What I’m Watching This Fall 2016

After a one year absence I’ll once again post the TV shows I’ll be watching as the new fall season starts. This list is really just the stuff that’s scheduled to be DVR’d in our front room. Trish and I have other shows we DVR in the back room, but those have either not started yet are on a rotating schedule with other stuff.

The times I mention are Eastern time, so if you don’t live in the Boston/New York time zone you’ll need to check your listings for starting times in your area. With that said…

On Monday’s it’s just Scorpion at 10pm on CBS. I have tabbed this show “What else can go wrong?” as the entire run of episodes follows the same exact formula of bigger hurdles following smaller hurdles until one of the characters, usually Walter O’Brien (played by Elyes Gabel), comes up with an implausible solution that always saves the day. Trish and I watch it for the pure silliness of it.

Tuesday is the only program I try to watch as it airs, NCIS. Been watching it since it spun off from JAG and it’s easily my favorite show. Its 8pm start begins three hours of CBS programming we watch. At 9pm is the new show Bull, staring NCIS alum Michael Weatherly. We saw the premier episode last week and the first half wasn’t really that good, but the second half looks like it might be a tone setter for the series.

At 10pm it’s Trish’s favorite show, NCIS: New Orleans. We were surprised to see Zoe McLellan was not returning to the series, but that doesn’t seem to have done much to hurt the story line so far. They’re using the standard “antagonist joins the cast and will eventually join the team” plot, but it does fit the current story like and they probably didn’t have much choice. Also at 10PM it’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Trish and I used to “binge watch” these, but with so many friends talking about episodes after they air we’re going to try to watch them soon after they’re on.

Wednesday it’s Blindspot at 8pn on NBC. It wasn’t what we expected to see when we started watching last fall, but it’s a very well written show and we’re both hooked. We’ve usually liked the shows Marianne Jean-Baptiste (who plays Bethany Mayfair) was on and were surprised at her character arc. Trying to avoid spoilers here, so I’ll just say we’ll keep watching. At 10pm on ABC is new show Designated Survivor staring Kiefer Sutherland as the “designated survivor”, who assumes the presidency after an attack kills the entire line of succession in front of him.

Thursday is just The Blacklist at 10pm on NBC. James Spader is incredible in this series, and while the plot is a bit over the top it is truly “edge of your seat” TV. It’s one of the best shows on TV now, and has a spin off coming called The Blacklist: Redemption. That will be an instant addition to the DVR list.

We originally didn’t have anything on the DVR for Friday, but at the last minute I added MacGyver. No idea if we’ll actually watch it or not.

There’s nothing on Saturday we’re DVR’ing, and on Sunday we’ve got two post-NFL shows on CBS schedule to record. NCIS: Los Angeles moves from Monday nights to Sunday with a scheduled 8pm start, which is usually the kiss of death for a TV show. The series started as a top-10 show on Tuesdays, then in season six moved it to Mondays, and now in season eight it’s Sunday. Next stop is cancelation, which is too bad because it’s a very good show.

Also on Sunday is one of the best written shows on TV, Elementary. It’s another show that looks like it’s not going to survive on Sunday as the ratings plummeted when it was moved there from Thursdays mid-season last year. Jonny Lee Miller (Holmes) and Lucy Liu (Watson) are great in their roles and truly believable in the modern setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. The show might actually be too smart for network TV.

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