Fresh Starts on TV

We’re a few steps into the fall season. Some shows are already on their first break in episodes and others are just starting. In fact, tonight is the premiere episode of the all star version of RuPaul’s Drag Race which I’ll talk about later. For now, here’s a few of the shows I’ve been watching or at least checking out.

Glee – Well, I guess that was a given. With the graduation of half the cast, there was a big question of what was going to go on this season. From the start, they brought on Unique from last season (who was from the first season of the Glee Project and tied for 3rd/4th place). Joe (the Glee Project 1st place winner) even returned though Rory, who I liked more, did not. Even though they graduated, Rachel and Kurt stayed on as major characters and even Finn had returned. The new characters are Puck’s half-brother and the daughter of the cafeteria lady. Lots of drama has been going on and the season segment ended with break-ups of the major pairs. Kurt/Blaine, Rachel/Finn, and Santana/Brittany are no more while Mr. Shu and Emma are on the rocks. When the show returns, the winner of the second season of the Glee Project, Blake, will be joining the cast as a member of the football team.

Dr. Who – After a few episodes, this show in on break until the Christmas special too. With the return will be a big change as Amy and Rory are left behind following the big altercation with the weeping angels. That was quite an episode to leave off on. The Statue of Liberty? Really??? I can’t wait to see the new companion and how things mix up. I’m also wondering if Matt Smith will survive the season or if it’s time to get a new Doctor. This will be his 3rd year after all. (And if he goes, will the Doctor finally turn up a ginger?) I am liking him despite my initial feelings. (David Tennant is still better!) I hope we still get enough of River Song too.

Arrow – I wasn’t sure what to expect of this. I’ve been a big Green Arrow fan. I enjoyed Justin Hartley’s version on Smallville. Stephen Amell is a sexy guy but given some of the decisions made about the show (just calling it “Arrow” and placing it in Starling City instead of Star City), I wasn’t sure what to expect. So far, I’m pleased by the show. Oliver is a strong character and a bit of a rebel after his time on the island. They’ve introduced us to Dinah Lance (Black Canary in the DC Universe) and Tommy Merlyn (no doubt soon to become Oliver’s arch-enemy, Merlyn). This is looking good. I hope the show stays on track and pulls in enough from Green Arrow’s regular history.

American Horror Story: Asylum – I expected this to be a follow-up to the first series but it seems to be totally new and separate. That doesn’t mean we don’t see some old faces like Jessica Lange (who is just as whacked out in this season), Evan Peters, and Zachary Quinto (who I think is supposed to show up in the 2nd episode). There are still gay characters though this time it’s a lesbian couple. Creepy things are going on in the asylum. We’ve already had an alien abduction and there are some sort of creatures running around in the woods outside of the asylum. Only time will tell where the show goes this season. I hope they can keep it as appealing as last season was.

The Walking Dead – We’re 2 episodes into the new season and things are still keeping interesting. The group has found the prison and set-up in there. Lori is close to giving birth to her child which will complicate things in this world. Micchone is still around with her zombie pair on their leashes. I’ll looking forward to her catching up with the group and them finding out Andrea’s still alive. It’s been a while since I’ve read the comic but I’m still seeing enough that reminds me of the book that I’m drawn in despite my normal lack of desire for zombie stuff.

Beauty and the Beast – I’m not sure what to make of this yet. The main character is a cop played by Smallville’s Kristen Kreuk. Opposite her is a former soldier who was experimented on and becomes a “beast” when he goes into fight mode. Supposedly most people think he’s dead, but some people are still trying to track him down. We’re only 2 episodes into the show, but the draw of this one isn’t that great. The 2nd episode was better than the first but the series needs to pick up. It’s kinda flat in the “pretty girl falls for handsome but flawed guy” sorta thing. They need to beef it up.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Hal Jordan’s an Honor Guard. Cool. This means lots of space time though I’d love to see more stuff on Earth with his old bad guys. What they do have back on Earth is Guy Garner. That I could pass on. Hal and Kilowog have Aya back which is cool and we’ve seen corps memebers like Ch’p but so far, nothing of Red Lantern Razer, who I actually got to like last season. We do get to see the Manhunters and the Anti-Monitor though which means they are really making this into a big thing. I just hope they keep Guy to a minimum. I’d rather have seen Kyle.

Supernatural – We’re 8 seasons in and I think it’s time for the show to end. Wikipedia says that they are looking at 10 seasons (though the original end was supposed to be after season 5). I think that is too far. Let this end. I’m not even sure why I still watch this at this point. There are some good episodes here and there but it’s not what it used to be. Too many characters have all been killed off. So far, half of the time this season has all been in flashbacks of the year between the end of last season and the start of this one.

I’m also watching shows like Grimm, Bones, Haven, Ghost Hunters, Young Justice: Invasion, Alphas (which has only it’s season finale left), and Face Off (which is coming down to the final competition on Halloween). These are all decent shows but I didn’t have anything special to add about them. They are still worth watching.

As you can see, I keep my DVR pretty busy. There is still some good stuff out there but I’d like to see some decent new blood come out in the comic related or supernatural type stuff. I’d love to see more shows like Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl, both of which are on hiatus right now.

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