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What's Worth Watching This Fall

This week the Emmys celebrate the best in television. We’ll look at what’s ahead for the Fall TV season.

The cast of the new ABC comedy, "Black-ish." (Courtesy ABC)

The cast of the new ABC comedy, “Black-ish.” (Courtesy ABC)

Ok, the big and familiar cleaned up at the Emmys Monday night. “Modern Family.”  “Breaking  Bad.”  But there is a whole new slate of television shows moving in this Fall.  With more diversity.  And new edge.  Think “Black-ish,” ABC’s show about African-Americans losing their black culture.  “Jane the Virgin,” about a young Hispanic woman who can’t be pregnant, but is.  “Selfie,” where John Cho plays Henry Higgins in a new “Pygmalion.”  New shows come all year round these days, but they’re coming fast right now.  This hour On Point:  television’s Fall premiere season.

— Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Willa Paskin, TV critic for Slate. (@willapaskin)

Melanie McFarland, TV editor at IMDB. (@IMDBTV)

From Tom’s Reading List

Slate: The Longest FaceFor a show about an animated horse, ‘BoJack Horseman’ is very comfortable with darkness and the deep well of loneliness residing inside its main character. It’s a mood captured by the glorious, eerie opening credits, a close-up on BoJack’s long face as he glides through his mansion, parties, and swimming pools, startled and alone, until the camera pans out on BoJack floating on a raft in a swimming pool. “

The New Republic: Primetime TV Is More Diverse Than It’s Ever Been. Why Now? — “TV fans excited about Anthony Anderson and Viola Davis on their screens this fall also have a struggling and fractured industry to thank. As networks hemorrhage viewers, they have found they can no longer ignore even a small slice of viewers. Between Netflix, Hulu, and hundreds of cable channels, there has never been more to watch on TV, and more ways to watch it. Back when a show like ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ could reliably get an audience in the tens of millions, the network strategy was to aim broad.”

Buzzfeed: The Terrible Emmys Hate The Future! — “That television, both content- and business-wise, has changed more in the past 15 years than it had in the previous 50, is an oft-stated truism. Because it’s true! And tonight, the Emmys had a chance to reward one recent and crucial development among these earth-shattering shifts by voting for Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ for Outstanding Comedy Series.”

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