Fall TV 2014: Six Sophomore Shows You Need to Follow
It is hard to get a season renewal on broadcast television, when there are at least thirty new TV shows vying for retention and viewership. But this crop of sophomore series, which will be returning this fall, managed to gain a following. However, these shows need to keep doing well so that they would stick around much longer. Which returning series on its second year is worthy of your time? Find out below.
Note: This selection only consists of shows on broadcast television: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW. It does not include cable shows or streaming site offerings.
Returning: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
“The Blacklist” was the highest rating new show last season. It had an enigmatic lead star in James Spader, who plays the wanted criminal Red Reddington, who partners with an FBI agent Elizabeth Keene (Megan Boone). Red helped Keene catch the most elusive of criminals. The show is done as procedural. However, it also presents a compelling story arch that viewers had to follow every week. It hooked fans with cliffhangers so that viewers kept coming back to trace the story.
Returning: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
In 2013, “Sleepy Hollow” had a short season, which actually worked for the story because the writers were able to come up with a tighter arch, packing its mythology with only relevant plots. The template benefitted the series in its freshman year so that it ended strong and coherent. For its second year, however, the series was given additional episodes by the network, which should extend some of the drama and excitement that has already unfolded. The series stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.
Returning: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was the favorite of critics last year, so much so that it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy, and one of its lead stars, Andre Braugher, received an Emmy nomination. There’s never a dull moment with the show’s ensemble cast, and the truth is, every character in this series is likeable. The comedy is top notch. Aside from Braugher, the series also stars Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Lo Truglio.
“Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Returning: Tuesday, Sept.23, 2014
Last year’s highly anticipated show didn’t meet everyone’s expectations at first. In fact, it lost its audience midway. However, coming back from a hiatus, the show was able to regroup and find its bearing and then won a loyal audience. Hopefully, the second season will live up to the promise it was supposed to deliver, considering how many fans of the Marvel franchise are expecting a better and bigger return.
Returning: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Network: The CW
“The 100” premiered midseason and had a rocky start. But it was able to receive a series renewal as the show eventually got better. It drew compelling plots that appealed to its young demographics. This science fiction drama follows a group of youngsters, tagged as prisoners who grew up in space. They were sent back to Earth to see if the living conditions have improved. Sounds interesting, right?
“About a Boy”
Returning: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Also a midseason offering, “About a Boy” is a charming comedy series that had a few bumps when it started, partly because it aired after the Olympics on a very, very bad schedule. However, the quality of the series eventually shined, thus earning a much-needed renewal. This is one of the few shows that offers a positive spin; it will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling watching it.
And there you have it for the six sophomore shows that you need to follow. They may just become your all-time favorites! Follow news and updates about these shows, plus anything TV related, only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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