Indian Summers (September 27, 9pm PBS) -Drama set in 1932 following the final years of British colonial rule in India. Think Downton Abbey in the Himalayas.
Blood & Oil (September 27, 9pm ABC) – A couple looks to cash in on the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota. Stars Don Johnson. If the show is half as sexy as the posters it should be worth a season or two.
Quantico (September 27, 9pm ABC) – A look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Another procedural show? Remains to be seen if worth the time.
The Last Man on Earth (season 2 premiers September 27, 9:30PM Fox) – Almost 2 years after a virus wiped out most of the human race, Phil Miller only wishes for some company, but soon gets more than he bargained for when that company shows up in the form of other survivors. Stars Will Forte, January Jones and Kristen Schaal. I watched the first few episodes of the first season and wasn’t impresses. But since it achieved a second season maybe I will give it another chance.
CSI (September 27 9PM CBS) – tonight is the finale with a few of the departed series regulars returning.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (premiers September 28, 11pm Comedy Central). Will Trevor help us move beyond Jon?
The Grinder (premiers September 29, 8PM Fox) – Television lawyer Dean Sanderson moves back to his small home town after a stint in Hollywood thinking his time on TV qualifies him to run his family’s law firm. Stars Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.
Code Black (premiers September 30, 10PM CBS – The staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room treat patients under difficult circumstances. Another emergency room show but stars Marcia Gay Harden. . .
The fall TV season almost got away from me. Below are a few September premier highlights (in handy and convenient chronological by premier date order).
You’re the Worst (season 2 premiered September 9, 10:30PM FXX) –Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship. “Sharp dialogue, winning performances and recognizable and ranchy portrait of thirtysomething life.” My cable subscription doesn’t extend to FXX but after buying the first episode on Amazon I would agree. I may have to pony up for the rest of the season.
Doll & Em (season 2 premiers September 13, 10:40PM HBO) – A sitcom in which English actress Emily Mortimer heads to Hollywood, closely followed by best friend Dolly Wells as her assistant.
The Mindy Project (September 15, Hulu) – formerly on NBC The Mindy Projectmoved to Hulu this season. A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Love the show and love Mindy Kaling.
Best Time Ever (premiers September 15, 10PM NBC) – While NPH is a personal favorite, the I am not so sure about the variety show genre. After watching the first episode the jury is definitely out. Worth watching episode two though.
The Bastard Executioner (premiers September 15, 10PM Fox) – from the Sons of Anarchy showrunner Kurt Sutter. Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward The Third’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick it up again.
Minority Report(premiers September 21 9PM on Fox) – 10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington DC one of the three PreCogs attempts to lead on a normal life while still suffering from visions of the future. Will they be able to hold it together or mentally breakdown and give up?
Gotham(season 2 premiers September 21 9PM on Fox) – The story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s (played by the square-jawed Ben McKenzi) rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.
Blindspot (premiers September 21 10PM on NBC) – A Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body. Could go either way – intriguing, interesting and cool or completely predictable.
Scream Queens (premiers September 22, 8PM Fox) – stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. After a 1995 sorority pledge gone wrong, someone is out for vengeance when a college campus is rattled by a series of murders at the twentieth anniversary of the crime. Horror (even with dose of comedy) but with Ryan Murphy as showrunner and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. . .
Limitless (premiers September 22 10PM on CBS) – A man gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities. A television adaptation of the 2011 film, ‘Limitless’.
Empire(season 2 premiers September 23 9PM on Fox) – A father, who runs a successful music business, is diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and has to choose one of his three sons to take over when he dies. Taraji P. Henson is amazing as Cookie, the matriarch of the family – chews up every scene she is in.
Rosewood (premiers September 23 8PM on Fox) – Miami pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., finds secrets in people’s bodies using his state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Not sure about this one – feels like I have seen it many times before but will probably give it an episode or two.
Modern Family (season 7 premiers September 23 9PM on ABC) – Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. I thought season 6 was strong – after a few seasons I was thinking it had jumped the shark but season 6 renewed my interest in the show.
How to Get Away With Murder(season 2 premiers September 24 10PM on ABC) – A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. The first season was great, Viola Davis is terrific – eager to see what they do in season 2 to top the first season.
Heroes Reborn(premiers September 24 8PM on NBC) – A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
Scandal(season 5 premiers September 24 9PM on ABC) – Kerry Washington stars as former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets. What will happen this season with Mellie kicked out of the White House and Fitz and Olivia reconciled.
The Player (premiers September 24 10PM on NBC) – starring Wesley Snipes. A former intelligence officer works as a security expert in Las Vegas.
Everest (opens September 18) – This adventure docudrama is set in 1996 when a severe snowstorm on Mt Everest devastated simultaneous expeditions and resulted in the deaths of eight climbers. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, and John Hawkes.
About Ray (opens September 18) – After Ray, a young woman (Elle Fanning), decided to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon). She must also obtain the legal consent of her absentee biological father (Tate Donovan).
Sicario(opens September 18) – Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent working a dangerous stretch of the US-Mexican border who becomes embroiled in the ruthlessness and corruption surrounding the FBI sting against the escalating war against drugs. A finalist for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Also stars Josh Brolin as Blunt’s superior officer and Benicio Del Toro as a defector from the Mexican drug cartel.
Sleeping with Other People (opened September 11) – Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures who lost their virginities to each other in college. They meet again years later after years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage which lead them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic.
Must See: Grandma (opened August 21) – Lily Tomlin plays Elle Reid (the title character) and her performance is worth the price of admission and popcorn. Elle Reid – reclusive, cranky, difficult – has just broken up with her much younger girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage shows up unexpectedly. Sage needs $600 for an abortion by the end of the day. The two of them go on a day-long journey during which Elle to come to grips with her past and Sage confronts her future.
If you have grown weary of the proliferation of comic-book super hero movies as I have this is the perfect antidote.
Maybe See: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (opened August 14th) – For those of you who remember the the 1960s TV spy series (before my time of course), the movie will be a retro blast. Henry Cavill plays the smoothly tailored CIA agent Napoleon Solo. Napoleon is uncomfortably paired with KGB spook Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to save the world (and of course the girl).
The movie doesn’t really break any new ground – if anything will take you back to the pre-Daniel Craig James Bond days. But it is a fun summer movie. If you are looking for something light and uncomplicated this is it.
Don’t See: American Ultra (opened August 21st) – A small-town stoner (Jessie Eisenberg) discovers that he’s actually a lethal sleeper agent, part of a program to develop supersoldiers. When the program was shut down his memory was erased and he was planted in a small town in West Virginia with a handler (spoiler alert: the handler is his girlfriend played by Kristen Stewart). When shadowy government forces decide to eliminate him, he and his girlfriend must fight for their lives.
Despite having a great cast (Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Connie Britton) this action comedy is just silly. I don’t understand why it was made.