We're a few weeks into the Fall 2013 television season, and yes, there are still a couple of shows waiting in the wings to debut at all, but already some pretty major adjustments have been made to the schedule. Shows have already been dropped across a few networks, and more personally, many shows have been dropped for not living up to my (not even crazy high) expectations. But the good news is that there are a couple of shows that came out of the gate with super strong episode two and threes and completely hooked me in a way I just did not expect. That is super rare and therefore that much more thrilling when I experience it.
- 8 p.m. - Once Upon A Time - I admit that at first it didn't feel like an homage to Hook, it felt like a straight copy to twist Henry into a boy who wanted to stay with the villain in Neverland forever, but I love the darkness that is surrounding the place and the story in general so much, I'm willing to overlook it. Plus, the methods are different, and the fact that Emma might start to agree with Henry and feel at home in Neverland, too, make it that much more interesting.
- 8 p.m. - The Amazing Race - I don't care about any of the teams personally, but I still love seeing the places they get to visit!
- 9 p.m. - Revenge - Nolan's just plain awesome; I kind of love that Jack is all angsty and kind of a loose cannon and could spill the beans on Emily; and Ashley and Declan are finally gone. I mean, the former has been replaced by another annoying opportunist with an accent, but whatever. I have this theory that Aidan and Daniel are working together to get back at Emily. I know it's crazy, but someone does shoot her, after all, and the whole "what happened with the gun at the end of season two" was told, rather than shown, so I believe the off-camera truth is more complicated than the story we heard. I also think Patrick isn't really Patrick because let's face it, Victoria is way too flirty with him, and it's weird. So this show has once again stirred my interest, even if mostly to theorize, rather than follow along with what's actually happening...
- 9 p.m. - The Good Wife - It's about to be a brand new show with Cary and Alicia splitting off from Lockhart-Gardner, and that is a show that comes with thrilling new energy as Will is out for revenge, Alicia has to mother those she works with, and cases just keep getting more intricate and intimate.
- 9 p.m. - Homeland - Too much time was spent with Carrie stuck in an institution, and I fear too much time will be spent with the Brody family without Brody (seriously, when he fled, I was hoping that would be the last we saw of his clan), but I am intrigued by Saul's politics, and the connection Brody's new people have to Carrie, and what Carrie will do next, more determined than ever.