September is here, and that means that television shows will soon be coming back (or not). We have a lineup of a few shows that we consistently DVR and really enjoy. At the same time, we had a few shows that we were starting to enjoy that were dropped even before the end of last season. Here are 4 shows that we are excited to start back up, and 3 that we had begun to look forward to but were dropped.
Shows to look forward to:
1. Modern Family. This show is one of the most popular in the US and has many of the awards and accolades to prove it. It shows three related families – Jay and his younger Latina wife and her son, Jay’s daughter Claire and her more “traditional” though still quirky family, and Jay’s son Mitchell and his partner and their adopted child’s family. Each highlights how “family” has evolved to be more diverse and inclusive. The plots and subplots always intertwine and then tie together brilliantly in each episode. The show starts back up on September 25th at 9pm on ABC.
2. The Middle. Go Indiana! This is an ABC comedy that kicks off on September 25 at 8pm. It is a quirky Indiana family that is trying to get by as well as they can. There are plenty of Indiana and Hoosier references throughout the show that will bring a laugh if you are familiar with the area (or the midwest in general). This is a show that has gotten progressively better from season to season and even episode to episode. We started off watching it mostly because it was on before Modern Family, but now we look forward to The Middle just as much, if not more than Modern Family.
3. New Girl. The show starts back up on September 17 and is on Fox, Tuesdays at 9. The show stars Zooey Deschanel (Jess) as the fourth roommate with three guys, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. The characters each have their own personality and play off each other really well. The one thing I am a little worried about is how the show moves forward with newly developing relationship between Jess and Nick. There was clear tension between those two that added to the plot and comedy of many of the episodes. At the end of last season, they finally got together… I will be curious to see how this will affect the show moving forward.
4. Football! I am a fan of football, both NFL and college. Last week the college season kicked off, and last night the NFL season kicked off. It is the most covered and and most watched sport in the US, and I include myself in that crowd. I’m excited to football games to watch and focus on instead of peripheral stories.
Shows that aren’t coming back:
1. GCB. This show didn’t make it through last season. It was a show set in Dallas suburb that highlighted the importance and centrality of the church in this small community. But while many appear to be very “devoted” Christians, you find out that this is a facade in many ways. The rumors and cat-fighting and back-stabbing that go on just beneath the surface of that Christian piety was rather comical (and probably a fairly accurate depiction/critique in my estimation). I think that this is what actually made some people uncomfortable and ultimately ended with ABC deciding to cancel this show.
2. Happy Endings. This show was trying to be the next Friends. A group of late 20-somethings going through life’s humorous ups and downs in the city of Chicago… All trying to figure out friendships, relationships, jobs, and the city – a recipe for success, right? We started watching because one of my friends talked it up. There wasn’t anything particularly good or bad about this series…I think we were watching it out of habit more than anything else.
3. Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. This show was pretty funny, and I’m not embarrassed to say that I liked it. Small town girl (from Indiana!) moves to the big city and was sabotaged again and again by her B of a roommate. However, they eventually come to a truce and become quasi-friends (most of the time, though there are still occassional sabotage and B moments). Hands down, the best part of the show (what made the show) was JVDB as himself. That’s James Van Der Beek for those who aren’t familiar. He was awesome, poking fun at himself as a somewhat has-been actor still widely recognized in New York. We were sad to say good-bye to JVDB in this one.