Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall TV I'm Excited About

New! Ringer (The CW) Tuesdays @ 9 ET. Premiers September 13.
Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a six-month sober ex-stripper in the Federal Witness Protection program, who escapes to visit her twin sister (also played by SMG). Twin sister goes missing, ex-stripper assumes the twin's identity, unaware that twin sis has her own enemies.

You had me at Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Dancing With The Stars (ABC) Mondays at 8 ET. Premiers September 19.
Dancing With The Stars Results (ABC). Tuesdays at 9. Premiers September 20.
I haven't watched the last several cycles DWTS, but I'm excited about this cast. Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Chaz Bono, David Arquette, Elisabetta Canalis (George Clooney's ex), J.R. Martinez (soap star and war vet), Kristin Cavallari (Laguna Beach, The Hills), Nancy Grace (Casey Anthony-obsessed legal journalist), Ricki Lake (Ricki, Hairspray), Rob Kardashian (Keeping Up With The Kardashians), pro-basketball player Ron Artest, Chynna Phillips, and pro-soccor player Hope solo.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Mondays at 8 ET. Premiers September 19.
Who is Barney marrying? How will Lily and Marshall handle pregnancy and parenting? How will Robin address her lingering feelings for Barney? Who is the titular Mother?

New! 2 Broke Girls (CBS) Mondays at 8:30. Premiers September 19, premier episode airs at 9:30.
Basically, a funnier version of my life. Plus Kat Dennings (Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist).

Castle (ABC) Mondays at 10.  Premiers September 19.
Castle told Kate he loved her! But she's seeing someone else... And, oh, her boss/mentor confessed his role in her mother's murder, right before he killed himself.

Glee (Fox) Tuesdays at 8. Premiers September 20.
Back with more Chris Colfer!

Body of Proof (ABC) Tuesdays at 10. Premiers September 20.
Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) is so good at her job, but her personal life is a mess. Now that she knows her boss is dating her ex-husband, it will be fun to see how it affects her work life as she tries not to let it bother her.

The Middle (ABC) Wednesdays at 8. Premiers September 21 with a one-hour episode.
The characters are very real; they procrastinate, dates and deadline pass them by, the kids forget to tell their parents important things until the last minute, they aren't that good at their jobs, they don't quite fit in, they're awkward, and choose sometimes choose to take the lazy route instead of what they call the "good parent" route. As cheese wiz is to cheese, The Middle is to working-class midwest families.

Modern Family (ABC) Wednesdays at 9. Premiers September 21 with a one-hour episode.
If you haven't seen this show yet, which rock have you been hiding under?

Harry's Law (NBC) Wednesdays at 9. Premiers September 21.
Kathryn Bates is a tough, take-no-shit trial lawyer with a big heart practicing in inner city Cincinnati. She specialized in patent law before being fired for smoking pot in her office. The first season showed her finding her footing in trial and making peace amongst rival neighborhood gangs; she was out of her depth but plunged ahead anyway. Nathan Corddry place Harry's associate lawyer with a complicated love life; Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen's characters, the only weak links from the first season, have been dropped.

Big Bang Theory (CBS) Thursdays at 8. Premiers September 22 with 2 new episodes.
Bernadette and Wolowitz are engaged. Priya is moving away and ending her relationship with Leonard; which shows that she didn't take their relationship as seriously as Leonard did. Sheldon and Amy are growing into a more normal, adult relationship, where they may eventually (gasp!) hold hands. Oh, and Raj and Penny slept together. In Leonard's bed. And they were so busted. Oh and, the morning after, sober Raj still can't talk to Penny.

Community (NBC) Thursdays at 8. Premiers September 22.
At the end of last season, Pierce left the study group. Only then did the group realize that they were pretty mean to him the last two years, and they would miss him despite themselves. Or they just feel really guilty. Jeff and Annie's sexual tension is explored behind the backs of the rest of the group. John Goodman as the new head of security; the Dean in a pink, sequined dress; and the executive producers promise to "have more fun that we did last year, than the first two years combined."

Parks & Recreations (NBC) Thursdays at 8:30. Premiers September 22.
Leslie can either run for city council or date Ben, her boss. She can't have both; running for office while dating her boss would be quite the small town scandal. In the past, Leslie has always put career before everything, but she's never had anyone as special as Ben. What will she choose? Whichever, the ramifications will play out for at least the first half of the season.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC) Thursdays at 9. Premiers September 22.
This is a pivotal season for Grey's. EP Shonda Rhimes has suggested that some original cast members may decide not to renew their contracts, including Mer-Der portrayers Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey. Can the show survive without them? I don't think so. Their relationship has always been at the center of the show. Can they mend their marriage after Meredith destroyed Derek's Alzheimer's trial? They just adopted a baby, how will that affect their relationship while sorting it all out? Also, Cristina plans to pursue abortion despite her husband's objections, Calzona hit minor new family speed bumps, meek April attempts to manage bold, presumptuous residents, and Alex licks his love wounds.

The Office (NBC) Thursdays at 9. Premiers September 22.
New boss, new CEO and another pregnancy (Pam's).

Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sundays at 9. Premiers September 25.
I've watched Housewives from the beginning, despite the inconsistencies in writing quality. Some of the middle seasons have been very soap opera-ish; too out-there to be relatable, but not enough to be intriguing. But in it's final season, it's getting back to basics. The neighborhood covers up the murder of Gabby's sexually abusive step-father, while Lynette and Tom finally get the divorce that's been brewing for the last 7 seasons.

New! Pan Am (ABC) Sundays at 10. Premiers September 25.
Taking place in the 60s, this highlights Pan Am's glory days. When airline stewardesses were glamorized and flying was a luxury. I just really hope real-life con-man Frank Abagnale Jr is incorporated.

Happy Endings (ABC) Wednesdays at 9:30. Premiers September 28.
The best Friends copy since Friends.

Private Practice (ABC) Thursdays at 9. Premiers September 29.
Addison is the apex of a love triangle between Sam and new series-regular Jake, while taking steps to have a much-longed-for baby. Violet goes away for a weekend, not  knowing her husband, Pete, was having a heart attack while he was home alone with their toddler. Meanwhile, the fate of the practice is at stake.

Late season debuts:
Dexter (Showtime) Premiers October 2.
House (Fox) Premiers October 3.
New! Boss (Starz). Premiers October 21.
Bones (Fox) Premiers November 3.

Cougar Town (ABC)
New! Alcatraz (FOX)
New! The Finder (FOX)
30 Rock (NBC)
New! Are You There Vodka... (NBC)
New! The Firm (NBC)

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