Give Me More Seasons or Give Me Death
I'm not really in the mood to exert a lot of brain power right now, so I'm going to talk about pop culture. A few days ago, I wrote about TV Shows that got cancelled too soon, so today I'm going to talk about future got-cancelled-too-soon-TV-shows AKA TV shows that are airing right now that you need to be watching that may have flown under your radar. I feel like this is topical, too, because Fall TV is starting back up. I'm really just looking out for you guys,
The Unsung Heroes of TV
- The Good Place (Thursdays, 8/7c NBC) - Yeah, I'm even putting the time and network, so you know I mean business and there's no excuses. This show's about Kristen Bell's character, Eleanor Shellstrop, who wakes up in the Good Place after being murdered by runaway carts in a grocery store parking lot. It's a utopia with everything she could ever want, but she's not supposed to be there. Kristen Bell's Eleanor Shellstrop was no Humanitarian lawyer, but rather a selfish woman who spent her last years on earth scamming old people into buying fake medication. Eleanor enlists the help of her Good Place soulmate, an ethics professor named Chidi, to figure out if there's a way to feasibly stay in the Good Place. While the premise is charming enough to get me to watch it, it's D'Arcy Carden's Janet that makes me so excited for each week.
- Jane the Virgin (Fridays, 9/8c The CW) - Listen, I was also very late to this party. I only just watched seasons 1 and 2 over the summer. It was one of those shows people kept telling me to watch and when too many people tell me to watch something, I lose interest in watching it. GINA RODRIGUEZ, I AM SO SORRY. Forgive me for being an utter fool. This show is incredible and I want Gina to be the star of everything. She doesn't carry the show because everyone does such stellar jobs, but she is unmistakably the beating heart of the show. It's all about Jane who grew up in a very conservatively Catholic home, raised by her mother and abuela. Jane's abuela taught her to keep her virginity until marriage and Jane was doing a stellar job at that until she gets artificially inseminated at a doctors' appointment. She's a pregnant virgin and that's somehow not the craziest thing that happens over the course of the show. Plus, the built-in telenovela narrator is such a fun addition.
- iZombie (Apparently this is on the Spring schedule. Whoops,) - Listen. Rob Thomas is my boy. He brought Veronica Mars into my life and that's one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me. If you squint, iZombie and Veronica Mars have a lot in common. Well, they both have very headstrong blonde crime-solving main characters who do a lot of meaningful voiceovers. That's about where the similarities end. Olivia Moore, who goes by Liv (Get it? Liv Moore? You'll get it in a second.), was on track to be a fancy doctor. I'm too tired to figure out which kind of doctor that is. Anyway, her friend at work thinks she doesn't go out enough, so with the encouragement from the friend and Liv's fiancé, Major, Liv goes to this insane boat party and she wakes up the next day as a zombie. She quits her fancy doctor job and transfers to the morgue so that she has easy access to brains. Only issue is that there are side effects from the brains that can be triggered and Liv sees the memories of the person whose brains she ate. Under the guise of being a psychic medium, she helps a police officer, Clive, to bring justice to homicide cases. Also, she adopts the personality of the brains she eats and it is truly a delight to see Rose McIver effortlessly shift from Dungeon Master brain to Wannabe Superhero Brain to Zen Hippie brain week to week.
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Fridays, 8/7c The CW) - So, I guess this article should really be renamed to "Pay Attention to the Few Good Things The CW is Doing AKA Not Supergirl Season Two." Ahem. Sorry. Aren't you guys so excited for Supergirl to come back so you can read me tear it apart? Anyway, you should all be watching Rachel Bloom's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It's about Rebecca Bunch who is set to be this insanely accomplished lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York, but she's wildly unhappy and very depressed. She runs into a summer camp fling on the street who's been living in New York, but is moving back home to West Covina, California because that's where he's happiest. Rebecca, very desperate to feel a taste of happiness again, impulsively picks up her life and moves to West Covina. It's also a musical filled with original songs. Truly a one of a kind show. One of the characters sings a song similar to Piano Man about his dead end job and I used to listen to it on my drive to work every single day.
- Schitt's Creek (I actually don't know because it's Canadian, but seasons 1 & 2 are on Netflix, season 3 comes to Netflix October 5.) - I genuinely do not think there is a show as funny as this one out there right now. This one is a true gem. It's about the Rose family who are used to living in a certain type of obscene luxury. The show starts with the government raiding the Roses' home because their accountant has been embezzling money. They're now broke and the only thing the government let them keep is the town Johnny, the father, bought for his son, David, as a joke for David's birthday many years ago. That town is Schitt's Creek and the whole family moves into the run-down motel. Honestly, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy, and Emily Hampshire are UNREAL. I'm honestly a huge fan of every character except the mayor, Roland. I think his writing is a little too low brow humor, but he's a minor character anyway. Schitt's Creek is the perfect fit for that 30 Rock void in your heart.
- The Bold Type (NO SECOND SEASON HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED) - I've talked about this ad naseum. You know it by now. Just watch the forking show.
Also, get used to looking at that Goodreads Book Giveaway widget because it's going to be chilling there every single day until the giveaway. I'm just trying to help you win a free book, guys. I'm doing the lord's work.