Falling into TV

It’s that time of year again. The time where dozens of new and returning television shows premiere for the fall season. This means that there are a lot of new shows for TV watchers can add to their “must watch” lists.

The month of October is set to premiere some of TV’s most popular shows like “The Blacklist,” “American Horror Story,” “The Walking Dead,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Jane the Virgin.”

Cristian Lipps, a communication major with an emphasis in film and TV production at California Lutheran University, said “The Walking Dead” is his favorite show.

“It’s going to have the biggest premiere because last semester in my communication class we looked at the shows that had the highest ratings of the week and every week ‘The Walking Dead’ and Sunday Night Football were the top two on the list,” Lipps said.

Lipps is not the only one confident about the return of the very popular zombie apocalypse show.

“The Walking Dead’ dominates in ratings.  It will definitely be one of the top shows this fall.” Sahal Farah, communication major with a film and TV production emphasis said.

There are also several new shows making their debut such as “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” “Scream Queens,” “The Jacksons: Next Generation” and the highly anticipated ABC series “Supergirl.”

Lipps said he is curious about the new Jackson series because he’s always been a fan of Michael Jackson.

“I’m looking forward to HBO’s series “Doll & Em” and “Project Greenlight. I love HBO because they always push the envelope,” Kati Miller, in-office executive assistant temp at HBO said.

This season many of the shows that are making their debut come from existing blockbuster movie hits like “Limitless” and “Minority Report.”

“No one is making original content anymore. With TV they have quite a few shows coming out that are based on films,” Farah said. “I think with studios they are realizing it’s easier to make shows that are based on content that people already know so they don’t have to introduce new characters or new stories because it is already successful.”

With all the new shows coming out, TV viewers will be looking to see some different material.

“I’m hoping to see some new faces this fall season and more diversity,” Lipps said.  “The people who create these shows tend to follow trends because they think that is what’s going to sell. So I really want to see something new.”

Avid television viewers are aware of the trends and are hoping that the content of these shows will deliver the same way as some of the popular online streaming sites.

“I hope there is going to be more original content this fall season,” Farah said.

With sites like Netflix and Hulu, network television tries to find ways to keep and gain viewership and push the envelope with shows like “Jane the Virgin,” “Madam Secretary” and “The Affair.”

“I am hoping that the fall shows on every network continue to address social issues and question the wrongs of our society,” Miller said.  “I love how TV is finally becoming ‘real’ in that it is taking a hard look at our current situation and informing viewers to an extent about social issues such as gender quality, race equality and representation.”

Islamiyah Arogundade
Staff Writer
ublished September 30th, 2015