2007 Fall TV Preview

I’m not gonna lie, I watch a LOT of TV. Part of it is my job, but I watch way more than just sports. In fact, pretty much every night of the week, there’s at least one show that I watch regularly. Plus, every fall, I add new shows to my rotation to see if they’re any good. So here’s what I’m looking at for the Fall TV Season. Yes, I realize it’s way too packed. And this doesn’t even include “Lost” or “24”, which don’t return until midseason (oh, and Monday Night Football also isn’t listed on here, though you can be assured that I’ll be watching plenty of that). And in case your hopes were a little too high for this TV season, Stewie and Brian will set you straight.

8pm - How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
As I said last year, you put a former “Buffy” star in a show (in this case, Alyson Hannigan) and I’ll watch it. That said, this show is among the funniest on television today. Neil Patrick Harris is outstanding on a weekly basis, and the rest of the cast is solid. That said, I need some progress toward the main premise of the show (check the title for details), if I’m gonna stick with this one.

8pm - Chuck (NBC)
OK, so look, obviously the idea of watching a show about a thinly-veiled version of the Geek Squad kind of hurts me, but the idea of a regular guy thrust into secret agent life is kind of cool (and not just because I constantly wish I could do something like that). Plus, ever since “Alias” went off the air, I’ve been yearning for an espionage show I could get behind.

9pm - Heroes (NBC)
This was by far the breakout show of 2006-07, and I have very high hopes for this year. There are still plenty of storylines that need to be tied up from the season finale, and I’m sure there will be great characters introduced this season (including one played by Kristen Bell of the late “Veronica Mars”). I’m hoping for a Claire and Hiro focused season, since I really don’t care about Niki/Jessica, and Peter and Nathan are starting to bore me. Also, they’ve added David Anders to the cast this year (you may remember him as Mr. Sark from “Alias”) which should be awesome.

10pm - Journeyman (NBC)
The show description from NBC’s web site: a romantic mystery-drama about Dan Vasser, a San Francisco newspaper reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people’s lives. So basically a new twist on “Quantum Leap”. I can’t even begin to express how fine with that I am. Hopefully this won’t get cancelled after 3 weeks (though I can’t say I have much faith in the networks).

8pm - Bones (FOX)
Let me just say this: the minute Bones and Booth get together, I’m done. Because the show will only go downhill from there. Right now, the sexual tension between them is perfect to offset the procedural drama that is the main story of the show. It wouldn’t be the same without that.

8:30 - Carpoolers (ABC)
This show wasn’t even on my radar until about a week ago, when I started seeing commercials for it. I’ve always liked Jerry O’Connell, going back to “Sliders”, and honestly, I could use a little more comedy in my life. I could see this going one of two ways: either this show is really funny and it becomes something I watch every week without fail, or the jokes fall flat in the first few episodes and it quickly gets deleted from my DVR schedule.

9pm - Reaper (CW)
Another comedy that could very easily quickly fall off the radar. But here’s the thing, comedies about Satan are usually gold! This show’s premise is just quirky enough to work. Plus, let’s be honest, Missy Peregrym is hot as all hell (pun fully intended), and I’m willing to watch this for a few weeks just to see her.

9pm - Bionic Woman (NBC)
My first thought when I saw they were re-making this show was that once again Hollywood has run out of ideas. However, when I saw the preview, I was very impressed. And besides, with all the advances in actual technology in the past 30 years, isn’t this a concept worth revisiting? Plus, I feel pretty confident that this will get at least a full season run, thanks to the money NBC has put behind it.

10pm - Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
I’m still 50/50 on this one. It reminds me a little too much of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (not in actual content, but in pre-show buzz and supposed strength of cast). Plus, whenever I see a commercial for it, I feel like it’s a promo for the Hilton family, and I hate them in real life, so why would I watch a fictionalized version of them?

8pm - Smallville (CW)
I don’t know why I still watch this show. I started watching it two seasons ago when James Marsters was added to the cast. Maybe I have some weird hope that he’ll come back and bring at least one decent actor to the show. But it’s not happening. And instead they just continue to shit on the Superman legacy. I hope this is the last season. I don’t think I can take much more.

8:30pm - 30 Rock (NBC)
The other big breakout show from NBC last season, “30 Rock” didn’t pull in huge ratings, but the network stuck by it and brought it back for another season. If you’re not watching it, you should be. It’s better than Saturday Night Live (the show it spoofs/mimics) and it’s very smart. I think Tina Fey is brilliant, and Alec Baldwin has found his niche in a comedic role. Plus, it doesn’t really ask you to get invested from week-to-week like so many other shows do.

10pm - Big Shots (ABC)
I’m now re-reading the description of this show, and I’m not sure why I thought I’d enjoy it. Honestly, it might just be on my radar because of Michael Vartan (from “Alias”) and Joshua Malina (from “Sports Night”). At this point, I don’t see the harm in giving this a shot, but I can’t promise I’ll stick with it.

8pm - Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
Three words: Jennifer Love Hewitt. Honestly, there’s nothing more to say. (really, there’s nothing special about this show, outside of the fact that I really like JLH).

9pm - Moonlight (CBS)
Vampire private investigator in love with a mortal woman. I loved this show when it was called “Angel” (I’m sure there are even more similarities, but I’m too lazy to look for them now). I can’t say if I’ll like it now, but I’ve got to give it a shot.

11:30pm - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
I’m not going to watch this every week. Hell, I’m not going to watch it the 2nd week of the season. But Week 1? I’ll be there. Why? Three words: LeBron Fuckin’ James! He’s hosting, and he’s going to be awesome. Don’t think he’ll be any good? Check out this clip from the ESPYs, or this one from one of his Nike commercials.

8pm - The Simpsons (FOX)
I haven’t watched this show regularly in years, but “The Simpsons Movie” made me think that maybe I’d been missing something. I don’t know if that’s the case, but I’ll give it a few weeks into the season to find out for sure.

9pm - Family Guy (FOX)
I was so happy when this show came back on the air. Amazingly, that was 3 seasons ago. Now it seems like “Family Guy” is starting to struggle with some of the same creative difficulties that got it cancelled the first time. The show is so hit and miss, but I still will watch it weekly, just for that one joke that has you dying laughing.

9pm - Desperate Housewives (ABC)
OK, so Season 1 was awesome, Season 2 bit, and Season 3 was solid, but a little too soap-opera-y. Who knows what’s going to happen in Season 4? Worst case, Eva Longoria will still be hot, and I’ll still have a weird crush on Marcia Cross. Oh, and I need to mention here, I saw Felicity Huffman on the Emmys broadcast the other night. Holy hell woman, eat something. Ribs are not sexy.