1) The Blacklist
Good writing, espionage, guns, foreign relations disasters, a convincing supporting cast, and James Spader. What more does a television show need? Blacklist has it all. Honestly, I would watch the show for James Spader alone. Spader could win an Emmy being filmed reading the nutrition facts off a box of cereal.
The Blacklist is about an FBI most wanted criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington, played by Spader, who turns himself if in because he wants to help the FBI catch some of the world's worst criminals. The catch? He'll only work with Agent Elizabeth Keen, a virtual unknown in her field. Why turn himself in now? Why help the FBI? Why Keen? If you want to find out, you have to watch.
The Blacklist: Monday, 10/9C on NBC.
2) Sleepy Hollow
The place: Sleepy Hollow, NY. The time: 2013. Revolutionary War veteran Ichabod Crane, played by a convincing Tom Mison, raises from the dead, and hooks up with police Lt. Abbie Mills, played by the adorable Nicole Baharie. After convincing Mills that he really is a soldier resurrected 250 years later, they now have to figure out why.
Crane is brought back with help of a spell casted upon him by his good witch wife in 1781. Why? Because the Headless Horseman has come back, and he's not alone. As it turns out, the Horseman is one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. The world's end is near, and it's up to Crane and Mills to stop if from happening.
The plot is farfetched, but if you go into it knowing that it's a fantasy crime drama, then you should enjoy it. It's like Harry Turtledove meets Guillermo del Toro. And that's damn awesome.
Sleepy Hollow: Monday, 9/8C on FOX.
3) The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs takes place in the 80's. It's a show that literally plays off of every single 80's stereotype and fad that ever existed. From snap bracelets to REO Speedwagon to acid washed dungaree jackets.
A brilliant cast lead by the wonderful Jeff Garlin anchors this comedy. Every character is convincing, and if you lived through the 80's, then you'll laugh your ass off watching this show. It's accurate, and it's vulgar. They even go so far as to bleep out heavier curse words like the F-bomb and shit.
The Goldbergs might end up being my favorite new comedy. It's orginal, and it's something you don't get too often from network comedies...it's funny.
The Goldbergs: Tuesday, 9/8C on ABC.
4) Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The show stars Sandberg as Jake Peralta, a young NYC detective who solves a lot of cases. Detective work seems to come naturally to the young Peralta and he really doesn't apply himself, making a mockery of the job and his co-workers. Who are his co-workers? I'm glad you asked. His supporting cast is brilliant. Terry Crews plays his used-to-be-fat sergeant. Joe Lo Truglio, famous for his roles in today's silly comedy films. His most notable role? The creepy party goer who hit's Seth with his car in Superbad. "Do you guys know a guy name Jimmy? You totally look like his brother. You totally look like his brother." Comic Chelsea Peretti plays a small, but important role as well. Two standouts in the show are Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz (both smoking hot) who play Detectives Amy Santiago & Rosa Diaz.
This great supporting cast is anchored, however, by Andre Braugher. Braugher is one of my favorite actors. The multi Emmy award winning actor, and future Academy Award winner (you heard it here first) plays newly appointed Captain Ray Holt, the deadpan, first openly gay NYC police captain. Braugher is hilarious at being serious amongst this group of goofy detectives. Braugher is enough for me to watch this show every week.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Tuesday, 8:30/7:30C on FOX.
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