The Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview is here. I am less obsessive about the Fall TV season than I used to be (I am a recovering TVaholic after all) but I still love it.
I have perused EW and reflected on promos I have been seeing all summer and here are the shows I am most interested in seeing, separated into two categories (** are also EW’s best new shows picks)
1. Shows that I am the most excited to check out that have the best chance of being added to the line up permanently (which will of course be a problem because the line up is full)
- American Horror Story** – Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights!) and Dylan McDermott (hot!) have a troubled marriage and live in a haunted house with their cranky teenager. “The jolts and musty room surprises in the pilot never stop and the rapid fire editing is a dizzyind wonder to behold”. I will love this. (Wed 10/5 – FX 10pm)
- Terra Nova – its 2149, the world has gone to pot due to global warming, and some brave peeps set out to time travel back to prehistoric earth where resources are abundant. There will be special effects and dinosaurs. I am quite curious. (Mon 9/26 – Fox 8pm)
- Homeland** – in this “twisty” Showtime drama, Claire Daines (who I love, as you know) thinks a US POW returning from Iraq might be a traitor. She may also be mentally unstable and is supposedly neurotically-obsessive. Can’t be missed. (Sun 10/2 – Sho 10pm)
- The Secret Circle – from the creators of the Vampire Diaries and starring the adorable teenage daughter from Life Unexpected, a young orphan finds herself in a town full of cleverly snarky witches. This is the type of age inappropriate, ridiculous stuff I constantly get sucked in to. (Thu 9/15 – CW 9pm )
- Person of Interest** – JJ Abrams’ latest staring Lost’s Benjamin Linus and Jesus from Passion of the Christ. Future NYC is wired with security cameras so you can see when a crime is going to happen, before it happens, and the duo mentioned above chase them down. EW describes it as a “thinking viewer’s action show.” Might not be my favorite genre, and JJ let me down last year, but he will always get another chance with me. (Thu 9/22 – CBS 9pm)
- Once Upon a Time – one of two fairy-tale themed shows this season which is kind of cool. A group of fairy tale characters are trapped in a Maine town (love Maine) are cursed in to forgetting their identities. This one claims to have a Lost story telling method where the audience gets pieces of the puzzle and has to put them together. Hmmm… (Sun 10/23 – ABC 8pm)
- Up All Night** – Christina Applegate and Will Arnett are first time parents in this sitcom with “fizzy topical jokes”. I think this one might fare better than that horrible one Will Arnett was in last year. I am very particular about my sitcoms, but if it makes me laugh, I may stick with it. (Wed 9/14 – NBC 8pm)
2. Shows that I am less excited about, but will maybe check out if I let myself go over 10 hours/week:
- A Gifted Man – A rich, handsome neurosurgeon starts to see visions of his dead ex-wife which forces him to pursue questions about healing, faith and why things happen to people. Could this be the next “Saving Grace” or “Touched by an Angel”? (Fri 9/23 – CBS 8pm)
- The X Factor – Simon Cowell’s new show. How it is different than Idol? It has solo acts AND groups, with no upper age limit, and judges that are also coaches (like The Voice that I did not watch). Since everyone on the planet will watch, I have to check it out, but less interested than I used to be and it is quite time consuming. (Wed 9/21 – Fox 8pm)
- Ringer – Sarah Michele Gellar (Buffy!) is back and plays one twin pretending to be the other twin, who she thinks has been murdered, to try to find out who did it. I am not making it sound very good, am I? it’s Buffy..(Tues 9/13 – CW 9pm)
- Revenge – the cute patootie Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) from Brothers & Sisters (and Everwood which I adored) plays a bad girl in the Hamptons trying to find out who wronged her father. Lots of advertising for this one. Will probably be horrible… (wed 9/21 – ABC 10pm)
Once again, I am in big trouble with my 10 hours/week rule. We will see how it goes.