Guess I’d better brush up on my legal terms, as I just checked out the upcoming lineup of this fall’s TV shows and there are more cop/lawyer/judge shows than you can shake a gavel at. We’ve got judges who are good on the bench, bad off the bench (Bad Judge) – yeah, shows about people who are terrific professionally but terrible personally have never been done before; an immortal medical examiner who, every time he’s killed, returns from his dirt nap naked (Forever) – another immortal cop/detective? Yeah, once again; Gracepoint is a cop drama with murder, media circus, and Nick Nolte – I might watch it to see what kind of shape Nick’s in these days; Intruders — a former L. A. cop looking to hang up his six-shooter but gets pulled back in with murder, secret societies, immortality (again immortality?), and assassins – shades of the Da Vinci Code; NCIS: New Orleans – is there a city they haven’t hit yet? Well, at least there’ll be the music in the background; Scorpion – nerds solving the world’s problems – who’ll play Sheldon? – Big Bang Theory takes on the world; Stalker, about the LAPD stalking, well… stalkers – ‘nuff said; and How to Get Away With Murder, about a tough law professor – anyone see The Paper Chase?
We’ve got a couple of CIA-themed shows – State of Affairs and Madam Secretary.
Let’s not leave out the Rom Coms. There’s A to Z, about Andrew and Zelda. Get it; The Affair, about, aw, you guessed it. Affairs; Manhattan Love Story – “… awkward first date and subsequent budding romance.” – according to TV Guide – oh well; Marry Me, about a couple who, for whatever reason, keep goofing up the marriage proposal – hey, I don’t make this stuff up, folks – this is gonna be a series?
Gotta have at least one zombie show. This one’s called Z Nation – most of the world’s all zombified now, save for our small, ragtag band of survivors, and they’re taking the one unaffected person coast to coast. Absolutely nothing can go wrong… go wrong… go wrong…
And for us superhero junkies, we have Gotham. We’re winding the clock back further in this latest origin story about the guy in the bat suit, and the beginnings of Commissioner Gordon, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, etc. There’s also an updated version of The Flash, a new show about the Scarlet Speedster. We even have TV’s first Flash, from 1990 and 1991 (John Wesley Shipp) as the new Barry Allen’s dad. I’m hopeful about these two, but the jury’s still out. Looks like I won’t have any trouble getting a jury, though. I’ll just grab ‘em from one of the cop/lawyer shows.
‘til next time… Adios.