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. - Hart of Dixie - I'm in this for George and Lavon and Lemon and Wade. Honestly, if Zoe had never come back from New York (especially with Joel), I would have been fine to keep going. They're just so much fun, and I want to live in a crazy town that loves its theme events that much!
- 9 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow - Here's the thing: this show is fun, and I get that. I like the self-aware fish out of water that is Ichabod, and I really, really like the not-actually-crazy-but-locked-away-for-years sister. But I've seen all of the stories and themes and imagery done before on television, and recently so. It doesn't feel like a copycat, but it takes a lot of the enjoyment out of it for me that it's not so unique or special. It's the kind of show I tune into because I'm just not doing much else on Mondays and because so many people love it so much I want to, too. But I don't love it. I only like it. If this night was more competitive, I'd cut it loose.
- 10 p.m. - Castle - Oh, Castle, even though I claim to want to at the end of every season (and honestly a few times during every season, too), I just can't quit you! This season gave me everything I wanted so far, even if it tumbled out quicker than I would have liked. I wanted more of FBI Beckett, more of her relationship with McCord, more of her realizing the compromises she had to make in that world weren't worth it. I wanted it to be her decision to walk away and return to the NYPD-- and then I wanted the NYPD not to take her back right away. The show did that-- it showed it could evolve-- and now I just want it not to go back to business as usual. I want to watch Beckett look at her job and her life with renewed perspective as she tackles the usual cases of the week. We'll see if it will give me that.
- 10 p.m. - Hostages - Duncan Carlisle can get it. But seriously, I love that the simple glimpses we got into these people in the pilot have pushed past expectations and delivered rich characters and performances from which you don't want to look away.