Fall TV: Where They Left Off
- Monday, August 20, 2012
Downton Abbey (PBS)
After enduring scandal, illness, and the ravages of World War I, the survivors of Downton gathered together only to find more trouble in their midst. Lady Sybil decided to marry the family chauffer, Branson, much to her families distaste. Mr. Bates was arrested for the murder of his wife and sentenced to life in prison, while Anna declared that she would not rest until he was proven innocent. Finally, Matthew Crawley finally proposes to Lady Mary, who accepted.
Don't expect the marital bliss to last, few things do on this show. The creators of Downton have been notoriously tight-lipped about season 3 but have let a few things slip. The new season will be set during the Roaring Twenties and Actress Shirley MacLaine will join the cast as Martha Levinson, Cora's mother, who will butt heads with the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith). There will be several new additions to the cast, and it has been hinted that a main character will be killed off.
Person of Interest (CBS)
The last episode started with Reese and Finch setting out to rescue a psychologist (played by Amy Acker) who was being targeted by a group of corrupt cops known as HR. Though Reese was able to dispatch the attackers, the entire operation turned out to be a ruse orchestrated by the criminal hacker Root to lure Finch out of hiding. With his partner missing, Reese began to seemingly communicate directly with The Machine for help.
The first few episodes will likely focus on Reese's attempts to find Finch and his new relationship with The Machine. Jonathan Nolan, the show's creator, explained that audiences would learn more about the mysterious Machine in the upcoming season, and more specifically, how it works. Viewers should also expect Root to become a long-term adversary who gives the two partners a lot of trouble.
Once Upon A Time (ABC)
After Henry ate a cursed apple (turnover), Emma and Regina were forced to work together in order to save his life. Emma had to slay a dragon guarding an enchanted potion, but was double-crossed at the last minute by Rumpelstiltskin, who used the potion to bring magic into Storybrooke. Not to worry though, after kissing Henry on the forehead, true loves power brought him back and broke the curse to boot!
There are a lot of things to expect in Season 2, most notably an awkward family reunion between Emma and the Charmings. Plus, now that everyone knows who they are, you can be sure to see some new fables come out of the woodwork, and not all of them are happy. Sleeping Beauty, Sir Lancelot, Captain Hook, and Mulan are among the new characters popping up this season. Plus, Henry's true father will finally be revealed!
30 Rock (NBC)
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