Fall Premiere Season: Will Your Favorite TV Show Be Influenced by 50 Shades?

Fans of SOAPnet will recognize this promo from July and August that boasted ’50 Shades of Summer!’

Did the tease work?

More teases have surfaced over the past few weeks from some of our favorite television stars. Since Fifty Shades of Grey dominated our summer reading, we eagerly expect references to the book to pop up all over this Fall’s television lineup!

Actor Paulo Costanzo teased us about a scene in an upcoming episode of his hit show Royal Pains while talking about his directorial debut on the series.

“When I read that scene, I was really like, ‘Oh boy. We’ve never seen this side of her before.’ It gave me shivers. It was a little bit of 50 Shades of Grey. It’s a little bit dangerous and sensual with underlying sexuality and fear. [Reshma] nailed it.”
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Jill Flint, Paulo Costanzo, Mark Feuerstein, Reshma Shetty

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David Boreanaz (Angel) teased us with a tweet showing us a picture of some various paraphenalia from the set of his show Bones.
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August 31, 2012

Fifty shades of Bones on set today. Pain or pleasure?. #Bones8 http://say.ly/dbR44UJ

David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel

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Max Greenfield talked to Celebuzz about upcoming episodes for his show New Girl saying, “I haven’t read anything in any of those scripts about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I’m sure that it’s going to come up. If we were going to do it, we’d have to dedicate an entire episode to it and go all out. Slowly but surely, everyone in the apartment will be reading it. It will be like a sexual awakening!”
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Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel, Lamorne Morris

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We decided to ponder what other TV shows might be influenced by our summer reading.
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  • Grey’s Anatomy: Working in the double meaning of ‘Grey’ is a definite no-brainer for the show! This show has always brought on the hot and steamy, but perhaps favorite couple McDreamy and Meredith will seek to spice up their marriage with the use of a few toys?
  • Hawaii Five-0: Many of you have suggested Alex O’Loughlin as a potential candidate for Christian Grey. Wouldn’t it be Greyt if his character had to go under cover as a Christian Grey-type for a sting operation? Well first, McGarrett and Danno would probably argue over who is the better man for the job.
  • Two Broke Girls: Hmmm…maybe a dream sequence where Max and Caroline each dream that they meet their very own Christian Grey-type but have to sign paperwork saying they will no longer be friends. One signs, and the other refuses. When they wake up, will they share with each other who signed on the dotted line?
  • Glee:  What would Sue say? Inappropriately threaten the Cheerios with a spanking? Give a pep talk in which she assures students and teachers alike that she can handle pain better than any sub Christian Grey has ever had so bring it on? Or sing a song dressed in leather and taunting a riding crop? Whatever reference, we know Jane Lynch will deliver it perfectly as Sue!
  • Go On: This is Matthew Perry’s new show about a guy who is forced to go to group therapy. Not sure if there will be guest stars who attend the group, but if so, there’s bound to be a dark, brooding handsome man who shows up for group admitting he was seduced by his mother’s best friend when he was 15 years old into a life of a BDSM, right?
  • Family Guy and The Simpsons: Both of these shows thrive on pop culture, so we won’t be a bit surprised if references, though slightly twisted, are made! Marge might surprise Homer with a Yellow Room of Donuts!
  • Modern Family: It’s anyone’s guess how #50Shades will be worked in on this show or with which couple! That’s okay. Surprise us!
  • SNL: They had a great Mother’s Day Gift parody skit that even E L James thought was funny! Can they top it? We’re sure they’ll try this season.
And, of course, what we’re really hoping for are nods to the upcoming movie worked into the shows of fan favorites for Christian Grey – Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) and Matt Bomer (White Collar).

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But as it stands now, the one television show we can definitely report will be chock full of #50Shades will be Katie Couric’s new talk show named simply, Katie, when Ms. James is her guest on September 17th. It’s not too early to set your DVRs!
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If you want to take part in a 50 Shades poll for the show, go here.
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Where do you hope you’ll be viewing Fifty Shades of Grey’s influence on your TV this Fall?
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8 thoughts on “Fall Premiere Season: Will Your Favorite TV Show Be Influenced by 50 Shades?

    • Come on now Shay, you know that if David Gandy showed up on some television show talking handcuffs you’d be drooling! lol
      Can’t wait to see the author on Katie, too!

  1. I don’t know that there’s anything I’m hoping to see in particular, but in the last week or so I’ve seen some things in the storyline of “Days of Our Lives” that make me think the writers have been doing their summer reading. The characters of Sami and EJ were on the run from the law, and they were hiding in a safehouse, where Sami was frightened by a man who turned out to be EJ’s go-to guy — very Taylor-esque. Sami didn’t have any clean clothes with her, so the helper was sent out to get her some, including a pale blue shirt. Later, Rafe felt the need to keep Sami from fleeing, so he handcuffed her to a table, only to be wracked with guilt later when he saw the marks the handcuff left on her wrist, and he tenderly administered first aid. Just little things woven into the plot that felt very familiar….. I kept wondering if any other viewers noticed and felt the same.

    • YES Susan! I did see the handcuffs and Rafe feeling regretful that he hurt her and definitely thought of Fifty, too! I think it was definitely FSoG inspired! I have to say–there are some FINE Fifty-looking men on that show between EJ (James Scott) Rafe (Galen Gering), and Brady (Eric Martsolf). How lucky is Sami?

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