LDS comedian's preview of 25 Fall 2013 TV shows

Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 12:28 p.m. MDT

Randy Holmes, ABC

I love television. There are probably other people who say they love television, but I promise I love it more than they do.

When I was in middle school, I saved up all the money I could to buy my own TV. In college, I studied producing and writing for television at New York University. After that, I spent a few years working in the television industry at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Now I get to write about TV. I am living the dream.

And the fall premiere season is the most wonderful time of the year. Besides the handful of shows about parenting ("Mom," "Dads," "Trophy Wife" and more), the lineup this year includes a modern-day Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Avenger’s Agent Coulson and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, not one but two vampire shows and an Oscar winner’s comeback to television.

As always, it’s a wide variety of programming — except for the CW, which once again offers magical stud-muffins with an undying love for the Girl Next Door. (Even the CW's new historical drama has a supernatural undertone. And yes, I did just use "historical" and "supernatural" in the same sentence.)

Following is my forecast of the fall TV season, based on available online previews and, in a few cases, pilot episodes.

Ratings Scale:

Must Watch = What don’t you understand about must watch?

Try It Out = Willing to give it a try when I’m bored of reality singing competitions

Pass = Thanks for trying

Booooo = Not for me

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

The only show here that looks interesting is Crazy Ones. I'm looking forward to returning shows -- NCIS, NCIS LA, Bones, CSI, Elementary, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, White Collar, Hawaii 5-O, The Mentalist, Downton Abbey, Castle... and waiting for Covert Affairs and Suits to resume. Will really miss The Finder, Psych and CSI NY.

2 Cents
San Antonio, TX

You state that "I’m surprised that a sitcom about detective work hasn’t been done before". You must not love TV as much as you say you do if you don't know about Barney Miller, a sitcom centered around detectives, starring some of the funniest people on TV at the time. Or maybe you are just too young for what is considered a classic TV sitcom - about detectives.


These shows sound awful. We need a new network or something, maybe a ruthless editing service might make this kind of stuff acceptable. I don't want to eat anything with even five or ten percent poisonous content.

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