These are the new Fall shows we’re already setting our DVRs for. Hell – we might actually watch them live!
We start off with a big one – “The Flash.” This spin-off of “Arrow” centers around Barry Allen (Grant Gustin, “Glee”), a CSI investigator whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s bizarre death and his father’s false conviction of her murder leads him to follow up on every urban legend that comes along. Allen made his first appearance in two episodes of the second season of “Arrow,” appearing to investigate (without permission from his supervisors) the burglary of Queen Consolidated. A freak accident (ok, some particle-accelerated lightning) gave Allen the ability to move at superhuman speeds.
Originally, “The Flash” was supposed to spin out of a backdoor pilot, but instead the series was given its own stand-alone pilot. And if that pilot (which was screened at San Diego Comic Con) is anything to go by, it’s going to be good. Honestly, even if you’re not a comic book aficionado, this show is still for you. And seriously, if you like “Arrow,” this is “Arrow” times again.
“The Flash” premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8pm.
Early reviews of this remake of the Venezuelan telenovela “Juana la virgen” have been glowing. The concept–a 23-year-old woman who has been waiting until marriage to have sex in order to please her Catholic grandmother is accidentally inseminated via a mix-up at the gynecologist’s office–sounds like the plot of, well, a telenovela. But reviewers have noted the show’s charming comedy, winking nods to telenovela tradition, and–importantly–respect for Jane’s and other characters decisions about their own lifestyles, and have by and large come to the conclusion that this is one of the season’s best new shows. The performance of star Gina Rodriguez has been especially praised. Our only worry is that the words “artificial insemination comedy” will scare off CW viewers.
“Jane the Virgin” premieres Monday, Oct. 13 at 9pm.
This remake of the British series “Broadchurch” has some big shoes to fill. The first series of “Broadchurch” was a phenomenal television mystery, with beautiful direction, excellent acting, and an incisive, disturbing theme. Luckily, James Strong (who directed five of the series’ eight episodes, including the pilot) is set to helm four “Gracepoint” episodes, and the series’ other director, Euros Lyn, is on board for two more. “Broadchurch” star David Tennant will also reprise his starring role as a troubled, abrasive detective. (Opinion is mixed as to the quality of his American accent, but still–David Tennant.) At this point, the major concern about “Gracepoint” is that it will be too similar to “Broadchurch.” But “Broadchurch” showrunner Chris Chibnall, who also executive produces “Gracepoint,” has promised that the American series will have a different ending. We’ve never been so happy to solve the same mystery twice.
“Gracepoint” premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9pm.
This sci-fi drama stars Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan, a brilliant New York City coroner whose secret to solving cases is that he can’t die. So, when faced with a tough case or a dangerous situation, he can do what it takes to find the answers and put the perp away for good. The series also brings Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”), Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order”), and Joel David Moore (“Bones”) back to the airwaves. The premise for this show isn’t entirely groundbreaking, but the light quirkiness that can be found only on an ABC series brings it out of “CSI” territory and into the realm of “Bones” and “Scandal” – yes, it’s serious subject matter but why not have a laugh or two while we’re at it?
“Forever” premieres Tuesday, September 23 at 10pm, but you can watch the pilot episode here.
NBC takes the tired, old rom-com premise and breathes new life into it. Starring Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) and Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother”), the series tells the story of two people who almost never met and their relationship, from start to finish. The genre-buster here is that you know from the get-go that even though they get together, they will only date for 8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days and 1 hour before they break it off. It’s cute and a little off the wall, but also a little reminiscent of both “How I Met Your Mother” and “(500) Days of Summer.” It’ll be interesting to see how this relationship goes from its rocky beginning to its eventual end – and hopefully with a better twist than we got from HIMYM. Sorry, Ted.
Watch the pilot early:
“A to Z” premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:30pm.
The queen of ABC dramas, Shonda Rhimes, has done it again and will rule the airwaves Thursday nights this fall. She has already dominated the TV drama landscape with hits like “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Private Practice,” but now with “How to Get Away With Murder,” she moves out of the hospital and Oval Office and into the courtroom. The series stars Viola Davis and “Harry Potter” alum Alfred Enoch as a professor and her student who get entangled in a murder case that threatens to destroy both of them. Where Shonda leads, we follow.
“How to Get Away with Murder” premieres Thursday, September 25 at 10pm.