Tele-Tuesday: New to Fall – Final Four…For Now

Fall television is here!  

As always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.  For the past four weeks, we have introduced these new shows hoping to find a permanent home on the networks.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop – but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out.

But, guess what?  We’re not done! 

While we will have more shows premiering later in the year and into 2012, for now, here are the final four new programs for Fall 2011.


Grimm – NBC

We’ve all heard of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, right?  Grimm follows Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, multiple TV appearances including Nip/Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, and Veronica Mars) as he balances his life solving murders and learning that he comes from a long line of criminal profilers (Grimms) responsible for protecting the people of the world against the supernatural. 

Nick tries to protect his girlfriend (Bitsie Tulloch, Outlaw) and his homicide partner (Russell Hornsby, In Treatment) by not telling them the truth about his family lineage and his newfound responsibilities.  Instead, he turns to a former Grimm creature, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, My Name Is Earl), for help understanding the mythology in order to protect the world as he knows it.

Will Nick succeed?

Other notables: David Giuntoli first appeared on MTV’s Road Rules: South Pacific and also participated in the Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet.   Grimm also stars Sasha Roiz (Caprica) and Reggie Lee (No Ordinary Family). 

Grimm premieres Friday, October 28th.


Once Upon a Time – ABC

Once Upon a Time stars Jennifer Morrison (House) as bail bondsman Emma Swan.  Her ordinary life takes a bizarre turn when Henry (Jared Gilmore), the son she gave away a decade ago, arrives claiming that according to his fairytale book, she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. 

Emma takes the imaginative Henry back to his hometown of Storybrooke, where she finds herself unusually attacked to the town.  If the townsfolk are indeed fairytale characters, they do not recollect their former world and they go about their day-to-day lives like all humans.  But, Emma can sense that something is not right. 

Will Emma accept her destiny and return the magical balance to the charmed city?  

Other notables: Once Upon a Time also stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love),  as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret; Joshua Dallas (Thor) as Prince Charming/John Doe; Lana Parrilla (24) as The Evil Queen/Regina; and Giancarlo Esposito (Homicide: Life on the Street) as the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror/Sydney.  

Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, October 23rd.


Man Up – ABC

Man Up follows three friends as they question what it means to be a “man” in today’s society. 

Friend number one, Will (Mather Zickel, Rachel Getting Married), is married with children, but he’s childlike himself with his addiction to video games.  Friend number two, Craig (Christopher Moynihan, Coupling), is stuck in the past trying to get his college girlfriend back.  While friend number three, Kenny (Dan Fogler, Take me Home Tonight), is busy attempting to sabotage his ex’s relationship with her gorgeous new man.   

Will these friends “man up,” or continue to act like children?

Other notables: Man Up also stars Teri Polo (Focker movie franchise and The West Wing) as Teresa, Will’s wife; Amanda Detmer (Saving Silverman) as Bridgette, Kenny’s ex; and Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) as Grant, Bridgette’s new hottie.

Man Up premieres Friday, October 21st.


I Hate My Teenage Daughter – FOX

I Hate My Teenage Daughter stars Jaime Pressley (My Name is Earl) as Annie, and Katie Finneran (George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead) as Nikki, two single mothers cringing as they watch their teenage daughters turn into the girls they hated when they were growing up. 

Annie was raised in a very strict household, so she allows her daughter (Sophia, Kristi Lauren) to have as much freedom as she wants.  Nikki was an unpopular outcast, therefore she allows her daughter (Mackenzie, Aisha Dee) to have whatever she needs to fit into the popular crowd.  While trying to give their girls everything they never had, Annie and Nikki have created two spoiled mean girls. 

Who will win in the end – the mothers or the daughters?

Other notables:  I Hate My Teenage Daughter also stars Eric Sheffer Stevens (As the World Turns) as Matt, Annie’s ex and Sophia’s father; Chad Coleman (The Wire) as Gary, Nikki’s ex and Mackenzie’s father; Kevin Rahm (Desperate Housewives); and Rosa Blasi (The Bold and the Beautiful). 

I Hate My Teenage Daughter premieres Wednesday, November 30th.


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!

25 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday: New to Fall – Final Four…For Now”

  1. Never heard of Once Upon A Time. Your blog is so enlightening. 😀 But what type of show is it supposed to be? Drama, comedy, thriller? Grimm looks interesting, but I saw some previews a while ago that looked a little too gruesome for my tastes. I do not have the nerves of steel I once did.

    1. Once Upon a Time falls into the drama/fantasy category. According to the networks, Grimm does too, but from what I can tell, it is definitely the dark one of the two….which is probably why I’m most interested in it! Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  2. I originally thought Grimm would be my first choice, but Damon Lindelof and Adam Horowitz are involved in Once Upon a Time makes me VERY curious (for the non-TV geeks, Lindelof is the co-creator of Lost, Adam is a writer who worked on Felicity, Lost, Tron:Legacy, et al.).

    1. Glad to help, Brian! I fully expect Grimm and Once Upon a Time to be the most popular out of these four shows. We’ve had supernatural, but we haven’t had a take on fairytales like this on TV in a while…if ever? Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Very true, Amanda. But, don’t we run the risk of pretty much all the new programs that the networks push out being over-done? Heck, another Charlie’s Angels? Can’t get much more over-done than that. LOL – thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think Grimm looks really good. I’ve read all of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, multiple times, and think the premise looks interesting, and kinda hope they stay true to the dark nature and “morals” of the tales. I hope it’s fun! =)

  4. Fairy tales or family dysfunction? Which one sounds more appealing? I’m thinking Grimm tops my lists here. I’m curious to see how the fairy-tale themed shows pan out. Will enough fans tune in?

    1. I think a Friday night time slot is dangerous for Grimm, but we shall see. Once Upon a Time seems more family oriented and the Sunday night time slot should be a good one. We’ll see….thanks for stopping by, Julie!

  5. Ohhhh Once Upon a Time sounds really good. And having a couple teenagers myself, seeing the I hate my daughter one might be a bit of a wicked pleasure 🙂

  6. I didn’t know about Grimm. I’m going to set our DVR to record that. We’ve recorded the first few episodes of Ringer and Secret Circle…and haven’t gotten to them yet. We got embroiled in a Sons of Anarchy marathon that really threw us off our game. I hope to try out both Ringer and Secret Circle and present my verdict this weekend. We’re also planning to watch American Horror Story, which I think starts next week.

    1. I’m definitely going to check out Grimm from these four….I hope you get to watch Ringer and Secret Circle soon. I think TSC is better, but Ringer has good potential. What about Revenge on ABC? That has some great potential…. You know I’m with you on American Horror Story…it does start next week! Thanks for stopping by, Catie!

  7. I saw the teaser for Once Upon a Time at Comic-Con and I’ve been waiting for it ever since. It looks awesome. Super excited it’s this Sunday!

    Thanks for spotlighting it – I hope people watch and it gets to stay around. The premise is uberfascinating.

    1. I can’t decide if I’m more exicted about the storyline or the fact that the lead is from the Real World/Road Rules Challenge….can he act? Well, obviuously he wouldn’t have landed a series if he couldn’t. I just find it so surprising! Why? I know, I’m a super dork. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

  8. I will be checking out Once Upon A Time, but these all look a little lackluster to me. What is with all the fairy tale shows? Are they running out of vampire plots?

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