By Tara Bennett
The new fall TV season is upon us, and as usual, it is jam-packed with so many new shows that you cannot possibly keep them all straight. We at DIG, however, can…it’s kind of our job.
Here are the top five TV shows that are receiving a lot of buzz right now, and which ones you should be watching.
Red Band Society
Wednesdays on Fox at 8 pm
Narrated by a kid who is in a coma, this coming-of-age drama is The Breakfast Club meets “Grey’s Anatomy.” Instead of being stuck in detention, these kids are forced to stay in the children’s ward of a Los Angeles hospital while still facing the ups and downs of adolescence. Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Charlie Rowe, Astro, Ciara Bravo and Nolan Sotillo star as the young protagonists, with Dave Annable, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Octavia Spencer take on the roles of their doctors and nurses mentors.
Should you watch? Maybe. While the show is centered on heavy hitting stuff, there will still be plenty of laughs.
NCIS: New Orleans
Tuesdays on CBS at 8 pm
The Big Easy is getting its own piece of one of TV’s most-watched dramas. Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and C.C.H. Pounder star as a New Orleans crime unit who take on solving crimes from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans with its rich setting of music, fun, and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble.
Should you watch? If you need more NCIS in your life and can handle the poor Cajun accents.
Mondays on Fox at 7 pm
Once again, comic-book titles remain a hit for viewer interest. Presented as the origin story of future Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham is Fox’s effort to catch up with the comic book craze. Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, a fresh-faced police detective—but his life begins to change when starts investigating the murder of the parents of none other than a young Bruce Wayne. As an added bonus, we will get to see the origin stories of several Batman villains, including the Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.
Should you watch? Yes, this show caters both to casual fans and diehard fans alike.
Tuesdays on ABC at 7 pm
Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who” fame stars in this modern take on “My Fair Lady” with a social media spin. Gillan’s Eliza Dooley is obsessed with becoming Internet famous, but her constant Instagramming and Facebooking has left her devoid of any real friends, let alone the skills to make any. In comes Henry Higenbottam (John Cho), who is hired by Eliza to rebuild her image and keep her from opening her phone.
Should you watch? Only if you really love Karen Gillan.
How to Get Away with Murder
Thursdays on ABC at 9 pm
Viola Davis stars in this legal thriller as a serious-as-the-death-penalty law-school professor whose students vie for her attention and a coveted desk at her prestigious law firm. But their biggest lessons are learned outside the classroom, when they get caught up in a murder plot and presumably must figure out how to get away with it.
Should you watch? If Scandal doesn’t have enough twists for you, this show certainly will.