What to watch this fall

New Girl

Tuesdays 9 p.m., CityTV

Hollywood it-girl Zooey Deschanel stars in the new sitcom that is already charming critics and audiences alike. After breaking up with her cheating boyfriend, thirty-something Jess moves in with three guys she found through the internet. Jess finds independence and friendship while living with roommates Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. Lead character Deschanel is receiving praise for showing her comedic chops and sparkling personality through her character.

Co-stars Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris have great on-screen chemistry. The writing is also very witty and unique, with the show introducing gags such as a “douchebag jar” and the slow-motion chicken dance. Whether you love Zooey or not, New Girl is sure to make you laugh out loud.

Person of Interest

Thursdays 9 p.m., CityTV

Created by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Person of Interest stars Michael Emerson of Lost and follows Finch, a billionaire who created computer surveillance technology that can identify the person involved in a crime that will occur in the future. However, there are limitations, as it only generates the social security number of the person, and gives no clues to the crime such as the location, time, and role of the person. Unable to stop it on his own, Finch hires John Reese, a former CIA agent, to prevent any crimes before they occur.

The show depicts a post-9/11 world, as the machine’s prime purpose, according to Finch, was to prevent another 9/11 from happening. By drawing on how society harbours a paranoia about safety, the show is very relevant for the audience. Nolan and Abrams’ own previous works include psychological aspects, mystery, action, and thrilling suspense, so you can see how much of the themes have carried on to the show.

Once Upon a Time

Sundays 7 p.m., CTV

Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have created a show that is inspired by childhood fairy tales, but with a modern twist. Jennifer Morrison stars as Emma, a bail bonds collector who moves to Storybrooke, Maine, along with Henry, her son whom she gave up for adoption years ago. What Emma doesn’t know is that the residents of Storybrooke are actually fairy tale creatures, cursed into forgetting their true identities, and that she may hold the key to unlocking the curse. Some of the fairy tale characters that are featured on the show include Snow White, Prince Charming, and Rumplestiltskin.

The show will follow Emma and Henry helping the residents of Storybrooke remember who they were before the curse, while looking back on the lives of the fairy tale characters prior to the curse. The show is very unique in terms of writing, with many comparing it to Pushing Daisies and Lost. This may or may not be the fairy tales you grew up with, but this fantasy drama may definitely cast a spell to the audience.

American Horror Story

Premieres October 31 on FX Canada

For those who are getting sick of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit show Glee, the duo has created a show that is the total opposite of their current hit. It focuses on the Harmon family, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after a series of incidents, including wife Vivien’s miscarriages and husband Ben’s affair. With their daughter Violet, they try to restore the family unit in their new home, unaware of the house’s haunted past. People frequently visit the Harmon household, each with a horrific past connected to the house.

The psychological elements make it reminiscent of films such as The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Others; its aim to not scare the audience, but rather to trigger the “what just happened?” factor. Don’t worry, there are no singing teens in the show.

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