I’m so happy the new fall season is here! Yes, it’s just a few shows this week, but…the rest are coming up fast. I’ve been watching screeners for a few days, and I’m excited for some of what I’ve seen and disappointed in others. But overall, I’m excited for new and returning shows. A couple of those new shows premiere tonight, so check out our recommendations!
One of tonight’s two new series is The Mysteries of Laura, on NBC. The title does the show no justice, in my opinion. It stars Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Smash) as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective with twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (played by Josh Lucas, The Firm) who seems to be putting off signing the divorce papers. She’s a tough cop at work and a tired mother of her…exuberant children at home. But her personal life bleeds into her professional life quite a bit—both when she has to take time off to pick up the boys from school and when her husband, who is also a cop, becomes her boss. Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings, Deception) stars as Billy Soto, Laura’s partner on the force.
I’ve seen the premiere, and I loved it a lot more than I thought I would. Like I said, the title really does it no justice. It’s very funny and enjoyable, so I urge you to give it a chance!
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Homicide Detective Laura Diamond balances her day job with her chaotic family life. Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Person of Interest, Flashpoint) guest stars.
See if your life could possibly be any crazier than Laura’s tonight on NBC at 10/9c. (It will normally air at 9/8c.)
I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, Hell’s Kitchen, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Mystery Diners, Top Chef Duels, & Wahlburgers.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.
Hell’s Kitchen returned last week with a vengeance and some very strong competitors—although most of them are on the red team. It amazes me how in both episodes, the red team won the challenge and the men are already complaining about being tired of losing—it’s only two challenges! Unfortunately, the girls’ winning streak didn’t continue through dinner service, because they came crashing down thanks to a very poorly done salmon. In the end, Janai went home, which I was 100% supportive of. I don’t have a favorite yet because they’re all just proving themselves, but I have a feeling after the next episode, I’ll have seen enough of their personalities to choose a couple favorites to watch.
On tonight’s episode, “16 Chefs Compete,” in an effort to strengthen team communication, Chef Ramsay challenges the contestants to a unique recipe challenge. The team that most successfully completes the recipes printed on the back of their jackets will win a day flying across Venice beach, while the losing team will prepare for the next dinner service by grinding thousands of coffee beans. Later, during the dinner service, teams must work together as they prepare their specialty dishes for VIP guests, including talk-show host Wendy Williams.
To see which team manages to work together, tune in to FOX at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching Red Band Society and The Mysteries of Laura.
Tonight, FOX kicks off the new series Red Band Society. This dramedy follows the ups and downs in the lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital, as they bond with and learn from one another. The series is narrated by Charlie (Griffin Gluck), a 12-year-old coma patient. The other patients in the ward include: 16-year-old Leo (Charlie Rowe), the leader of the group; newcomer Jordi (Nolan Sotillo), who’s just arrived for an amputation; 16-year-old rebel Dash (Brian “Astro” Bradley), who has cystic fibrosis; 15-year-old Emma (Clara Barvo), who has an eating disorder; and mean girl cheerleader Kara (Zoe Levin). In charge of the ward is the tough-but-selfless Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), top pediatric surgeon Dr. Jack McAndrew (Dave Annable), and naive new nurse Brittany (Rebecca Rittenhouse). This is a remake of the Spanish series, Polseres Vermelles.
FOX made the pilot episode available online a while back. The show kind of reminded me of Glee, except set in a hospital and without singing. Some of the stuff these teens are allowed to get away with—and the free rein they seem of have over the hospital—is totally unrealistic, but the characters are interesting and relationships between them are entertaining. The series does a great job tempering the serious nature of the teens’ situations with humor. From the pilot, it looks like the show has the makings of a fun, heartwarming, coming-of-age drama.
On tonight’s episode, “Pilot,” Leo gets a new roommate who’s about to undergo a procedure he knows all too well, and a queen-bee cheerleader is shocked when she’s no longer the center of attention.
Check out the new dramedy tonight on FOX at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching/recording Big Brother, Extant, The Mysteries of Laura, The League, Top Chef Duels, Legends, and Franklin & Bash.