Amanda’s Guide to Fall TV
With so many networks and streaming services, there is no way I could possibly share every new program destined for the airwaves in the coming months, in this short column. Seriously, did you even know there is an Audience Network. So dear reader, once again I share with you, in no particular order, the television shows that your Amanda is most looking forward to seeing.
The Romanoffs (Amazon/Oct. 12) You had me at … from the creator of “Mad Men.” This is the show I am absolutely, positively most looking forward to. Each episode of this anthology series looks at a different character who claims to be related to THE Romanoffs, and stars anyone that creator Matthew Weiner asked to be in it. Pinch me.
I Feel Bad (NBC) - I’ve already seen two episodes of this comedy from executive producer and sitcom goddess Amy Poehler, and I enjoyed them very much. Sarayu Blue, who was very good in a show you all missed called “No Tomorrow,” stars as a woman who doesn’t always successfully deal with her husband, kids, home, job and parents. She’s like us, only her issues are over in 22 minutes.
A Million Little Things (ABC) - This drama is about a group of middle-aged friends and how they react when one member of their group dies suddenly. “Hey what if we combine “This is Us” with the last season of “thirtysomething?” I love both those shows, so sounds good to me.
God Friended Me (CBS) - This is the hands down winner for best title of the season, and possibly highest concept. Miles (Brandon Michael Hall) is sent a friend request on Facebook by you know who, but get this, he’s an atheist. God then stars asking him to help change the lives of other people. I’m hoping this drama is more savvy than schmaltzy.
Single Parents (ABC) - As a mom who joked a lot about being a mom, I love a show that doesn’t seem to take parenting too seriously. The previews of this comedy starring Brad Garrett from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and Leighton Meester, made me laugh. So unless they end every episode, with an “important lesson,” I’m in.
Murphy Brown (CBS) - Even if you don’t follow TV, you probably know that after a ten-season run that ended in 1998, the award-winning sitcom is back on the air, with many of the same stars. I had finished with the show before its initial run because I felt it had run its course and frankly, star Candice Bergen, had begun to really irritate me. They’ve added some new characters, and like most of you out there, I’ll give this reboot a shot.
The Conners (ABC) - And speaking of reboot, or would that be re-reboot, “The Conners,” is “Roseanne,” without Roseanne Barr, who was fired after the successful first season of that reboot, for saying some very inappropriate things on social media. So now, the rest of the cast who didn’t do anything wrong, is back and spoiler alert, Roseanne is dead. I didn’t watch a single episode of Roseanne, but I might give “The Conners” a try, as my favorite thing about the original show was always John Goodman, who will now, I assume, have more to do.
The Alec Baldwin Show (Oct. 14/ABC) - I’m guessing if you’re not a fan of Alec Baldwin, you’ve already made your mind up about this 10 pm variety/interview show that will also feature animation. I find Baldwin smart and funny.
The Good Cop (Netflix) - This “dramedy” is available now and stars Tony Danza as a disgraced former cop, who has to live with his straight-laced detective son (Josh Groban in glasses), kind of an “Odd Couple.” Get it?
Mr. Inbetween (FX) - TV seems to be in love with assassins right now. There’s “Barry” on HBO with Bill Hader, “Killing Eve” on BBC America and now “Mr. Inbetween,” about a regular guy who just happens to be a hitman. Considering how many assassins are actually out there among us, compared to say retail workers, maybe we should have fewer “Barrys” and more “Superstores” (great show by the way.)
The Rookie (ABC/Oct. 16) - If you loved Nathan Fillion in “Castle,” and by all accounts many of you did, he’s got a new show playing the oldest rookie on the police force. If this dramedy has the right balance of comedy and drama, it could be worthwhile.
Amanda Glam is a former B-movie queen who appeared in such movies as “Space Shark” and “Horror at Hoosier High” and the British mini-series “What’s All This Then?” She has retired to Englewood and is thrilled to share her Hollywood know-how and movie insight with Review readers.