Red Band Society

8 New Fall Shows…

There are actually quite a few new shows that I am planning to check out this fall, and even more that are premiering mid-season, but these are the ones about which I am most excited.

1. Red Band Society premieres September 17 on Fox, stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Wilson Cruz, Griffin Gluck, Jordi Palacios, Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Brian Bradley, Ciara Bravo and Zoe Levin. Based on the Spanish series “Polseres Vermelles,” this is a high school drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. I was really excited when we screened this show at the ATX Television Festival in June and I am still really excited to see it this Fall. It could make me cry a lot, but it also seems to have plenty of light-hearted moments to keep things balanced and fun.



2. Gotham premieres September 22 on Fox, stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Sarah Essen and Sean Pertwee. Centered around Commissioner James Gordon when he was only a rookie detective, this is the origin story of the city of Gotham. Meet Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and Oswald Copplepot before they become Batman, Catwoman and The Penguin. It surprises even me that I watch so many shows based on comic books, considering I have never actually read any of them, but I am intrigued by the look of this show and by the great cast.



3. How to Get Away With Murder premieres September 25 on ABC, stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGory, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber and Liza Weil. A group of law students use what they learn from their criminal defense professor to cover up their own real life mistake. Shonda Rhimes’ shows usually do not disappoint (at least not at the beginning) and Davis is a phenomenal actress, so I am interested to see where this show takes us. Also, it is based in Philadelphia and the pilot was filmed in my hometown, I am excited to see how many landmarks I recognize.



4. The Flash premieres October 7 on The CW, stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, Jesse L. Martin and John Wesley Shipp. A spin-off of The CW’s Arrow, this is the story of scientist Barry Allen after a freak accident that gives him the power of super speed. If Arrow is any indication, I think this show is going to be a great ride.

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8 Things I Am Most Looking Forward to at ATX Television Festival Season Three…

I was so lucky to have gotten involved with the ATX Television Festival before the first year and have looked forward to this weekend every year since! In case you do not already know, the festival brings together actors, writers, directors, producers, music supervisors, studio executives and fans to talk about the past, present and future of television here in Austin, Texas. From June 5-8, there will be screenings, panels, parties and live music with some of the industry’s leading professionals. There are SO MANY awesome things going on over the weekend, but this is what I am most looking forward to, in no particular order.

1. Hey Dude Reunion – I loved this show growing up and would watch the reruns on Nickelodeon whenever they were on. I remember wanting to be just like Brad and if there had been dude ranches in Philadelphia, I probably would have wanted to work at one. Just watch out for those man-eatin’ jackrabbits and those killer cacti!

2. Friday Night Lights Outdoor Screening – This is my favorite event every year. What could be better than watching Tim Riggins on a big screen out under the Texas sky?! This year there will also be great music from Sarah Watkins and Guiney & Grimes before the sun goes down.

3. Henry Winkler – ATX is presenting the first ever Achievement in Television Excellence award at this year’s festival and Mr. Winkler is the perfect recipient. His body of work encompasses the standards that drive ATX Television Festival: genuine, thoughtful, expansive, and most importantly, entertaining. His conversation with Royal Pains Executive Producer Michael Rauch is sure to be something you do not want to miss!

4. The Awesome Food and Drink Sponsors – Since I work all weekend from about 9 a.m. to whenever the party stops each night (or I fall asleep standing up), I pretty much live off of this food for four days. This year that includes KIND Snacks, Cornucopia popcorn, Blue Bell ice cream, CuvĂ©e Coffee, Topo Chico, Tito’s Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Treaty Oak Rum and Waterloo Gin.

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