Hello once again fellow TV junkies! That bittersweet time of year is upon us. The wave of new shows is finally slowing down, and new shows will be pretty spread out for the rest of 2014. Only one new show to talk about this week, so you will notice that sadly the Watch This section is missing this week. There are, however, several popular shows returning this week so I wanted to keep you guys updated on those. Next week will the last Watch This, Not That column of the year, and I will be giving you all the start dates for the new shows that will be coming out for the rest of the year since they will be so spread out. Fear not though! I will be back in January with some terrific new shows!
Quick explanation for you new readers (welcome!), this is a post that discusses new shows only. Popular returning shows are listed with their date, time, and channel at the bottom so we can be an all inclusive guide for your TV habit. My predictions are based on how I think shows will do in the ratings and if they will get a second season, not if I will like them or not. There are plenty of shows that I think look really good that I also think will get cancelled. I will give my thoughts on each show and my reasons for their prediction. You will also see a quick “Trey Says” line for each show where you get Trey Elliott’s prediction. He will be writing a follow up post each week that will discuss each new show and his thoughts on them and how they are doing in the ratings. That post will cover shows that have been out for two weeks. Look for that tomorrow as he will be discussing shows from this column two weeks ago. It will be titled “WTNT – On Second Thought”, so check it out! At the end of the year, we will tally our predictions and see who comes out on top!
Now, on to the predictions!
Constantine – NBC. Friday October 24, 10 PM ET
Trey Says: Watch This!
I really, REALLY, want to be wrong on this one! I think this show looks great! As I’m sure a lot of you know, this is based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer. On one hand, comic book properties are all the rage right now. It doesn’t seem like any of them can fail on TV or in the movies at the moment. On top of that, the show just looks really good! But sadly, I think this show has several things working against it. For one, it is in a horrible timeslot. Friday night at 10 is definitely not the most desirable air time. Plus, there have been many behind the scenes issues with the show. There have reportedly been several rewrites to the script and one major casting change to the female lead that led to several reshoots. Also, Hellblazer has a lot of mature content in it. I’m not sure that NBC was the best network to adapt the property. The good news is that it won’t have to do massive numbers on a Friday night, and it is paired with a very successful show with similar content in Grimm. Best case scenario is that Constantine is able to hold over a good chunk of the Grimm audience and the first few episodes aren’t as much of a mess as feared, and Constantine is able to squeak by and slowly build an audience. I’m not optimistic that is happens, but I sure hope it does!
POPULAR RETURNING SHOWS
American Dad – TBS. Monday October 20, 9 PM ET
The Millers – CBS. Monday October 20, 8:30 PM ET
The 100 – CW. Wednesday October 22, 9 PM ET
Web Therapy – Showtime. Wednesday October 22, 11 PM ET
Grimm- NBC. Friday October 24, 9 PM ET