Fall TV Preview – Monday

What I’ll Be Watching

I’m more excited about the new shows on this night, plus I have a lot of stuff that I’ll keep watching. The TiVo will be busy. Shows that I’m going to check out: Chuck, Aliens in America, Samantha Who, K-Ville, Journeyman. Shows I’ll keep watching: Everybody Hates Chris, Heroes, CSI:Miami. I have to figure out if I’ll continue to watch Prison Break. We haven’t watched the last half of the second season. I can put up with it being ludicrous and not believable, but it was getting boring. I missed the tension of the first season.

If I had to choose only one show for each hour, I’d go with NBC for the entire night: Chuck, Heroes and Journeyman. For the first hour, Chris and Aliens will most likely be found in reruns during the summer and Prison Break plays on Fox.com, I think. For the second hour, K-Ville would be found on Fox.com most likely and ABC.com will be showing Samantha Who? For the third hour, CSI:Miami can be found in reruns very easily.

What new shows look good to you? What returning shows will you continue watching? Any shows you giving up on?

New Series New Timeslot

Monday
 
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
NBC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars How I Met Your Mother Everybody Hates Chris Prison Break Chuck
8:30

Big Bang Theory

Aliens in America
9:00 Two and a Half Men Girlfriends K-Ville Heroes
9:30 Samantha Who? Rules of Engagement The Game
10:00 The Bachelor CSI: Miami     Journey
man
10:30

 

New Shows

Comedy

Chuck

Channel: NBC
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strzechowski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster
Trailer

Synopsis: A supervisor of the Nerd Herd at the Buy More store, Chuck unwittingly downloaded thousands of encrypted images filled with government secrets into his brain when he opened an email (have to watch out for those attachments!). People are out to get him and others are trying to protect him. Chuck’s life just got a lot more exciting, but he’s not sure that’s what he wants.

Buzz: Great buzz. Critics find it charming, loveable and exciting. It killed at Comic Con this past July when the audience cheered after watching the pilot. Between the snappy dialogue and great sense of humor from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and action sequences featuring car chases and ninja fighting from director McG, everyone is gunning for this show to succeed. It also features Jayne from Firefly, and we all know he’s funny.

My Take: It looks like tons of fun and a great lead-in to Heroes. I’ll be watching!

 

Aliens in America
Channel: CW
Time: 8:30/7:30c
Premieres: October 1
Cast: Dan Byrd, Adhir Kalyan, Amy Pietz, Scott Patterson, Lindsey Shaw
Trailer

Synopsis: An uncool high schooler has a mom with hair-brained schemes. One of them is to import him a friend in a foreign exchange program. She thinks she’s getting a blond-haired boy, but Raj from Pakistan shows up instead. She wants to send him back but her son bonds with him since they are both outsiders in school.

Buzz: Most critics find it a good-natured, sweet show
with some fitting politically incorrect humor, especially other people’s
reactions to a Pakistani Muslim. Other critics find it playing too safe
with the humor. Entertainment Weekly picked it as one of the best new shows.

My Take: The trailer actually won me over. With the premise, I thought it was going to be pretty stereotypical with the humor, but it looks like a sweet, funny sitcom, just like the show it follows, Everybody Hates Chris.

Big Bang Theory
Channel: CBS
Time: 8:30/7:30c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar
Trailer

Synopsis: A pretty blonde moves in next door to two geeks, but she finds them adorable rather than annoying.

Buzz: It doesn’t stand out as a must-see comedy, but it comes across as a solid comedy that will fit in well with the other comedies it is smashed in between, How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. It is also produced by Chuke Lorre who is in charge of Two and a Half Men. There isn’t a show about major character development, but each line of dialogue a joke or set up for a joke. Some critics worry that it might wear itself out, and not be as funny as the pilot over time.

My Take: Parts of the trailer actually made me laugh while other parts made me cringe in a way that writers that aren’t geeky are trying to make someone act geeky. I half expected someone to walk in with a band aid on their glasses. I’ll be skipping it, but it doesn’t look horrible.

 

Samantha Who?
Channel: ABC
Time: 9:30/8:30c
Premieres: October 15
Cast: Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Barry Watson, Melissa McCarthy, Tim Russ
Trailer

Synopsis: After being in a coma for 8 days, a woman awakes with amnesia. She slowly learns she used to be a mega witch previously, and decides to make a new, much nicer life for herself yet some people still expect her to act like she used to before. Also, some of her evil side comes out in ways that shock and horrify Sam.

Buzz: It used to be call Sam I Am, but the Dr. Suess estate would not let them use the name. Too bad, but I can understand that. All the critics seem to find it very cute and funny, mostly due to the awesome casting of Christina Applegate and Jean Smart. They keep the comedy grounded without it becoming too silly.

My Take: The trailers that I find of it now are not as funny as the ones I watched a few months ago, but what I saw before already made me want to watch it. I have always liked Christina Applegate, but it was Jean Smart that was making me crack up the most. I’ll be checking it out.

 


Drama

K-Ville
Channel: FOX
Time: 9/8cc
Premieres: September 17
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Cole Hauser, Maximiliano Hernandez, Blake Shields, Tawny Cypress, John Carroll Lynch
Trailer

Synopsis: Filmed on location in New Orleans, takes place inside the New Orleans police department dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina two years after it happened. One partner lives in New Orleans and lost his partner during Katrina. His new partner volunteered to move to New Orleans to escape something worse elsewhere.

Buzz: Anthony Anderson is a critic favorite, but they don’t know if that and the location is enough to save the show. The show is pretty stereotypical with two cops that don’t play by the rules. The big secret of the new partner is revealed at the end of the first episode and it is supposedly a pretty silly doozy of a secret. It does seem to be the strongest of Fox’s new shows.

My Take: Even though I am a fan of the cop shows, I wouldn’t be checking this out if it wasn’t filmed in New Orleans, since I loved that city the one time I visited. The location won’t save it though, if it doesn’t keep my interest. I will give it a chance though. Good thing it premieres earlier than most other shows.

Journeyman
Channel: NBC
Time: 10/9c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Kevin McKidd, Brian Howe, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond
Trailer

Synopsis: A San Francisco reporter realizes he can travel back in time. He debates on whether he should change the past to keep his fiance from dying, but then destroy his current life with his wife and son.

Buzz: Critics like the idea, but there are some things that don’t exactly gel with the pilot. Plenty of shows have had rough pilots that improved greatly in the second episode. This might be one of them. NBC has given it the best shot it could with its time travel/sci fi spin by having it follow Heroes.

My Take: I love sci fi show and time travel so I’ll
be watching it. I also like Kevin McKidd from Trainspotting and
Rome.


Returning Shows

Reality

Dancing
With the Stars

Channel: ABC
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: September 24
Trailer

Last Season: Olympic gold medallist Apolo Anton Ohno won.

This Season: Contestants – Mel B (Scary Spice), Sabrina Bryan (The Cheetah Girls), Helio Castroneves (Brazilian car race champ), Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner), Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210), Josie Maran (model), Cameron Mathison (All My Children), Flloyd Mayweather, Jr. (boxing champ), Wayne Newton (singer), Marie Osmond (singer), Albert Reed (model), and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman).

The Bachelor
Channel: ABC
Time: 9:30/8:30c
Premieres: September 24
Trailer: none

Last Season: The Navy guy asked Tessa to marry him, but shockingly they called off the engagement last month. There has been no marriage to come out of this series (only one out of The Bachlorette), yet people keep watching.

This Season: ABC is touting this bar and club owner from Austin, Texas as the hottest bachelor ever. They might be right, but that won’t make the women on the show any less pathetic or grating on the ears.


Drama

Prison Break
Channel: FOX
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: September 17
Cast: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Marshall Allman, Sarah Wayne Callies, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, Peter Stormare, Amaury Nolasco, Stacy Keach, Wade Williams

Trailer: none

Last Season: Michael finally gets Linc cleared of all murder charges, but while fleeing to Panama gets thrown in jail with Bellick, T-Bag, and Mahone.

This Season: Linc is on the outside while Michael is in prison in Panama where it is run by the prisoners more than the guards.

Heroes
Channel: NBC
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Adrian Pasdar, Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Ali Larter, Noah Gray-Cabey, Kristen Bell, Dania Ramirez
Trailer

Last Season: Peter Petrelli ended up being the exploding man that would destroy New York City so his brother flew him way up into the sky to save the city. Hiro also badly wounded Sylar, but he was able to slink away during the entire exploding thing.

This Season: The series will start out four months in the future, and the entire story behind what happened on the season finale won’t be revealed until the eighth episode. Hiro will be in 17th-century Japan and Veronica Mars‘ Kristen Bell is joining the cast as Elle. No word on whether she is good or evil.

 

CSI: Miami

Channel: CBS
Time: 10/9c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Eva La Rue
Trailer

Last Season: Horatio discovered his brother was still alive and then he died for real. Natalia’s abusive ex-husband came back to terrorize her and then died, leaving her as the prime suspect. Alex had a head injury that affected his motor skills for a while. He developed a crush on Calleigh but didn’t tell her. She started to flirt with an ex-boyfriend who used to be undercover, but is now a homicide detective. Ryan was fired after interfering with a case they were investigating to cover his gambling debt. He whored himself out as a media consultant, until he apologized to Horatio for being an idiot.

This Season: Horatio has a teenage son that he didn’t know about who shows up as a suspect in a case. Tim Speedle, who died a few years ago on the show appears again as the same character. No word on whether he is a ghost, an image in Alex’s screwed up mind, or back from the dead soap opera style.


Comedy

Everybody Hates Chris
Channel: CW
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: October 1
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tichina Arnold, Terry Crews, Tequean Richmond, Imani Hakim, Vincent Martella
Trailer

Last Season: Chris succeeded in getting revenge on his bully, but also failed science in the process. He also discovered Redd Foxx and realized he wanted to be a comedian when he grows up.

This Season: Chris Rock finally guest stars as a guidance counselor. Wayne Brady also shows up again as Julius’ brother.

How I Met Your Mother
Channel: CBS
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
Trailer

Last Season: Lily and Marshall finally got married, while Ted and Robin broke up.

This Season: Ted and Robin both have rebound flings. Ted’s is with Mandy Moore and Robin gets Enrique Inglesias. Barney’s gay brother (Wayne Brady gets around) shows up again. Lily and Marshall try to buy their first apartment together. Producers swear the "mother" in the title will make an appearance this season.

Girlfriends
Channel: CW
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: October 1
Cast: Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White, Reggie Hayes
Trailer

Last Season: Joan and Aaron finally got engaged.

This Season: Soon after the engagement, Aaron is shipped off to Iraq, leaving Joan alone again. Lynn has Joan as a landlord, but also a budding music career. May has a miscarriage and her self-help books aren’t as popular as they once were.

 

Two and a Half Men
Channel: CBS
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle, Conchata Ferrell
Trailer

Last Season: Alan tried to get over his ex-wife’s remarriage. Charlie and Alan bonded with their mom’s boyfriend, but she turned down his marriage proposal.

This Season: Charlie dates a woman around his own age and also becomes a children’s singing star. Jake goes to junior high. The writing staff might switch with CSI‘s writing staff of all shows for one episode. It could be gruesome.

The Game
Channel: CW
Time: 9:30/8:30c
Premieres: October 1
Cast: Tia Mowry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Brittany Daniel, Pooch Hall, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez
Trailer

Last Season: After a cheating incident, Melanie and Derwin broke up.

This Season: Melanie has to crash with friends while she finds a new place to live and survive outside of the NFL circle she had become accustomed to. One guy is found to be using generic steroids.

Rules of Engagement
Channel: CBS
Time: 9:30/8:30c
Premieres: September 24
Cast: Megyn Price, Patrick Wharburton, Oliver Hudson, Biance Kajlich, David Spade
Trailer

Last Season: Newlyweds get advice from a veteran married couple and from a single guy.

This Season: Audrey tries to get Jeff to stop snoring and the newlyweds decide to make a sex tape.

 


Sources: TV Guide, the futon critic, AOL TV, Entertainment Weekly

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