Heather’s 2013 Fall TV Schedule

Last night, the temperature dropped to the 50s in the part of the country and it remained chilly when I left for work this morning. In a nod to the weather, I swapped out my normal open toed shoes for my pair of knee high boots. The first football game of the season was on last night.  As I dodged school buses on my way to Dunkin Donuts for my pumpkin coffee, one thing became very clear to me.

Fall was here.

Now, technically I know that autumn doesn’t really arrive until around September 21st, but there is no denying that summer is beginning to beat a hasty retreat. Some of the trees are already beginning to change and you can already buy Halloween candy in some stores. I am personally excited about this as fall is my favorite season. Not only does it bring my birthday, but I love the weather, the food and the activities that come along with the season. Most importantly, fall means the beginning of a new TV season.

This is always a slightly stressful time for me as I try to decide which new shows to check out, which shows to drop and how to maneuver all my timeslot showdowns. These are pretty minor problems in the grand scheme of things, but deciding which shows deserve my precious leisure time is not something I enter into lightly. As painful as it is to watch a show that winds up being canceled or turns into a dud, I also hate to be not watching a show that becomes a pop culture phenomenon. I take this stuff seriously.

This season has been a particularly difficult one to navigate as there are just so many new shows to consider. I generally don’t jump on board with new shows during their first season unless there is something that definitely speaks to me or the critical buzz is unanimous; I’ve been burned once too often with shows that I got invested in only to be reminded that middle America and I do not see eye to eye on what makes a great show. The odds of any new show making it are pretty slim, but with many of my old favorites now gone (Adios 30 Rock) I do have more free time to take a chance on a newbie. And that is a dangerous thing for me.

This isn’t finalized, but here is my preliminary TV schedule for the fall of 2013. I’ve indicated the shows that I’m on the fence about – several of my regular series have become boring to me or have dipped in quality – and the new series that I’m willing to gamble on. It’s funny how daunting TV can be when you write it all down.

Monday

Here’s the shocker of the week – I currently have NOTHING on my agenda for Monday nights. I bailed on How I Met Your Mother for good last year and have no regrets and while I enjoy The Voice enough, I know I won’t become a long time regular viewer. I might be convinced to give the new programs Sleepy Hollow, Mom or The Blacklist (I do love me some James Spader) the chance, but as of now none have sold me. I figure I’ll primarily use Monday to catch up on the clusterf*ck that is my Sunday nights. More on that below.

Tuesday

8 pm – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) new

8:30 pm – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) new

10 pm – Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Given my love of The Avengers, taking a shot on a TV show based in that world isn’t much of a stretch. I’m not as confident about Brooklyn Nine-Nine – my comedic sensibilities do not really match up with the live action comedies on Fox – but Andy Samberg, the great Andre Brauer and generally positive buzz are enough to at least temporarily overcome my trepidation. I’ve been in on Sons of Anarchy since the show debuted and while I think that the later seasons have failed to meet the quality of the earlier seasons (especially season 2), I still quite enjoy the ride. Plus there are worse way to spend an hour than looking at Charlie Hunnam.

I had considered watching The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, but was underwhelmed with the backdoor pilot. I also decided that a woman in her 30s should probably limit herself to watching one show on The CW – and even that might be too much.

Wednesday

9 pm – Modern Family (ABC) tentative

10 pm – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)

10 pm – American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

10 pm – Nashville (ABC ) tentative- watch on demand

10 pm – South Park (Comedy Central ) dvr later showing

10:30 pm – The League (FXX)

I’ve watched Modern Family since it began, but have become increasingly less impressed with it as the show progresses. I like some characters a lot – primarily the kids – but I don’t think I’d really miss it if I dropped it. I may skip a few weeks and see how I feel – it’s not a show that you need to watch every episode. 10 pm has become a surprising logjam; I will definitely watch American Horror Story live, since that show is too bat sh*t crazy to miss. I still have yet to catch up on Nashville from last season – I watched up until Thanksgiving – so that may just be a sign that I’m not all that committed to the show. South Park re-airs later in the evening, so I’ll just DVR the show then.

Thursday

8 pm – The Big Bang Theory (CBS) watch on demand

8 pm – The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

8 pm – Parks and Recreation (NBC)

9:30 pm – The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) new

10 pm – Parenthood (NBC)

10 pm – Scandal (ABC) tentative

While I like The Big Bang Theory – one of the very few things I watch on CBS – I can easily catch up on it when it is on demand. Parks and Recreation is my primary focus on Thursday nights; no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to quit The Vampire Diaries, so I’ll DVR that to binge watch multiple episodes on the weekend. I’ve loved Michael J. Fox since I was a little girl (my college admissions essay was about him. No joke – I got into a doctoral program writing an essay about the actor), so I’ll absolutely tune in when he makes his return to television. My only concern is that my comedic sensibilities have changed quite a bit since he last graced my TV and that my affection for the actor will not be enough to keep me interested. Parenthood makes the big mood to Thursday nights, which will mean that the Bravemens will simply make me tear up closer to the weekend. I’ve yet to watch any of the previous seasons of Scandal, but people will not shut up about this show so I may catch up and give it a whirl to see what all the sudsy fuss is about.

Friday – TV Wasteland

10 pm – Dracula (NBC) new and VERY tentative

I may DVR Dracula simply because I’m curious to see what NBC is going to do with this familiar story and partially out of some interest in whatever Jonathan Rhys Meyers does. I don’t expect it to be good, but what else am I going to watch on a Friday (assuming I’m even home, which is a big assumption).

Saturday

Various – College Football

If I’m around, a good chunk of my Saturdays are spent watching Notre Dame games. Otherwise I’m out and about and if I am home, this is time to catch up on anything I haven’t cleared off the DVR yet.

Sunday – TV Nirvana

8 pm – Once Upon a Time (ABC) tentative

8:30 pm – Bob’s Burgers (Fox) on demand

9 pm – Boardwalk Empire (HBO) on demand

9 pm – Homeland (Showtime)

9 pm – Revenge (ABC) tentative

10 pm – Eastbound & Down (HBO) on demand

10 pm – Masters of Sex (Showtime) new

10:30 pm – Hello Ladies (HBO) new

I’ve soured quite a bit on the ABC shows; Once Upon a Time, which I initially loved, is beginning to feel a little played out and boring and Revenge kind of went off the rails last season. I’ll give both a few episodes to convince me to stay around. Of the two, Once Upon a Time is the more likely to be dumped, though I’ll tune in to watch Nick Swisher’s wife as The Little Mermaid. I love Bob’s Burgers, but until football season is over the likelihood of games running over and throwing off the delicate ecosystem that is my DVR schedule necessitates me catching the show on demand. I generally like Boardwalk Empire, but I don’t love it, so for now it will get watched at a later time. Same goes for Eastbound & Down. Homeland must be watched live so as to avoid spoilers, though I do have my concerns that a certain character is still on the show. Despite my trepidation about new shows, I will give almost anything on HBO or Showtime a chance. So Masters of Sex and Hello Ladies will get the nod at 10 pm, at least until I make a decision about either show.

I may be missing a show or two and this may evolve as we get into the season, but this is what I predict my TV schedule looks like, plus Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. It is a healthy dose of TV, but thanks to the miracle that is the DVR I can skip through commercials for a lot of these shows and compress my necessary viewing time. Still, there is no denying that I love my TV shows.

What’s on your fall viewing schedule? Any new shows that you are excited about? Any old shows that you are breaking up with? Sound off in the comments below. For a fairly comprehensive list of season premiere dates, click here.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Condensed Edition

Y’all will unfortunately have to make do with a shorter version of the pop culture roundup this week. It’s still chock full o’ awesome, but between endless meetings and vacation days my week has shaped up to be all sorts of crazy this week. I’m doing lots of cool stuff that I’ll blog about, but right now I am less than 12 hours from a trip to NYC and I have not even begun to plan out my day in the big apple. So while I scour the internet and plan my mass transit route, enjoy the more manageable collection of pop culture stories that you may have missed in the last two weeks.

  • If you live in any of these cities, PLEASE take a picture for me of one of these Breaking Bad inspired car washes. Nothing cool like this ever happens in Albany.
  • Speaking of Jay Z, he made a performance art film of his appearance at the Pace Gallery last month:

 

  • Christian Bale has hung up the Bat Suit; here are six actors that Warner is reportedly considering for the role. May I humbly suggest one actor that they overlooked – Jon Hamm.
  • Billy Bob Thorton will star in the FX adaption of Fargo. Still think this is a bad idea.
  • Watch a Greendale Community College recruitment video:

 

  • Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical. OUTSTANDING.

 

  • The music video for Mumford & Sons “Hopeless Wanderer” features a lot of familiar faces:

 

  • The O.C. debuted ten years ago this week – Vulture put together a superfan quiz to celebrate. I got a depressing 35 right; I’ll let you decide if I am depressed that I got 35 right or if I’m depressed that I only got 35 correct.
  • Oprah interviewed Lindsay Lohan for a special that will air on August 18th on OWN. Oprah is getting desperate for ratings; that being said, I will probably watch.

 

  • Speaking of Lohan – she guest hosted Chelsea Lately last night:

 

  • Soleil Moon Frye (better known as 80s style icon Punky Brewster) is taking over hosting duties on OWN’s show Home Made Simple.
  • This doesn’t make me happy – Jack White’s ex-wife has filed a restraining order against him and called him an unfit parent.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba is one weird show, but I’ll watch anything with Josh Holloway on it:

 

He can sing too? Swoon.

  • These were the original opening credits for Dexter, which Showtime deemed “too dark” to use:

 

  • Stream the new The Civil Wars album online.
  • If you loved playing Oregon Trail as much as I did back in the day, Mental Floss has a cool story on its history and development.
  • I kind of wish this live action Daria was a real thing (La-la-la):

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Hugh Laurie decided to recite all the vulgar words that you are allowed to say on basic cable:

 

You want trailers? We got trailers.

  • Diana (starring Naomi Watts)

 

  • Enough Said (James Gandolfini’s last role)

 

  • Muppets Most Wanted (wait……was that Diddy?)

 

  • Lone Survivor (Taylor Kitsch and Mark Wahlberg)

 

  • Can’t leave out TV – American Horror Story: Coven

 

  • Sherlock, Season 3

 

  • Ha! The Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon war wages on:

 

As always, we conclude with the Mash-ups and Supercuts

  • The new Doctor has been selected – Peter Capaldi will take over the title role after this season. To celebrate, here is a very NSFW mashup of Doctor Who footage and some of Capaldi’s previous roles (which involved frequent use of the F word)

 

  • A guy on reddit created a facial composite of all the actors that have played Superman in the modern age and the results ain’t too shabby:
created by reddit user morphinapg

created by reddit user morphinapg

  • Sesame Street does Sons of Anarchy:

 

  • They were busy over on “the Street;” Cookie Monster found time to cover Icona Pop:

 

  • A supercut of all the Breaking Bad scenes filmed from below:

 

  • Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” performed in 13 different styles:

 

  • Wolverine: A Movie by Woody Allen

 

  • Game of Thrones meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

 

  • 177 episodes of House in 7 minutes:

 

  • Star Wars characters dancing to “Blurred Lines”

 

Chewbacca has some sweet moves!

  • And finally…a Weird Al/Breaking Bad mash-up? Makes total sense to me.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Blog’s Birthday Edition

It’s hard to believe it, but tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of As Heather’s World Turns. Time flies when you’ve having fun. In some ways I feel like I’ve been blogging forever, yet it also doesn’t feel like I’ve chronicled a year of my pop culture consumption.

To kick off the second year of As Heather’s World Turns, I’ve added some additional ways that you can keep up with the blog. The blog now has its own Twitter account (@AsHeathersWorldTurns) that you can follow and I’ve created a Facebook page for the blog. Both are a work in progress, but I’ll post and tweet all my new blog posts from these accounts as well as any interesting pop culture stories that I find throughout the week. So please feel free to follow and like respectively.

Now on to the pop culture stories you may have missed in the last two weeks:

  • ABC has pulled Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 from the schedule and there are no immediate plans to air the remaining episodes. Though there is no official word from the network, James Van der Beek tweeted that the show has “basically been cancelled.” ABC will air two episodes of Happy Endings on Tuesday nights until Dancing with the Stars begins in March.
  • I have discovered the website www.Citizenbrick.com that has customized Lego figures that bear a striking resemblance to some of my pop culture favorites. I’m guessing Omar Little and Walter White will find their way to my desk sometime soon.
  • A “lost” episode of Dexter’s Lab has been released; the episode never aired because of the excessive swearing (though it is all bleeped), so it’s NSFW and not especially kid friendly:

 

  • I thought this was cute – two fans of the show 30 Rock sat outside of Silvercup Studios to see if they could get members of the cast to high five them:

 

  • A spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, centered around Klaus and the Originals, is in development. I will totally watch this.
  • In honor of the 25th anniversary of Die Hard, Fox Studies is unveiling a giant mural on their lot. Die Hard 5 (A Good Day to Die Hard) will be released February 14th.
  • I tuned in Monday night to watch Kevin Bacon’s new serial killer themed drama, The Following. I wasn’t completely bowled over – it was a bit clichéd, they really hit you over the head with the Edgar Allen Poe references and some of the supporting cast isn’t very good – but there was enough there that I’ll tune in for a while to see where it goes.
  • Kris Kross is reuniting. That makes me want to jump, jump.
  • Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, featured on the program Ace of Cakes, made a pretty cool cake for President Obama’s inauguration.
  • I was also sad to hear that Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, passed away.
  • Jerry Seinfeld and the rapper Wale will collaborate. I don’t get it either, but I’m intrigued.

Tina Fey takes you on a tour of Liz Lemon’s office.

 

  • Proving why he is awesome, Michael J. Fox admits that he wouldn’t be thrilled if his son dated Taylor Swift. Apparently Fox later apologized to Swift because she said he reached out to her and thanked her fans for “having her back” – against a fifty year old man with Parkinson’s. Taylor Swift is the worst; thanks for nothing Kanye. You created this monster.
  • In other TNT news, they have picked up a Rebecca Romjin PI drama and a pilot for a Geena Davis bounty hunter show.
  • My pal Michael K. Williams will play Ol’ Dirty Bastard in an upcoming film. Check out his skills on Brooklyn Zoo at a recent benefit show (NSFW). I wasn’t impressed.

 

  • My prediction about what would happen on American Horror Story: Asylum came true.
  • I love Jennifer Lawrence, but last week’s episode of SNL wasn’t good.
  • You can check out a very cool version of the script for Moonrise Kingdom here.
  • I was pleasantly surprised with the new Jim Jefferies comedy, Legit. It was mostly material from his stand-up, so I’m curious what the show will be like once it features more original material.
  • Marcia Gay Harden will replace Rosemarie DeWitt on The Newsroom.
  • And finally…..enjoy this Toy Story recreation with real toys.