Fall is an exciting time for TV lovers as new schedules bring an array of fresh content to choose from. This upcoming season, there is plenty for families to get excited about when it comes to programming that’s appropriate for the entire brood. More than 50 new shows are being rolled out this fall, according to Business Insider. Here are some of the newcomers you and your family might enjoy.
‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’
1.) Produced by Joss Whedon, writer of the film “The Avengers,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” features brilliant, trustworthy characters who spend their days chasing down bad guys. Anyone who saw the movie “The Avengers” knows Agent Phil Coulson — played by the immensely like-able Clark Gregg — died. The good news for anyone who was a little disappointed during the death scene is that Agent Coulson isn’t actually gone. In fact, he leads the select group of agents gathered from law enforcement organizations around the world. Only the best of the best get to be part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. For those who don’t care for action/adventure, there is also enough characterization and humor that will keep you interested. This is one of those shows parents are likely to look forward to as much as their children.
ABC, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
‘The Michael J. Fox Show’
2.) If there is anyone who seems uncomfortable with his diagnosis, it’s not Michael J. Fox. In this new sitcom, Fox plays Mike Henry, a former television anchor who becomes a stay-at-home dad after receiving the sobering diagnosis. Although he is keen on pouring his considerable talents into the running of the household, his family is less than enthusiastic. Later, Mike decides to go back to broadcasting, much to the celebration of his family. While the presence of his disease is obvious, it’s in no way pandered to in this witty comedy. The humor comes from how universal the parent/child relationship seems to be.
NBC, Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
3.) Chuck Lorre, executive producer and writer of “The Big Bang Theory,” offers this new sitcom. It’s definitely not for young children but could provide laughs for teenagers and parents. Anna Faris plays Christy, a single mother and recovering alcoholic. Allison Janney plays her mother Bonnie, a woman who spent Christy’s childhood doing just about everything wrong. In spite of their back stories, these are two like-able characters with plenty of clever lines to deliver. There’s something about the family dysfunction that rings true, and a sweet undertone to the fractured characters makes them worth rooting for. No matter what they do wrong, it’s easy to cheer for these moms.
CBS, Mondays at 8:30 p.m.
‘The Haunted Hathaways’
4.) Whether your kids love ghosts or are scared of them, “The Haunted Hathaways” is one show that makes spirits seem friendly. A single mom and her two daughters leave New York for life in New Orleans. Upon moving in to their new house, they discover they have some unexpected roommates — a dad and his two sons in ghost form. At the helm of the show are Nickelodeon veterans and executive producers Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin, who created another Nickelodeon series, “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures,” according to Nick and More. According to Direct TV deal, you can get Nickelodeon and dozens of other quality cable networks.
Nickelodeon, to be determined
Andy Samberg of “Saturday Night Live” teams up with the always great Andre Braugher in this comedy. While Samberg is at the top of his game as a detective (Jack Peralta), it’s the well-drawn ensemble cast that keeps the laughs rolling, with subtle characteristics of the supporting players adding depth to the quick half-hour show.
Fox, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
This is a guest post by Celine Sanders: Celine is a mom, wife and director of operations for a marketing company. She has an MBA, but motherhood has been her most valuable education.
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