Like Opening Day for TV Fans
The TV season officially begins tonight, and I'm as happy as a little girl. Here's a quick run through what I will be watching, at least at the outset:
The Class, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Can't decide if The Class looks good or not, love Mother, and will watch Men and Christine because the missus likes 'em. The good news is that she doesn't like 'em enough to watch on tape, so I can Ti-Faux Heroes over on NBC, which the comic book fan in me is very, very curious about.
The single new show I'm most anticipating, Loved the script, the 3/4ths of the pilot I saw, the overall concept, and the cast.
Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars
I was going to try and catch up on season two of Veronica before now, but just finished season one a few days ago. I'm sure watching real-time now will spoil a bunch of season two surprises, but I simply can not wait.
Nothing definite. May give Smith a whirl, will catch the occasional SVU.
Undecided. Will it be the 30 Rock-Twenty Good Years combo on NBC or the intriguingly-premised Jericho? Given that the wife's tolerance for big mysterious creepy shows has been pretty much tapped out by Lost, I have a feeling we'll be going with the comedies.
Probably The Nine which looks more interesting than the season-long kidnapping on Kidnapped. Also, we won't have to expend any energy in changing the channel after Lost.
Earl and Office. The most solid comedy hour in a long while.
Given the inanity and drawn-out nature of Deal or No Deal, I may just have to give Grey's Anatomy a try (I've never seen an episode).
ER. As has been well-documented.
The wife likes Crossing Jordan when there's nothing else on, and it doesn't look like there will be.
We saw the first two Men in Trees and it wasn't bad. Not great, but certainly good enough to keep watching for a little while more.
The Simpsons. The first two eps were uncommonly strong for recent-vintage Simpsons. (My favorite line of the season premiere was Otto, reacting negatively to the kids' singing, (paraphrased badly from memory) "That's not music. Real music has lyrics about Satan, making sweet love, or where smoke is in relation to water." Can't get into American Dad.
Family Guy. What can I say? It makes me laugh.
Will probably give Brothers and Sisters a try, if for naught else but the stellar cast. (Am I the only one who's noticed that Skerritt and Fields played matriarch and patriarch of a family in Steel Magnoilas too? No? Didn't think so.)