Fall TV 2013: Sunday – What’s Worth Watching?

by Jason the TVaholic on September 22, 2013

in Cable TV, Network TV, TV Talk

Get Homeland S.2 Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoWe’ve covered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so now on to Sundays in this night-by-night look at what is worth watching for the Fall 2013 TV season. This is the night where you may need that 6-tuner DVR.

What’s Worth Watching on Saturdays – Fall TV 2013

Network First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
ABC Once Upon a Time (9.29) Revenge (9.29) Betrayal (9.29)
CBS The Amazing Race (9.29) The Good Wife (9.29) The Mentalist (9.29)
The CW      
FOX The Simpsons (9.29) Bob’s Burgers (9.29) Family Guy (9.29) American Dad (9.29)  
NBC Sunday Night Football (9.08)
Cable First Hour Second Hour Third Hour
AMC   The Walking Dead (10.13) Talking Dead (10.13)
HBO   Boardwalk Empire (9.08) Eastbound & Down (9.29) Hello Ladies (9.29)
Lifetime   Drop Dead Diva (10.06) Witches of East End (10.06)
Showtime   Homeland (9.29) Masters of Sex (9.29)
Key: Prime Picks (Watch) Solid Selections (DVR) Other Options (DVR2) Other Options (OnDemand) New Show (Premieres) TBD

The grid is color-coded for Prime Picks, Solid Selections, and Other Options. Just like how the daily Tonight on the Tube posts are organized. It’s best, second best and the rest that is still worth watching. Basically, if it has a color, I plan on watching it. So, I’m looking at having nine and a half hours of TV on Sundays. Or, since I watch most stuff on DVR/OnDemand, it will actually be more like seven hours.

A Few Notes on Sunday Nights

  • There are some competitive time periods throughout the week for scripted TV, but Sundays in the second hour of primetime might just be the toughest. There are seven channels that have something and five of them are on my watch list.
  • Betrayal is a slow mover that sets up a less than compelling bigger mystery surrounding a couple having an affair. The two leads have a lot of chemistry, but I have trouble getting behind characters that are cheating. Especially, when the person they are cheating on seems to be a pretty good person. I need to be able to root for a character or like them in some way to get me interested in following their story. That doesn’t happen here, even with a solid cast and some good performances.
  • Hello Ladies is about a gawky Englishman, played by Stephen Merchant (Life’s Too Short, Extras), that comes to Los Angeles in hopes of finding the woman of his dreams. I haven’t seen this one yet, but am looking forward to seeing what Merchant can do when not working with Ricky Gervais.
  • Masters of Sex follows the lives of Dr. William Masters, played by Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga), and Virginia Johnson, played by Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), who pioneered the science of human sexuality and whose research touched off the sexual revolution. I haven’t seen this one yet, but have always liked Caplan and have only heard good things about it thus far.
  • Witches of East End is based on the book series of the same name and turned out to be much better than I thought going in. I like the overall story they setup and the cast is really good. Looking forward to seeing more.

For more on the Fall 2013 TV Season check out the Ultimate Guide to the Fall TV Schedule 2013, listen to my Fall TV Previews over at TVtimesThree.com or find out more about downloading the Printable Fall 2013 TV Schedules.

What shows will you be watching on Sundays for Fall 2013?

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