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Entertainment: 2014 Fall Television Preview

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As fall quickly approaches, it’s time to get ready for all the rituals of the season: back to school, football, and of course, the new television season. 2014 is an especially interesting year with new series appearing not only on the broadcast and cable networks, but Yahoo, Hulu, Netflix, and other formats. This is a both a blessing and curse for entertainment fans.   With all the competition, the quality of television continues to increase and our DVRs at MG are working overtime to keep up. The modern TV gladiator can now enjoy these series, shows, and movies in many places other than our home. Your computer, tablet, and smartphone, along with Netflix, Hulu, Yahoo, and many other portals now give you many options on viewing your shows on the run. The curse is finding the time to keep up on all the shows. The studios and networks are hoping to make that even more difficult this fall with their new offerings. Here is an alphabetical list of some of the highly anticipated shows for this fall.

black-ishBlack-ish (ABC)
Stars Anthony Anderson

Black-ish explores one man’s (Anthony Anderson) efforts to establish a cultural identity for his family after he discovers his children don’t have one. The big surprise here is that Laurence Fishburne plays Anderson’s velour tracksuit wearing father.

communityCommunity (Yahoo TV)
Stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jim Rash

This MG favorite sees the study group of Greendale Community College moving on to a new platform.

constantineConstantine (NBC)
Stars Matt Ryan and Harold Perrineau

Constantine is based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer. Constantine, a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, gets pulled back into the battle of good and evil when an angel named Manny appears to help him.

theflashThe Flash (CW)
Stars Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin

A spin-off of the hit show Arrow, The Flash is about Barry Allen (Gustin), who becomes The Flash, the fastest man alive, after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs.   Barry works as a forensic investigator in Central City and uses his special power to help fight crime.

gothamGotham (FOX)
Stars Ben Mackenzie

A fresh take on the Batman story told from the point of view of Gotham police commissioner to be, Jim Gordon.   The show begins with the investigation into the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents.   Look for the new interpretation of the Gotham City villains.

howtogetawaywithmurderHow to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Stars Viola Davis

Mega producer Shonda Rhimes brings us Oscar-nominated Viola Davis as a law school professor in this legal thriller.   She and her students learn their biggest lessons outside the classroom as they investigate and get involved with murder and other crimes.

intrudersIntruders (BBC America)
Stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino

Based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 book, this series is about a former Los Angeles cop who has relocated to the Pacific Northwest in search of a quieter life.  But that all changes when his wife suddenly vanishes.

janethevirginJane The Virgin (CW)
Stars Gina Rodriguez

Jane is a virgin who is accidentally inseminated by her gynecologist.   To make matters worse, she finds out the sperm donor came from her new boss who she secretly had a thing for.

kingdomKingdom (DirecTV)
Stars Frank Grillo

Set in the world of mixed martial arts, Kingdom is about the owner of a MMA facility who is training the next stars of the sport.

madamsecretaryMadam Secretary (CBS)
Stars Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, and Bebe Neuwirth

When an accident claims the life of the secretary of state, the president gives the position to Tea’s character.   She brings a no-nonsense and fresh perspective to the office and takes on Washington, D.C., the world, and the press.

manhattanlovestoryManhattan Love Story (ABC)
Stars Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton

We follow a new couple, a NYC guy and his Midwest-raised girlfriend, as their relationship blooms.   The twist is the series is narrated by their inner voices so we hear what they are really thinking.

marrymeMarry Me (NBC)
Stars Ken Marino and Casey Wilson

Real life couple Marino and Wilson star as a TV couple working their way toward marriage.   The only problem is they can’t get the proposal right.   And there are a lot of attempts. Does this mean they shouldn’t get married?

themcarthysThe McCarthys (CBS)
Stars Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, and Joey McIntyre

The father of a loud Boston family asks his gay, non-athlete son to be his assistant basketball coach.   Yes, that’s Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block!   Based on the real life story of show creator Brian Gallivan.

mulaneyMulaney (FOX)
Stars John Mulaney, Nasim Pedrad, and Martin Short

Comic and SNL writer John Mulaney stars in this comedy about a guy and his gang making their way through life in New York City. He works as a comedy writer for a game show host played by Short.

ncisneworleansNCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
Stars Scott Bakula and C.C.H. Pounder

The biggest drama franchise on TV gets a new sibling when NCIS: New Orleans join the family.   There will be crimes and investigations around the French Quarter and the Big Easy.

redbandsocietyRed Band Society (FOX)
Stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, and Griffin Gluck

If you liked this summer’s film The Fault In Our Stars, this is the show for you. A group of kids in the children’s ward of a hospital come together as they face both health and heart challenges.

scorpionScorpion (CBS)
Stars Katharine McPhee, Elyes Gabel, and Robert Patrick

A group of brainiacs form a team to help solve the world’s problems, glued together by a waitress (McPhee). This show is based on the real genius Walter O’Brien.

selfieSelfie (ABC)
Stars Karen Gillan

Eliza Dooley wants the American dream, to become famous on the Internet. Her attempts to dominate social media have caused her to lose all her friends. This series follows her attempt to stop the social media obsession and build a new life.

stalkerStalker (CBS)
Stars Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott

The commercials for this show are everywhere.   We follow the LAPD as they investigate stalkers, voyeurs, and the obsessed.   The show is already drawing much discussion about its violent content.

stateofaffairsState of Affairs (NBC)
Stars Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard

Heigl is a CIA agent who helps the president determine the greatest threats to national security.   On the side she tries to hunt down the murderer of her fiancé, who happened to be the president’s son.

survivorsremorseSurvivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Stars Jessie T. Usher

A young basketball player lands his first multimillion-dollar deal.   This comedy starts as he signs the deal and follows him both on and off the court to see how being suddenly rich and famous changes him.   Oh yeahand it is produced by LeBron James.

utopiaUtopia (FOX)
Reality series

Fifteen contestants from different backgrounds are put into the wilderness to create their own society and make up their own rules.  How will they govern? What about religion? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

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