These television previews keep getting later and later in the year every season I’ve done one of these. This is the fourth year in a row that my “predictions” have been published. Due to the high turnover of shows this year, there’s been an influx of promising lottery tickets as far as my DVR is concerned. As a note, I should add that these aren’t the only shows that I consider good or an excellent bet to endure, just the shows I expect to be the most entertaining:
10. Scream Queens (FOX)
Scream Queens brings the anthology format to non-cable television for the first time. Since it’s done by the same people that produced American Horror Story and Glee, we can safely hope for the best for this show. Better yet, it’s a horror-comedy series! If you love the horror-comedy genre, Scream Queens along with Starz’s upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead promises to be a bonzana unlike ever before on television. It’s rare enough to get straight horror, much less horror-comedy. The success of Scream: The Television Series on MTV is proof enough that the genre is under-served on television. I can’t wait to see what happens – it’s likely to be a bloodbath with plenty of humor thrown in. Having the series debut and air during the fall right before Halloween is also the best possible presentation that the show could have gotten. However, as always with FOX, nothing is truly safe from cancellation without blockbuster ratings.
9. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (NBC)
You know what? We really haven’t seen a variety show on television in a long time apart from the late-night sketch shows (like Saturday Night Live). Historically, apart from the juggernauts, variety shows have performed poorly in terms of audience size. Having a live show with a name-brand star (Neil Patrick Harris) ensures that there will be some sort of audience for these shows, but it’s doubtful if this show will last more than a season or two at best. Ratings will be cited – but, until they’re able to actually measure viewers in a meaningful way, I doubt the ratings are accurate, especially when using a sample size to be extrapolated out.
8. Rosewood (FOX)
Rosewood is intriguing to me for several reasons. It’s about a pathologist who works in Miami. Put short, this is almost a direct replacement of Forever without the immortality hijinks. It also stars Morris Chestnut! It’s about time that Chestnut got a shot at carrying a television series. We’ll see if it also involves the fast-paced love life in Miami that is to be expected.
7. Blindspot (NBC)
Blindspot almost shouldn’t exist in its current form. It sounds exactly like a series you’d find on cable, especially since it’s going to have to involve some sort of nudity. And yet, here it is in 2015. On NBC! It’ll likely get a boost in its numbers due to the other options on NBC leading into it. The premise is akin to that of The Blacklist where cases (or episodes) come from a singular source. Instead of a criminal concierge, we’re presented with an amnesiac tattooed woman whose tattoos portend events about to happen. Eventually, they’ll have to run out of space on her skin, limiting the number of episodes in this series – or start stretching tattoo stories out into multi-episode arcs. Either way, it’s intriguing.
6. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
The breakout hit of the 2014 television season, Jane the Virgin brings its modern twist on the telenovela back to the CW. Simply a lightspirited comedy (of which there is an acute shortage of at present), we’re going to be treated to more twists and turns. It’s always a fun show to watch, with no shortage of storylines that it could explore.
5. X-Files (FOX)
The X-Files is returning in 2016 as a limited miniseries!
It seems that most of the great shows from the 1990s are getting rebooted sooner rather than later. Beverly Hills 90210 even had its own reboot come and go already (90210 on The CW). But such an iconic show returning harkens back to a simpler time with great shows that had mass appeal. The original series has reached mythic proportions, so of course a lot of people will be left disappointed by this incarnation.
4. Scorpion (CBS)
Scorpion‘s first season probably caught a lot of people by surprise. But it’s really not that surprising. It serves a genre that typically has been neglected in past years – plus it throws enough bones to the mainstream that one could reliably expect this to be the present-day MacGyver. Throw in budding romances and enough interest is there for season 2. However, it’s not clear if it’ll last past the second season. It’ll need to develop a robust backstory past what we found out in the first season. As their reputation grows, we’ll probably expect to see cases become more and more complex over the year.
3. Galavant (ABC)
Sing his naaaame!
Sing his naaaaaame!!!!!
If you’re a fan of mash-up / tongue-in-cheek comedy, then Galavant will be right up your alley as it was mine. It’s simply a mini-series revival at this point, but the first season was so wonderfully absurd that it’s easy to get caught up in the singing and joyful mirth that comes with the story.
2. The Muppets (ABC)
If you don’t know who they are, you need to stop reading this and go watch one of their movies. Immediately. There’s not much else to say here. Either you’re a fan or you’re not. And I’m a fan. So I’m beyond thrilled to see their return to the airwaves. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us with the newest version.
1. Heroes Reborn (NBC)
As excited as I am for the return of The Muppets, I’m even more excited for the return of Heroes. Much maligned during its final season of its original run, Heroes was a victim of its own success. Many pundits thought it peaked with season 1, and then entered a downward spiral after that point. Well, Heroes Reborn should allow the producers and writers an opportunity to get back to basics, telling great stories. I was a fan of the original series and disappointed with how it ended. So I’m beyond thrilled to see the rich storylines and characters of that world return, albeit in a slightly different way. There will be returning characters. But we probably won’t see some of the biggest faces from the original series return (ie: Sylar and Claire).