What I’m watching this Fall, in technicolor

This week marked the beginning of the 2011-2012 television season for a large chunk of shows. And with it, comes the much talked about ‘What Sara’s Watching’ colour-coded schedule. It is finally(!) complete,  both in paper and electronic form. Each colour represents a different network (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, AMC, FX), and I’ve limited it to basic cable (so no Boardwalk Empire for example).  An asterisk indicates a new show, and a few are officially ‘on notice.’ If there is no improvement after 3 episodes, I’m gone.   Also, since I am currently in a brand-new job and without a DVR, I have tried to make this a manageable list. There are some shows I was intrigued by (say, Revenge), but am realistic enough to know that I won’t really have time for it. (Update: Annoyingly, I can’t seem to get the electric map to show up in color for the world to see, but trust me it is-here is the picture proof!)

Below I’ve highlighted all the new and some returning shows I will be checking out in the next couple of weeks. Maybe someday I’ll get preview screens, and then I promise to cover all new shows!


*Once Upon a Time (ABC)    

Fairy tale characters get cast out into the real world and can’t remember they are fairy tale characters. A Ginnifer and a Jennifer (Goodwin and Morrison, respectively) star, and you’ll probably get them confused. But it’s a little bit sci-fi/fantasy and therefore I will watch it.

*Pan Am (ABC)

Christina Ricci and some others star as airline attendants, back when they were called stewardesses, for the airline giant of the 1960s Pan Am. Based (loosely) on true stories this looks like vintage fun.


*Terra Nova (Fox)

Jurassic Park crossed with sci-fi: A group of people from a dystopian future travel back in time to save humanity-as long as the dinosaurs don’t kill them.

*Hart of Dixie (CW)

This basically looks like the tv version of Sweet Home Alabama. Which kinda sucked. The only reason it’s getting a look is because of Josh Schwartz of Chuck and The O.C. (don’t call it that) fame. It’s on notice because it looks stupid.



Glee is getting a few episodes to see if it can start telling stories that aren’t offensive to women, people of color, and people with a disability. Also, if a character could show some development and then you know stay developed, Quinn!

If it does none of this, I’ll have my sister tell me what happened. Because, I can’t quite quit it, but it is on notice!

*New Girl (Fox)

Look, I don’t mind Emily Deschanel’s sister. I think she’s cute, I like She & Him, and I think she acts okay. But I am not a fan of: Manic Pixie Dream Girls, Faux Dorks, girls who have ‘only guy friends,’ and twee and quirky for the sake of it. I’m afraid this show is going to be more of the things I’m not a fan of and less of Zooey just hanging out with some friends. So, it’s on notice.

Reed Between the Lines (BET)

Perhaps this is 21st Century version of the Cosby Show, that stars Theo Huxtable and the star of Girlfriends.  One of the few shows this season to have more than one minority staring in it, and I’m hoping it can live up to the Cosby Show comparison.

*Ringer (CW)

Buffy, ahem Sarah Michelle Gellar, makes her long awaited television return in a dual role as twins Siobhan and Bridget. I don’t want to spoil too much, but let’s just say Bridget starts living Siobhan’s life, where she is married to Horatio Hornblower. (Who I called dibbs on back when he played this role).


*Up All Night (NBC)

G.O.B. plays a new father and stay-at-home Dad? Christina Applegate is his tv producer wife? Maya Rudolph is an Oprah/Ellen hybrid of funny? Come on! You know I’m there. And the first episode was pretty funny too.

*Suburgatory (ABC)

Jeremy Sisto has been one of my tv boyfriends for a while, and Suburgatory makes him a single Dad. So, I am def. going to check it out. I do hope they break away from the traditional(ly boring) formula of talking about how cool those from NYC are and how very provincial anyone else is. ‘Cause that will get old.


Parks and Recreation (NBC)

I can’t wait! Full Stop.

Person of Interest (CBS)        

It’s from J.J. Abrams so that’s all I need. You might want to know that Ben Linus (sadly without John Locke) and Jesus also star, or that it presumably full of twisty, sci-fi plots to get to watch. I only hope that this time, there really is an end-game.

Secret Circle (CW)

So it’s about a girl who discovers she’s a witch, from a line of witches. She moves to a small town with a bunch of other teenage witches.  Gale Harold from Queer as Folk plays a really creepy magical person. Yes, I’ve pretty much been down this witchy road before (and before). Basically witches are usually in play when I watch crappy tv.



Proof that sometimes fan campaigns work, Chuck is entering its final season, which is its fifth. Go to Subway and remember your power!

A Gifted Man

As you may have figured out by now, I am a sucker for a fantasy/magical/sci-fi story, especially when it stars Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Bennett (BBC-style).  Like Medium and Ghost Whisperer, a character can see a ghost. Unlike those, this time it is a boy! Also, he may only be able to see his dead ex-wife (that’s Elizabeth Bennett,) I’m not sure.  Anyway, this is on opposite Chuck, so I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it, but definitely worth me checking out.


One of the shows I’m most anticipating the return of, Fringe has really developed into a great truly science-fiction show. Last season took a bold step in the finale by proclaiming that Peter Bishop never existed. Producers have promised it’s not a reboot (an over-used word these days), but a new look at old stories. In what is likely its finale season, let’s hope Fringe goes out with a bang. And don’t worry, Joshua Jackson is still part of Fringe.


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Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog address. I made the trek over to wordpress and updated the address to reflect where things are now. There is likely some wonky links that I didn’t notice, but I imported all of my posts in case anyone wants to see what I’ve written in the past.  I’m still working on Categories and Tags, but for the most part the wordpress blog is ready. The old blog may be more active again sometime and I’ll let you know if that happens.

I have a few plans coming up for blog in the next couple of months to help increase my activity and hopefully get more people to read. The next week will see a return of one of my favourite activities: making a colour-coded Fall television schedule. I am back in America so there are tons beginning-a few n this week and most will debut the w/c 19 September.  In addition to the schedule I will be reviewing some premiers of new and returning shows.

I am also planning on making the jump into recaps. I am starting slow with a show that aired 10 episodes over the summer; it will return in January and I aim to do one a week once I get started. I am hoping to begin after the Fall tv reviews and finish before it begins in January.

All of this should make for some more regular posting.

See you all soon.