Tuesday Premieres: Person of Interest, SHIELD, More
All those Fall 2013 TV premiere dates are starting to finally mean something.
Last week, FOX began its roll out of new shows with Sleepy Hollow and a new Tuesday night comedy block featuring the return of New Girl, The Mindy Project and newcomers Dads (should we have been more offended?) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
This week NBC, CBS and ABC will trundle out the first of their Fall offerings. Tonight (Tuesday September 24th) the Twitter unfriendly Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits our screens, along with NBC’s Chicago Fire (returning for a second season) and CBS’ beautifully paranoid Person of Interest. Today also marks the return of the NCIS’s along with two new comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife on ABC.
Agents of SHIELD (8:00-9:01 p.m. ET/PT), on ABC
Joss Whedon has made the superhero relatable, say the critics. Have your say following the series premiere of SHIELD on ABC Network at Tuesday September 24th (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
ABC Says: Joss Whedon, the creative genius behind the feature film “Marvel’s The Avengers,” one of the highest grossing films of all time, and of the iconic television series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” has co-created “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a dynamic, action-packed one-hour drama that brings back Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) to lead a team of highly skilled agents to investigate extra-normal and super human people and events worldwide. The series premieres TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. These agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have a mission: To investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
We Say: We’re tentatively optimistic despite those nagging re-write rumours. It’s Joss Whedon. What could possibly go wrong?
Person Of Interest (10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on CBS
Back for a third season, this spy drama starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson is set to shake up some of its procedural notes with the addition of two new female stars in Sara Shahi and Amy Acker, and the fact that in the season 2 finale, the Machine got up and walked away leaving our team of good-doers in a bit of a quandry. What does it want? Who’s controlling what persons of interest are assigned and does it have the capacity to hold a grudge?
CBS says: The Machine, now completely self-governed with its whereabouts unknown, resumes giving Finch its “irrelevant” numbers for people in danger, which include a U.S. naval officer in town for Fleet Week. However, with so many sailors flooding the streets of New York City, finding the officer in time presents an even bigger challenge for Reese and Shaw. Meanwhile, Carter has been demoted to a patrol officer as a result of her being set up by the corrupt police crime organization HR, and sets a plan in motion to eradicate them for good. Also, Root tests the boundaries of her new asylum surroundings, on this third season premiere, airing Tuesday, Sept. 24 (10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
We Say: We implicitly trust EPs Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman’s storytelling on this series. That said, we’re relieved to see some female actors shaking things up in this, until now, heavily male centred series.
Chicago Fire (10:01PM – 11:00PM ET/PT) on NBC
Last season saw Severide and Shay’s baby-making attempts overshadowed by the arrival of Renée, Severide’s pregnant ex. Meanwhile with the brakes officially on Mills and Dawson’s relationship, this firefighter is now free to consider a job at the Chicago PD. Fans can expect some crossover between Chicago Fire and new spin-off series Chicago PD this season – a crossover we’re told goes both ways. And back at the firehouse, expect to see more of Sarah Shahi’s Renée making inroads on Severide and Shay’s relationship.
NBC says: Chicago Fire topped its premiere audience of 6.6 million eight times over this its first season and has improved the time slot for the network 24 percent versus the same period one year ago.
We say: But do we really need that spin off?
NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS
An explosion at a D.C. event that results in a casualty connected to the agency changes Parsons’ perspective on Gibbs and the NCIS team. Meanwhile, without badges, DiNozzo and McGee investigate the case as civilians, despite the case’s dangerous ties to each of them, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Meanwhile, an hour later on NCS Los Angeles, While Sam and Deeks recover from traumatic torture that will have a lasting impact on their personal and professional relationships, lives are still in jeopardy as the NCIS: LA team searches for stolen nuclear weapons, on the fifth season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS says: NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama.
We say: Nuclear weapons? We’re in!
The Goldbergs (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC
Flash back to the 1980’s with this new comedy series starring George Segal, Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
ABC says: Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other — just with a lot more yelling.
We say: Should being set in the 1980’s somehow make this funnier?
Trophy Wife ( 9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC
This new comedy from ABC stars Malin Akerman as reformed party girl Kate who marries a two time divorcee, and bites off more than she can chew with his family and exs.
ABC says: They say the third time’s the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each others’ arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an instafamily complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what.
We say: Trophy Wife will really need to shine in order to stand out in a truly terrible time slot. It’s pitched against NBC’s The Voice, CBS’ NCIS, and FOX’s Tuesday night comedy line up.