governor and Michonne. We'll see. (I probably just need to finish reading what's available of the graphic novels, actually, so I can find out what's canon.)

Friday, Oct. 19:

Community 7:30–8 p.m. (NBC)

I remember more than a few of you telling me last year that I should watch this show. When Colt and I were (somewhat forcibly) loaned the first season, we were sucked in, and now, our lives are so much fuller because of it. Six seasons and a movie, friends. We're on our way.


And, skipping ahead a few months now—new shows coming up midseason (probably sometime in the spring, if schedules don't change) that look interesting include:
  • 1600 Penn (NBC)—Bill Pullman plays the president on this show, about "a dysfunctional family living in the White House." (via) Bill Pullman plays one of the best fictional presidents of all time in Independence Day, so I'm inclined to watch any show on which he plays a similar role. Trailer
  • Do No Harm (NBC)—This retelling of the Jekyll/Hyde story will "focus on Dr. Jason Cole, a successful neurosurgeon with a secret." (via) Trailer
  • The Following (FOX)—A new crime drama with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, this series "follows an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers." (via) Trailer
  • Hannibal (NBC)—Hugh Dancy stars in this new look at a familiar tale, which, in this version, will focus on the budding relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. (via)
  • Zero Hour (ABC)—The plot of this show is described thusly: "As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is logic is the compass. But when his beautiful wife, Laila, is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries." Sounds very DaVinci Code-esque, right? Fictionalized historical conspiracies are always interesting. (via) Trailer

Do let me know if I've left anything out?


  1. i watched elementary last night and it's not completely horrible. but i'm still not entirely sure i can get behind it.
    you skipped the most important part about the arrow.. john barrowman!! pretty much the only reason i (and my inlaws) will be trying it out.
    horray supernatural! start already (and seriously with the normal cas!!)
    i also like heart of dixie- no shame
    i'm not sure about beauty and the beast either. cause in the ads he has the scar and also has yellow eyes and i keep thinking to myself- there is nothing wrong with him that some colored contacts and bio-oil wouldn't cure. so i'm glad to hear that there is more to it.

    1. I agree on that Elementary isn't horrible. I'm going to keep watching to see where it goes. And I CANNOT wait for Wednesday.

  2. You'll have to let me know how Arrow and Beauty & the Beast are, as I am intrigued, but already have so many shows to watch, that I won't bother unless I know it's worth trying the first episode. ;)

    1. I already have too many as well, haha! But I will definitely let you know.

  3. Arrow is something I'm looking forward to, and if the number of hits it has been getting on my pinterest account are any indicator then I'm not alone.

    Once Upon a Time ended in such an interesting spot, I can't help but want to see what comes next.

    One you didn't mention is American Horror Story. Looks like same-ish cast as last time but with a completely new story. I'm interested in that alternative storytelling process at the very least.

    1. Yes, it seems like a lot of Green Arrow "nerds" are getting behind the show, which means good things (at least, to start).

      And I actually didn't watch American Horror Story last season, but the idea of the same cast/different story does intrigue me. I might need to catch up.

  4. I gave up on Hart of Dixie because it was just getting too silly. Are you saying I should have stuck with it!? Ah, Beauty and the Beast. I remember watching the 80s show. When beasts still looked like beasts!

    1. Oh, no. It was still totally silly. But I couldn't help myself—I just had to keep watching. And I totally flip-flopped from start to finish on who I wanted her to be with. I started with George, but by the end of the season, I was totally Team Wade.