Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 TV Picks

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Yipee! Fall TV is back! In 2020, fall TV was extremely limited due to having to work around COVID-19 restrictions. Several production companies simply shut down due to not being able to get insurance.  While studios are not quite back at pre-pandemic levels (and it remains to be seen how the deadly Delta variant will impact show business), we’re getting a good crop of new shows this fall.  There is a huge glut of reality competition shows. Studios love them as they are inexpensive to produce and can be done far more quickly than scripted multi-camera shows.  Fashion Reverie will not be commenting on them, focusing on the dramas, comedies, and dramedies coming to your screens this autumn!  

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The Chair 

This limited series from Netflix stars the always likable and engaging Sandra Oh as Jin-Yoon Kim, a dedicated academic who has risen to become the first-ever female chairperson of a prestigious university’s English department.  The show manages to mine laughs from the dry and extremely Caucasian world of academia while addressing serious issues faced by women and people of color in that environment.  

The Wonder Years 

Yes, it’s a “Wonder Years” reboot, which on the surface sounds like a terrible idea. But, instead of simply recreating the classic 80’s show, this version, narrated by Don Cheadle, uses humor and grace to focus on a Black family dealing with the turmoil of the civil rights movement in 1960s Montgomery, Alabama. It stars Elisha “EJ” Williams as 12-year-old Dean Williams and Dulé Hill (of “West Wing” fame) as Dean’s father. The show is executive produced by “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels, so we can expect the show to confront some of the painful history the South has with racism and a soundtrack peppered with some fabulous music.


Speaking of fabulous music, Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez will be starring in the upcoming ABC drama series “Queens.”  Hip hop group Nasty Bitches were at the top of their game in the 1990s, topping the charts and winning hearts with explicit and empowering lyrics about sexuality. The women, now in their 40’s, have drifted apart but a chance meeting inspires them to consider giving stardom a second chance. Having attracted several top-tier musicians to this project, some excellent tunes will no doubt be forthcoming.  

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Welcome to Flatch 

A documentary crew sets out to explore the lives of residents in a small American town; they stumble upon the Midwestern town of Flatch, which is made up of many eccentric personalities. “Welcome to Flatch” is written and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Jenny Bicks, and directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Paul Fieg. It stars Sean William Scott as Father Joe, the local spiritual leader, and Aya Cash is the girlfriend he dumped after she followed him to Flatch. 

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Four friends from childhood now facing a slide into middle age are taken aback when one of them suddenly dies.  Realizing life is short, the trio decides to take stock and find bliss. While this sort of sounds like an unauthorized reboot of “Desperate Housewives,” it has attracted some real star talent in Ginnifer Goodwin and the effortlessly charming Eliza Coupe.


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Big Leap  

Well, this is new—a scripted drama following contestants on a reality show, “The Big Leap”, starring Scott Foley and Teri Polo in the ballet-themed dramedy. The reality show is built on the theme of second chances and follows contestants as they compete to be in a production of “Swan Lake.”  But will the reality show aspect shatter their already fragile spirits?  Already Fox executives are excitedly comparing it to “Glee” and predicting a smash hit. 

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La Brea 

When a massive sinkhole opens under Los Angeles, citizens are plunged into a prehistoric world and forced to figure out how to survive. Natalie Zea stars as a mother who falls into the terrifying world with her son.  Meanwhile, her daughter and husband who were left behind struggle to figure out where their loved ones have gone and how to get them back.  For years networks have been desperately trying to recreate the success of “Lost.” Will this be the golden ticket? Fashion Reverie is optimistic.  

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Saving the best for last, the mega-hit “You” will return for a 3rd season in 2021. Netflix still refuses to release an exact release date and has been stingy with details. What we do know is we will return to Joe (Penn Badgley) as he unhappily settles into suburban life with his pregnant wife Love (Victoria Pedretti). How will fatherhood impact his murderous ways?  But what about Joe’s mysterious neighbor he’s slowly becoming transfixed with? Showrunner and co-creator Sera Gamble did squash one rumor about the woman Joe observed through a fence at the end of Season 3. “She’s definitely not his mom.”

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