Ten Days in the Valley
Sun Oct 1 @ 10/9c, ABC
Even though this show hasn’t gotten a ton of press, it’s definitely worth checking out. First of all, it stars Kyra Sedgewick (hello!) as Jane Sadler, TV cop drama producer and single mother, who delves into a mystery of her own when her daughter is kidnapped. The mystery looks very interesting in a Gone Girl or Girl on the Train kind of way, but honestly what captured me was the appearance of Erika Christensen as Jane’s half-sister Ali. I fell in love with her as Julia in Parenthood (which everyone should binge, btw) and I’m so excited to see her in a thriller like this. Ten Days in the Valley was also created and is run by Tassie Cameron, best known for running NBC’s Rookie Blue. Given how rare women showrunners are in this industry, we need to support each and every one of them. Especially if they’ve got a great show on their hands.
Wed Oct 3 @ 9:30/8:30c, ABC
I really shouldn’t have to tell you about this show, because it’s one of the most hyped shows of the season. Executive produced by Daveed Diggs (of Hamilton fame), this show centers on young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall), who runs for mayor of his small town as a joke and actually gets elected. My friends, this is the beginning of Trump-era television. But it’s not as bad as it may seem; Courtney is actually dedicated to making a difference in his town. The day to day monotony of politics is going to be his main obstacle. And he has quite a crew to help him. In addition to Courtney’s two friends played by Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears, the cast includes Yvette Nicole Brown as as his mother Dina and Lea Michele as Valentina, his chief-of-staff. If these characters seem like stereotypes in the pilot, it’s because it’s a sitcom pilot. I have no doubt they will all get fleshed out and deepened as the show goes on.
Mon Oct 9 @ 9/8c, The CW
This new CW drama focuses on U.S. Army helicopter pilot Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa). After a top secret mission goes awry, Nora and her commanding officer are forced to hide the truth about what happened from their loved ones. Nora is one of the first female pilots in her unit, and I’m really hoping this means we get to see some feminism in action (and not a female character who “isn’t a feminist”). Valor is clearly the latest in The CW’s streak of female-led shows (one of the things that makes it my favorite network), but adds the military theme that is incredibly popular this year (CBS’s SWAT and Seal Team and NBC’s The Brave are the other entrants in this category). If you watch just one of this year’s military shows, grab your girl power and jump on the Valor train!
Emily Cross is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer who has a self-admitted addiction to television. A nerd in all aspects of her life, she loves to explore the way people nerd out about their favorite things. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @emilyecrss.