Lost Girl - It’s a Canadian show that SyFy channel has picked up to air as well. There is a world of fae that live among us, unbeknownst to humans. The lead is a succubus who was raised by humans and didn’t know what she was. There is a whole hosts of supporting characters that I could write 10,000 words on and still not have finished saying all the awesome things about them that there is to say. But mostly, Kenzi! I wish I was as cool as Kenzi.
Bunheads - This is by the creator of Gilmore Girls and is very ‘Gilmore Girls meets ballet’, except better because the lead doesn’t annoy me as much as Lorelai did. I absolutely love her relationship with her mother-in-law, but I think the best surprise was what a big part the four teenage girls at the ballet studio play in it.
Breaking Pointe - This is a reality show following the ballet company of Ballet West in Salt Lake City. I just found out it got renewed for a second season! The reality show level is about at Teen Mom standards, but also there is dancing and really, it is the fault of this show that I want to see the ballet of Emeralds so badly. Also, super cute dancer brothers!
Revolution - Post-apocalyptic show with a big conspiracy at the middle, created by Abrams and Kripke. It has a couple flaws in the logic, but it is so shiny and pretty that I just don’t care. Also heavy on Kripke’s favorite themes of family as well as the family-we-make, which you all know I love. Plus, kick-ass Elizabeth Mitchell and I ship the hell out of Monroe/Miles.
Ben & Kate - Single mom whose goofball brother moves in with her. It’s a sitcom and it’s probably the most sitcom-y of all the shows I watch, but I really like the relationship between the siblings. I’d say it does have a little My Name Is Earl feel to it though.
The Mindy Project - Sitcom of Mindy Kaling as an obgyn, single woman in the city. The pilot almost turned me away because it was very over-the-top. Mindy Kaling was great on The Office but we got her in small doses there and this was a whole half hour. But by second episode they had definitely found a balance and I really like the whole cast as well.
Go On - The best of the new sitcoms in which Matthew Perry plays a widower who goes to a support group after his wife dies and finds a whole host of wacky friends. Also, John Cho as his boss and bff! It’s Matthew Perry-esque humor (which I love) combined with a whole hysterical supporting cast. It also manages to weave in some real emotional stuff underneath it all, which I think really takes the show to that next level.
Arrow - Green Arrow, but NOT a spin-off of Smallville. In fact, I expected it to be like Smallville, but it most definitely is not. For one thing, Arrow kills people. A lot. One of those shows where the lead interests me less than all the supporting players, in particular Diggle, whom I adore! It has a great comic book look to it as well.
Chicago Fire - Like ER except with firefighters/paramedics. The firefighting is something that is going on around their lives rather than the whole show, which I think was a smart way to go. I am not even kidding when I say that I love every single character on this show - one of those things where I’m like, “He’s my favorite! No, she is! No...they all are!” Also, I friend-ship the hell out of Severide/Shay.
Last Resort - A nuclear submarine is ordered to fire and refuses because they are suspicious of the order. Then a conspiracy ensues and the sub retreats to an island and Dichen Lachman shows up. The best part of this show is the female characters, who are the most badass of all. It came out strong with a more-than-fantastic pilot, slowed for a few episodes, then picked up hard around episode four. Then it sadly got canceled. But it was so good and I am seeing it to the end, which at least will be wrapped up nicely.
Wedding Band - Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau (holy shit , he can fucking play the guitar and sing!), Peter Cambor and some other dude are in a wedding band. It’s an hour long so I expected a mix of comedy/drama, but it’s mostly comedy. I love it though. I pretty much fell in love with the drummer, despite those other hotties I just mentioned, when I heard him sing Don’t You (Forget About Me). I was done for right then.
Collection Intervention - It’s a reality show, kind of Hoarders meets Comic Book Men. It’s about people who collect ‘collectibles’ but their collection has gotten way out of control. An auction house lady comes in and tells them what their collection is worth and tries to get them to cut down on some of their stuff. Sometimes the auction house lady annoys me because I feel like she doesn’t understand the psychology of some of their obsessive behavior but I love seeing the collections they have - comics, action figures, etc.
I also tried and quit three shows this past fall - 666 Park Avenue, which was trying to be Melrose Place meets American Horror Story, but it was too in the middle to be either one and has now been canceled anyways. Honestly the only reason I stuck with it past episode 2 was because Enrique Murciano was on it. Guys With Kids I had to watch for Jesse Bradford holding a baby, but I only watched one episode, didn’t laugh once and quit - way too sitcom-y for my tastes. Partners has already been canceled, which is good, because Sophia Bush and David Krumholtz deserve better. It wasn’t funny and actually I felt kind of offended.
Also, last year I started watching four shows that are not new, but were new to me, and are now in my regular viewing line-up; Teen Wolf, Leverage, Community & Paranormal Witness. I don’t know how I am going to like this one-a-week thing when Community comes back - I just want to mainline 12 episodes in a row. And, yeah, I am still crying into my pillow over Leverage’s cancellation.
So, that is all the new shows I started watching last year - I know, holy shit, right?! If you want to know more or want to discuss any of these shows, just drop me a comment.