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2009 Fall Preview – Mondays

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Monday

ABCCastle is the only show on my grid from the alphabet network on Monday nights. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have dynamite chemistry and it makes for a great hour of television. In a world of stale procedurals, pairing a Patterson-esque author with a high-powered detective was an inspired choice. The show is far better than the now-cancelled direct adaptation from 2007-08, Women’s Murder Club. I realize some might note the similarity in formula with The Mentalist (Detectives + Quirky Outsider = Mystery Solving Goodness), but I have room for both shows on my DVR. Castle returns for a second season on September 21st.

CBS – Over the last few years, CBS has built a seriously hilarious two-hour block of comedy on Monday night. How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men all return for more laughs, with freshman Accidentally On Purpose filling in the extra slot. The new entry stars Jenna Elfman, Grant Show, and several fresh faces, with a plot that sounds like a kind of tamed version of Knocked Up. I’m going to give the show a chance, but it will be on a short leash. My main concern is that it appears to be shot in a very traditional way, which means it could be too much like an old-school sitcom for my taste. We’ll see how Accidentally stacks up with the Monday night all-stars when the CBS comedy block premieres on September 21st.

ESPN – Just like Sundays, I always leave room on my grid for Monday Night Football. I’m not a fan of the way they add 30-45 minutes of bullshit to a game to milk the advertising dollars, but I can’t argue with some of the great matchups that are scheduled this season. September 28th we get to see Carolina at Dallas, marking the Monday night debut of the new Texas Stadium (and it’s low-hanging scoreboard). October 5th gives us Brett Favre’s first team visiting his current team, and for me there is the November 16th game with Baltimore at Cleveland. Here’s hoping my Browns don’t get humiliated again like they have in their last few MNF appearances. Check out the full season schedule for all of the matchups.

FOXHouse returns on September 21st with a two-hour season premiere that takes us inside the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital where Wilson dropped the good doctor off at the end of the season finale. If you can’t wait until then, there’s a great behind the scenes video available here that will take you inside the process of building the Mayfield set. In the post-House timeslot, we get a second season of Lie to Me starting September 28th. As of right now, I’ve only watched one episode of the first season, but that’s enough for me to know I’ll be watching season two as well. I didn’t watch the episodes the first time around in the spring because I thought the show sounded like a ripoff of The Mentalist, but Tim Roth and company take this one in a totally different direction.

NBC – Peter Berg has proven he knows how to make great television with Friday Night Lights, so I’m willing to come along for the ride when his new show Trauma premieres on September 28th. Trauma takes place in San Francisco and is being billed as taking place “exclusively in the field, where the real action is.” I just hope this isn’t an attempt at a Rescue Me clone, because I think we all know that won’t work on network television. Also on Mondays, we have an entry in the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ category. Heroes is back for a fourth season, but I would very seriously discourage anyone from watching it at this point. Seasons two and three were both disappointing, and I have no legitimate reason to think season four will be any different. The only reason I’m still going to watch is because I want networks to continue to make shows that are different, and admittedly, I want to see what kind of goofy shit they’re going to try to salvage the show this year. I recommend finding something else to watch when Heroes premieres on September 21st.

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August 30, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Football, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Mondays

Summer TV Preview Part 1: Monday

In the past, I wouldn’t have wasted my time with a summer preview. In fact, I have historically used the summer to catch up on movies and a couple tv shows I missed that are now on DVD. Times are different now though. I’m not sure exactly why, but the networks have finally realized that our televisions work all year round and not just in the fall and spring. In the spirit of their realization, I’m offering a summer preview in five parts.

 

Monday

 

ABC – I’m not a fan of The Bachelorette, and I would rather watch classic game show reruns than new series Here Come the Newlyweds. However, on July 20th at 10/9c, ABC is bringing us some serious guilty-pleasure material. Dating in the Dark takes three men and three women and only allows them to meet in total darkness. If they like what they hear (and feel) they can opt to see each other. Once the lights are on they have to decide if they want to go out again. I realize this sounds like it belongs on VH1, but I love the idea of watching people who are so desperate for a shot at love (or fame) they will stumble around in the dark to find it.

 

CBS – All reruns, but if you missed out this year it’s time to catch up on The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.

 

NBC – I’ve never understood why Criminal Intent is the least popular Law and Order franchise, considering it has the best acting talent. The episodes have already aired on USA, but NBC is going to rerun them for those who missed out. Jeff Goldblum has made a great addition to the cast, and you can hear him talk about his new gig.

 

FOX – More repeats, including the excellent fifth season of House and the new series Lie to Me. I didn’t bother with Lie to Me on the first opportunity, but now that it’s been picked up for another season I’m going to play catch up on what I’ve heard is a pretty good show.

 

ABC Family – I’ve made it a policy to completely ignore this channel due to my assumption that they show nothing but the same tween-targeted garbage you can find on Nick, Disney, and so many other channels. Then I was sitting at the movies earlier this year when a trailer for The Secret Life of the American Teenager played before the feature. I was intrigued enough to download the first episode from iTunes and I was very pleasantly surprised. Season two premieres at 8/7c on June 22nd.

 

Showtime – Here come the Botwins. Weeds is back for a fifth season at 10/9c on June 8th. Immediately following is the premiere of Nurse Jackie, a new series starring Edie Falco.

 

TNT – The summer tandem of The Closer and Raising the Bar return on June 8th at 9/8c. The best news I have here is that Bar’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar got a haircut for season two.

May 25, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment