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The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of September 19, 2016

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Good Place (Series Premiere) Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC Why: This show is really forking good, you guys. Kristen Bell, whose uneven film career has made some people forget just how incredible she was as Veronica Mars, is the perfect actress to play the likably "bad" girl in The Good Place . As Eleanor, a recent, mistaken arrival who's trying to change her selfish ways, Bell must swing from aggressively terrible (especially in the flashbacks) to earnestly aspirational. Creator Mike Schur is known for excellent shows that started off a bit slow ( Parks and Recreation , Brooklyn Nine-Nine ). This is not the case here. The Good Place benefits from a very strong premise, although it's one that seems like it might be difficult to keep up. That said, the show does get even better after the pilot, which is a very good sign. Speaking of signs, look out for the clever shop names in this heavenly neighborhood. Prepare to talk about: All the quick background jokes in the premiere, from Doug Forcett to the frozen yogurt obsession; how much you want to go to the Small Adorable Animal Depot; Janet; which "place" you're heading to.   This Is Us (Series Premiere) Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NBC Why: Looking for the next Parenthood ? This drama from the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love has the look, music, and teary moments the recently concluded family drama had. But it also has one of the strongest setups of the new season's pilots. The show follows an ensemble whose lives connect in a surprising way. That's right folks, there's a reveal! And it's really good. The final couple of minutes of this premiere are straight-up goosebump-inducing. And everything that comes before that moment is pretty damn good, too. Creator Dan Fogelman, whose baseball drama Pitch is shaping up to be one of FOX’s best new shows, has another hit on his hands here. Prepare to talk about: Milo Ventimiglia's butt; how much you want to watch The Manny ; that twist (but don't spoil it for anyone, you monster).   Designated Survivor (Series Premiere) Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC Why: He's back. Sort of. A bespectacled, nebbish Kiefer Sutherland aims to take a page out of Jack Bauer's book and save America. But just a page. This is a very thoughtful Sutherland, who proves once again that he's a legitimately great actor as he plays a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on the Capitol. Another show with an irresistible concept, Designated Survivor is about as sure a bet as you can find this season. It starts quickly with a sequence that, while you know it's coming, still manages to shock. And the tension continues as this character, a man who has no business being president, decides what he should do (he is just as freaked out as everyone else). The only bum note for me is when Sutherland's character, Tom Kirkman, utters into a phone, "What's a designated survivor?" Come on, now. Prepare to talk about: Whether we're about to welcome new members to the Annoying Child Actor Club (President Aubrey Anderson-Emmons presiding); who did it?!   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He is definitely going to The Bad Place. Follow him on Twitter . div.post p { text-align: justify; }

How Will NBC's 'The Good Place' Tackle Religion?

Series creator Mike Schur talks with THR about how the Kristen Bell and Ted Danson starrer will handle its relgious undertones.   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/pTXCD-w9xFA/good-place-religion-explained-mike-927402

Fall TV: New Shows to Watch From NBC, ABC, FOX

Part two of four. Part one, focused on CBS and The CW, is here ; part three, focused on cable shows, is here ; part four, about buzzworthy shows from streaming platforms, is here . Peak TV: it's both a blessing and a curse. There are more scripted series than ever (an estimated 417 last year, according to FX's John Landgraf), and more great shows than ever. So with another wave of new content about to drown us, we're spotlighting the standouts we think you should add to your SideReel Tracker.   Son of Zorn Premieres Sept. 11 on FOX It's a classic fish-out-of-water story: the animated He-Man-esque hero (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) leaves his cartoon island to win back his live-action family in Southern California. Zorn, conqueror of the tribes of Agon and decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, takes on his greatest challenge: his ex-wife's new fiancé.   The Good Place Premieres Sept. 19 on NBC Kristen Bell, whose Veronica Mars remains one of TV's best characters, is the perfect actress to play a likably bad girl. Here she's Eleanor, a woman who, upon entering the afterlife, realizes that she hasn't been a very good person and tries to redeem herself.   This is Us Premieres Sept. 20 on NBC With (by far) the most-viewed trailer of the season's new shows, this drama from the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love follows an ensemble whose lives intertwine in curious ways. Will Mandy Moore finally find lasting TV success?   Speechless Premieres Sept. 21 on ABC From her scene-stealing guest spots on Will & Grace to her lauded leading role on The Riches , Minnie Driver has become one of TV's best actresses. But she's yet to land a legit hit of her own. This smart, sensitive family comedy breaks new ground with its treatment of disabilities and could break new ground for Driver.   Designated Survivor Premieres Sept. 21 on ABC Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Season 1 will find him struggling to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos. The heat on this one is high.   Pitch Premieres Sept. 22 on FOX FOX is swinging for the fences with this inspirational sports drama about the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Relative unknown Kylie Bunbury shines in a demanding role. And creator Dan Fogelman ( Crazy, Stupid, Love ) capitalizes on nostalgia by bringing in Mark-Paul Gosselaar as the team's star catcher.   You can find SideReel's Fall TV Preview here . Which shows are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

The Good Place Casts Tiya Sircar In Major Recurring Role

Tiya Sircar has booked a heavily recurring role opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in The Good Place , NBC 's new 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur. The Good Place centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be "good" or "bad," and then trying to make up. ..  Read More... //deadline.com/2016/08/the-good-place-cast-tiya-sircar-recurring-role-kristen-bell-ted-danson-1201802693/

Timeless, This Is Us, The Good Place': Watch Trailers for New NBC Series (Videos)

Heres your first look at the NBC networks fresh fall slate, Timeless, This Is Us, The Good Place.... //www.thewrap.com/nbc-trailers-timeless-this-is-us-the-good-place/