Tele-Tuesday: Fall Brings More Laughs…and adds Dinosaurs and Screams

It’s that time of year again!  The fall television schedule is right around the corner and, as always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites. 

This is week three, and we’re still introducing more of the new television programs this fall.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop – but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Today, it’s time for even more new comedy, plus a new sci-fi program and horror series!


Terra Nova – FOX

Fox joins the science fiction revolution with Terra Nova, a story that follows a family’s journey back in time to pre-historic days searching for answers to protect the human race in 2149.  The land seems perfect, except for a few life threatening downfalls –dinosaurs and renegades known as the Sixers. 

Terra Nova stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) as Jim Shannon, the family’s patriarch and sheriff of the Terra Nova colony, and Stephen Lang (Gods and Generals, Avatar) as Commander Nathaniel Taylor, the leader of Terra Nova.      

Other notables: Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer along with other members of the 24, Falling Skies, and Fringe teams.   

Terra Nova premieres Monday, September 26th.


Suburgatory – ABC

Suburgatory follows single dad George Altman (Jeremy Sisto, Law & Order and Clueless) as he relocates with his teenage daughter, Tessa, from New York City to a suburban neighborhood.  Tessa immediately feels that her father has moved her into another dimension with all of the seemingly perfect families, and is mortified by the perky mothers and plastic surgery obsessed teenage girls. 

Will George and Tessa survive their life inside their very own suburban purgatory? 

Other notables: Suburgatory also stars Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Dallas Royce (perfect rich suburban mom name, right?), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse), and Saturday Night Live alums Chris Parnell (Archer) and Ana Gasteyer. 

Suburgatory premieres Wednesday, September 28th.


How to be a Gentleman – CBS

How to Be a Gentleman stars David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Six Feet Under) as Andrew Carlson, a writer assigned with the task of adding sexiness to his column.  The problem?  Andrew isn’t all that familiar with sexiness.  

Therefore, Andrew hires Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon, Entourage), a friend and current fitness trainer, for guidance.  The phrases “opposites attract” and “night and day” come to mind when researching this new comedy. 

Other notables: How to be a Gentleman is based on a book of the same name by John Bridges, and also stars funny man Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, Celebrity Poker Showdown), and Jack Bauer’s right hand woman, Chloe O’Brian – aka Mary Lynn Rajskub (24). 

How to Be a Gentleman premieres Thursday, September 29th.


American Horror Story – FX

From the creators of the FX great, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story stars Dylan McDermott (The Practice, Dark Blue) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as husband and wife, Ben and Vivien Harmon.  FX usually keeps “mum” on their new series; however, we do know that Ben and Vivien move into a haunted mansion….and the story is spooky!    

Other notables: American Horror Story also stars Francis Conroy (Six Feet Under), Denis O’Hare (True Blood), and Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek), as well as Hollywood great and Academy Award winning actress, Jessica Lange (King Kong, Tootsie, Cape Fear, need I say more?). 

Isn’t the cast alone worthy of a watch?

American Horror Story premieres Wednesday, October 5th.


Last Man Standing – ABC

Last Man Standing brings comedian great Tim Allen (Home Improvement, The Santa Clause movies) back to television as Mike Baxter, an adventurous “manly-man” working for an outdoor sporting goods store.  But, when Mike gets home, he’s surrounded by women: his wife (Nancy Travis, Three Men and a Baby, Becker, and The Bill Engvall Show) and three daughters. 

How will Mike adapt when his wife goes back to work and he has to stick around the house a bit more? 

Other notables:  Last Man Standing also stars Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope, Monk) as Ed, Mike’s boss. 

Last Man Standing premieres Tuesday, October 11th.


What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  Which of these shows will make it and which ones won’t? I’d love to hear from you!

30 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday: Fall Brings More Laughs…and adds Dinosaurs and Screams”

  1. Okay, I thought I had read about all the new fall shows! But, it turns out that I have never heard of any of these except Terra Nova, which I plan to watch. Now I want to see American Horror Story and Suburgatory!

    1. You picked the three that I plan to watch too, Lauralynn! Terra Nova for my guy; American Horror Story because that is right up my alley; and Suburgatory for Jeremy Sisto! I’m sure I’ll catch at least an episode of Last Man Standing and How to be a Gentleman, but I’m really looking forward to the other three. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Tim Allen back on TV! I’m very tempted. My mom and I still watch Home Improvement everyday at lunch for a good mid-day laugh.

    I’m also tempted by Terra Nova. I have a thing for dinosaur movies…

    1. I like the star of Terra Nova – O’mara. He played a recurring serial killer on The Closer and I really liked him….Sci Fi is my guy’s thing, so we’ll definitely be checking this out. Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  3. I have to say I’ve done away with cable television. Hubby and I weren’t watching much TV at all so we got rid and now we have the Netflix streaming thing, so I usually catch up on any series once they’re on there. I’ll probably give Terra Nova a look once it does though, looks interesting.

    1. I can’t blame you, Cheryl. If it wasn’t my addiction, I’d do away with cable too. Geesh, I get the shakes just thinking about that. LOL

      We have a Neflix streaming account to catch up on TV series, and we’re huge Redbox users. I was thrilled to see Redbox renting television series now too. I believe AMC’s Walking Dead Season One is available today, although it could be next week….either way, it’s exciting! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I’ve seen the previews for Terra Nova, and it does look interesting. I might take a look at it. The new FX series is a must-try because of the haunted house premise. That could be fun!

    1. I agree 100%, Stacy! American Horror Story is a must watch for me. On the other hand, my guy is really looking forward to Terra Nova. I hope he enjoys it as much as Falling Skies this summer on TNT….

    1. I think I’m most looking forward to American Horror Story. FX knocks out so many great programs with fantastic writing, and the horror aspect is new to network television….not to mention the cast! Thanks for stopping by, Natalie!

  5. I love Nancy Travis! She was in a short-lived series about screenwriters called Almost Perfect (?) that I enjoyed as well. I might give the Last Man Standing series a look. Frankly, my plate is really full right now! I watched the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother this morning; still want to see the premiere of 2 1/2 Men; and, hello!, Castle. All these great word of mouth recommendations mean that I’ve found stuff I enjoy watching, but now I can’t seem to watch it all! I don’t know how you’re keeping up with all of the season starters, Tiffany! Thanks for staying on your toes and sharing what you discover.

    1. I like Nancy Travis too, I’m just not sure I’ll watch Last Man Standing. I mean, I might give it a try for Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, but a part of me thinks this may be a bit too much like Home Improvement….

      How I Met Your Mother was great last night. A part of me wants to play Edward 40 Hands, minus the forties. LOL

      Two and a Half Men was brilliant. The opening was loaded with former characters and it was exactly as you’d imagine Charlie’s (the character, not the person) funeral. Kutcher was great, but I tend to like him in comedic roles.

      Thanks for stopping by, Julie! Enjoy the rest of the premieres this week – I know I am!

  6. Hmmm, looks like there is some competition for my time against those trashy TV shows! Love Tim Allen and How to be a Gentleman looks fun.

    Thanks for keeping me in the know! I look so smart to all of my friends when I tell them the new line up for TV. Okay, so I eventually give you credit, but then they think I’m so smart for following such an awesome blogger. Win-win!

  7. Not about today’s post, but Parade Magazine had a feature Sunday on Crime Dramas this fall. I didn’t have to read it since you’d already shown me I wanted to set my DVR for “Unforgettable” and “Prime Suspect.” Thanks for the previews.

  8. Last Man Standing and Terra Nova both look promising – nice to see Tim Allen coming back. Hope the writing is good, and not just some tired-old rehashing of male/female jokes, where the guy looks like an idiot all the time.

    Not sure about Suburgatory – looks like Desperate Housewives without all the sex (or maybe with, who knows?)

    Thanks for a great post, Tiffany!
    Survivor tomorrow – woo-hoo!

    1. I like Jeremy Sisto’s voice, so I’ll at least check out Suburgatory; plus, I like Desperate Housewives. I’ll let you know what I think…. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Kathy

      Go, Team Ozzy!!

  9. Terra Nova would be right up my ally, I love all the Jurassic Park movies! I saw the end of the preview with the dinosaur, and I was half walking out of the room and stopped, “What was that?!” LOL.

    I didn’t even recognize Jeremy Sisto in that photo, he looks way different than in his Six Feet Under days.

    I think I’m most excited for American Horror Story as even my honey was interested in it so it could be something we watch together!

    1. Jess, I didn’t recognize Jeremy Sisto in the photo either! It wasn’t until I played a video clip and recognized his sexy voice. I could listen to him read the phone book….

      I’m REALLY excited about American Horror Story. I just updated my post, I originally published the wrong premiere date. It’s October 5th. Mark your calendar!

  10. I don’t know how you keep up with all these TV shows! The ones that interest me the most are Terra Nova and Last Man Standing. Love Tim Allen! Thanks for the heads up on these programs, Tiffany. I’m not going to guess which ones will flop, but probably the two I picked because that seems to happen if I really like a certain program!

  11. I’ve always been a fan of Tim Allen. I may have to check Last Man Standing out just to see how he’s doing.

    I’m tempted on a lot of the shows you’ve been talking about here lately but watching tv or read a book? Watching tv or write? I gotta choose the books and writing, at least I know what I’m missing. Thanks.

  12. I’ve already got American Horror Story on my calendar so I can set my DVR to record it. 😀 You know I can’t resist anything supernatural. We’ve finally caught up on Sons of Anarchy, so I hope we’ll be able to watch, you know, other show again.

    Great post. 😀

    1. Catie – update your calendar: American Horror Story premieres October 5th – not 10th. I posted the incorrect date originally. I have fixed the post. I can’t wait to watch and talk about this show with you!!

  13. I like the sound of Last Man Standing, it seems like an interesting premise with lots of laughs … I clicked over from Jill’s blog today, enjoyed browsing here 🙂

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