Whether you've unplugged or not, find a way to incorporate these nutritiously entertaining, unapologetic, laughter or even -- gasp, yes, network can still do this -- thought-inducing programs into your world. And let me know what you think!
ABC - Wiping Servers With the Stars
As the scorching heat of summer dies down and football season kicks into high gear, there's more to look forward to this fall than Halloween candy and baking pumpkin bread. September starts a cascade of favorite shows returning to television, as well as new ones hitting the airwaves for the first time.
The traditional fall TV season is transforming now that more and more shows are released throughout the year and/or dropped digitally for binge-watching. It can be challenging for families to keep up. But don't despair.
Finally! I don't like missing weeks of "Grey's Anatomy," especially when the other Shondaland creations get to run. I know it's the oldest of the bunch, but show a little respect, guys.
The comedy-drama stars Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson, a blunt and somewhat sharp around the edges woman who wants what's best for her patients and genuinely cares about them.
Give me a minute to take my foot out of my mouth. This week's episode made me happy for a few reasons.
Long before her days of bestselling novels, movie adaptations and jam-packed book tours, Kami Garcia was a teacher encouraging her students to read. According to Kami, writing sort of accidentally fell into her lap.
sort of forgot that we were going to have to deal with this. Could anyone make sense of that opening flashback? I watched the clip of it on ABC's website about four times and I still don't understand -- did her mother try to kill herself?
I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.
There are some good ones coming this fall, that shake-up formulas, feature incredible actors and, if you give them a chance, might just become your new must-sees.
CBS - Jackie Gleason: Zero Emmys, Jim Parsons: Four Emmys; There Must Be a Legal Limit to How Many Shows Chuck Lorre Can Produce
The biggest silver lining to the downfall of summer is the knowledge that fall TV is finally on the horizon, bringing some trusty old friends back into our lives once again. But the summer has been long and hot and has left us a little foggy on what went down during spring finales oh-so-long ago.
We've sifted through this fall's new stuff for titles that could work for families, plus some classic shows that offer fun watch-together experiences. And remember, there are plenty of family-friendly shows available through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.
April stands up for herself on her wedding day, "hunting" down her bridesmaids in her curlers, getting them tailored, shutting them up before curtain call. Owen tells her that everyone likes her, her dress is gorgeous, everything's going as planned and then Jackson has to stand up and tell her he loves her, right smack in the middle of it.
I'm looking forward to April's wedding and I'm very concerned about Christina and Meredith: they're recruited as April's"people," hopefully they remember they were each other's person before mid-season break. The tension is too much for me!