It’s Elementary…or Revolutionary: Fall 2012 TV Shows

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Fall is here, and that means new TV shows and returns of our favorites (hopefully). My family doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but these days, when we do, we watch more and more cable stations. TNT, USA, ABCFamily, and the CW. The major networks have fewer shows we enjoy. This fall, a few of those network shows will be back, including Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

I enjoy reading the loglines for TV shows. They help me create better loglines for my books and spark ideas for future stories. Reading the loglines for the 2012 fall lineup, however, there are only two that stand out to me: Elementary and Revolution. The themes are familiar, but the plots are updated and there are twists right from the start.

Take Elementary, which premieres Tuesday, September 25 (from

“…CBS’ procedural offers a modern take on the crime-solver with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict and NYPD consultant. His Watson is his “sober companion,” a former surgeon — and a woman (Lucy Liu).”

Lucy Liu playing Watson? Sherlock as a recovering addict working for the NYPD? Oh, yeah, I’m there.

The other show I’m interested in is Revolution from producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke. NBC had me with Abrams and Kripke, but then they added “post-apocalyptic future” “survivors” and “power struggle” into the mix. The show premiers Monday, September 17, and here’s the official blurb:

“Leave it to J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) to come up with a mythology-heavy drama. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where there is no electricity, the series stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito as a group of people struggling to figure out how the technology vanished and who holds the figurative power among the survivors.”

There are a few more I’ll check out, like The Carrie Diaries and Last Resort, but I’m not holding my breath that they’ll become favorites.

So what TV shows are you looking forward to watching this fall and why? Are there particular actors/producers you always enjoy or a catchy premise you just have to check out?

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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15 Responses to It’s Elementary…or Revolutionary: Fall 2012 TV Shows

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    We’ve been watching Perception on TNT, which stars Eric McCormack (from Will & Grace). I can’t find the logline, but “McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases.” And “Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases.”

    We watched it last night and it was very good. I’m looking forward to Elementary, too. Brilliant name for the series!

  2. Hi Misty – I enjoyed your post. I watch very few things in “real time” these days, but lots of it is from the cable channels. I’m intrigued by Revolution but worry that it’s going to be another vague, hard-to-explain conspiracy story from the byzantine mind of JJ Abrams. I’m definitely going to check out Elementary, but I don’t know if it will be able to hold a candle to the BBC/PBS update of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch!

    • Misty Evans says:

      Hi Lynn. I’m a conspiracy theory nut, so I’ll be interested to see how Revolution’s main plot thread is explained down the road. And we can only cross our fingers that Elementary will give us a great modern-day Sherlock and Watson duo.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Amy R says:

    Well, believe it or not I don’t watch TV because it is all bad. Just kidding. I don’t watch much TV because my husband and two kids steal all the TV time in our house. The only thing that plays in our house it seems is sports or DIY shows (husband) or Disney Channel or Nickelodeon (kids). I was always a fan of sitcoms like Friends and I can still watch reruns. So, I don’t really know that plays on TV these days. I am usually reading books in the chair while the rest of the family watches TV. That is how I get through so many books so quickly I think. I do enjoy movies a lot though. I usually scan the guide to see if any movies are coming up I want to see and then DVR them. 🙂

    • Misty Evans says:

      Amy, I remember the days when the kids were young and I knew the theme songs to Blue Clues and Power Rangers by heart. 🙂 One day, you’ll get the TV back, but in the meantime, I’m glad you’re such a voracious reader!

  4. Beth Watson says:

    Misty, I hadn’t heard of those shows, or the Carrie Diaries and Last Resort. Need to see what those are about. Edie, I love Perception. I never thought Eric McCormack was much of an actor in Will and Grace, but I think he does a great job in this series. I need to record it or I’ll never remember to watch it.

    I don’t watch much TV, partially because the seasons are different on every channel now and I can’t keep anything straight. My shows seasons all start at different times. I love Touch with Kiefer Sutherland, but I have to watch the rest of last season before this season starts. Just looked and this season starts the end of October. If I hadn’t just checked that out I’d have missed it. What a bizarre season start date. And I write YA so I watch several YA shows like Glee and Pretty Little Liars. I only watch 3-4 shows regularly. I haven’t been reading much lately either. I’m starting to wonder what I do at night…

    • Misty Evans says:

      Beth, if you’re like me, you’re exhausted at night and can’t keep your eyes open! LOL.

      Touch is great show, and like Perception, is a good ‘teaching’ show where you learn something new every week. I use to watch PLL, too, but the rest of the family doesn’t like it, so I don’t catch it much anymore.

      We’re usually too busy to watch TV during the week, so we catch up on our favs on the weekend via our cable provider’s on demand service. Thank goodness for that!

  5. blodeuedd says:

    I have a few I ave my eye on, but yes to Last resort and a few others 😉
    blodeuedd`s last blog was …Review: A Place Beyond Courage – Elizabeth Chadwick

    • Misty Evans says:

      Some seasons, I get hooked on a new show and it’s cancelled before I can turn around. Let’s hope Last Resort isn’t one of those, but I fear with the limited plot potential it has, that it won’t last long. I like the idea behind it – I’m just not sure how many episodes they can stretch out of that plot.

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Misty … normally I don’t watch much television because frankly there’s nuthin’ but crap on it. I’ll be so happy when the cycle of these no-talent “I’m rich and beautiful” programs are over. P-U. I’ll grab a book any day over what’s being offered right now.

    Anyway, I’m with you with Elementary and Revolution. Totally looking forward to both of them.

  7. Misty,
    I was sold the moment I saw the commercials for “Elementary” :). I can’t wait to see that show! I’m also looking forward to the premiere of “Arrow” on the CW. I’ve been a “Supernatural” fan since season one, so I’m curious about “Revolution,” too, and I just started watching “The Vampire Diaries” in May and have *almost* caught up on the first 3 seasons. VERY curious about this season!!

  8. Dale Mayer says:

    hi Misty,

    I’m not big on TV shows but I do love reading loglines. I have to have my head on correctly to write them myself but when you nail the right words, it’s pure fun!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Blog Tour for Family Blood Ties series – Vampire in Denial and Vampire in Distress!

  9. Cynthia Eden says:

    I can’t wait to see Elementary!
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Guest Author Marie Treanor (With Giveaway)

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