The 2018 September Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Fall is quickly approaching and while you may be sad that summertime is almost over, some of my absolute favorite things are returning.  What’s your favorite part of fall?  Whether you adore Halloween or pumpkin spice lattes or the leaves changing colors, there is something for everyone.  It also means that some of our favorite TV shows are returning and new series will be making their debut as well.  While we may have to wait a little longer for some shows to return, September is jam packed with lots of programming to choose from.  Without further delay, the 2018 September Season TV premieres I am most looking forward to in no particular order are:

 

The Purge

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Shameless

American Horror Story:  Apocalypse

 

The Purge:

“This is your Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the Annual Purge. At the siren, all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 hoursAll emergency services will be suspended.”

The Purge is a new series based on the movies we have come to know and love.  It will premiere on the USA network on September 4th.  I have to admit that I absolutely love the movies and I am excited to see what new elements will be brought to the series.  It seems like we will get a good mix of character flashbacks and content featured around the actual purge night.  I am trying to go into the series without too much background information because I truly want to enjoy the ride, but I am hoping for the best.

 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

“Aw yeah, yeah, like in The Sixth Sense you find out that the dude in that hair piece the whole time, that’s Bruce Willis the whole movie.”

 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be premiering on the FXX network on September 5th It has been quite some time since fans have gotten some new episodes and I am literally counting the days until we can join the gang for some crazy and over-the-top adventures.  While I have enjoyed watching shows and movies featuring some of the cast, there is always just something missing for me if everyone from “Patty’s Pub” is not involved.  Is there a new Lethal Weapon movie ready to be unleashed?  Will Charlie discover the true meaning of Charlie Work?  Stay tuned!

 

Shameless:

“That’s right. NO ONE F*KS WITH A GALLAGHER!”

One of my absolute favorite shows is Shameless and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the Gallagher family this season.  The new season premieres on Showtime on September 9th I absolutely adored the introduction of Carl’s girlfriend, Kassidi, last season and I can’t wait to see what she does next when she discovers that Carl has gone back to military school.  Fiona has also come a long way as a business woman and Debbie lost some of her toes, but something tells me that these two strong women are not going to let anyone get in their way.  Get ready to laugh out loud as we get to follow the crazy antics of our favorite family on TV!

 

American Horror Story:  Apocalypse

“Surprise bitch…I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

 I thought that seemed like the most appropriate quote since many of our favorite characters from past seasons will be back for the new season of AHS.  Are you ready?  I have to admit that I might be the most excited for this season and I adore Ryan Murphy’s work.  The new season is set to premiere on the FX network on September 12th We know that AHS is known for giving us unexpected twists and turns, but something tells me that they will not be holding anything back with this new season.  A great cast, a great premise, and lots and lots of potential!  Stay tuned!

 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in September 2018 in the comments section below.  Happy viewing and thanks so much for reading!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 17: The Wait is Over!

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 17 last night, we learned that new alliances have been formed, which bring together former enemies and divide other families even further than Shakespeare could have thought even possible.  While the line between blood and loyalty has blurred almost into non-existence for some, others have put aside their selfish needs to do what is right for everyone.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty:  The Noose Tightens,” the car in Swedlow Swamp resurfaces, causing new enemies to come to town and pushing Alice to the breaking point.  Meanwhile, Betty wants a serpent tattoo, Archie continues to act first and think later, and Veronica and Toni team up to rescue Cheryl from the “Sisters of Quiet Mercy.”  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 17 are:

5

“No need to become the Montagues and Capulets just yet.”

It’s all out in the open now that Fred Andrews is running for mayor against Hermione Lodge and it’s about time someone took a stand to protect the town of Riverdale.  When the Andrews family comes face to face with the Lodge family, you can cut the tension with way more than a knife.  Veronica and Archie immediately detect that this is only going to get worse and Veronica tries to make light of it with some Shakespeare humor.  However, we all know that Romeo and Juliet was a tragedy and that the young lovers are the ones who get caught up in the cross fire.  Can the same be said for team Varchie?

4

Nothing stays hidden for long.

Alice is shocked to learn that the car belonging to the man Chic killed, Dwayne, has re-surfaced in Swedlow Swamp.  Alice sits down with FP, Jughead, and Betty to come up with a plan and FP reminds them of the importance of laying low and acting normal in the meantime.  However, Betty even admits that “normal is investigating when the world says they shouldn’t.”  Our favorite detective team, Bughead enlists the help of Kevin to get more information and is shocked to learn that the stolen car has been claimed by the owner.  Chic involves himself further than he should and contacts Darla who is the ex-girlfriend of Dwayne.  As if right on cue, Darla shows up at the Cooper house and tries to blackmail them for $10,000.  Alice is more than happy to give her the money and wipe her hands clean of this whole mess, but the drama isn’t over just yet.

3

“Who are you Archie?”

An excellent question from his mother and Archie should really take some time and look in the mirror to figure it out.  Archie continues to make the wrong decisions and is losing his temper more and more.  Archie even threatens some of Mr. Lodge’s criminal business associates without blinking an eye, which even has Mr. Lodge reminding him that he shouldn’t pick a fight he can’t finish.  After the Lodge family discovers that “Agent Adams” has double crossed them, they are not sure what the long term plan is.  The Lodge family is currently in danger, but Archie will stop at nothing to protect him.  Rather than show up to support his father announcing his intent to run for Mayor, Archie sets the “Dark Circle” loose on their enemies, which leads to him getting a thank you car from Mr. Lodge.  Archie is creating an even bigger divide between him and his family without realizing it, which has us wondering, is all of this really worth losing your soul over?  A Faustian deal comes to mind, especially when we can easily imagine Mr. Lodge as the devil, signing contracts in blood.  Will Archie be able to come back from this?  Will his family be able to forgive him?

2

Alice makes the right decision.

When Betty goes to retrieve the $10,000 from the bank, the man who was Chic’s “manager” shows up as well and it’s clear that the Cooper family is in a lot of trouble again because of Chic.  Luckily, the Serpent gang shows up as back-up to help them.  Darla and the manager leave for now with the cash, but it’s still very dangerous that they know more than they should.  After all, secrets never stay buried for long in Riverdale.  Alice is beyond grateful and makes an announcement to the Serpents that she is done attacking the South Side.  She makes the difficult decision to ask her son, Chic to leave since he has put her family in danger twice now and then shows up later on FP’s doorstep.  Are Alice and FP back together?  Will Chic really stay away?

1

Toni rescues Cheryl.

Fans were more than disappointed after the interrupted first kiss between Choni, but fear not, love is still blooming in the air.  Toni enlists the help of Veronica and Josie to help find Cheryl, as she knows that there is no way that she is being held in a boarding school, especially since her social media account has been dead silent.  The girls go and confront Mrs. Blossom who is armed and ready.  She tells them that Cheryl is mentally ill and even shows Josie the picture that Cheryl sketched not too long ago of the two of them, revealing that Cheryl was the one who was threatening and stalking her.  Josie is out, but Veronica and Toni are not about to completely abandon their friend.  Nana Rose makes the right call and tries to help Toni find Cheryl but is rudely interrupted by Uncle Claudius.  They then learn from Kevin that the “Sisters of Quiet Mercy” practice gay conversion therapy and that there is a secret tunnel that can lead them to Cheryl.  Toni and Veronica put on their fantastic spy-like outfits which have just the right amount of flair and break in.  Cheryl is stunned when she sees Toni and the two share a swoon-worthy kiss in front of the film screen.  The cheers for Choni should be deafening as this kiss was well worth the wait.  Veronica and Toni successfully rescue Cheryl who is surprisingly not broken from this ordeal.  Rather, she says that “revenge is a dish best served cold,” and informs Kevin that she is ready to take on the lead of the school play, which is none other than Carrie White from Stephen King’s classic.  While I’m sure that Cheryl can pull off anything, including being covered in pig’s blood, her family better watch out for sure since Cheryl is no stranger to making things in her way burn to the ground.  Stay tuned!  New episodes return on April 18th!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 15: Film Noir

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 15 last night, I feel like I just stepped out of a film noir from the 1940s.  While not set in black and white, the moody music in the background featuring jazzy trumpets and saxophones was a nice touch, almost bringing us back in time to see how Sam and Dean Winchester would manage to escape the mob.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Most Holy Man,” Sam and Dean begin their quest to find the first of the four needed ingredients to rescue their mom and Jack.  This takes them all over the country and they cross paths with several threats, but none of them are actually supernatural, which was very refreshing.  Either way, the mob ties and the numerous guns made the threat just as equally dangerous, as the two brothers seek the help of Father Lucca to obtain the skull of St. Peter.   My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 15 are:

5

“The internet…not just for porn anymore.”

As Sam and Dean begin their research on where to start with finding the blood from a most holy man, Sam comes to the conclusion that it must mean the blood of a saint.  Not really knowing where to start, he turns to the internet for help and researches auctions of ancient religious relics, hoping to find somewhere to start.  While Dean is clearly impressed by the knowledge one can obtain from the internet, they set off to San Francisco to meet with someone who can hopefully point them in the right direction.

4

Dean learns a new word.

After Sam and Dean meet with a beautiful young woman who has a thing for Sam, she points them in the direction of a collector located in Seattle.  Surrounded by wealth, the man is not about to let go of the blood of a saint for no less than a small fortune.  After quickly judging Sam and Dean’s own worth by their suits and “cheap ties,” he decides to strike up a deal with them.  He explains that if they procure a certain item for him, he will be willing to make a trade.  He asks them if they are up for some “chicanery” and Dean carefully waits for Sam’s approval before moving forward with this, clearly not knowing what this word means.  After getting the nod from Sam, Dean is down for the “chicanery” and is eager to get started.  However, things get complicated and messy when Sam and Dean cross paths with the mob and are now working for them to obtain the skull for a finder’s fee.  While not ideal, Sam and Dean are not about to say no to the mob boss, who explains that “failure is not an option.”

3

“Look at you like a boy scout…always prepared.”

Even though there are no demons or angels around to get in the way of the Winchester brothers, they are still not having the easiest time locating the needed ingredient.  After tracking down their first lead to a hotel, Sam and Dean deal with a cop who clearly got his badge “out of a cereal box.”  While he goes to call back-up, Sam puts his Boy Scout skills to use to get them out of handcuffs so they can continue on their journey.  Sam has taken a lot of hits to the head recently too, which concerns Dean.  However, that doesn’t stop him from making a joke about how Sam has a head of “Disney princess hair” to protect him.

2

“Oh look, it’s your girlfriend.”

After agreeing to work with Father Lucca, a priest who has traveled from Malta to help bring back the stolen skull of St. Peter, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to get it back.  However, when Sam heads in to meet with the mob boss with a suitcase full of money, he is in for a surprise when the other buyers surface as well, including the man from Seattle and the young woman they first met with in San Francisco.  While no longer on pleasant terms, she still insists on wishing Sam luck, but he doesn’t have nearly enough cash to come out on top.  Luckily, Dean and Father Lucca are not far behind.

1

“1 down…3 to go.”

During the episode, it is clear that Sam and Dean understand the importance of obtaining the blood of a saint, however; they are blind to the “most holy man” right in front of them, Father Lucca.  Father Lucca has faith and understands the importance of doing what is right.  Dean initially doesn’t seem impressed when he discusses it with Sam:  “Friar Tuck over there…we don’t owe him anything.”  While this may be true, Sam realizes that they need to do what is right and help Father Lucca get the religious item back safe and sound.  They can deal with the aftermath later and figure out another way to get the blood of the saint, but they can’t deny a calling like this.  After they obtain the skull, the man from Seattle explains that there is no such thing as the blood of a saint to their disappointment.  When they are seeing Father Lucca off, he tells them what the pope called him which literally translates to “most holy man.”  It looks like doing the right thing paid off after all.  While it is important that they have successfully procured the first ingredient, perhaps Dean’s newly found faith is what is even more important.  New episodes of Supernatural return March 29thStay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural  below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 13: “Norman Bates made it look so easy.”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 13 last night, I have to admit that even I did not see some of these twists and turns unraveling.  While we will need to wait until early March for a new episode to air, let’s focus on what we know and what we still don’t know for today.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Twenty-Six:  The Tell-Tale Heart,” Betty goes down a dangerous path and makes the decision to help her mother and Chic clean up a mess that won’t make her guilt disappear along with it.  Archie makes the brave decision to stand up to Agent Adams and Veronica chooses to do the right thing, weighing it above her family loyalty.  Meanwhile, Cheryl refuses to let her mother ruin another family and Jughead decides to take on the big boss, Mr. Lodge to strike up a deal.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 13 are:

5

Jughead has a meeting with Mr. Lodge.

Jughead refuses to sit by quietly and enlists the help of his father, FP to sit down for negotiations with Mr. Lodge.  Veronica happily mediates the discussion which seems to be full of all of the niceties one would expect at a legitimate business meeting.  Mr. Lodge and the Jones family agree that they want peace in the land.  After Mr. Lodge offers to meet them half-way, Jughead refuses to keep his name out of the expose he is writing and tells him “no deal.”  FP is proud of his son and supports him completely.  It’s good to see the Jones family making the right decisions.  After all, making a deal with the devil deserves some much needed contemplation.

4

Cheryl does the right thing.

When Cheryl learns that her mother is having an affair with Hal Cooper, she argues that she is “destroying families with her courtesan ways.”  Her mother shocks her by telling her that it’s the real deal with Hal and she doesn’t even blink an eye at the thought of shattering Alice Cooper’s family.  Cheryl refuses to accept this especially after witnessing Betty sick to her stomach at school.  Assuming it must be directly related to her family breaking apart; Cheryl confronts Hal and warns him to stay away from her “harlot mother.”  Even though she offers to keep things quiet from Betty, Cheryl makes the decision to tell her what’s going on anyway because she feels it is the right thing to do.  It looks like Cheryl is finally going down the right path.  There doesn’t seem to be any ulterior motives here, but will her mother cross her once she finds out about her betrayal?

3

Veronica visits Mayor McCoy.

Even though Veronica has accepted her new role in the family business with open arms, it’s clear that she is not about to let her conscience be corrupted in the process.  When she finds out that her parents intend to blackmail Mayor McCoy with information on the affair she is having with Kevin’s dad, Veronica makes the brave the decision to tell the Mayor what is going on.  In an effort to protect her reputation, she admits to her what her parents know and Mayor McCoy asks “how much time do I have?”  She steps down from her position as Mayor and Veronica reminds her parents that she is no longer a threat and exposing her now would only be cruel.  Will her parents find out that she has put the Mayor over her responsibility to her family?  Will Veronica be able to get out of this with a clean conscience?  Time will tell but it’s great to see that she still has her morals intact.

2

Betty comes clean to Jughead.

While still withholding some very pertinent information from her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Jughead, Betty cannot keep her latest secret to herself.  In the beginning of the episode, “the lives of the Cooper women were forever changed,” as Betty decides to help her mother cover up the murder of the shady man who came to see Chic.  When Betty comes down for breakfast the next day, she is appalled that Chic and her mother are sitting there bright eyed and bushy tailed without any hint of remorse.  Her anger leaks out when she says “I don’t like chocolate chip pancakes” in disgust.  The doorbell rings and Betty shatters the plate in her hand, revealing her own guilt and nerves about what took place the night before.  She is unable to let her guilt go as she goes back to the body and takes the man’s phone, going through each number to provide her with some sense of truth or closure.  Betty learns that Chic is lying to the family as his info appears in the shady man’s phone, but Alice refuses to let Betty start a fight and divide the family.  Not knowing where else to turn, Betty confides in Jughead about what has taken place and they sink the shady man’s car that has been parked on Betty’s block for two days.  Not wanting for Betty to make the same mistake his family has, they bring in FP who helps dispose of the body and keeps their secret, understanding full well what a cover up can do to a family.  Even though everything seems to be safely hidden under the surface, we know that things don’t always stay buried for long.  Will someone come looking for the shady man?  What else is Chic keeping from the family?  How will Betty and Jughead cope with such a dark secret?

1

Archie meets “the boss.”

Archie is facing quite the dilemma when he has second thoughts about spying on the Lodge family.  He loves Veronica very much and feels awful about what Agent Adams is asking him to do.  Agent Adams pays his father a visit, reminding Archie what’s at stake here, but Archie holds his ground, risking everything to protect the Lodge family.  He goes to Mr. Lodge and tells him everything, putting all his cards on the table.  Later in the episode, Archie is escorted off to see “the boss.”  Not knowing what to expect, the car pulls up to a secluded spot to reveal Veronica’s mother, Hermione Lodge as the HBIC. She reveals to Archie that Agent Adams isn’t real and this was all a test.  Archie is completely shocked by this revelation.  Luckily for Archie, he made the right decision, but what else is the Lodge family capable of?  Now that he has been accepted into their family, what will they expect from him in return?  We will need to wait until March 7th 2018 for new episodes to air, but there are still a lot of mysteries to be solved.  Stay tuned to find out!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

The 2018 Mid-Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Since I covered my favorite shows from 2017 for all networks in previous posts, I wanted to also explore the television premieres that have not yet aired yet.  The holidays are over and the New Year is quickly approaching, which will bring an end to re-runs and the return of new episodes from some of our favorite shows.  However, I am most looking forward to television shows that have not had an official premiere yet.  While some of these shows already have 2018 premiere dates announced, others are still giving out an “early 2018” vague response, as I desperately keep refreshing the internet to see when they will be returning.  Please note some spoilers are ahead if you have not caught up yet on previous seasons.  Without further delay, the 2018 Mid-season TV premieres I am most looking forward to in no particular order are:

The 100

The Affair

Homeland

Ash vs Evil Dead

Jessica Jones

The 100 ended on a major cliff-hanger last season and I am counting the days until I can see Clark and my other favorite characters from Sky Crew return.  Did “Praimfaya” destroy everything?  Who else has survived?  Will Clark and Bellamy finally get together or will we be forced to endure their unspoken tension between each other for another season?  The questions are endless and I need some serious answers as we move into the new season and this new future world.  Either way, I know that The 100 is up to the challenge and will provide fans with non-stop action and drama.

The Affair had me slightly confused on where it would go after the end of season 3.  While seasons 1 and 2 continued to unravel mysteries and kept audiences guessing who would end up with who, season 3 ended on a different note.  At the end of last season, Noah is left outside staring into his family’s house on Christmas.  They are all clearly happy and at peace and he gets back in the cab not knowing where to go next.  Does he go after Alison or somewhere completely new?  It is very open-ended, but I am looking forward to The Affair getting back to its roots.  Perhaps this means introducing some more new characters into the mix and saying goodbye to others, but the show still has a story left to tell and I’m ready for more.

Homeland is another show that left fans with a jam-packed finale, finally saying goodbye to a main character we have come to trust and rely on in previous seasons.  At the end of the season, Carrie had been shut out of the White House, which has us wondering what threats will she have to deal with next?  Will she be able to trust anyone?  What will happen to Saul?  The unanswered questions will soon be revealed, as the show is set to premiere in mid-February.

Ash vs Evil Dead is coming back in February as well.  After a long hiatus from season 2, I am looking forward to the return of “ashy slashy” and friends.  Our favorite characters were left celebrating in season 2 and it seems like life may return to normal, but we know that evil is lurking somewhere close.  Ash cannot put his chain-saw arm into retirement just yet.  What kind of demons will he face?  Will the gang be reunited?  While we are unsure of the threats and set-up, we know we can count on Ash for hilarious over-the-top humor and campy horror.

Jessica Jones is scheduled to return to Netflix in early March 2018 along with Jessica’s quick wit and jaded past.  After defeating her enemy, Kilgrave in season 1, will she be able to put her life back together again?  Is he truly gone and if so, who will she be facing in the upcoming season?  Will we find out more about her past and explore her super-powers further?  While I am not sure where we will be going in season 2, I am along for the ride.  Jessica Jones may not be a hero we typically think of in the spotlight, but her character is deep and complicated and she has a way of showing the bad guy who’s boss while remaining true to herself.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in 2018 in the comments below.  Happy viewing and the countdown to 2018 is here!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl