By Niki Turner
If I had been paying more attention, I would have scheduled my surgery for mid-September, instead of mid-August. That way I could have enjoyed much better entertainment (or at least fewer reruns) during my convalescent period. But, alas, I didn't, and now I'm looking at the upcoming seasons of some of my favorite TV programs and a lengthy list of new shows and wondering how much longer I can drag out my "I need to lie down" excuse to stare at the television screen.
For those of us who are TV fans, September and October are like a mini-version of Christmas, with a multitude of new characters and stories to unwrap as we curl up in our chairs and sofas to be entertained on those increasingly dark autumn evenings.
This year the major networks have 30 new shows laid out on their schedules. Some will slip silently into television's vast graveyard, and others will capture the hearts and minds of viewers, often to the surprise of critics and producers. Who, for example, could have imagined the wildly popular success of the BBC's Downton Abbey?
Since the new season of Downton doesn't start until January, that leaves us all with a few months of new shows from which to choose, and how do we know when to start programming our DVRs?
Here are a few new programs that sound promising that are slated to begin this month or next:
Sleepy Hollow (premiered Sept. 16)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (begins Sept. 24)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (begins Oct. 10)
Reign (begins Oct. 10)
The Crazy Ones (begins Sept. 26)
The Michael J. Fox Show (begins Sept. 26)
Dracula (begins Oct. 25)
And then there are some of our returning favorites:
Castle (Returns Sept. 23)
Elementary (returns Sept. 26)
Once Upon a Time (returns Sept. 29)
Grimm (returns Oct. 25)
Downton Abbey (returns Jan. 5)
I know, I know... I left off The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and any number of other popular favorites. (I didn't even include my own guilty pleasures: Vampire Diaries and Duck Dynasty). And that's where all of YOU come in. What new shows are you interested in this fall, and what shows are you anxiously awaiting to return? You know, if it hadn't been for the intense devotion shown by all my Inkwell Inspirations sisters, I might not have bothered to watch all three seasons of Downton Abbey in three days this summer. (I'm still debating whether I should thank them or send them poison pen letters.) I, for one, appreciate the input of my friends when it comes to what I take the time to view. So what's on your fall TV schedule? Share!!!
(And of course, we all know that we're just biding our time until next spring, when Starz releases the ultimate series, for which I am saving up my pennies to afford the subscription: Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER.)
Niki Turner is a writer, former pastor's wife, mother of four, and grandmother of two and a half. She has thus far been unsuccessful at coming up with catchy taglines for her writing, her purpose in life, or what she hopes to achieve in the future. Suggestions are welcome.