A look back at the BEST of the new fall TV lineup

12:45 pm EDT, December 7, 2011

Dozens of new shows tried to work their way into our hearts (and DVRs) this season, but only a few were actually worth watching. While we’re looking forward to the return of some shows, there are plenty we’re glad to be finished with—and another few we hope will be over soon.

So in honor of the mid-season finales, let’s take a look back at the best (and later this week I’ll tackle the worst) in this year’s fall TV lineup.

 

Grimm

Crime dramas were starting to get played out, but the creators of Grimm put a new spin on a tired idea, jumping on the fairytale bandwagon to create something that’s gritty, fun and a little bit magical. The characters are relatable and entertaining, and the overarching plot adds just enough mystery to the stand-alone episodes so that you’re intrigued but not distracted from the story at hand. Grimm reminds me of early Supernatural, but with more laughs and less darkness. (I know someone in the comments is going to hate that comparison… but just know, I’m ready to argue.)

 

New Girl

Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite actresses—plus I’m a sucker for any show with someone from Veronica Mars—so I was committed to New Girl. And it’s a good thing, because this show was little more than sub-par at first. But it grows on you. And it has continued to improve, week after week, since the first episode. Jess is adorably quirky, Schmidt is just cocky enough, and did I mention they cast Justin Long as a guest star? Justin Long. There is no better pairing than the awkward-meets-awkwarder match between Zooey and Justin. And they’re not even the most entertaining couple on the show. With episodes like ‘Naked’ and the fantastic Thanksgiving special, New Girl is a comedy winner. (Plus it’s after Glee, so there’s really no reason not to just keep the TV rolling!)

 

Ringer


Last week, Selena asked if you’re still watching Ringer, a show that had so much promise but has been lacking a little in the ratings. Well I am still watching, and I love it. While Sarah Michelle Gellar hasn’t exactly been able to convince me that she’s playing two different characters (sorry, SMG fans), the rest of the cast is stellar and the show is intriguing. The pace can be slow at times, but it’s still one of the best shows out there—and I only see it getting better as time goes on and the mysteries continue to unravel.

 

Suburgatory


It may be because I’ve always thought I was a New York City girl at heart — forced to grow up in the dread of suburbia — but this sitcom is the most hilariously-accurate portrayal of the suburbs (as seen through a teenager’s eyes) that I’ve ever watched. Tessa is plenty sarcastic, but she’s not TV’s typical bitchy teen. Suburgatory has the perfect mix of city snark, suburban madness and sexual tension (between Tessa’s “hip” young dad and the lovably-over-the-top housewife down the street) to keep me coming back week after week for a light 20 minutes of laughs.

 

American Horror Story


A ’70s-inspired horror TV show helmed by the creator of Glee sounded bizarre and I had my doubts. And in all fairness, it didn’t live up to my horror-loving expectations, but how could it? No one wants to sit through a solid 60 minutes of gore and terror each week. American Horror Story is just bloody enough and just spooky enough to keep me loving it, without ever wishing for it to just end already (you know, the feeling you get about 50 minutes into any Scream sequel). It’s sexy, it’s scary, it’s complex, and I spend the hour after every episode re-watching what I just saw (thank you FX for the encore), trying to dissect every detail and wrap my head around the psychological mindflip that I enjoy oh-so-much.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Hart of Dixie, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Revenge, Up All Night, Homeland

 

Later this week, I’ll be posting my picks for WORST new fall TV shows! Do you have any suggestions? Did you agree or disagree with my BEST picks? Take a vote below or sound off in the comments!

 

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Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.