Stay Tuned: Eugene’s One Stop Guide to TV for the Week of Oct 11

By Eugene Sims

Here’s another television update with this week’s premieres and debuts. Personally, I have only checked out two new series on over-the-air networks. And those didn’t really thrill me.

It’s not that I despise the shows that those networks bring to the airwaves; it’s just that I don’t waste my time on them. I want shows that give me a reason to watch. I have found that most of their offerings are of the “paint by numbers” variety. They’re usually simple and safe for a mass audience. In my opinion, CBS is the worst of the bunch.

Sure, you can turn your brain off and relax with the warm glow of a television show. I just want more. I crave good writing. I love some good acting. I want quality.

The great television series are being made by cable networks and those that stream their content like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. And in most cases, you can binge on their shows as if there’s no tomorrow.

But I digress… Let’s get to the offerings headed out way this week.

 

Tuesday, October 11

One of my favorite over-the-air network comedies returns on ABC at 8pm, ‘The Middle’. The show is downright funny and I’m amazed every time it gets a renewal simply because they series is so darn good. ‘The Middle’ is proof positive that a series can be well-written and perfect for family viewing.

Right after, ABC has the new series debuting at 8:30pm called ‘American Housewife’. Think of it a series like ‘The Middle’, but the family lives in a really nice neighborhood.

Then a couple of series return at 9pm and 9:30pm. First up is ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and then ‘The Real O’Neals’.

A renewal came early for NBC’s new series ‘This Is Us’ and it makes its time slot premiere at 9pm. Then ‘Chicago Fire’ hits the airwaves at 10pm.

 

Thursday, October 13

The CW will be shoveling out two returning favorites. ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ drops at 8pm. ‘Supernatural’ follows with a new season at 9pm.

USA has been going after an audience that prefers less fluff with darker series like ‘Mr. Robot’, but will ‘Falling Water’ bring the same success? It’s from the producers of ‘The Walking Dead’ and it’s about three people that are having separate parts of the same dream. Interesting premise, but I’ve not been convinced enough to screen the pilot on their website. You can check it out for yourself by following the link above.

 

Sunday, October 16

Eyewitness’ makes its debut on USA at 10pm. The crime-thriller series is based on a Norwegian series. The murder is told from the perspective of witnesses. Unfortunately for the two of the witnesses, they witness the triple-homicide while pursuing a clandestine teenage romance.

And over on Epix, ‘Graves’ makes its debut also at 10pm. A former American President rights all the wrongs with his political policies. You can think of it kind of like Earl Hickey (‘My Name Is Earl’) meets Frank Underwood (‘House of Cards’).

 

Monday, October 17

Jane The Virgin’ season premiere airs on The CW at 9pm.

Over on CBS at 9:30pm, ‘The Odd Couple’ is back.

 

The fall premieres are slowing down, but I will still give you the goods on what’s happening, what to look for, and provide an occasional review. New television series happen all year round now.

One final mention…

HBO’s ‘Westworld’ has grabbed my attention with only one episode under my belt. With the money that they’re shelling out for this big budget series, it better be good. Right? Well, ‘Westworld’ certainly has me watching and waiting every week.

Stay Tuned…

Eugene

 

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