Fall 2014 Television Preview: Sunday

E: Gentle readers, welcome to the always highly anticipated Relatively Entertaining Fall Television Previews! It has, in the last several years, become our custom to present a night-by-night preview of each season’s offerings, including both returning and new shows. We cover the major nets, as well as the better-known cable shows — or at least the ones that pique our interest and conform to network scheduling norms.

Sunday has become the night to stay home — the richest evening in animated comedy and prestige drama.  Not to mention football.

C: She just says that because it’s when The Good Wife is on.

E: Well, sure, but I think you’ll find Sunday’s slate is far more than just my favorite show. And as always, if we haven’t included something that you watch or were thinking about watching, please leave a comment and let us know why we’re missing the boat! Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:

  • Titles in blue are new this season
  • Each * means one Quibbling Sibling will be tuning in

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September 2014 Movie Preview

E:  Ah, the end of summer, and the end of the blockbuster season.  Is there any reason to hit the multiplexes before the Oscar race starts in October?  It depends on what you’re looking for in a movie-going experience.  Tense and scary: that’s how I’d sum up most of this month’s offerings.  Most, that is, but not all.

M: Um, we have a little something from August to sort out before we get to that, though.

C: Oh my, whatever could that be?

M: Someone here was right and someone was wrong.

C: Who can you mean?  Let me think…

E: Fine, fine.  I surrender!  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a hit.  It apparently was as bad as it looked, and it’s already surrendered the box office crown to the gut-bustingly funny Guardians of the Galaxy, but it did make money.

M: Which means…

E: You were right and I was wrong.  Happy?

M: I was expecting more of a “You were right, I was … less right” like in Megamind, but yes, thank you.

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So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11 Results – America’s Favorite Dancer Is…

E:  You didn’t think I was going to get ahead of myself, did you?  Give you information out of sequence?  Post a spoiler?  Never!

What I am going to do is plead with FOX to make sure this is not the last live SYTYCD episode I ever see.  Please please please, number crunchers and big wigs at FOX.  So You Think You Can Dance isn’t just a summer treat (though it certainly is that).  And it’s not just a platform that breaks new musical acts, or an extended audition for Dancing With the Stars, though it’s that too.  Didn’t you hear all those dancers saying how they’ve looked up to this program their whole lives?  This is a unique space in the world of television.  It’s not just an amazing outlet for creative genius, it’s become an institution. Not only do dancers not get the recognition and glamor that, say, singers or chefs or fashion designers do, they work incredibly hard to excel at their art with little hope of financial remuneration.  Would you really deny them this one chance to show their skills?  And deny us, the public, the pleasure of seeing them, of connecting with others and with ourselves in new and beautiful ways?

Seriously.  Don’t make me beg.  Renew the show.

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So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11 Finale Wishlist

E: Every year, So You Think You Can Dance’s finale brings us repeat performances of the season’s best routines. Who gets to decide which ones are the best?  Well, viewers get one pick on Twitter from three contenders.  For the last few seasons, each finalist gets to repeat their favorite or most important piece, though we have no idea if this tradition will continue. Mostly, however, it’s up to the judges and presumably producers. Here’s my yearly list of the routines I expect – and in some cases hope – to see in tonight’s finale.

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So You Think You Can Dance: Season 11, Performance Finale

E: Hey there, dance fans!  What a couple of excellent weeks of dancing that was!  I can’t stop re-watching both episodes, the top four and the top six.  Okay, maybe I’m slightly surprised to see Zachary make the cut over Casey, definitely bemused to learn that marvelous magician Ricky feels a bit inadequate when compared to bigger guys, and very pleased that Jacque’s last episode would make me so sorry to see her go ( that WW2 inspired solo! And “99 Red Balloons” as a delicate, gorgeous love song?  Sleeping at Last and Sean Cheesman, you amaze me.), but for the most part, this is where we’ve been heading all season.

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