When I was a kid, we got this quaint periodical called “TV Guide.” And this treasure trove of popular culture information had an annual issue called “The Fall TV Preview.”
And every year I memorized it.
So with that, we give you this modest Nerd TV preview of new fall shows we’re awaiting with great anticipation.
What was weird in putting this together was how many of the consumers of popular culture who normally put out this blog’s content have cut the cord on traditional television. Several people didn’t know what shows were on the fall horizon and wouldn’t have access to them anyway.
I don’t actually know what day or time most of my favorites are televised because my DVR magically captures their images.
Nevertheless, make your plans. And we’d be interested in your comments about what shows you are looking forward to checking out.
Nerd: Andy Smith
Show: Arrow — CW
Premiere date: Oct. 10
You’re not going to believe this, but there’s a live-action adaption of a popular comic book character on the horizon.
He doesn’t have a cape, bat ears, or star-spangled uniform. He has arrows.
No, not that guy you saw earlier this year – we’re talking about the Green Arrow. The superhero is coming to the CW on Oct. 10 in the form of “Arrow,” a television show starring Stephen Amell as a young, better-looking version of the Emerald Archer. The show will reportedly take a “no-powers” (or Christopher Nolan-esque) approach to superheroes, with the action mostly within the realm of reality.
And this won’t be the Green Arrow you know from “Smallville,” either. It’s a relaunch, and the previews imply a much darker take than the blonde-simpleton-who-wears-green-and-shoots-things formula. Slated appearances from other comic characters include the Huntress, Deadshot and Constantine Drakon (a moniker that admittedly sounds more like the pen name of a 13-year-old poet than effective villain).
Though we know that a show airing on the CW already implies a young adult target audience, we are still left with many questions. Will Oliver Queen get political like his comic counterpart? How far can they actually take the violence? Why did they cut of the “Green” part of his name for the show’s title?
Nerd: Derek Redd
Show: Last Resort – ABC
Premiere date: Sept. 27
Andre Braugher returns to our TV screens in a show that can be described best as this – angry Frank Pembleton leads the crew of a submarine armed with nuclear weapons wronged by the United States government.
That’s Frank Pembleton. And he’s angry. And leading a submarine crew. Armed with nuclear weapons.
And they’ve been wronged by the U.S. government.
How is this not a show you’d want to watch?
Nerd: Derek Redd (He couldn’t settle on just one show)
Show: Elementary – CBS
Premiere date: Sept. 27
But there are few TV shows on any continent that could. Miller seems quite capable of pulling off the quirky role of Holmes, and Liu as Watson could bring a new dynamic to the relationship. I just hope they don’t go to the David-and-Maddie tension too early.
Nerd: Me (Brad McElhinny)
Show: Revolution – NBC
Premiere date: Sept. 17
Well, this could go dreadfully wrong. This time last year, I was excited about “Terra Nova,” which should have been about dinosaurs but instead was about bickering in prehistoric times.
Seems like NBC has promoted this show pretty heavily. I’ll give it a go.
What shows are you all about?