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Sweatpants & TV | Five New Shows I’m Looking Forward to this Fall

By Shandle Blaha

I call this time of year my Christmas. The last two weeks in September bring back all my favorite shows for new seasons and give me brand new ones to get excited about. Here are just five I’m looking forward to this fall.

The Good Place, September 19 at 10pm EST on NBC (It will move to Thursday on September 22nd at 8:30pm EST

Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden

Synopsis: After being killed in a freak accident Eleanor (Kristen Bell) wakes up in the afterlife. Her mentor, Michael (Ted Danson) explains that she is now in “The Good Place” because she did so much good on Earth. Eleanor soon realizes that they’ve mistaken her for someone else but isn’t sure she wants to go back to her life on Earth, even if she can’t cuss in “The Good Place.”

For Fans of: Veronica Mars, Cheers, Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, Parks and Recreation 

Why I’m Excited: KRISTEN BELL. Need I say more? TED DANSON. Still not enough? Ok, fine. Besides the fact that I love both of them I love the premise of this show. A cute potty-mouthed woman suddenly trapped in a place where everyone is nice and no one can cuss? It’s basically my life here in The South. It feels fresh and unique to me and unlike most sitcoms seems to be about Eleanor’s realization of her own need for personal growth rather than any sort of romantic trials and tribulations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMf24rEsMOs

This Is Us, September 20th at 10pm EST on NBC

Starring:  Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones

Synopsis: The series follows characters who share the same birthday according to Wikipedia and IMDB, but there is supposedly a twist that connects the 4 main storylines together.

For Fans of: Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Brothers & Sisters, The Fosters, Gilmore Girls

Why I’m Excited: Just watching the trailer for this show makes me tear up. The style, cast, writing, music, all of it seems like it’s going to be a cathartic-crying show in the best way. I’m already stocking up on Kleenex in preparation. While I love a good procedural or medical drama I feel like I’ve been missing a heartful family drama in my life and This Is Us looks like it’s going to fill that Parenthood-shaped hole in all our hearts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUiKg28r_M

Speechless, September 21st at 8:30pm EST on ABC 

Starring: Minnie Driver, Cedric Yarbrough, John Ross Bowie, Kyla Kenedy, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler

Synopsis: A family with a son who has cerebral palsy moves into a new neighborhood in search of the best life possible for their kids.

For Fans of: Modern Family, The Middle, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat

Why I’m Excited: It looks hilarious and original. Minnie Driver had me laughing during the entire trailer and I’m excited to see a sitcom tackle ableism, hopefully being educational while making me laugh.

Notorious, September 22 at 9pm EST on ABC 

Starring: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Ryan Guzman, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden

Synopsis: It’s based on the real life of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and Larry King Live’s Wendy Walker that gives us a behind-the-scenes look in how the media manipulates public opinion.

For Fans of: Scandal, Covert Affairs, Rescue Me, Graceland, Law & Order, How to Get Away with Murder 

Why I’m Excited: The chemistry between Piper and Daniel is steamy and I can’t wait to see the obvious sexual tension play out. It’s also an interesting premise especially in today’s world where so many news outlets are accused of being biased and the talk of media’s manipulation of public opinion is a hot button issue. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t annoyed that it’s temporarily taking Scandal‘s time slot, though.

Pitch, September 22 at 9pm EST on FOX

Starring:  Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mo McRae. Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo

Synopsis: A series about the first women to be accepted to play in Major League Baseball.

For Fans of: Friday Night Lights, Back in the Game, Scandal, 

Why I’m Excited: Major League Baseball teamed up with Fox to make this series as authentic as possible and have said they will tackle the sexism in the sports industry without sugar-coating it so I’m interested to see how true that is.

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About Shandle Blaha (170 Articles)
Shandle is the Operations Director for Sweatpants & Coffee. She works from home so she wears yoga pants every day and loves some coffee in her cream and sugar. A rerun of Friends is always on her TV and her stack of books to read is always growing. She and her husband love to travel and you can follow her travels on Instagram at: shandle_spc.

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