Fall TV Preview – Friday

What I’ll Be Watching

I’m going to continue watching Numbers. I am going to check out Moonlight and Women’s Murder Club. Hey, that’s more than what I was watching on this night last year!

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

New Series New Timeslot

Friday
 
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
NBC
8:00 20/20 Ghost Whisperer WWE Smackdown Next
Great American Band
Deal
or No Deal
8:30
9:00 Women’s
Murder Club
Moonlight Nashville
Friday
Night Lights
9:30
10:00 Men in
Trees
Numb3rs     Las
Vegas
10:30

 

New Shows

Reality

Next Great American Band
Channel: FOX
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: October 19
Trailer: none

Synopsis: The people behind American Idol want to do the same thing for a band that they did for pop singers. The judges are a rude judge from Australian Idol, percussionist Sheila E. and Johnny Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls

Buzz: This has been done before with Rock Star: INXS and Rock Star: Supernova to not great ratings so not sure why it would work on Friday night of all places.

My Take: If I expected there to actually be good music, I’d check it out, but since it is the American Idol people, I’m sure their taste in music sucks. I mean, they do have the guy from the Goo Goo Dolls.

Nashville
Channel: FOX
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: September 14
Trailer

Synopsis: It is a reality show, but shot like a drama since it is from the same people that make Laguna Beach. It follows eight singers trying to make it in Nashville.

Buzz: It is supposed to be as addictive as Laguna Beach and The Hills, except that after two weeks, it has been put on hiatus already. FOX swears it hasn’t been canceled, but maybe they are hoping the lead in of the Next Great American Band will help it later on.

My Take: It is nothing that I want to watch since I really wish those reality shows that look like dramas would just go away.


Drama

Moonlight
Channel: NBC
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: September 28
Cast: Alex O’Loughlin, Jason Dohring, Sophia Myles, Shannyn Sossamon
Trailer

Synopsis: A vampire living in L.A. is also a private investigator, yet this is not Angel.

Buzz: It was created by one of the guys from Angel, but he has left the show due to "personal reasons". Then the entire pilot was overhauled and almost all the cast was changed except for the lead. The critics never saw the original or the new pilot to review it.

My Take: Even though it sounds like Angel, I do love the vampire shows. I was already going to check it out, even though I was worried about all the behind-the-scenes nonsense. Then when I heard that they hired Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars, I was definitely going to check it out.

Women’s Murder Club
Channel: ABC
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: October 12
Cast: Angie Harmon, Paula Newsome, Laura Harris, Aubrey Dollar
Trailer

Synopsis: Based on the book series of the same name from James Patterson, it involves a San Francisco homicide detective that gets help from her friends to solve murders.

Buzz: It is a procedural show with a twist in that you actually get to know the characters and their lives while they are solving the murders. Critics worry it won’t last due to its timeslot on Friday night and shoved in between two incompatible shows: 20/20 and Men in Trees.

My Take: It didn’t strike my fancy right away, but after
watching a few trailers, it does look interesting. I think I’ll check
it out.


Returning Shows

Drama

Ghost Whisperer
Channel: CBS
Time: 8/7c
Premieres: September 28
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr
Trailer

Last Season: Melinda found out her father is still alive, but not exactly Mr. Nice Guy. Also a dark ghost whisperer showed up in town.

This Season: Jay Mohr becomes a series regular. Melinda
and Jim find out that how they ended up in Grandview wasn’t really their
choice.

Friday Night Lights
Channel: NBC
Time: 9/8c
Premieres: October 5
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Scott Porter, Gaius Charles, Taylor Kitsch, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Minka Kelly, Aimee Teegarden, Adrianne Palicki, Jesse Plemons
Trailer

Last Season: The Panthers won the state championship. Coach Taylor took the coach job in Austin while his pregnant wife stayed behind in Dillon.

This Season: Eight months later, Tami is about to have
her baby while struggling with the long-distance relationship with her
husband.

Las Vegas
Channel: NBC
Time: 10/9c
Premieres: September 28
Cast: Josh Duhamel, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil, Tom Selleck, Molly Sims, Camille Guaty
Trailer

Last Season: The Montecito was robbed, Delinda found out she was pregnant with Danny’s baby and was in a hotel room that exploded, Sam was kidnapped and Mary shot her dad after he was acquitted.

This Season: James Caan is leaving the show and Tom Selleck is joining as the new owner of the Montecito. Mary Cox is also gone and Camille Guaty will be the new concierge. Danny and Delinda try another time at their relationship.

Men in Trees
Channel: ABC
Time: 10/9c
Premieres: October 12
Cast: Anne Heche, Scott Elrod, James Tupper, Justine Bateman, Emily Bergl, Derek Richardson
Trailer

Last Season: The show was put in hiatus five episodes away from finishing the season. Marin and Jack almost got together, but then his pregnant ex showed up.

This Season: All the couples that got together will have their various relationships tested.

Numbers
Channel: CBS
Time: 10/9c
Premieres: September 28
Cast: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard, Navi Rawat, Dylan Bruno, Diane Farr, Peter MacNicol
Trailer

Last Season: Colby was discovered to be a mole spying for the Chinese.

This Season: Val Kilmer is brought on as an interviewer to find out what is going on with Colby. We also find out why Megan Reeves disappeared for a while last season (beyond the real-life pregnancy) and Larry is finally really back from space travel.


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

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