4 Popular new shows this Fall to watch

The fall season brings with it a sense of transition. The carefree days of summer are over, and soon the cold freeze of winter will beckon. Perhaps one of the few redeeming qualities of fall (unless you’re one of those pumpkin spice latte types, in which we have nothing to say to you) is that it brings us a new line up of TV shows; some of which turn out to be amazing, most of which turn out to be duds.

However, let’s focus on the good and highlight for you some of the more popular (with viewers and critics alike) shows that debuted this fall season.


How to Get Away With Murder

If you’ve been paying attention to television at all for the last few years, you’ve surely seen something from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, both of which have cult followings and numbers to back it up. How to Get Away With Murder—or HTGAWM, as many fans have taken to referring to it as—stars Viola Davis as an acclaimed law professor with ambitious students and a murder plot to get out of. The series premiered to 14.3 million viewers and plenty of anticipation, and it if you’re at all on Twitter you perhaps see no sign of that dwindling any time soon as tweeters play out their reaction incessantly in real time.



Image Source: How to Get Away With Murder’s Facebook page


Batman has been sequeled and rebooted enough that one would think demand for all things related to the Caped Crusader would be dwindling. One would think wrongly, as Gotham lives in Batman’s world, even if the Dark Knight himself has yet to show his face…er…cowl? The series follows fan-favorite Jim Gordon as a young cop before he makes commissioner on a crusade of his own to rid the streets of the city’s most sinister malcontents. The genesis for the show actually comes about by way of investigating the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and will include origin stories of future super villains as the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman. With 8.21 million viewers for the premier, Gotham would appear to be stumbling out of the gate in the beginning, until you remember that in its time slot you’ll also find a few things with considerable weight; like The Voice, Big Bang Theory, and something called Monday Night Football, whatever that is. While there’s a lot of hope and expectations surrounding a venturing of this nature, all bat signals point to good things happening.


New show Gotham with Jim Gordon

Image Source: FOX Website


Anthony Anderson is one of those comedians you know you’ve seen from somewhere, but can’t quite put your finger on where. Now you should have no reason for not knowing who he is as creator and star of Black-ish, a show about a young African American family that is struggling to find its identity in a world with incredibly blurred racial and cultural lines. Debuting immediately after Modern Family—which many would say reaches an entirely different audience—a surprising number of viewers stuck around to the tune of 11.38 million. Based off what numbers have looked like since, and what critics have been saying, we should be seeing a lot more of Anthony Anderson and his interesting family.


Another comic book adaptation that’s come to the small screen is Constantine, a story about an anti-heroic character with a direct line to the supernatural world filled with demons and insane evildoers. The eponymous Constantine has a tortured past—as nearly all comic book characters are wont to do—which tends to put him at awkward odds with those he’s supposed to use to powers to help. Many a skeptical eyebrow has been arched at Constantine since the Keanu Reeves film adaptation nearly ten years ago failed to garner any significant praise and recognition. Critics have been keeping low expectations leading up to the premier, but since debuting it appears the audiences are connecting with a curmudgeonly character who begrudgingly does good. Maybe Hell has finally frozen over?
There are a few other shows that are performing well, but these are the ones we’ve noticed ourselves. With the popularity of high quality content like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, etc., it appears studios are beginning to show a little more respect to the tastes of audiences. We might just be in the golden age of television once more.
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