What To Watch: City (Fall 2015)

City (logo via Wikimedia)

City (logo via Wikimedia)

City probably has its strongest lineup ever this season. Scorpion and Empire, two of last season’s biggest shows, are on City’s schedule this year, and promising new shows The Muppets and Scream Queens are loaded onto City’s schedule as well. We can’t forget that City has Undateable, which is now live, and crazy-popular sports like football and hockey, too.

Now the only problem is to get people to remember that City is actually a thing. If past seasons are any indication, City will completely slide under the radar no matter how hard it tries to get noticed.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday (After Oct. 29) Friday Saturday Sunday
8 The Muppets Grandfathered Empire Thursday Night NFL Mr. D


Undateable Hockey Night in Canada Sunnyside
8:30 Life in Pieces/The Middle (Nov. 2) The Grinder Life in Pieces The Middle Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9 Scorpion Scream Queens Modern Family Mom World’s Funniest Fails Family Guy
9:30 Black-ish The Mindy Project The Last Man on Earth

New Series:

The Muppets — Mondays at 8 p.m.

God bless The Muppets. It’s great to have them back on the air.

Judging from what I’ve seen so far, however, The Muppets looks like it will be a send up of the TV industry, in the vein of something like 30 Rock.

It also seems like we’re getting more of an adult version of The Muppets, too. Not adult as in late night on Cinemax, of course, but The Muppets geared to the 18-49 demo or whichever stupid demo is the hottest now (18-35?).

ABC says the show will “explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.” The network also says it will be a “contemporary, documentary-style show,” so I’m expecting a few more digs into Modern Family, The Office and Parks and Recreation in the actual series than what we have so far in the clip above.

Anyway, it might be worth mentioning that we’re getting episodes a day before the folks south of the border. That’s always a plus.

Life in Pieces — Mondays at 8:30 p.m. (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. after Oct. 29)

Remember that awful ABC show Better with You from a few seasons back, where you got the stories of three couples at different stages in their relationships randomly thrown together? Well, imagine if you somehow melded that show with ABC’s far more successful sitcom Modern Family and sprinkled on a bit of Arrested Development for good measure, then you’d have this thing. It’s an import from CBS, which is a bit surprising because they’re more known for their traditional laugh track ridden multi-cam sitcoms.

Grandfathered — Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Yay! Josh Peck isn’t just relegated to the obscurity of Vine any more. Double yay! John Stamos is back on TV. Unfortunately, judging from the promos, their characters are one-dimensional and flat as a board, but let’s not let that get us down because Josh Peck and John Stamos are back on TV again! Yay!

The Grinder — Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

I was pretty hooked on BoJack Horseman over the summer, and it looks like somehow Fox cloned it, put Rob Lowe in place of the titular horse, swapped in a modern legal drama in place of BoJack Horseman’s ‘90s sitcom and called it a day.

Okay, I suppose that wouldn’t be very fair. The Grinder is a live-action sitcom and the main character is a star who tries his hand at becoming a real lawyer after playing one on TV for years, while BoJack Horseman goes down a different route. Still, I can’t help but see the similarities.

Scream Queens — Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

This show looks like a weird blend of a bunch of things we’ve seen on TV before. So, there are the murders on a college campus from How to Get Away with Murder. Then we also have the humour from Glee and Jamie Lee Curtis in a Sue Sylvester-type role. It also seems like we might have a bit of American Horror Story thrown in there because why the hell not? (Damn you, Ryan Murphy.)

It looks marginally better than Red Band Society, that HouseGlee mashup we got last season, but that’s not saying much. Scream Queens still seems quite awful, but I bet it will run for years or until the largely teen and young adult audience suddenly abandons it like they did with both Glee and The OC. At that point, Fox will have no choice but to cancel it. Patience, young one, it will be gone … eventually.