My 10 picks for the new television season

Last week, I posted a question on my Facebook author page about the upcoming television season. I asked what shows folks were most excited about. Since mostly everyone loves watching the small screen (although these days, some home television sets are almost as big as the ones in the theater), it got a great response. This week, I’m taking it up a notch in my blog by listing the ten shows I’m most chuffed to return. This list is limited to shows returning in 2017, which sadly eliminates Billions, Ozark, The Affair, and Homeland, which won’t be returning until 2018.

Without further ado:

THE GOOD DOCTOR (9/25): I think this new show sounds great. Several of my friends can’t picture the lead, Freddie Highmore, as anything besides the kid from Bate’s Motel, but since I didn’t watch it, I don’t share their hesitance.

BULL (9/26): I initially watched this show because my late BFF Alan’s son is one of the editors, but the premise is intriguing, the dialogue witty, and the characters totally likeable. The verdict is still out on the new character played by Eliza Dushku. I loved her as Faith on Buffy, but so far, I’m not feeling J.P. Nunnelly.

THIS IS US (9/26): The show brings on the waterworks every single time, but it’s also full of heart and humor. I’m not sure I’m prepared to find out how Jack died.

CRIMINAL MINDS (9/27): I really hope all my favorite team members return, and I also hope the writers give my man, Dr. Spencer Reid, a love interest. He deserves it after everything he’s been through!

WILL & GRACE (9/28): I used to love sitcoms back in the day, but it’s been a while since I’ve considered any of them “must-see” tv. Hopefully, Will & Grace will live up to the hype.

GREY’S ANATOMY (9/28): This one is a surprise entry on my list. I’ve given up on this show so many times, but I always come back. Better than cigarettes, right?

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD (10/3): I’m really excited about this show, partly because it sounds like fun, but mostly because Jason Ritter is so charming (he must get it from his late date, John). I loved him in Parenthood, and I’m psyched to see him star in his own show.

SCANDAL (10/5): Honestly, I’m embarrassed that I still watch it. It’s so ridiculous, but how could I possibly quit before the final season? Why Olivia wants Fitz and not Jake is beyond me. Scott Foley is fine!!

THE WALKING DEAD (10/22): I cannot wait to see how Rick and the gang finally defeat the evil (but hot) Negan. I also worry about which of my beloved characters will perish this season and how.

BLIND SPOT (10/27): This show leaves me on the edge of my couch every week. Now that Jane and Weller have finally given into their lust, I’m excited to see what happens next.

And there you have ‘em.

What about you? What television shows are you mostly excited to welcome back to your flat screen?


  1. Tracie Banister on September 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I’m with you on Blindspot, Meredith. I just hope Roman is back this season, post-time jump. I loved his character.

    The show I am most excited to see return this fall is The Good Place. I heart that show so much it’s not even funny. I actually rewatch the eps two and three times because I find something new and clever to love every time.

    Great News is another quirky sitcom I fell for last year, and I’m so excited about Tina Fey being a recurring bossy bitch character on there this season.

    I will definitely be checking out the Will & Grace reboot. Not sure how much patience I’ll have for it, though. Probably best that they’re only doing ten eps this season.

    The only new show I’m interested in checking out is Young Sheldon because I love The Big Bang Theory. You know how I feel about precocious TV kids, though, so we’ll see if I stick with it.

  2. meredithgschorr on September 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I’ve heard so many great things about The Good Place. I’m going to try it. I watched Young Sheldon last night – it was cute. And I also liked Great News – it was hilarious. I don’t know why, but when it comes to sitcoms, I watch the good ones if I happen to be around, but am not vested enough to tape them.

    • Tracie Banister on September 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I’ve gotten to the point in life where I have the attention span of a gnat, so I like to watch funny, half-hour shows. I highly recommend The Good Place. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are the best, and the show is SO clever!

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