Fall 2012 & Spring/Summer 2013 TV Catch-all

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EDIT: Time for summer premiere dates. New Fall thread will start in August.

EDIT: Here's the Spring 2013 Schedule post later in the thread.

OK sorry I'm maybe a week late. Hopefully no one missed anything important. But with all the summer shows now, last year's topic is still bleeding into the fall previews. Several shows just had their summer finale this week or are having it next week. But fall shows started a little early with NBC's post-Olympics barrage. Still, the biggest week for new/returning shows is Sept 24-30.

As usual, here's the reminder that several shows have their own topic. Shouldn't need this list anymore, with the new tagging system, all of those threads are tagged with TV. But here it is anyway.

Big Bang Theory
Breaking Bad
Castle
Community
Dexter
Downton Abbey
Falling Skies
Fringe (final season )
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Walking Dead

Without further ado, the fall schedule.

Monday, August 20
Inbetweeners (MTV)

Tuesday, August 21
Face Off (Syfy)

Friday, August 24
America's Next Top Model (CW)

September
Monday, September 3
Switched at Birth (ABC Family)

Monday, September 10
The New Normal (NBC)
The Voice (NBC)

Tuesday, September 11
Go On (NBC) *
Parenthood (NBC)
Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Wednesday, September 12
Guys with Kids (NBC)
The X Factor (FOX)

Friday, September 14
Grimm (NBC) *
Shark Tank (ABC)
Sunday, September 16
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Monday, September 17
Bones (FOX)
Mob Doctor (FOX)
Revolution (NBC)

Thursday, September 20
Parks & Recreation (NBC)
The Office (NBC)
Up All Night (NBC)

Sunday, September 23
Treme (HBO)

Monday, September 24
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
Dancing with The Stars (ABC)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Mike and Molly (CBS)
Partners (CBS)

Tuesday, September 25
Ben and Kate (FOX)
Brickleberry (Comedy Central)
NCIS (CBS)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
New Girl (FOX)
Private Practice (ABC)
The Mindy Project (FOX)
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)
Vegas (CBS)

Wednesday, September 26
Animal Practice (NBC) *
Criminal Minds (CBS)
CSI: Las Vegas (CBS)
Guys with Kids (NBC) *
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
South Park (Comedy Central)
The Middle (ABC) **
The Neighbours (ABC)

Thursday, September 27
Elementary (CBS)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Last Resort (ABC)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Scandal (ABC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Two and Half Men (CBS)

Friday, September 28
Blue Bloods (CBS)
CSI: NY (CBS)
Fringe (FOX)
Kitchen Nightmares (FOX)
Made in Jersey (CBS)

Sunday, September 30
666 Park Avenue (ABC)
American Dad (FOX)
Bob's Burgers (FOX)
Dexter (SHO)
Family Guy (FOX)
Homeland (SHO)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Revenge (ABC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
The Mentalist (CBS)
The Simpsons (FOX)

October
Tuesday, October 2
Hart of Dixie (CW)
Raising Hope (FOX)

Wednesday, October 3
Supernatural (CW)
The Neighbors (ABC) *

Thursday, October 4
30 Rock (NBC)
Jersey Shore (MTV)

Sunday, October 7
The Cleveland Show (FOX)

Monday, October 8
90210 (CW)
Gossip Girl (CW)

Wednesday, October 10
Arrow (CW)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Nashville (ABC)

Thursday, October 11
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Vampire Diaries (CW)

Sunday, October 14
Walking Dead (AMC)

Tuesday, October 16
Emily, Owens MD (CW)

Wednesday, October 17
Suburgatory (ABC)

Friday, October 19
America's Next Top Model (CW)
Community (NBC)
Nikita (CW)
Whitney (NBC)

Tuesday, October 23
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)
Happy Endings (ABC)

Friday, October 26
Touch (FOX)

November
Friday, November 2
Last Man Standing (ABC)
Malibu Country (ABC)

And also, a highlight of all the new shows with a short synopsis, thanks to TV Guide.

666 Park Avenue (ABC), Animal Practice (NBC), Arrow (CW), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Ben and Kate (Fox), Chicago Fire (NBC), Elementary (CBS), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW), Go On (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC), Last Resort (ABC), Made in Jersey (CBS), Major Crimes (TNT), Malibu Country (ABC), The Mindy Project (Fox), The Mob Doctor (Fox), Nashville (ABC), The Neighbors (ABC), The New Normal (NBC), Partners (CBS), Revolution (NBC), Stars Earn Stripes (NBC), and Vegas (CBS)

So Castle, Modern Family, Fringe, Dexter, and Homeland all return in the same week in Sept. Wow.

Fringe, Homeland, and Castle all come back at once?

Awesome.

Been loving the first season of Homeland as it has been airing on Showtiime. It's going to tempt me into keeping Showtime for a bit longer when my free three months runs out in October.

What's the word on the new season of American Horror Story?

No word on Archer, It's Always Sunny, or The League? Bummer.

I believe this is the final season for Community as well.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I believe this is the final season for Community as well.

Probably is, with the move to Fri, and no Dan Harmon.

But I don't think anyone has said officially.

Castle Castle Castle!

Now if only I understood the strange patterns of Justified...

Fantastic, I can watch Castle and Grey's Anatomy all in the same week.

The Sept 14 date for Grimm reflects a scheduling change, not a season premiere. The show is already two episodes into it's second season.

Reaper81 wrote:

Strike Back season 2 this week. I am hoping for more gun toting bro-mance!

I'm bringing this over into the new thread since this new season just started.

I had meant to watch this when it first started and forgot about it between Homeland and some other shows being on around the same time. Spent the last few days watching the first season OnDemand and enjoyed every second of it. It's no award winner but it sure is entertaining. For being a Cinemax show the quality was certainly higher than I expected. I liken it to Spartacus on Starz where amidst the violence and gratuitous T&A you get some decent plot, writing, and twists in the story. The chemistry between the 2 main guys is fun. I also enjoyed the format in that there was an overarching story for the 10 episodes, but each 2 episode block was essentially a mini-story. It basically felt like each 2 episodes was a 90 minute movie and I just watched a quadrilogy of some action movie franchise.

Being a fan of Game Of Thrones it was also fun to see Davos Seaworth and Ser Jorah Mormont show up as "villains" of the week. And having just saw a preview of the new season it looks like Tywin Lannister himself will be making an appearance.

Fun fact: Before starting I did a little reading about the show to make sure it was worth it and found out the season that just started is actually Season 3. The first season of the show on Cinemax it turns out is Season 2. Season 1 of the show aired only in the UK and is called "Chris Ryan's Strike Back" and apparently focused on an agent named Porter who is shown briefly in the beginning of the first season on Cinemax. Unfortunately, the only way I've found to watch the first season is to buy the DVD from Amazon. Netflix isn't streaming it and doesn't have it on disc and I can't find anyone else streaming it. I like the show but not enough to buy the discs, so hopefully it will end up streaming from somewhere at some point.

Not related to Fall 2012, but while we are all here, can I get some viewing advice on Falling Skies?

It looks like Season 2 just ended. I've never seen it, but it looks like the kind of scifi my wife likes. TNT is going to start airing Season 2 again late at night. Should we Tivo and watch Season 2, or should we save it until I can track down the DVD for Season 1, as it doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere? Can we enjoy just picking this up for Season 2, or is Season 1 required viewing?

And finally, is the show worth the trouble either way?

Jayhawker wrote:

Not related to Fall 2012, but while we are all here, can I get some viewing advice on Falling Skies?

It looks like Season 2 just ended. I've never seen it, but it looks like the kind of scifi my wife likes. TNT is going to start airing Season 2 again late at night. Should we Tivo and watch Season 2, or should we save it until I can track down the DVD for Season 1, as it doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere? Can we enjoy just picking this up for Season 2, or is Season 1 required viewing?

And finally, is the show worth the trouble either way?

I'd say Tivo it and save it till you track down season 1. It's character based scifi so not getting to know those characters from the first season could leave you at a loss, as well as it being very overarching plot based. With just finishing season two, I'd say that besides Fringe, its the best scifi on American TV right now.

Saw a preview for the new, American-made Sherlock Holmes series "Elementary" last night. I'll probably watch the pilot, even though it seems a shameless piggybacker on the movies and outstanding BBC series.

I don't think anything could be better than the fantastic BBC series of Sherlock.

Dominic Knight wrote:

I don't think anything could be better than the fantastic BBC series of Sherlock.

Saw an article somewhere about the new Sherlock and someone made a comment I thought was spot on:

(paraphrased) "There is already an American Sherlock Holmes show. It is called House."

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
Dominic Knight wrote:

I don't think anything could be better than the fantastic BBC series of Sherlock.

Saw an article somewhere about the new Sherlock and someone made a comment I thought was spot on:

(paraphrased) "There is already an American Sherlock Holmes show. It is called House."

Both of these things are true. Still gonna check out the pilot, though.

Started watching Strike Back.

Boy. Is there ever a clearly visible line when it goes from the Sky TV season that aired for our pals across the pond to the second season that aired on Cinemax.

I mean, it's still completely ridiculous fun, but it's like they took a little bit of the trashiness that was kind of hiding in the first season and just decided to rub your face in it a few times every episode

And by that I mean boobs. And sex. And more boobs. And then they shoot some stuff, maybe something explodes, then there's a stakeout and they drive somewhere, and then there's more boobs. And probably more sex.

If you're a person that complains about the occasional sex scene in Game of Thrones, boy is Strike Back ever not for you.

Sounds typical of British->US transitions.

The only fall series I am looking forward to is Sons of Anarchy. My wife calls it a 'soap opera for men'.

Stele wrote:

Sounds typical of British->US transitions.

This is typically true, although the differences in this series are made much more absurd by the fact that it is a Cinemax show now. I've actually watched the first two seasons and by the end of the 2nd season I couldn't believe how absurd it had gotten.

I swear to god the writers or the actors, or both, somehow think that everything is grittier, and more real if you use the word f*ck whenever possible. And just for clarity sake, it doesn't! It makes every character seem dumber then they are meant to be, and then there are the story lines!

Season 2 spoilers for those who might care (which is a laughable statement in the case of this series).

Spoiler:

In one of the episodes near the end of season two, the American soldier somehow falls in love with a women hostage who is part of group of hostages he and his partner are trying to save. He "falls in love" with her, and I kid you not, after like 2 minutes of meeting her. It is so bad it was laughable! Then for the rest of the 2 episode storyline they play that whole scenario up, he's in love with her and comforts her whenever he can, and he has "real feelings" for her. Then at the end of the 2 episode arc, having saved this woman, she is waiting in his room ready to have sex with him and he gently turns her down because he knows that he isn't good for her and he wants to save her from himself. Not a minute after having turned this woman he loved away, he is having sex with this army woman who showed up just as the other woman was leaving!

The show is unintentionally absurd, hell beyond absurd and not always in a funny way. Kind of sad really because the 1st season had some potential.

EDIT: So after the rant, I watched the first (double ep) of the 3rd season, and it was one of the better episodes since season 1. It still has some cheesy, and awkwardly placed skinomax stuff, but overall it was pretty good.

Hmm, I don't see SoA season 5 on Amazon Instant. Isn't FX usually pretty good about putting their shows on Amazon? I've been watching this season of Wilfred on Amazon, so it seems weird that they wouldn't have SoA there. Well, maybe it'll pop up next week.

Not sure. FOX would probably be in charge. Some of their older properties are all over Amazon, but the ones still showing (like Fringe, Glee, etc) only have some seasons free but some seasons you still have to pay for. But yeah it seems like it should be on there, just not free maybe?

Stele wrote:

Not sure. FOX would probably be in charge. Some of their older properties are all over Amazon, but the ones still showing (like Fringe, Glee, etc) only have some seasons free but some seasons you still have to pay for. But yeah it seems like it should be on there, just not free maybe?

Oh, I'm not looking for free. I'm paying $1.99/episode for Wilfred for example, but since I ditched cable I'm paying much less per month by buying my shows à la carte on Amazon. It's just really bothering me that certain networks seem stuck in the past and don't offer their stuff on Amazon (I'm looking at you HBO and Showtime!)

Well yeah, HBO and Showtime have their own online streaming. If you're a subscriber you get all the shows for free all the time.

It would be cool if you could just pay that fee straight to HBO and get their shows without the cable middle man. Maybe someday...

Yeah, the whole point of me ditching cable was to cut my monthly bill from $145 to something more reasonable by going à la carte. Based on my analysis of my own viewing habits, it just makes financial sense. For an example, here's what I spent on TV in August:

All broadcast network shows via OTA antenna - $0
Wilfred (5 episodes at $2.84) - $14.20
Futurama (6 episodes at $2.84) - $17.04
Breaking Bad (4 episodes at $2.84) - $11.36
Longmire (1 episode at $2.84) - $2.84

Total spent - $45.44

Now, there were 3 other shows I watched last month, True Blood (HBO), The Newsroom (HBO) and Weeds (SHO). Let's say that I watched those at a friend's house who is a cable subscriber, so those were free. If HBO or SHO had put those shows on Amazon, I would have paid the following (assuming the same prices as other Amazon shows):

True Blood (4 episodes at $2.84) - $11.36
The Newsroom (4 episodes at $2.84) - $11.36
Weeds (4 episodes at $2.84) - $11.36

Total for HBO and SHO - $34.08

So the total for all the TV I watched last month, assuming HBO and SHO were willing to take my money, would have been $79.52 or about $60 less than my old monthly cable subscription. But since HBO and SHO can't get with the times, they don't get my money.

Look at it this way, the different between my cable subscription and what I actually paid last month was about $100. I'm not going to pay $100 to watch HBO and SHO. I'm sure they'll catch up someday and let me throw money at them, but until then there are definitely other ways to watch their shows.

Infyrnos wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Not related to Fall 2012, but while we are all here, can I get some viewing advice on Falling Skies?

It looks like Season 2 just ended. I've never seen it, but it looks like the kind of scifi my wife likes. TNT is going to start airing Season 2 again late at night. Should we Tivo and watch Season 2, or should we save it until I can track down the DVD for Season 1, as it doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere? Can we enjoy just picking this up for Season 2, or is Season 1 required viewing?

And finally, is the show worth the trouble either way?

I'd say Tivo it and save it till you track down season 1. It's character based scifi so not getting to know those characters from the first season could leave you at a loss, as well as it being very overarching plot based. With just finishing season two, I'd say that besides Fringe, its the best scifi on American TV right now.

For me, it's just average.

Worth some watch time if you've gotten caught up on everything else, but not something I'd worry too much about if I missed it.

If I was going to pick up a show right now, even after watching just a few episodes, I'd say "Alphas" is more entertaining to me.

Started watching 2 Broke Girls and have watched half the first season in one night. I wish I had started watching this earlier. I love Kat Dennings.

Got a chance to watch the first episode of Last Resort on Yahoo. Think Crimson Tide with a sprinkle of island adventure and intrigue. With a large cast of great TV actors and Shawn Ryan helming I think this has the potential to be ABC's next Lost.

Serengeti wrote:

Hmm, I don't see SoA season 5 on Amazon Instant. Isn't FX usually pretty good about putting their shows on Amazon? I've been watching this season of Wilfred on Amazon, so it seems weird that they wouldn't have SoA there. Well, maybe it'll pop up next week.

And nothing. Can't say I understand the thought process behind FX putting some shows on Amazon and not others. Well, guess they won't be getting my money this season since I'll just go watch it at a friend's house.

Serengeti wrote:
Serengeti wrote:

Hmm, I don't see SoA season 5 on Amazon Instant. Isn't FX usually pretty good about putting their shows on Amazon? I've been watching this season of Wilfred on Amazon, so it seems weird that they wouldn't have SoA there. Well, maybe it'll pop up next week.

And nothing. Can't say I understand the thought process behind FX putting some shows on Amazon and not others. Well, guess they won't be getting my money this season since I'll just go watch it at a friend's house.

They probably will. I know i used them to catch up on a couple shows last season when my DVR was freaking out on me.

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