So, are you tired of TV’s summer doldrums yet? If you’re like us, you’ve even exhausted the good options streamed on Netflix and Amazon. Have no fear, old favorites such as “The Walking Dead” and “The Big Bang Theory” will be returning in the fall, but we will also have some all new shows to enjoy. We’ve picked out a half dozen of those that looked the most intriguing to share with you.
Whether the show succeeds or not, you have to hand it to the writers for an attention-grabbing first episode. The FBI is tasked with figuring out the identity of a naked woman (Jaimie Alexander) found in Times Square. She has no memories and the only clues to her past are in the tattoos that cover her body. They end up revealing a “vast international plot,” according to NBC, where the show will air on Monday nights at 10:00 p.m., beginning September 21.
From the producers of TV blockbusters “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Murder your Wife,” and “Scandal” comes what we think will be a major hit during the fall season, “The Catch.” The amazing Mireille Enos stars as Alice Martin, a victim of fraud. The ironic twist is that Martin is a fraud investigator and the conman is her fiancée. “The Catch” premieres “midseason,” so say your prayers that another ABC show bites the dust so that this one can take its place.
An unidentified virus that is 100 percent fatal. An epidemic. Sure, the premise is familiar (“The Strain” and “The Last Ship” to name two), but “Containment” deals more with what happens to those inside the quarantine area (ala “Under the Dome”), the tragedy of being torn from loved ones and the fight for their lives. “Containment” premieres midseason on CW.
The Frankenstein Code
What if you could start over? What if you could be faster, stronger, smarter? Ray Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall), a 75-year old sheriff who resigns in disgrace, gets a chance to find out when he is brought back from the dead. This time around he’s younger and stronger (portrayed by True Blood's Rob Kazinsky) and faces new demons. Will he fall back on the corrupted ways of his past or embrace his new purpose? We’ll need to wait for fall’s midseason to catch “The Frankenstein Code” on Fox.
It may seem cliché for John Stamos to play a longtime bachelor, but a grandpa? Next you’ll be telling us that The Fonz is starring in adult diaper commercials! The hilarity starts when Stamos’ character finds out, in one fell swoop, that he’s not only a father, but a grandfather as well. The trailer (available on YouTube) made us chuckle and we think you will too. “Grandfathered” will air Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. and premieres on September 29.
Little Big Shots
Another midseason premiere from NBC, “Little Big Shots” comes to us from Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey. A variety show starring extraordinarily talented kids puts Harvey in the host seat and the conversations and interviews with the kids will have “hilarious results,” promises NBC.