A new season brings new TV shows and returning favorites

Marissa Bean
Campus Life Editor

Colder weather is quickly approaching, and so are the premieres of new shows coming to television this fall.

The new TV season will bring new contenders, like Grandfathered, set to premiere on FOX on Sept. 29, and The Muppets, which premiered on Sept. 22, as well as returning favorites like Empire, which began its second season on Fox on Sept. 23.

Grandfathered, starring John Stamos and Josh Peck, focuses on a single, middle-aged man (Stamos) who learns suddenly that he has a son (Peck), and that son has a daughter. Stamos is best known for his role as Uncle Jesse on the TV show Full House, and Peck is best known for his starring role on the Nickelodeon series Drake and Josh.

Quinn Healy, a senior, said that she’s very excited to watch the premiere of Grandfathered.

“Josh Peck is hilarious, and I feel that this is Uncle Jesse’s big break,” Healy said.

Others have their doubts about the believability of the show.

“John Stamos as a grandpa? I don’t think so,” said Hannah Green, a senior. “I’ve only seen the pilot, so who knows.”

Green said, “I’m glad Josh Peck is getting work.”

Another new show that premiered this week is The Muppets. The pilot aired on Sept. 22 on ABC, and the show follows the lives of Jim Henson’s characters. This is the Muppets first television series since the late 1990s, and the premiere comes on the heels of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy’s breakup.

Not everyone is a fan of the playful new series.

Kayla Mulvey, a junior, said “I think the Muppet show sounds really dumb.”

“Muppets are for children, and making them into an adult show just ruins everything,” Mulvey said.

A highly-anticipated returning show is Empire. It centers on a music industry executive and his family, as well as the family’s battle to inherit the family fortune. It stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

“Empire, it’s the best dram-edy on the fall lineup,” Healy said. “They keep you wanting to know more.”

Healy said she’s excited for the new shows, but there’s one aspect she isn’t thrilled with. She said the lineup is missing one show in particular, since it ended earlier this year.

“The fall lineup is overall disappointing, especially since Parks and Recreation is nowhere to be seen on it,” Healy said.

Marissa Bean is the Campus Life editor for The Comment. Follow her on Twitter @MarLaur16.

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