Hey fellow TV junkies! Get out your calendar and warm up the Tivo, because we have a whole bunch of TV premieres coming our way! Some brand new series (Glee!) and some returning favorites (The Office!)…here is the list of shows I’ll be watching (in premiere date order):
Tuesday, September 8:
- Sons of Anarchy on FX @ 10 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Riveting, with full-throttle drama, this series about a biker gang/family hierarchy in Central California is top notch. The acting is superb and the writing is truly compelling and original.
Wednesday, September 9:
- Glee on Fox @ 9 PM (Series Premiere)…After the sneak-peek premiere earlier this year (and online), we haven’t stopped believing that this high school dramedy is going to be a big hit. And with one of the show’s creators coming from “Nip/Tuck” and “Popular” it is sure to be irreverent and whip-smart.
Thursday, September 10:
- The Vampire Diaries on CW @ 8 PM (Series Premiere)…I pretty much know nothing about this series except that the promos are dark and sexy and make me want to check it out. And vampires seem to be all the rage these days.
Tuesday, September 14:
- Gossip Girl on CW @ 9 PM (Season 3 Premiere)…We were assured during last season’s finale that gossip girl will follow everyone to college, so that’s a relief! All I really care about is seeing more of that damn Mother Chucker.
Thursday, September 17:
- Fringe on Fox @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Ok, so I must confess when this show first came out I hated it. But then I kept watching, and now I’m hooked. It’s a great sci-fi series, and just when things get too serious, too out there, they throw in a comedic line.
- The Office on NBC @ 9 PM (Season 6 Premiere)…I think we are supposed to see Pam and Jim finally tie the knot, right? Of course, they will drag it out until the season finale, but I’m sure hilarity will ensue in the meantime.
- Community on NBC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…This show could really suck or be really good, an ensemble comedy taking place in a community college. Why am I tuning in? For more doses of Joel McHale!
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX @ 10 PM (Season 5 Premiere)…This show started out so strong, and had a couple of great seasons/outstanding episodes. I think it’s time they wrap it up or introduce a brand new plot point or character arc. I will of course still watch because they always end up doing something zany and out of control.
Wednesday, September 23:
- Cougar Town on ABC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…When this show was in development and then was picked up I laughed at how ridiculous it sounded. But then, after catching some of the promos it looks hilarious! Courtney Cox Arquette as a recently divorced hottie looking to have some fun–yes, please, take us to Cougar Town!
October…two premieres to point out:
- 30 Rock on NBC, the 15th @ 9:30 PM (Season 4 Premiere)…who knows what the hell will happen this season, whatever Tina Fey’s genius brain wants. As long as Jack, Tracy, and Kenneth keep coming back then I’m in. If not? Then that’s a dealbreaker, ladies!
- Southland on NBC, the 23rd @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…this show goes beyond the typical cop show, it’s unflinching and the characters have so much depth. It stars Ryan from the “O.C.” and Regina King, who really deserves an Emmy nom for this role.
Other shows I care about…but won’t premiere until early 2010 (so I’ll cover later this year):
Ryan from "The O.C." is back on TV, and YES he brought along his highly expressive brow and melt-your-heart eyes
I want to cover some TV stuff, but I’m kind of on a tight schedule today, so we are going to try something different/fun, and sum everything up in six words. (Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the six word thing, that’s actually quite popular all over the place.)
Fringe…Been watching, been growing on me
Better Off Ted…Hilarious, Portia is enchanting, quirkiness galore
Kings…Ambitious, Ian McShane outshines once again
The Unusuals…Amber shows promise, but that’s it
Southland…Compelling, O.C.’s Ryan continues to captivate
The Office…I heart Michael Scott Paper Company
This whole year we’ve had it shoved down our throats how it’s the last season of “ER” (about time if you ask me!), and then on last night’s “The Office” and “30 Rock” we had two “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya’s!”
*****SPOILER ALERT******* Do not read past this line if you haven’t seen last night’s episodes and you don’t want to know what happened until you are done watching them via Hulu while your boss thinks you are preparing your TPS report*******************************************
So, Michael Scott, WHAT? Who knew it would come down to figs…anyway, last night’s cliffhanger on “The Office” with Michael saying buh-bye with a firm handshake was a bit unexpected, but then Jim, Dwight and Pam have all left at one time or another as well. Appears to be a bit of script recycling (which is trendy with everyone going green and all), but I think it’s safe to assume that Michael will be back to work at some point.
AND THEN…on “30 Rock,” Liz’s hottie (and mine too) Don Draper, I mean Drew, wobbly rode his motorcycle into the Manhattan sunset as Liz had come to dislike his “beautiful bubble” charmed life/ignorance is bliss schtick (Gatorade on salmon? How does Ms. Fey come up with this stuff? Man, she must be fun at parties, heck I bet she’s fun just hanging out in the bathroom), and tried to bring him into her world where people are mean and not everyone wins. Yeah, he wasn’t having any of that, so now she is single, again. I’m thinking this is just because it’s time for Drew to be hottie Don Draper again, and shoot the next season of “Mad Men,” which, of course…
I want to go to there.
Anyway, the television conspiracy theorists in me thinks this is just NBC subliminally trying to get us to tune into “ER’s” final episodes. They are the synergy network after all (somewhere Jack Donaghy is smiling). And while they are at it, maybe they should take the opportunity to say goodbye to all those annoying Howie Mandel shows and “Celebrity Apprentice.”