Ever since I gave up TV for Lent last year, I stopped watching many shows that I used to watch really regularly and I haven’t caught up since. (I know how Legend of Korra ends but I have no real context for it and that kills me…) Instead of catching up on all the shows I stopped watching during Lent, I just decided to go into the fall 2014 TV season with a mostly cleared plate and ready for new shows that were all great.
In addition to keeping up with the shows that will be coming back in the spring (#BringBackSelfie), I’m looking forward to a few new shows that are slated to have their series premieres, with the spring premiere season starting TODAY:
Okay, I’m really scared this will be terrible. (Abby, tell me it’ll be okay??) The premise sounds too good to be true: it’s a fairy-tale themed musical comedy. Music by Alan Menken! I mean come on, it’s basically everything that I love in one show , so how could it possibly live up to the hype? I’m just going to keep expectations low so that, if it isn’t what I dreamt, I don’t feel crushing disappointment.
No, but really, this should be great. We have an Indian-Chinese actress who was described by her director as the “brown Jennifer Lawrence” (?!) and it’s a musical, you guys. This is meant to be the filler replacing OUAT (aka my guilty pleasure show), as OUAT doesn’t come back until March. So my Sunday 8 PM slot is still filled.
Galavant premieres Sunday, January 4th at 8:00 PM on ABC.
Marvel’s Agent Carter
So I never started watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (bad, bad Marvel fan) but I have been so excited about Agent Carter ever since it was announced. I loved the one-shot and the whole premise makes me so pumped. Hayley Atwell is great, Peggy Carter is a great character, and I’m just so ready for a story that focuses on her, a woman who isn’t a superhero but is super and is a hero[ine].
This is meant to act as the filler for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(I am not going to do all of those periods every time, I’m sorry) before that comes back, so brace yourselves for this! Hoping Marvel has figured out how to better pace a TV show after what I heard was a kind of rough start to the pilot season of AoS.
Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00 PM on ABC.
Fresh Off the Boat
The show I’ve been excited about for the longest is Fresh Off the Boat. Based on famous restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir, it will feature an Asian-American family that, with any luck, isn’t a caricature and will use humor that doesn’t come at the expense of an entire social identity, which I happen to be a part of. If you’re not familiar with the premise, think Everybody Hates Chris with a Chinese-American family that has moved from DC to Florida. Yup, you can see yourself laughing already.
Fresh Off the Boat premieres on Tuesday, February 10 at 8:00 PM (with a preview on Febuary 4) on ABC.
Clearly, I’m really happy with ABC this year and the new shows they are putting out this year, both for spring and in the fall. They’ve just been doing a lot of good things in the comedy space, upping their game and pushing the limits to see how much audiences can take. And audiences are ready for this. We can take it. We want this. Bring us moar.
A show whose season premiere I’m excited for is Hannibal on NBC!
I really was scared to start watching this show, but it is amazing. If you loved Pushing Daisies, director Bryan Fuller returns with a visual scheme that is the same except the opposite chromatically. It’s a gorgeous show and seriously one of the best shows on television, I mean it. Even though it’s about serial murder and things can get rather graphic, it’s all done with this amazing visual poetry that I am able to stomach it. Me, ultimate scaredy cat. Plus, the food styling is so amazing on this show. You know it’s not actually human meat, so just enjoy how great all of this food looks. The food stylist even has a beautiful blog (courtesy of Janice Poon) and you can make non-human alternatives for the dishes.
Be excited. This is an excellent time to get caught up on the previous 2 seasons if you haven’t watched this yet. It is my #1 most recommended show. SRSLY.
What new shows are you most excited about this spring?
What season premieres are you excited for?