Fall TV Guide

Fall TV Guide

One of my favourite ways to trick myself into thinking I’m taking a break (whilst I’m editing photos or writing something), is to enjoy a TV show or podcast at the same time, and today I thought I’d share the latest TV seasons that I’m excited about this autumn.

++ The Good Wife. This is probably my very favourite TV show. Alicia’s growth through the series has been expertly handled, and there’s an exciting feeling that the show’s characters really have a life of their own. Just as novelists say that their characters end up dictating what is written next, it feels as though this is also the case with The Good Wife, and it keeps every season fresh and engaging.

++ Scandal. Although the plotline of Scandal always tends towards the absurd, I still love it, not least for Kerry Washington’s drop dead gorgeous wardrobe. I do appreciate the way more and more TV shows are placing women firmly in their leading roles (Major Crimes and How To Get Away With Murder also spring to mind), and frankly I find Scandal only becomes a bit of a drag when they linger too long on her romantic entanglements (thank goodness, in the latest episode they managed to refrain from yet more ramblings about making jam in Vermont). Similarly to The Good Wife, Scandal does a good job at fleshing out a range of more minor characters, which definitely adds a lot of interest to the show, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the highflyers of Washington D.C. get up to in this series.

++ Elementary. Although this doesn’t start back until later in the autumn (woe!), I’m really looking forward to the return of Holmes & Watson fighting crime in NYC. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are excellent together, and I’m hoping the new season does a better job than the last in staying true to their brilliant dynamic (I found the introduction of Kitty pretty annoying last year, so I’m crossing fingers she doesn’t make a reappearance). Again, fashion lovers are in for a treat when watching Elementary: Joan is the ultimate inspiration for chic, laidback style, and I want everything in her wardrobe!

++ The Blacklist. This show is a favourite of mine mainly for James Spader’s performance, which is extraordinary. I have to say, even x series in, I don’t have much of a clue as to what is going on with the overall plot, but I don’t care! This is definitely worth a watch if you’re in the mood for action-packed entertainment.

++ Strictly Come Dancing. I am a huge Strictly fan and am already loving the latest season. I was too busy to watch it last year, so this is the first time I’m properly getting to appreciate the show’s choice of using two female presenters (yay!), and it has definitely made Strictly a whole lot better. I love Tess and Claudia together. This year’s celebrity cast seem incredibly strong, and I’m already rooting for Helen George, who won me over, not only with her lovely dancing, but with her admitting she used to have posters of Darcey Bussell all over her bedroom wall. You and me both, Helen!

++ Outlander. I really enjoyed the first 8 episodes of Outlander, and it was frustrating when they stopped so abruptly. The next 8 are now available on itunes, though, so I’m happily working my way through them. Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of Claire, who has just been reunited with her husband at the end of WW2. On holiday in the Scottish highlands together, Claire stumbles upon a magical rock that transports her back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings. For various convoluted reasons, she is forced into an arranged marriage with a young Scotsman, Jamie, but soon falls in love with him (and, if I remember the novel correctly, ultimately chooses him over the rather dull husband left in the 20th Century, and I can’t say I blame her). It’s all very silly, but rather fun, and the beautifully filmed Scottish countryside is breathtakingly lovely.

++ Cider With Rosie. This series, based on Laurie Lee’s classic novel, has just started in the UK, and I’m very much looking forward to watching the first episode. It seems the perfect show to watch on quiet evenings when all you want to do it snuggle up with a blanket and hot chocolate.

++ Midwinter of the Spirit. I think Anna Maxwell Martin is a brilliant actress, so I’m tempted to try out her latest TV show, Midwinter of the Spirit, which sounds a little creepy, but should certainly get me in the mood for Halloween!

What shows are you looking forward to this fall?

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