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Fall Premieres, Reviews, and Recommendations

posted Oct 22, 2014, 7:26 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 26, 2014, 6:49 PM by Unknown user ]

KiaLynne Bland


    With fall finally here and the weather starting to cool, many have turned to residing in the great indoors. Kicking back and relaxing in your warm, cozy home watching TV always sounds like a good idea and everything from humor to horror to drama or romance is available with the click of the remote. Here is some information and reviews on the latest TV series to help make your decision a little easier.


NOTE: only the pilot episode of each series was viewed and reviewed


  1. Black-ish: ABC - Wednesdays @ 9:30 p.m., Comedy, Rated TV-PG

Black-ish, a new comedy sitcom, follows an upper-middle-class African-American family living their daily lives. I’ve seen the previews on commercials, and I’ve heard positive reviews on the show, so I was expecting a laugh from it, but my expectations were not met. While the show was prejudice and had many stereotypes, I was expecting this from the title.  A few offensive terms and actions were said and done throughout the episode regarding culture, race, and religion . Even though it wasn’t completely awful, I didn’t like it enough to continue watching it.

My rating: 6/10

Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne


  1. Forever: ABC - Tuesdays @ 10:00 p.m., Drama/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Rated TV-PG

Henry Morgan is a medical examiner who just can’t die. He has survived every death possible, from being hung to being in a subway accident --- for the past 200 years. The plot was original and the acting was fair. Some scenes however, were very graphic, while others were cheesy. But Forever has everything: crime, mystery, drama, sci-fi, and suspense. Overall, I found it to be interesting and didn’t have one dull moment in it

and I personally, will continue to follow the series.

My rating: 8/10

Cast: Ioan Guffudd, Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore


  1. Gracepoint: FOX - Wednesdays @ 9:00 p.m., Mystery/Crime/Drama

Gracepoint, a suspenseful and mysterious 10-episode-series drama, follows the murder of a 12-year-old boy found on a beach in the town of Gracepoint, California. I was very involved with the episode, though I thought the plot was unoriginal compared to past crime shows I’ve seen. The acting was poor and fake at times, but decent overall. This is a show that has lies, plot twists, and leaves you hanging at the end. I would definitely recommend this series if you are into crime and suspense with a touch of drama.

My rating: 8.5/10

Cast: David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, Kevin Zegers, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lucas, Josh Hamilton

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4. How to Get Away With Murder: ABC - Thursdays @ 10:00 P.M., Crime/Drama, Rated TV-14

Professor Annalise Keating is a strict, smart, and scary law school professor. Keating is on a mission to find the best students to get an exam pass to, but when she finally chooses five of her best students, they end up getting involved in a messy murder scheme. For it being the very first episode of the season, I thought the pilot episode was very confusing. It was extremely hard to follow, and it kept going from past to present. By the end, I was left hanging, but not in the way I expected to be. The acting was very impressive, though, and the show’s concept was innovative. There just wasn’t enough explanation to keep me tuned in next week.

My rating: 5.5/10

Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil




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  1. Manhattan Love Story: ABC - Tuesdays @ 8:30 P.M., Romantic Comedy, Rated TV-PG

Taking place in Manhattan, Dana Hopkins gets set up on a blind date with Peter Cooper, unaware that he will make her laugh and cry all in the same

night. I had been meaning to watch this new series; the promotional ad made it seem like a cute, witty romantic comedy when, in fact, it turned out to be rather cheesy. The intro to the show was funny and likable, but the show itself had bad narration. The episode was average and the corny jokes and laugh track made me cringe. Even though it wasn’t the best show I’ve ever seen, something just pulls me in to keep watching it.

My rating: 6.5/10

Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Nicholas Wright, Jade Catta-Preta, Chloe Wepper, Kurt Fuller


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  1. Selfie: ABC - Tuesdays @ 8:00 P.M., Comedy, Rated TV-14

Staring Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan, Selfie follows the self-absorbed, aspiring Internet star, Eliza Dooley. Finally coming to her senses, Eliza realizes the world doesn’t revolve around her and becomes desperate for friends and help. She ends up asking marketer, Henry Higenbottam to change her image. The first episode was a good start to the series. It was funny and entertaining, but it had scenes where the acting was done awkwardly and cliché. The whole idea of the show is creative, but shallow at the same time. I would recommend this to someone looking for something fun and laid back to watch without expecting too much from a TV show.

My rating: 7/10

Cast: Karen Gillan, John Cho


    In addition to brand new fall shows, new seasons have premiered as well. American Horror Story just premiered its latest season, and The Vampire Diaries Season 6 was released two weeks ago. The Walking Dead’s Season 5 was presented last week, gaining mainly positive reviews.


    If you weren’t able to fill your DVR with this list, there are plenty of other shows to choose from. For the full list of the newest fall shows, go to tvguide.com/special/fall-preview/new-shows.aspx. With reviews and background information on plenty of other shows, you’ll have no trouble finding the show best for you.
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