Sunday, September 09, 2007

My Picks For The 2007 Fall TV Season

"Friends are like television. Some are like PBS and always asking for money. Others are like the news, with sad tales to tell everyday, some are like that one station with the foreign language you don't understand a word of it but you listen and watch."


I was thumbing through the new issue TV guide, which begins today, and has all the low down on the new fall schedule. The ins, the outs. I don't know, I guess I have to wonder, is television even trying anymore? It seems as if they have reached way down to hit new lows in "Reality TV." Do you think Kid Nation is really a good idea? Yeah, yeah I know, I am a "reality show" snob. I do have to admit that there has been the occasional "reality" show that has pulled me in. I really enjoyed the summer replacement series, America's Got Talent. Surprised? Well, so was I, but it focused on the talent and not the week to week egos of the contestants, but still came through with good old fashioned back stabbing and infighting by way of the judges, Sharon Osbourne, David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan. Now THAT was laugh out loud funny! Sheesh.

It's frustrating to me that one network (NBC) plans to show the "Drama Series Encore" as filler for some of their time slots. Huh? Have the networks run out of ideas? Repeats, rather new new shows, or even old shows? And what's up with ABC? I finally found myself interested in what happens to the survivors of Oceanic Airways Flight #815, of LOST. It's all very nice to know that the series has a few more seasons coming, but why did they scale it back to just 16 episodes for each of the remaining seasons, and also make us wait until the spring of 2008 to see a new episode? Who will really care by then? I am not really looking forward to it seeing it anymore. Sigh. And damn... just when I thought it was getting interesting.

Still, as I thumbed through the guide, I did see a number of new shows that I think are at least worth a look see. Cavemen looks funny, but how long can the show survive with such a limited focus? I am intrigued by the remake of the 1970's hit, The Bionic Woman, but I am a purist, I liked the show as it was when saw it the first time around. What if the new Jamie Summers is a nut job or something? I am not sure I am ready for a neurotic Bionic Woman.Tee Hee. But like I said, there are a few shows that have caught my eye. I might even set the DVR for a couple shows, but I am not too sure there is anything that will make me look forward to watching prime-time network TV this season. There are a few open spots, I guess I will watch whatever I decide to put on DVR in those spots.

8:00 - How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:30 - Aliens In America (The CW)*
9:00 - Two In A Half Men (CBS)
9:30 - Samantha Who? (ABC)*
10:00 - Journeyman (NBC)*

8:00 - Cavemen (ABC)*
8:30 - Carpooler's (ABC)*
9:00 - Reaper (The CW)*
10:00 - Boston Legal

8:00 - Pushing Daisies (ABC)*
9:00 - Private Practice (ABC)*
10:00 - Life (NBC)*

8:00 - My Name Is Earl (NBC)
8:00 - 30 Rock (NBC)
9:00 - Gray's Anatomy (ABC)
10:00 - Big Shots (ABC)*

8:00 - Deal Or No Deal (NBC)
9:00 - Moonlight (CBS)*
10:00 - Men In Trees (ABC)

8:00 - Dateline NBC (NBC)
9:00 -

7:00 - 60 Minutes (CBS)
8:00 - King Of The Hill (FOX)
8:30 - The Simpsons (FOX)
9:00 - Desperate Housewives
10:00 -

Setting the DVR for...

The Bionic Woman (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Back To You (FOX)
Women's Murder Club (ABC)

So, tell me what you think? Agree? Disagree? Is there any show in particular you are looking forward to? Which one will crash and burn? Which one will still be on ten years from now? Which one will be the biggest surprise, and which one will be the biggest disappointment? Personally, I think Private Practice will do very well, and so will Journeyman and Pushing Daisies. Cavemen will probably last maybe one season, and I don't hold much hope for the new Kelsey Grammer/Patricia Heaton series, Back To You. It's all about a guy and girl who work together, while fighting the sexual attraction between them. Been there done that! Seen it on TV. YAWN!

"It's What's On TV"
Berkeley, California
September 9th, 2007


Faith said...

(ahh! You're a "How I Met Your Mother fan! I love that show!)

I'm also looking forward to checking out "Reaper" and "Moonlight" and I think that Pushing Daisies and Private Practice will probably do really well.

I'm very hopeful for Bionic Woman!

Kid Nation seems nuts. But, I'm a reality show snob, too.

Ryler32 said...

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Karen Funk Blocher said...

I'm curious about a few of those shows, but chances are I'll forget to watch anything but Heroes and Hose!

fdtate said...

ABC has decided to hold the new episodes of Lost back so they can show them one after another with no mid-season breaks, and without repeats (which do very poorly in the ratings.) I'm dying here though. I've got to know what happens next. It is nice to know that they do have an end in mind, that they're not just going to keep showing it for years until everyone loses interest.

As for the new shows, it's always hard to figure out what is going to be a hit and what's going to be canceled immediately. I never expected Scrubs, The Office or 30 Rock to last and was quite enjoying Studio 60 and Invasion when they were canceled. I'm going to check out Journeyman, Pushing Daisies, The Bionic Woman, Aliens in America and a few others and see what's worth watching.