The Now Geek This! Fall Television Season Preview

At last, the long, hot summer is giving way to the cool, crisp air of autumn, and that means that the new television season is at last upon us!  I have scoured the listings of new shows trying to decide what might catch my interest, and I have come up with a list of shows that I will be checking out as they premier.  Some of these shows I am actually genuinely interested in seeing, while others, I will be watching simply for the curiosity factor of the particular show.  Here is the list of shows I personally will be checking out, along with the reasons why I am interested in them.  The question remains, how many of these shows will actually be any good, and how many of them will be utter dreck.  The answers to those questions will be revealed as the premier weeks unfold, so stay tuned my friends.  In the meantime, you can see if you and I have any similar choices, or even similar reasons for our choices.  This article will cover the shows starting in September.  I will cover the shows starting in October in a future article.Better Things

As of this writing, Better things has actually already premiered, but I have not had a chance to view it yet, and therefore, cannot review.  Regardless, this show, which is touted as a semi-autobiograqhical dark comedy created by show star Pamela Adlon about her life juggling her acting career with the trials of being a single parent, looks like it will be edgy and rather funny.  I am a fan of darker humor, and this looks like it will be right up my alley.  The fact that it was co-created by comedian Lous C. K. is kind of the cherry on top of this sundae that has my interest piqued.

Better Things airs on Thursdays at 10PM on the FX network.

Son of Zorn

A show that is a mix of live action and animation, from the executive producers of the Lego Movie, about a He-Man/Conanesque cartoon Barbarian trying to reconnect with the suburban Orange County family he left behind.  Everything about this show seems to be calling to my geek, and I am very interested in seeing if this show lives up to it’s hype.  Once again, the pilot of this show has actually already aired by the time you read this, but I have not yet had a chance to watch it yet.  (Hey, I have been busy.)

Son of Zorn airs on Sundays at 8PM on the Fox network.

The Good Place

Basically, all I really know about this show is that it stars Kristen Bell as a not-so-good woman who dies and is mistakenly sent up to “the good place” instead of down to the “bad place”.  The show could potentially be funny, and it does star Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, two actors I am quite fond of, so I will give it a shot and see if it is worth my time.  I don’t have high expectations for this show, but that just leaves plenty of room for the show to surprise me.

The Good place airs on Thursdays at 8:30PM on NBC.

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon is a show based on a movie franchise from long ago (aka the 80s) about two cops who…….you know what?  We all know what Lethal Weapon is, don’t we?  As with most shows based on movies, this show will probably be a disaster, but that is why I am interested in seeing just how bad it will actually be.  I don’t really understand the point of this show.  There is no possible way this show will ever please the fans of the movie, and if you aren’t a fan of the movie, then why would you possibly have any interest in watching this show?  Still, it will, at the very least, be an interesting experiment.

Lethal Weapon airs on Wednesdays at 8PM on the Fox network.


Speechless is a comedy starring Minnie Driver as the mother of a family that includes a special-needs teenager.  I am interested in this show because I am hoping that the show will not be afraid to use the premise it has given us to create both humorous moments, and heartwarming moments.  From what I have and seen and read, this show does have the potential to be quite entertaining.  I am hoping it will be the next Modern Family type hit show.  We shall see.

Speechless airs Wednesdays at 8:30PM on ABC.

Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor stars Keifer Sutherland as a low level member of the president’s cabinet who is forced to become President of the United States when an attack on the government leaves him as the last survivor in the line of succession to take over as the President.  I am interested in this show for two main reasons:  One, I find the premise very interesting, and I hope that some interesting stories can come from it.  Secondly, I love Keifer Sutherland, and I think he excels in these type of severe dramatic roles.  My hopes are definitely high for this thriller.

Designated Survivor airs on Wednesdays at 10PM on ABC.


I have mixed feelings about this particular show.  On the one hand, I used to love MacGuyver as a kid, and the kid in me is excited to see a return of this beloved show.  On the other hand, this is yet another reboot, and I absolutely abhor most reboots.  Just the idea of a reboot sends an angry chill down my spine and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I am being very cautious in regard to this show, but I am trying to stay away from any negative feelings until I actually watch it for myself.

MacGuyver airs on Fridays at 8PM on CBS.


Aftermath is a post-apocalyptic show on the SYFY network about a family of survivors that are…..well, surviving.   The show does star Anne Heche who I am kind of indifferent towards.  Honestly, I am not all that interested in this show, but, since it is a new science fiction show, I thought I would give it a shot.  Maybe it will be a pleasant surprise.

Aftermath airs on Tuesdays at 10PM on the SYFY network

Marvel’s Luke Cage

What do I really need to say about Luke Cage?  If you are a geek, and I am assuming you are, then you are already well aware of this next installment of Netflix Marvel shows that follow both Daredevil and Jessica Jones.  Luke Cage is going to be an awesome show, period, and I am looking forward to this show perhaps more than any other on this list.

Marvel’s Luke Cage comes to Netflix as an entire season, ready for binge watching, on September 30th.

There you go my fellow geeks, these are the shows premiering this September that I am interested in checking out. At the end of the month, I will give a review round up of each of these shows, so stay tuned for that.

That’s all for this edition of Now Geek This!  Be sure to tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.

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