I watch a lot of TV. Probably too much. But thanks to the magic of the DVR, I can watch my favorite shows when I want to, rather than when they initially air. As such, I tend to follow a wider variety of shows than I might normally.
So this week we’ve been hearing from the networks what shows are coming back in the Fall, and I have to say I’m surprised in a few cases…
FOX is bringing Dollhouse back, which I thought for sure was a goner. Joss Whedon hasn’t had much luck getting renewals from FOX in the past, so this is a pleasant surprise to see what’s in store for Echo next season.
FOX is also bringing Fringe back, which is great news because I’m addicted. Not only is the storyline compelling, but each character brings unique qualities to the table — and the relationship between Walter and Peter just keeps getting more interesting by the episode.
And FOX is bringing back House, Bones and Lie To Me, all of which we watch regularly. I can’t watch an episode of Lie To Me without learning something about the oddities of human behavior and truth-telling.
Over the summer I’m interested in FOX’s Mental. It has the potential of being a ER-meets-Lie To Me kind of show with social relevance and challenging storylines.
NBC is renewing Chuck, which is great. I think we’re behind by about 6 episodes on this great geeky show. And Heroes is coming back, but I have to say I’ve lost touch with it. Since the writer’s strike, I lost interest in the series. But maybe I’ll tune in to see what’s going on in the Fall. Beyond that, NBC hasn’t really held much interest for me in a couple of years.
CBS has managed to bring back a number of great shows this fall, including NCIS and its spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles with LL Cool J. We love NCIS (Abby is the greatest) and are very curious to see how they beef up the Los Angeles crew that they had in a NCIS crossover episode this season. Without an Abby-esque character, I’m not sure we’ll watch.
And of course the comedies — Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and Rules of Engagement. Even Gary Unmarried is coming back, and it had its moments this season.
Beyond that there’s the rare episode of anything on The CW that we watch — Supernatural is about it, and next season should be the last based on what i’ve read. I’m curious to see where the end of days will take us with the current Cain and Abel-ish storyline of the Winchester boys.
So to sum up… In the Fall, we’re looking forward to:
- Dollhouse (FOX)
- Fringe (FOX)
- House (FOX)
- Bones (FOX)
- Lie To Me (FOX)
- Chuck (NBC)
- Heroes (maybe) (NBC)
- NCIS (CBS)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (maybe) (CBS)
- Two and a Half Men (CBS)
- Big Bang Theory (CBS)
- Rules of Engagement (CBS)
- Gary Unmarried (maybe) (CBS)
- The Mentalist (CBS)
- Numb3rs (CBS)
- Supernatural (CW)
An almost stable schedule going from 2008/2009 to 2009/2010. What a concept! What shows are YOU looking forward to?