What To Watch: CTV (Fall 2014)

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

CTV has a strong schedule as always. It’s just that this year reality TV is almost all but dead and gone. The X Factor was cancelled, and Dancing With The Stars and The Voice are now on CTV Two. It seems like while reality is old news at CTV, comic book series are all the rage. CTV has Fox’s Gotham, one of the fall’s most buzzed about new shows, The CW’s The Flash and The Arrow and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. CTV has also extended their Thursday night comedy block by simulcasting CBS’ Thursday night comedy block in its entirety, even though that means Grey’s Anatomy is no longer in simulcast and will be airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. For more on CTV’s new series, check out my first impressions below their fall schedule.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7 eTalk W5 NFL
7:30 The Big Bang Theory CTV News
8 Gotham The Flash Arrow The Big Bang Theory The Amazing Race Comedy Encores Once Upon a Time
8:30 The Millers
9 Forever Marvel’s Agents of Shield Criminal Minds Two and a Half Men Grimm Resurrection
9:30 The McCarthys
10 Castle Person of Interest Grey’s Anatomy How To Get Away With Murder Blue Bloods Drama Encores CSI

Note: New series are in bold

New Series:

Gotham (Monday 8 p.m.)

This Batman series is the sure thing, bet-on-the-farm smash hit. While CTV doesn’t have to worry much about ratings, Gotham’s stateside broadcaster Fox has been hurting in the ratings lately. Hopefully, this will help save them and usher in a new era.

Forever (Monday 9 p.m.)

Forever seems like a cross between Pushing Daisies and House. Perhaps Forever is ABC’s way of saying sorry for canning Pushing Daisies, however, this show looks less imaginative. The main character simply dies and returns to earth naked in a body of water. We’re also getting Forever a day before those south of the border. CTV has put it up against newbie series Strange Empire on CBC and Scorpion on City, as well as last year’s breakout hit Sleepy Hollow on Global.

The Flash (Tuesday 9 p.m.)

This series is yet another comic book related show and actually judging by its trailer, The Flash doesn’t seem like a TV show but more like a movie. I think it might be the show that will save The CW stateside. It’s not my thing, as it feels too theatrical, but I’m sure it will catch on.

The McCarthys (Thursday 9:30 p.m.)

There’s an Everybody Loves Raymond element to this show. It follows a close family in terms of their relationship and the proximity in where they live in relation to one another. (Having the characters live so close to each allows for random pop-ins, to make it easier for writers.)

The McCarthys also seems similar to The Millers, even with the name aside. I have a feeling the two will be mistaken for one another.

The main character is gay on The McCarthys, which I don’t think people are ready for. The New Normal, Partners and Sean Saves the World flopped, I think in part due to the deep hatred some people have towards gays, and it gives me a reason to think that this series is not going to work. An exception to the rule is Modern Family, however, Mitch and Cam had their wedding recently, but I don’t think many people watched.

How To Get Away With Murder (Thursday 10 p.m.)

Strangely enough, this show reminds me a lot of Glee when the two are nothing alike. How To Get Away With Murder follows a bunch of kids learning criminal law from a teacher who is a bit of a prick. It has a very intriguing title, but seems like it could easily get dull, however, since it’s a Shonda Rimes series, the chances of that happening are slim to none.
(Featured Image: Promotional image via ctv.ca)