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October 15 2016 @ 07:20 am
Surviving Droughtlander: New Fall Shows and Returning Favourites  
I asked a few months ago what people were watching during the summer months, but now that the new fall TV season has started (in North America anyway), are there any new shows that have caught your attention and that you'd recommend to others? What about returning favourites -- still happy with them or are you concerned about casting changes or the direction the show seems to be going in?
Artemiscrsg on October 15th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
Only two episodes have aired, so I'm not sure exactly where things are heading and what I'll like/dislike about it, but I've been really enjoying Westworld. In terms of themes I think it has some commonalities with Dollhouse, which I also enjoyed back when that was airing.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 15th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
I've downloaded the episodes (we don't get HBO), but we've not watched any yet. My husband is interested in it, but hasn't had time to sit down to actually watch it. I've heard only good stuff about it thus far.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 15th, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
At the outset of each new fall season, I read as many of those "top new shows you should watch" articles I can find online, and read the synopsis of the shows they recommend to see if they sound like something that might interest me. This year, there wasn't much that sounded too intriguing.

In terms of new network shows, there are only two I've been watching, Designated Survivor, with Kiefer Sutherland, and Pitch, the one about the female baseball player (because I LOVE baseball). I have to say that I am so far quite enjoying both, although it's still early going (only 3 episodes each).

I also checked out ITV's Victoria, based on the early years of Queen Victoria. It's OK, but I've stopped watching it. I might go back and finish it later at some point. It's been picked up for a 2nd series. Outlander's Nell Hudson is in it (but not as Queen Victoria). I have higher hopes for The Crown which starts on Netflix next month.

In terms of returning series, series 3 of The Fall (Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan) started up a couple of weeks ago. Love that show. Also looking forward to the new series of Black Mirror which starts this week on Netflix, and Vikings, which is back at the end of November. Have also resumed watching Blindspot (my fave new show from last year), and Madam Secretary.
M: Claire & Jenny :: Outlanderella_rose88 on October 17th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
I tried to watch Victoria but I could only watch 1 and a bit episodes. I really hated how they romantized Victoria and Lord Melbourne's relationship when historians are quite convinced that it wasn't at all romantic - Victoria had huge respect and regard for him and he was a father figure to her. That really put me off, as well as the fact that they introduced Albert a few episodes in.

I'm a huge fan of the film Young Victoria and I loved how they developed Victoria's relationship with Prince Albert, so maybe I expected something similar here.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 17th, 2016 10:34 am (UTC)
Agree with you on that -- it was coming across to me as more emo romantic drama than historical drama. I don't know much about Queen Victoria, but how she was portrayed in that series didn't appeal to me.
M: ella_rose_88ella_rose88 on October 17th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Although, I actually ended up skipping the whole Victoria and Lord M romance and watched episodes 4-8 and while there were some inaccuracies it was actually quite good. I really could feel the chemistry between Victoria & Albert and there were some great scenes between them. It ended up being quite good and I was surprised by how much I liked it.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 18th, 2016 01:46 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching after ep. 3, so if I've seen the worse of it already, perhaps I should go back to it to see the rest!
Ery-chanerychan86 on October 15th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
The season just started and I'm already so behind...

I'm enjoying Lucifer a lot and I saw the pilot for Conviction and it seems like it has potential... I'm looking for a fun comedy... I kind of like The Good Place but mostly because of the casting choices... I don't know how I actually feel about the show... :)
Eumel: bribeeumelkeks on October 15th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
Not a new show but I am currently catching up with Ripper Street, which is as amazing in its fourth series as it was in its first.

I'm hooked on Designated Survivor but that is more of a guilty, shameful pleasure and one has to ignore everything regarding the children to enjoy it. I fast-forward a lot.

I also recently watched the first season of Versailles and was pleased to read that it got renewed! Much more enjoyable than I anticipated, as I initially only watched it for Vikings's George Blagden.

Also recommendable: The Last Kingdom (renewed), Peaky Blinders (renewed) and Penny Dreadful (just cancelled after three series).

siobhan63siobhan63 on October 16th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
I love Ripper Street but need to find a better torrent for season 4. The one I'd initially downloaded had a MASSIVE lag between the audio and video. I don't mind too much if things are a wee bit out of sync (I mean, I'm downloading stuff -- can't bitch too much, right?), but this was SO bad, it wasn't watchable.

I really enjoyed Versailles and The Last Kingdom. Re: that last one, I'd really, really, really recommend the books (by Bernard Cornwell) it's based on. They're even better, in my opinion.
Eumel: bookseumelkeks on October 20th, 2016 10:20 am (UTC)
I have the books and my to-read list, it is just time that's missing!
Jo Ann: Tom Ellisyeuxdebleu on October 16th, 2016 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm watching Westworld, Designated Survivor and Pitch, too, and love them. I like Blindspot a lot, too, and The Fall, which I'm watching on YouTube. I'm watching Lucifer and Quantico, which were new last season, and greatly looking forward to the return of Vikings. Still watching Supernatural and Criminal Minds, both long time favorites.

I haven't watched any of the new comedies and rom/coms. They're just not my thing.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 16th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
I like Criminal Minds, but can't say I'm too happy Hotch is being written out. I know there was some sort of incident on set involving Thomas Gibson (he hit a crew member or something?), but still. He's such a big part of the show, and they've already lost the other dude (who's name totally escapes me at the moment).
Jo Ann: CrimMinds: Shamar Mooreyeuxdebleu on October 17th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm not happy about Tom Gibson leaving the show either. Apparently he has a bit of a temper and hit one of the script writers. It was the last straw for the producers.

I think the other cast member who left that you're thinking of is Shamar Moore. I miss him and his interaction with Garcia. The new "hunk" factor cast member leaves me cold.
M: Claire/Jamie :: b&w (1x07)ella_rose88 on October 16th, 2016 08:49 am (UTC)
New shows that I've gotten into include This Is Us and Flipping Out.

Old shows (including ones that have returned for second seasons) include Poldark, Chicago Med, Lucifer, Chicago PD, DCI Banks, Blindspost. About Blindspot season 2 I'm not really happy with the direction they have taken with Kurt and his ex Allie. I've not even watched the latest episode because I'm so not onboard with that storyline. I'm rather pissed off about it.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 16th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
What's annoying you about the Kurt and Allie storyline?
M: jane :: blindspotella_rose88 on October 17th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Making Allie pregnant to Kurt was just so crappy, unoriginal and frustrating especially since it's meant to have occurred while Jane was being tortured. One person actually said during season one that she hoped that they wouldn't have Allie get pregnant to Kurt and people told she was crazy and that the writers wouldn't do that. Fast forward to now and they have done it. I don't believe that this is about furthering the characters journey at all. They could have had Kurt deal with his father killing of Taylor Shaw and Jane's "betrayal" in many other interesting ways, and could have had a lot of angst between Jane and Kurt without having to have Kurt get another woman pregnant.
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse nodding yesyeuxdebleu on October 17th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you.
M: Jane/Kurt :: Blindspotella_rose88 on October 17th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)

From what I've read on Tumblr there is a lot of people who aren't happy, some have even stopped watching the show. Ratings keep getting dropping too so...
Jo Ann: Garfield: Worriedyeuxdebleu on October 19th, 2016 02:13 am (UTC)
Ratings keep getting dropping too so...

I'm not surprised. This season isn't nearly as good as the first season.

Quantico has the same problem: Not nearly as good as the fist season.
siobhan63siobhan63 on October 16th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Speaking of new shows, and given that this is an Outlander community, has anyone checked out any of the time travel-related shows yet? There's Timeless on NBC, Travelers (just started on Showcase in Canada but will be on Netflix internationally in December), and Time After Time on ABC. Last year there was DC Legends of Tomorrow (which was renewed). I'd watched some of that one last season, but 1) for whatever reason, I'm not a fan of comic book-based stuff and 2) it's not very good. I was mostly curious about seeing Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell again as I used to be a fan of Prison Break. Haven't checked out any of the new ones, although Timeless has got some positive buzz around it.
Jill aka Jo: 12M: Jennifer All Mad Heresireesanwar on October 31st, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
So I don't love DC's Legends of Tomorrow but I watch the other superhero shows so I just tacked that one on last year.

I haven't been impressed with Timeless. At first, I was so into it but right off the bat they messed with history and then it became all about how unimportant it was to really protect the timeline. And there was this illogical discussion about saving people.

First, they changed the timeline which erased someone from the timeline in total. When the main lady wanted to fix that they were all upset that she wouldn't also change time and save someone who died before the timeline change. Not the same thing. One was a result of their interference and one is just what happened in the natural timeline. So one is fixing a human mistake.

And then the logic of the Abraham Lincoln episode was just nuts. The idea that they kept saying if Lincoln hadn't been assassinated would mean a better outcome for African American's is nuts. For about 50 years after the Civil War things were good and it only got bad with the race laws in the South. Lincoln surviving would have had little impact or could have ended with another war of some kind. You can't speculate on changes you've not seen. They assumed things would be better but what if things had just gotten worse.

So I gave up the show because they just said the stupidest things and the story was rather awful. I want logical progression.

So far the best time travel show I've watched is 12 Monkeys (besides Outlander of course). It is smart but you have to pay attention because things from other episodes come into play again. It's time after all.

I haven't watched any of the others but Travelers sounds interesting. I may watch it if I get the chance but right now I'm trying out:

Channel Zero - which is rather creepy and weird and I've yet to decide how I feel about it.

Lethal Weapon - Pure fun. It is a cop show but it is more a comedy that anything else. I'm enjoying it a lot.

Frequency - I loved this movie but I'm really not loving the show and the main woman just bothers me. There is something about her that I don't like.

This Is Us - It is from the makers of Parenthood which I adored but I'm just not sure about this one. I like it but part of me wants to stop watching it. I like how they are flipping between the 70s and now but some of the stories and characters bug me.

No Tomorrow - It is entertaining but not enough for me to keep watching.

I'm looking forward to the return of both Sherlock and The Man from High Castle. The Man from High Castle is more alternate reality but it is scarily fascinating. If you've not heard of it, it is an Amazon Prime show which is about what the world would be like under Nazi and Japanese rule. It takes place in what "was" the US.