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07 September 2013 @ 02:09 pm
5 Things: Fall TV Premieres  
I'm starting to get excited about the upcoming shows on the fall TV schedule, because there's a lot of intriguing shows coming up.  So today I'm doubling up on "5 Things" lists as I think about the return of old favorites and my most anticipated new shows!

5 Returning TV Shows I Can't Wait to Watch

1. The Legend of Korra - returns Sept. 13
I haven't been able to fall in love with Korra the way I did with Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I think that this is largely because the first season was so short (only 12 episodes) that there just wasn't enough time to get to know the characters.  I'm really interested in the next season because it promises to focus more on the spirit world, which so far has only been briefly glimpsed.  I do hope that the story won't be quite so stuffed on teen drama romances, but we'll see.

2. Once Upon a Time - returns Sept. 29
I honestly don't know if I'll keep up with this show throughout the entire season.  As I ranted back in May, the show has really turned into a mess.  I want to like it, because I love revisited fairy tales, but I don't know...

3. Beauty and the Beast - returns Oct. 7
I have actually never seen this series - I didn't even know it existed last year!  It's another modernized fairy tale, so of course I want to see it.  I'll have to find episodes streaming somewhere, though, if I can hope to get caught up before the second season begins.

4. Grimm - returns Oct. 25
This show loves to end each season with a cliffhanger, which really annoys me, because I'm left wondering what will happen next all summer long.  I've really become fond of Nick and Juliet, even though Season 2 saddled Juliet with an exceptionally annoying case of amnesia that took a little too long to get resolved.  I also really like James Frain - he's a terrific actor - and I hope that we'll finally learn more about him and the royal family.  But mostly, I just want to resolve the story from the last episode of Season 2!!

5.Game of Thrones- returns 2014
Honestly, I'm only on the first season so it's a good thing the show won't continue until next year.  But even though I found the book rather dull and the TV show overly sexualized, I want to keep watching.  The actors are really good and the story is far more entertaining in this format.

5 TV Shows Premiering This Fall That Intrigue Me

1. Sleepy Hollow- starts Sept. 16

Ichabod Crane awakens in 21st century New York after dying on a mission for General George Washington.  His nemesis, the Headless Horseman, has also survived, and continued a cruel killing spree.  Crane must team up with a modern detective to stop the murders.  Sure, it sounds absolutely ridiculous, but again: revisited fairy tales.  I just can't resist them.
2. Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. - starts Sept. 24
The continuing adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division as established in the Marvel Comics movie franchise.
Two words: Phil Coulson.
'Nuff said.

3. Once Upon  a Time in Wonderland - starts Oct. 10
This spin-off set in the world of Once Upon a Time might be great or terrible.  I just don't know.  It's set in Victorian London, so in theory it won't direct crossover with events in Storybrook - but I assume Alice's adventures in Wonderland will occasionally lead to cameos from the denizens of the Enchanted Forest.  I've heard that Jafar is a villain in this series, which makes me hope that we'll finally get to see an Arabian-themed fairy tale land.

4. Reign - starts Oct. 17
A historical drama that focuses on the life and reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.  I'm hoping for stunning lush costumes a la The Tudors.  I'm sure that, as with shows like The Tudors and The Borgias, events in the show will be moved around and heavily fictionalized.

5. Dracula - starts Oct. 25
Just in time for Halloween!  It's a retelling of the famous Bram Stoker novel starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character.  He was great as Henry VIII in The Tudors, so I can't wait to see what he does as the vampire king.  It looks like this will be a reimagining of the book, and I wonder what they'll change.  I've always found the novel rather dull, so I definitely welcome change in this instance!
jeanniejeannietran on September 25th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
The Wonderland series seems to have more of a plot, which could be good if they don't start randomly throwing in other characters willy nilly and trying to make them all fit together like the original series. That said, JAFAR! Also, Ariel is supposed to show up on Once.

Didn't know about B&B series!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers would make an excellent vampire! I didn't like the book either, but he's got me intrigued.
Suzik00kaburra on September 25th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm so mad right now! I only caught the tail end of the first episode of SHIELD because Utah's apparently on central time so the show was on at 7 instead of 8 :(

And also, how on earth did we miss the B&tB series? We're usually so on top of these things...

Edited at 2013-09-25 03:21 am (UTC)
helens_daughterhelens_daughter on October 2nd, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was not great as Henry VIII. His performance was nothing like the real Henry.

Suzik00kaburra on October 2nd, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
But the show was nothing like real history! When I watched it, I knew that it was going to be wildly inaccurate about everything, so I decided to treat the show as a historical fantasy or alternate history. In that context, I thought Meyers was great. But then again, during my early years of college I considered him one of the hottest men on the planet, and Henry Cavill is pretty easy on the eyes, too. So there's that.
Narratoraswirlymatrix on October 4th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD are good. SHIELD is, you know, Joss Whedon, so it's fantastic but SH is just good, so far.