As summer comes to a close, you may find yourself putting your favorite swimsuit away in the back of your drawer knowing the possibilities of summer are gone and the chill of winter is on the horizon. We’re dreading autumn leaves, cold nights and shorter days, but there’s actually a sign of fall we await with pleasure – our favorite television shows returning from summer hiatus! This week marks the kickoff of 2011’s fall television season, and networks have a slew of new shows they hope will be a ratings gold mine. We here at CherryOnTop have compiled five new shows that are must see TV!
~ Pan Am
Many are buzzing about this new period drama. Pan Am is being touted as the next Mad Men. The show is centered around the real-life iconic airline, Pan American Airways. The airline was known for it’s glamorous and highly stylized stewardesses. The show is set in the 1960s and follows the lives of the stewardesses and their bouts with “passion, jealousy, and espionage.” ABC is hoping ratings ‘take off’ with this new show, and perhaps give Mad Men a run for its money (Mad Men recently won its fourth Emmy for Outstanding Drama). Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan) stars as Maggie, a rebellious bohemian who takes on the stewardess position in order to see the world. The series debuts September 25 at 10 pm EST.
~ The Playboy Club
NBC is also jumping into the 1960s with their provocative drama The Playboy Club. The series centers on the beautiful “Bunnies” and the patrons of the dazzling Chicago club. Amber Heard (Zombieland) stars as Maureen, a woman seeking adventure in the glamorous world of The Playboy Club. She quickly finds out that she is in way over her head. Naturi Naughton (Notorious) also stars as Brenda, the beautiful Bunny with big aspirations. The show airs Mondays at 10 pm EST on NBC.
While most people go to the Hamptons for the parties, beach and status, Emily Thorne is there for something else… Revenge. Emily, played by Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters), is welcomed into a rich Hamptons community. No one knows she once lived there before when she was a child but something went terribly wrong. The incident ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily has returned to exact revenge on those who betrayed her. “Revenge is universal…Revenge is old as humanity. Dark and dramatic and endless,” said Mike Kelley, the creator of the series. Will Revenge have us glued to our sofas every Wednesday night, or is it just another primetime soap? The drama starts September 21 at 10 pm EST on ABC.
~ 2 Broke Girls
Created by Sex and the City executive producer Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings (who has her own show, Whitney, on NBC), 2 Broke Girls is a traditional sitcom with a little edge. It’s about two completely different women who are thrown together as unlikely roommates and coworkers. Kat Denning (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) plays Max, a cool sassy waitress at a Brooklyn diner. Beth Behrs (American Pie Presents: The Book of Love) plays Caroline, a down-on-her-luck trust fund kid whose assets are frozen when her father is arrested in a Madoff-like scandal. The show airs Mondays on CBS at 9:30 pm EST after Two and a Half Men.
“Always a trophy. Never a wife.” That is just one of many “Whitney-isms.” It’s Whitney Cummings off-color and non-traditional approach to dating. Cummings who is a comedian and TV writer decided to develop her own self-titled series because she did not think there were enough strong women characters on television. Whitney is about a woman living with her boyfriend Alex, played by Chris D’ Elia (Boston Legal). However, she is in no rush to get married like many of her friends. She even questions monogamy and other relationship institutions. Watch as Whitney tries to put the spice back into her relationship. This witty and irreverent comedy premieres September 22 at 9:30 pm EST on NBC.
When fall officially begins, don’t fret about the colder weather. After all, your favorite shows are returning, along with some brand spanking new ones…and hopefully, someone to watch them with (but that’s a whole other topic). Happy fall!
– Ashleigh Holmes