2011 Fall Television Line-up

There are a few (paranormal, scifi, fatnasy) shows on the Television Fall Line-up that might catch your attention, I know they’ve caught mine…


Once Upon A Time – Sunday’s on ABC


And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby.

But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter.

ONCE UPON A TIME looks like a show that I MUST check-out. Combining real world with that abstract fairy-tale setting, from the previews you don’t know what is real or what is imagine by the kid. Looks like it might have all the really interesting tid-bits that a good primetime drama needs. Also, with the writers of LOST at this shows helm I think this one just might be a winner.

Then for a Mid Season showing, I’m excited to check out the HORROR show THE RIVER – one word. Freaky. The guy from Paranormal Activity had his hands in the creation along with Steven Spielberg.
ABC also has a few non-paranormal flavors that warrant maybe taking a look:

  • Subpurgatory – A teen that is forced to live in suburbia Hell – where the moms are soccor zombies and if you don’t wear mall clothes you aren’t cool. It looks funny and snarky.
  • Pan-Am – with Christina Ricci (love her!) about the Pan-Am stewardesses in the 50s and 60s. This looks really smart and hopefully will not become a Desperate Housewives in the air.
  • Charlie’s Angel’s – produced by Drew Barrymore (XOXO) will be a reproduction of the 1970s original


A Gifted Man
– Friday’s on CBS


A GIFTED MAN is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.”

Patrick Wilson stars in what I’m percieving to be a Grey’s Anatomy
but with a dead ex-wife to give it a little different flavor then the 20 other shows about the glam life of doctors. I personally don’t believe I will be watching this particular show, I’ve never been a fan of emergency room dramas.
CBS just does not have much in it’s line up this Fall that looks appetizing, I’m pertty disappointed. But I guess with long standing shows like their Monday night comedy line-ups, Survivor, the CSI shows etc, they didn’t really have to add a lot to their repetoire.


The Secret Circle
– Thursdays on CW – follows The Vampire Diaries


CW has vampires, gossiping teenagers and sexy paranormal hunters…they were just missing a few other paranormals to spice up their primetime line-up. In steps THE SECRET CIRCLE – with witches!

Orphaned teen Cassie has to move in with her grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. All the residents seem to already know Cassie and are hinting at some strange heritage that she might possess — Cassie is from a long line of witches. Will this just be a Gossip Girl meets The Vampire Diaries in the CWs never-ending quest to make the NEXT big teen television drama? I think it might have potential. With shows like PRETTY LITTLE LIARS making big splashes and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES with it’s die hard followers – teens seem to be eating these shows up! I know I’ll be watching, even if I’m not in their 13 – 21 target market!
The CW will also have a kind of sick new addition called H8R – haters. It’s a reality based show with A.C. Slater as the host (what doesn’t he host??), where celebs that are used to being trashed on celeb blogs and mags confront these “Haters”. The preview shows Snookie getting all raunch on some guy playing pool…should be one big fat HOT MESS that will have the Mtv gen loving it. I might catch a few shows but fight scenes always get me shakey…


Terra Nova
– Monday’s on FOX


Fox has been promoing the heck out of this one. I’m seeing this trailer 24/7. Concept is that the world is going through a slow descent into apocalpyse and the only way to save themselves is

to set up a colony in the WAY past (85 million years ago). Think dinosaurs meets Lost. It looks interesting but I don’t know how FOX could hold up this mega budget! Steven Spielberg is at the helm for this one also – and when you are used to making movies a budget of $4 million an episode looks like nothing, but compared to it’s competition on Monday night (How I Met Your Mother & Dancing With the Stars) is it going to make it?? Great shows have gone down not because of not having an audience but because their budget was just too high (ahem ANGEL).
Fun shows in the Fox line-up include:

  • The New Girl with Zooey Deschanel, a favorite of mine, looks like a quirky comdey that I might want to check out
  • Another great comedy chick – Jamie Presley, stars in I Hate My Teenage Daughter seems like a hilarious new addition to Fox’s line-up.

– Friday’s on NBC


CSI meets Alice in Wonderland, NBC’s GRIMM is an odd take on the ever-popular crime drama. Take CSI and put a werewolf as the perp, you now have Grimm.

I’m a sucker for those crime dramas and I’m also a sucker for fairy tale terrors, so this looks like it should be a shoe-in for best show of the season.
Other shows that beg to be checked out:

  • Vintage, sexy shows are in, Pan-Am, Mad Men – NBCs answer to this is The Playboy Club
  • UP ALL NIGHT writen by SNLs Emily Spivey looks like the family comedy of the season. Looks funny, but I don’t know if I’ll be checking this one out.

What are you excited about this FALL?? Did I miss any?