Every fall a whole batch of new comedies and dramas premiere. Some are better than others, and only a few will make it onto the must-see lists and became watercooler fodder. Who wants to be out of the TV loop? No one! So here’s a handy list of the falls most anticipated new series that you need to be watching.
- Gotham (Fox): Undeniably the most buzzed-about new show of the fall TV season, Gotham is a new take on an old classic. The show follows Detective Jim Gordon before his ascent to commissioner, when Bruce Wayne was nothing more than a young, newly orphaned boy. Starring Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) as Gordon the drama is can’t-miss television. It’s even inked an unprecedented deal with Netflix, granting them streaming rights after the first season ends despite the show not having aired or found an audience yet. That’s what I call a vote of confidence. Gotham premieres on FOX September 22nd at 8 pm.
- Gracepoint (Fox): Adapted from the U.K. series Broadchurch, this 10-part ‘event series’ follows two detectives investigating a young boys death. The series stars Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Anna Gunn, of Breaking Bad fame. The cast enough is a major selling point, but given how fantastic the source material is there’s a good chance this is going to be network TV’s very own “prestige drama.” Gracepoint premieres on Fox October 2nd at 9pm.
- The Affair (Showtime): Hello Pacey Witter! Joshua Jackson is back on TV in a complex new Showtime drama. The Affair explores the implications of an affair for all involved. Rounding out the cast is Maura Tierney, Dominic West, and Ruth Wilson – so, really, how can you not watch with a cast that superb? The shows pilot episode is already getting glowing reviews so make sure to tune in on October 19 at 10pm.
- Jane the Virgin (The CW): This CW dramedy boasts the most absurd, and likely the most original, premise of all the fall pilots. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a, duh, virgin who has been pushed to abstain from sex until marriage – but that doesn’t help her from getting pregnant. Jane ends up artificially inseminated after a mix-up at the doctor’s office. Oops? The pilot is already a critical darling, appearing on many must-see lists – so make sure you check this one out. Jane the Virgin premieres on The CW October 13th at 9pm.
- Marry Me (NBC): Two of comedies finest character actors have come together for this take on modern marriage that is falls must-see comedy. The show follows Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino) as they traverse the trials and tribulations of getting to the “I do.” Marino and Wilson are both stars on the rise, and this may be the project that launches them into household names. Marry Me premieres on NBC October 14th at 9pm.
Fall is arguably the best time of the year. The leaves change, everything tastes like pumpkin, and TV watchers are served up a whole new batch of shows for their viewing pleasure. Waiting for those new shows can be tortuous – especially those hotly anticipated ones. So to ease those impatient minds here’s a few of the new fall pilots that are already streaming ahead of air date.
- Selfie is a self-described “modern re-telling” of My Fair Lady that follows internet celeb and social media-addict Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) as she tries to forge real, human connections. If you can make your way past the cringe-worthy title you’ll find a show with charming characters, plenty of laughs, and a whole lot of potential. Check it out on the ABC.go.com website. Selfie officially premieres on ABC on September 30th.
- If you’re a romantic comedy buff with a serious love for (500) Days of Summer, then A to Z is about to be your new favorite show. Starring Cristin Milioti (the titular ‘mother’ on How I Met Your Mother) and Ben Feldman (Mad Mens’ Michael Ginsberg) the show follows the beginning, middle, and eventual end of a relationship between Andrew and Zelda (get it? A to Z?). While the premise gives way to more than a few hokey, cliché moments the show also has real heart and humor. Plus, who knew that under all period-appropriate Mad Men outfits and bushy facial hair that Ben Feldman was a total hunk? Check this one out at NBC.com. A to Z officially premieres on NBC on October 2nd.
- This new drama follows Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Guffund), a brilliant medical examiner who has a slight problem – he can’t die. Morgan studies the dead in an attempt to understand his own mortality, or lack thereof. This Sherlock Holmes-esque show is a good old fashioned procedural about a two partners (Alana De La Garza rounding out the other half of this partnership) to investigate deaths. Oh, and one of them is an immortal who is always naked when he’s resurrected. Check this one out over at ABC.go.com. Forever officially premieres September 23rd on ABC.
- Bonus: an Amazon pilot! Amazon.com has released a new batch of comedy and drama pilots online as a part of their ongoing foray into original programming. One of the most promising of the five pilots is Red Oaks, a 1980s set coming-of-age tale. The show follows David Myers (Craig Roberts) as he traverses through the summer before he has to return to college and decide what to do with the rest of his life. It’s relentlessly funny and even stars ‘80s darling Jennifer Grey. You can stream this one over at Amazon.com.
Although Taylor Swift looks quite a little bit sexier than we are used to on the latest issue of Rolling Stone, its the accompanying interview that has people talking. When talking about her song “Bad Blood” off her upcoming album 1989, Swift stated that the song isn’t about one of her many ex-boyfriends but an enemy.
The singer told the magazine, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’'
As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, fashion and music joined forces for the annual Fashion Rocks concert. This year’s charity fundraiser event showcased the latest fashion trends as Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Rita Ora, and other musical acts performed at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center.
Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj proved the night was all about the booty. Jennifer performed her new single “Booty” in a sparkling silver Versace mini dress, which of course emphasized her own infamous booty. The 45-year-old and mother of two proved she still got it as she sang and danced across the stage. She promised a "bootyful" performance and it earned her the longest applause and loudest cheers of the night.
After Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were let go from The View this summer, there were some seats left to fill before the talk show’s new season starts.
Also with Barbara Walters retirement in May, the only panelist left on the daytime talk show was Whoopi Goldberg. In July though it was announced that Rosie O’Donnell would be returning to the show. She previously co-hosted the show for one year before leaving in 2007.
This week it was announced that actress Rosie Perez and former President George W. Bush’s communications director Nicolle Wallace will be joining the talk show for its upcoming eighteenth season.
Joan Rivers, iconic actress, talk show host, and comedian, died today. She was 81 years old. She had been in a medically induced coma as a result of complications from surgery on her vocal cords.
To this day, Ms. Rivers is one of the most famous and successful comedians that has ever lived. Her career as a stand-up comedian launched, as so many did, off Johnny Carson’s couch on the Tonight Show, where she first appeared in 1965. She was such a hit on the Tonight Show that she became the first permanent guest host, and by 1972 she was the highest-paid entertainer in Vegas.
Well, back when she had an Instagram, Rih was known for posting the most badass pics known to the social media site. After a racy photo shoot that beared her body in all its glory, her Instagram disappeared. Apparently, even celebs have to follow the Terms and Conditions that nobody ever reads. Nudity is a no-go on IG, and her blatant rule-breaking is what earned her the number 1 spot on our list.
CeeLo Green has been making news lately, but not in a good way. After pleading no contest to a felony drug charge of supplying a woman with ecstasy, he received a plea deal in which he will be on probation for three years, must complete 360 hours of community service and attend 52 AA/NA meetings.
This week, the singer deleted his Twitter account after writing some controversial comments about rape. Although the tweets were quickly deleted, according to BuzzFeed, who posted screen shots of the tweets, he wrote “if someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent” and “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
Nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards were revealed today. Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced five categories on Good Morning America while the rest of the nominations were revealed at a press conference. Both Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return to host the award show for the seventh year in a row. Miranda Lambert leads this years nominations with nine.
The award show will air live on November 5th on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Here is the full list of nominees for the 48th annual CMA Awards:
Get ready! Carlton Banks will showcase his signature dance moves one more time. Alfonso Ribeiro, known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will be a contestant on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
Carlton, we mean Alfonso, is among the short list of confirmed celebs looking to claim the Mirrorball Trophy on the 19th season of DWTS. US Weekly also confirms Jonathan Bennett of Mean Girls, Lea Thompson of Back to the Future, and YouTube star Bethany Mota will be contestants on the new season.