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Since my Best TV Shows of Summer 2011 post was helpful to both myself and many others I thought that it would be a good idea to share my fall TV picks with you as well. Use it to set up your DVR, Hulu playlist, etc. This is long but I like to do things as comprehensively as possible. I do not have any pull so my opinion of new shows is based primarily on the teaser material available to everyone.

*Clicking the series title will take you to the show’s official site.

*To go check on a specific day or genre (ex. Monday or sitcom) you can do a quick Ctrl F search.

SUNDAY

The Cleveland Show-Sundays 7:30PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

The Cleveland Show is the spin off of Seth MacFarlane’s hugely successful Family Guy. If you enjoy the harsh comedy of Family Guy you should definitely check it out. It’s about Cleveland Brown who got back together with an ex from high school and is helping her raise her children. He usually came across as the nicer friend on Family Guy but gets to be a bit meaner on here. His best friends are loser rednecks (including the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis) and a bear. A neat thing about this comedy is that the women are shown as angry and dramatic in a way that is usually steered clear of by other shows.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com or Hulu.

The Simpsons-Sundays 8PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

I’m sure that you are aware of The Simpsons, which is the longest running animated comedy out there. It’s a personal favorite of mine. I know that it gets criticized in the way that SNL does of “it’s not as funny as it was” but you have to realize that a show will not always be the same. I love the experimental creative leaps they’ve taken in some episodes over the last few years. Of course the show is about the dysfunctional Simpsons family.

Most of the time, excluding the Who Shot Mr. Burns? arc years back, the show doesn’t do cliffhangers. However during the last season finale Ned started seeing Edna. Over the summer Fox did a Pro Nedna Vs. No Nedna poll to see if they should continue dating. I initially was against it but now think that it could liven things up a bit.

Select episodes can be viewed on TheSimpsons.com or Hulu.
For info on some upcoming episodes go here.

Once Upon a Time-Sundays 8PM ET ABC (10/23) *drama*, *fantasy*


Jennifer Morrison (good in Urban Legends: Final Cut , super annoying on How I Met Your Mother) stars in this fantasy about a a town with a fairy tale element. It’s basically about cursed fairy tales characters who live in a small town and now don’t remember who they are. Then Emma Swan (who has a link to them) shows up and starts to unravel the past. Ginnifer Goodwin (looking gorgeous here), Robert Carlyle (always amazing) and Lana Parrilla costar. This show looks really fun. The problem is that ABC never gives their fantasy series a shot. I’ve seen so many promising shows that don’t make it out of the first season. It often takes at least 1.5-2 seasons for any show to really find its footing. The also often move the shows around mid-season (sometimes more than once), which creates even more confusion. I’m a fan of Lana Parrilla but she’s been on so many quickly canceled shows (RIP Swingtown/Windfall) that I’m starting to feel bad for her.

The Good Wife-Sundays 9PM ET CBS (09/25) *drama*, *crime*



I’ve been a huge fan of The Good Wife since the beginning. It stars Julianna Margulies as a very internalized lawyer and the wife of a jackass politician who cheated on her repeatedly prior to the start of the series (Chris Noth, who I enjoy watching play a sleazeball). The show usually features a one of (or sometimes 2 part case) that they have to solve as well as the personal lives of herself and her coworkers/competition. This season she is supposed to be becoming more free and try to worry less about everything.

The cast is freaking amazing and includes Josh Charles (of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead , Sports Night, who I’ve always been a huge fan of), Alan Cumming (who is always so amazing but totally throws you on here because it’s such a different type of character for him), Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi and Matt Czuchry (of I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, actually went to law school when he was younger). Oh and then other totally awesome actors like Michael J. Fox and Gary Cole just stop by sometimes. Many of the cast are nominated for Emmys this year and I hope they win every one of them.

The only thing I must mention that may seem slightly negative is that the show is a slow burn payoff type of show. Sometimes you have to wait a while for stuff to happen. CBS has been marketing it an opposite way. And hell market it any way you want if that will get more viewers and keep in on the air, just don’t be disappointed if you don’t get it.

Select episodes, a 20+ minute preview of the 3rd season & Alan Cumming’s vlogs can be viewed on CBS.com.
Go read GQ’s interview with Matt Czuchry and The Baltimore Sun’s interview with Josh Charles’ family.

Family Guy-Sundays 9PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

Family Guy is Seth MacFarlane’s over the top comedy that you either think is undoubtedly, absurdly funny or you already hate it.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com, Hulu or Netflix.

The Walking Dead-Sundays 9PM ET AMC (10/16) *drama*, *horror*

It’s about survivors of a zombie apocalypse. There are a lot of Walking Dead superfans out there. I do watch it and will continue because it’s the first and only zombie TV show. However I don’t enjoy the type of Lost format where nothing is ever tied up. Plus I’m no stranger to zombie/horror movies and this show reminds me of a type of cheaply shot foreign zombie movie. It’s not that it doesn’t have its moments but I have a lot of criticisms of the show while watching it that I find annoying. The show was created by Frank Darabont. The cast includes Norman Reedus.

Boardwalk Empire-Sundays 9PM ET HBO (09/25) *crime*, *drama*

So I haven’t actually gotten around to watching any of Boardwalk Empire yet. When you don’t subscribe to a channel you have to always play catch up with the different series that they offer. The series stars my teen crush Steve Buscemi as a politician and gangster in the 1920s. The cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Gretchen Mol. The stills that I’ve seen from this are beautiful.

When I get around to catching up on the series I will be referring to Brienne Walsh’s Boardwalk Empire: A Character Guide Part I.

Pan Am Sundays 10PM ET ABC (09/25) *drama*, *1960s*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPxyTEcJXU

Pan Am is one of the many 60s throwback shows that are premiering this fall. Are they due to all of us catching up on Mad Men, running out of decades of other fashion choices or wishing for a simpler time when we weren’t quite as confused about just how we should feel as feminists who like to dress up in cute outfits and be objectified?

I don’t know but the luxury (during our horrible, current depression-that is what it is) and weird simplisticness that is emanating from these shows just screams escapism fun to me. The show stars Christina Ricci and a bunch of guys groomed to look like Ken dolls. I can’t wait.

Hung-Sundays 10PM ET HBO (10/02) *drama*, *sitcom*

Hung is based on a wet dream I had about Thomas Jane as a whore. Wait, it isn’t? Well it is about Thomas Jane being a struggling, middle age gigolo and it’s hella good. This year he competes against a younger model, cat fight! Jane Adams and Anne Heche costar as his pimp and ex wife, respectively.

MONDAY

Dancing with the Stars-Mondays 8PM ET ABC (09/19) *reality*


http://youtu.be/qvWN6Mvvr4M
Dancing with the Stars is the type of show that everyone watches and then acts ashamed about. Luckily I have no shame. Ex stars or in some cases people who are almost stars compete to see who can dance while being personable and flirting with the judges.

Going into the show the celebs that I already like and am rooting for are David Arquette and Ricki Lake. However this is subject to change as the show breaks them (yes, it’s a reality show that is part of the fun!). Lake could be seen as this season’s ringer. The show often features someone with at least some dance experience who claims that they forgot how to dance (see also Jennifer Grey, Drew Lachey, um no, it’s called muscle memory) but like the latter I am a fan of Lake’s so good for her.

This season also includes Nancy Grace so all of us who are awesome are really hoping to see her wipeout. Plus Chaz Bono so that the close minded people can bitch about that. Duh, both of these “celebs” are in the running for the sake of controversy. I just really hope that he can get his mom on here in a few years. You know she’s gonna be in the audience, squee!

How I Met Your Mother-Mondays 8PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

This used to be my favorite show. I used to turn people onto it all of the time. However the last couple of seasons have went with melodrama (who kills Dauber!?, that is just cruel) for no reason. Please stop this and give us the funny back. Even with that it was sometimes funny though. New promo photos like this are really making me wish that they hadn’t wasted the possibilities of the Barney/Robin romance which could have been funny and wait for it…awesome! Instead we got sad depressing. If this season is really all about a wedding and a pregnancy I’m going to find it very hard to stay awake &/or not throw my drink at the screen. This show features the incredibly talented cast of Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris & Alyson Hannigan.

2 Broke Girls-Mondays 8:30PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

I am not going to lie, this sitcom about a formerly rich but now poor waitress and another waitress doesn’t look all that hot but I’d watch Kat Dennings read a phone book.

Gossip Girl-Mondays 8PM ET CW (09/26) *drama*


The beautifully styled soap opera about young adults in NYC who sleep with and betray each other. This year they are traveling to LA and Elizabeth Hurley is dropping by. The beautiful cast includes Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle & Taylor Momsen.

Select episodes can be viewed on CWTV.com.
Read the weekly recaps on Vulture.

Two And A Half Men-Mondays 9PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA9eaLhxURs

For a show that everyone says that they don’t watch Two and a Half Men has a huge viewership. I became a fan a few seasons in and it’s obvious, frat boy funny. I understand the need for them to replace Charlie Sheen and I like Ashton Kutcher but I kind of wish that they had went with someone a little older, like Hugh Grant. I also thought that they could have just made Ryan Stiles a regular, which would have been awesome. The funny series stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.

Select episodes can be viewed on CBS.com.

Bored to Death-Mondays 9PM ET HBO (10/10) *sitcom*, *crime*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSbDaHZtDsU

I haven’t seen much Bored to Death. I only caught a few episodes on Ion & it didn’t click with me. That may be because they were out of order and everything. It does seem like something that I would enjoy though. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. Plot: “Inspired by detective stories, A well meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.” (from IMDB.com). It stars yummy Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

Enlightened-Mondays 9:30PM ET HBO (10/10) *drama*

There isn’t much out about this show yet but it seems to be about a businesswoman who snaps at work. Then she goes away to rest up but when she returns she can’t stand the way people behave. I’m not sure about this one yet but I’ll definitely check it out for Luke Wilson. The show stars Laura Dern and Diane Ladd.

You can watch the preview on EW.com.

Castle-Mondays 10PM ET ABC (09/19) *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9rdtTUXjcs

Castle is about a detective (Stana Katic) for the NYPD who lets a writer follow her around on cases because he’s adorable. Hey, it’s Nathan Fillion, you would too. I definitely enjoy Castle because of the dynamic between the cast, including Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever. You can’t be a stickler for reality with it though. On basically every episode they arrest & accuse multiple people of murder before nabbing the real killer. There would be so many lawsuits.

You can watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.
Follow Stana Katic on twitter (sometimes she posts behind the scenes pics).

Hawaii Five-0-Mondays 10PM ET CBS (09/19) *action*, *crime*, *drama*

I am super behind on this show. It’s a remake. It stars the sexy Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Plot: “Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father’s killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-O). Steve’s team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny “Danno” Williams and Kono Kalakaua. ” (from IMDB.com)

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.

The Playboy Club-Mondays 10PM ET NBC (09/19) *drama*, *1960s*

(CANCELED. I loved it too. The remaining episodes will air in Canada. They will most likely end up on DVD or a streaming service eventually.)

I love Playboy and its history so I’m really excited about this show. Plus they got Amber Heard who was great in Drive Angry. Eddie Cibrian costars in this drama about the original Playboy Club in Chicago, IL in the 1960s.
Fun Fact: My aunt was a Bunny at the Baltimore, MD Playboy Club in the 1960’s.

Follow Hugh Hefner on twitter.
Playboy in the Sixties on Playboy.com.
Article about the original Playboy Club in Chicago on Playboy.com.
Watch Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel on Netflix.

TUESDAY

Ringer-Tuesdays 9PM ET CW (09/13) *drama* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as estranged twin sisters, one rich, the other a recently reformed drug addict/prostitute. Through odd circumstances the latter ends up posing as the former. I watched the pilot and enjoyed it. It’s interesting to see how she has to react to all of her friends, acquaintances, etc. while not knowing what’s been going or how her sister would normally react. The scorchingly hot (or is it just me?), Kristoffer Polaha (Mad Men, Valentine, North Shore) costars.

Visit this site for spoilers.

New Girl-Tuesdays 9PM ET FOX (09/20) *sitcom*


“I’ll probably be watching Dirty Dancing 6 or 7 times…a day”

Zooey Deschanel stars as a girl who just got dumped and decides to live with 3 male roommates (1 is Damon Wayans Jr. from Dance Flick, yay!).

New Girl is well, uh, it’s okay. It’s basically a hipster sitcom. The problem with that is that hipsters (as far as I understand them, which isn’t well) are trying to be cool all of the time with a border of ironic. To be extremely funny you have to be willing to look like a complete idiot. If you hold back and then pull out the cutie pie look at the end it diminishes the funny.

I don’t have a problem with Deschanel. I’m pretty much in the middle when it comes to her but many people either love her to pieces or hate her with a firey vengeance (yeah, she seems to elicit a strong response). I feel that she’s basically created a strong image of herself. I’m not saying she’s fake but that her presence is probably an exaggerated version of who she is.

The first episode is about how she’s trying to get over a break up and is probably easy for people to sympathize with. I find the main actor somewhat off putting just because it seems less like he’s trying to get her over a breakup and more like he’s trying to teach her to be a woman, which is insulting. Justin Long will be making an appearance in an upcoming episode.

The pilot for new girl will be available for free on many sites prior to the show airing, including iTunes and Hulu (both right now).

Dancing with the Stars (results show)-Tuesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/20) *reality*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5A1vSTK76s
On Tuesdays they do the results show. As the season goes on it gets more and more drawn out. They basically just rehash all of the dances/drama from the previous night. If you are watching a recording of it and are in a hurry or annoyed it’s often a good idea to just fast forward to the end to see who was eliminated.

Body of Proof-Tuesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/20) *crime*, *drama*

Dana Delaney stars as a former MD who helps solve crimes by examining dead bodies. Delaney is always great. The talented Jeri Ryan costars.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com.
Follow Dana Delaney on twitter.

Unforgettable-Tuesdays 10PM ET CBS (09/20) *crime*, *drama*


Poppy Montgomery stars as a woman who recalls every moment. This means that she is really great at helping solve crimes but that it takes a horrible toll on her as well. Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) costars.

WEDNESDAY

America’s Next Top Model-Wednesdays 9PM ET CW (09/14) *reality*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENlKZasWJaI

You’re probably already familiar with ANTM. This is Tyra Banks’ reality competition to ostensibly find top models. Despite the show never producing a true top model it’s still one of my favorites. The girls are often subjected to ridiculous challenges and then they let that stress out by, say going batshit on another girl who steals her food. Of course my favorite parts are when they are actually modeling. Sometimes they get some really beautiful shots.

This cycle is different because it’s the All-Stars cycle. They enlisted a bunch of girls who lost at other cycles to compete. Of course they choose some big personalities, as well as some girls who take get great shots to amp up the drama. I chose to use a photo of Lisa because she was very memorable. She was often loudly drunk and doing ridiculous things. To shake things up a bit they are also having more celebrity judges. Plus Nigel Barker has hair now! What?!? Awesome.

For more on this cycle’s contestants I suggest visiting Small Screen Scoop and Buddy TV.

Modern Family-Wednesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/21) *sitcom*

Modern Family is about a father (Ed O’Neil) and the lives of he and his adult children and their children. Back before the show came out I didn’t want to give it a chance because it’s about families. However as we all now know it’s freaking hilarious and seems to just get funnier as it progresses. Ty Burrell (love him!), Sofia Vergara (so beautiful people probably can’t look directly at her), Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson costar.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter-Wednesdays 9:30PM ET FOX (11/30) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvV6dHgzxhk

I really love the premise of this, 2 grown women who were unpopular in high school now have bitchy teen daughters to deal with. So much so that I’ll take the leap and ignore the fact that Jaime Pressley has always been freaking gorgeous. I’m not crazy about the canned laugh track in the preview and it seems a little too slapsticky but I bet that it will be tinkered with a bit and improve.

American Horror Story-Wednesdays 10PM ET FX (10/05) *fantasy*, *horror*

American Horror Story is from Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and stars Dylan McDermott (who I read in an article may be freqently nude, yum) and Connie Britton. The series is about a family who moves into an old creepy house for a fresh start. It feels very Amityville Horror meets a made for TV Stephen King movie. The visuals look really freaky, ala The Cell. Definitely gonna check this one out.

Revenge-Wednesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/21) *drama* (Full First Season Order)


A young woman infiltrates a wealthy community to try to set up a way to enact revenge for her family. I’m not really sure on this one but I want to check it out. It could just be the constant ads brainwashing me though.
Note: I quit watching this after a couple of episodes as it was boring me into a coma.

THURSDAY

 

Charlie’s Angels-Thursdays 8PM ET ABC (09/22) *action*

(CANCELED)


So it’s about 3 women who “work for Charlie”. This is of course a remake of the original Charlie’s Angels show. It was produced by Drew Barrymore who starred in & put together both of the Charlie’s Angels films. Since the second film there have been rumors of a third film but I guess that she was never able to get that off of the ground so we are getting this instead. The only cast member that I’m familiar with is Minka Kelly who I enjoyed in The Roommate. I’m basically going to pretend that I’m watching She Spies, cool, okay? I’ll be hoping for a lot of costume changes.

The Big Bang Theory-Thursdays 8PM ET CBS (09/22) *sitcom*

It’s a comedy about a bunch of (mostly) PHDs. I thought that the season ending cliffhanger of Penny and Raj (whose social anxiety is so bad that he can only talk to women, at all, while drunk) get drunk and hook up was pretty crazy. Good crazy, bad crazy, I’m unsure. However I just wish that they’d sort of mix this show up a bit. I was really into it in the beginning but them it seemed to become only about everyone getting girlfriends, which is like lots of other shows and not as imaginative as it was.

Watch select episodes on CBS.com.

Parks and Recreation-Thursdays 8:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

This show just seems to get increasingly funnier the long that it goes on and the more that we learn about all of quirky characters. It’s about a bunch of people who work at a town hall in a fictional town in Indiana. The last season ended with Amy Poehler and Adam Scott’s characters finally getting together but now their relationship is in peril because Poehler’s Knope is going to run for office. Ron Swanson FTW!

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Rules of Engagement-Thursdays 8:30PM ET CBS (10/20) *sitcom*
(was on Saturday 8PM ET CBS (10/08)-moved to Thursday nights)

Rules of Engagement is always funny. It gives me a way to see David Spade every week, which would be enough but on top of that everyone else on it is also great. The cast includes Patrick Warburton, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.

It’s mainly about the differences between men and women. I’m sort of upset that CBS moved it to Saturday though because that’s where shows go to die. On the plus side though you can watch this and then many, many hours later watch SNL.

HIMYM could take some clues from Rules in the area of players. They routinely diminsh Barney when he’s dealing with relationship issues while Spade’s Russell on Rules is a player but even when he’s seeing someone it’s still funny. In fact, it’s often funnier.

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.
Follow the cast on twitter.

The Office-Thursdays 9PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

Who will be the new manager of The Office? Um, as long as it stays funny what’s the difference? Seriously though I’m just glad that we don’t have to drag out the schmaltzy Michael’s leaving stuff any longer. A great ensemble sitcom that is basically consistently funny.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Whitney-Thursdays 9:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Whitney Cummings gets every comedian’s dream with her own sitcom. The problem might be that it’s on network television and she is very filthy so I’m not sure how much she will be able to get in. The preview is uneven but when she’s funny she’s very funny. The loose “plot” (to have something to make jokes around) seems to just be about her dating Chris D’Elia. I totally miss him on Glory Daze and it only ended earlier this year. Hopefully they both get to be outrageous and bounce shit off of each other because if he has to play her straight man that will suck. So yeah, I’m hoping that it will be really funny, not censored too much and last.

Watch Whitney Cummings: Money Shot stand up special on Netflix.

Bones-Thursdays 9PM ET FOX (11/03) *crime*, *drama*

Bones is a procedural crime drama whose sparks comes from the chemistry between David Boreanaz‘s cop character and Emily Deschanel’s forensic anthropologist.

Watch select episodes on FOX.com, Hulu or Netflix.
You can check out a spoiler here.

Grey’s Anatomy-Thursdays 9PM ET ABC (09/22) *drama*, *medical*

Grey’s is a soapy medical drama that’s good if you don’t worry too much about the patients. It has a huge ensemble cast that includes the gorgeous Eric Dane.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Person of Interest-Thursdays 9PM ET CBS (09/22) *drama*


Plot: “Centers on ex-CIA hitman and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen. ” (from IMDB.com). This looks like a pretty cool concept. It stars the talented James Caviezel.

The Secret Circle-Thursdays 9PM ET CW (09/15) *drama*, *fantasy*, *horror* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

This is sort of a preppy TV version of The Craft. I will be checking it out to see how they will be using Gale Harold. Ah, using Gale Harold, wait what was I talking about? Seriously though, even if I hate it I will fast forward to the Gale Harold parts. He had a good role on last year’s Hellcats so I guess the CW decided to keep him in their sights due to that.

30 Rock-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (early 2012) *sitcom*

Truly hilarious sitcom. Everybody on it is great. It’s about a variety show set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, ala SNL. They often make inside jokes about the show and the companies that own the show, which is pretty awesome. Stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, 30 Rock or Netflix.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia-Thursdays 10PM ET FX (09/15) *sitcom*

I pretty much avoided watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia until this summer because I already have to many shows to watch. It’s quite ridiculous and funny. It’s about a group of friends who run a bar in Philadelphia.

You can watch select episodes on Hulu.

Prime Suspect-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGuaQRY4-aQ
Maria Bello stars as a ballsy NYPD detective. Great actress.

Private Practice-Thursdays 10PM ET ABC (09/29) *medical*, *drama*

Private Practice is the spin off of Grey’s Anatomy starring Kate Walsh and Tim Daly. It would be disingenuous to go further as I haven’t watched it in forever. That’s just due to having to make programming choices though. It’s a decent show.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

The Mentalist-Thursdays 10PM ET CBS (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


He solves crimes by being perceptive. I don’t watch The Mentalist anymore but I like knowing that the super hot Simon Baker (Sex and Death 101, Something New) is there should I decide to restart. Robin Tunney costars.

FRIDAY

Nikita-Fridays 8PM ET CW (09/23) *crime*, *action*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBWcZo1-isE
Plot: “Nikita is a trained assassin gone rogue trying to stop a secret U.S. agency known only as Division from recruiting deeply troubled teenagers and training them to be assassins.” (from IMDB.com). Just a great show with a great cast. Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca star.

Watch select episodes on CWTV.com.
cast twitter feed
Follow director Jeffrey Hunt on twitter, he posts set pictures.
Check out the time my name was on Nikita.

A Gifted Man-Fridays 8PM ET CBS (09/23) *medical*, *drama*, *fantasy*


Patrick Wilson (Barry Munday, Hard Candy) stars as a doctor who starts seeing a ghost. I’m ambivalent about this one thus far. I will check it out to see what Wilson does with the role.

Grimm-Fridays 9PM ET NBC (10/21) *fantasy*, *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh3rFsv_WSE

This one seems to involve fairy tales gone wrong that they need to investigate. So it’s putting me in mind of a serious Special Unit 2. I’m pretty stoked about it even though it seems like the type of show that could easily be canceled as I get very into it.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live-Saturdays 11:30PM ET NBC (09/24) *variety*

This year SNL is in its 37th season. The current cast includes Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, Jay Pharoah, Nasim Pedrad, Taran Killam, Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer. So far the hosts/musical guests announced for this season include: Alec Baldwin with Radiohead (09/24), Melissa McCarthy with Lady Antebellum (10/01) and Jimmy Fallon with Michael Buble (12/17). There is no way for me to accurately describe how much I love Saturday Night Live (every cast/season) so I won’t try. Just watch it.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

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LAST UPDATED: November 2011

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Recently I was trying to make sure that I had my DVR all set up to catch the increasing number of seasonal summer shows that are out. If you want to watch shows on more than one station and not read a bunch of reviews it can be a bit hard to keep up. So I cherry picked some stuff that you might enjoy. I recommend checking out epguides.com for info on all current series that you might want to watch. In this day and age you don’t have to have every channel to watch a show. Check out the official sites or, ahem, other methods at your discretion. This is a little long winded. Of course you can just look through the pictures and watch the shows with the prettiest people (which is what we often do anyway).

*Clicking the series title will take you to the show’s official site. Series that are already in progress will not have a date next to them. If the current season hasn’t begun yet you will see a start date next to the title.

SUNDAY

Leverage-Sundays 9PM ET TNT (6/26)

Leverage is about a really fun gang of criminals who each have different talents that they utilize to solve cases in a Robin Hood sort of way, plus occasionally they get some dough too. I originally started watching because I’m a big fan of Timothy Hutton and Christian Kane. However the other actors are all terrific as well. The cast is passionate about the show and often participates in web chats and things of that nature. The show costars Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. Although there are plots that continue during the series you can watch one episode here and there and find it enjoyable without being completely confused or anything. Plus Christian Kane fighting people! Oh and lots of disguises!

True Blood-Sundays 9PM ET HBO (6/26)

True Blood is entering it’s 4th season. It’s about vampires, werewolves, sex, booze, blood, religion, love and obsession. I’m guessing that you are already watching though. The series is based on the Sookie Stackhouse or Southern Vampire Mysteries by author Charlaine Harris. The series was created by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). The talented cast includes Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley and Kristin Bauer.

Drop Dead Diva-Sundays 9PM ET Lifetime

If you’re not a woman or a gay man then Drop Dead Diva is probably not for you. The series stars Brooke Elliott as Jane Bingum (who is great), April Bowlby, Margaret Cho, Kate Levering, Jackson Hurst, Ben Feldman and Josh Stamberg. When the series first started I almost unwillingly watched the premiere episode, was disgusted and decided that I would never watch it again. I assumed that it was feeding off of that whole let’s put a “plus size” woman on a series and debase her. However I caught a couple of episodes of the second season here and there later and then caught up with both seasons while ill a few months ago. The initial set up is about a thin wannabe model who swaps bodies with a lawyer when they are both in accidents. Okay, you know I’m a sucker for body switcher stuff. The thing is that once you get past all of the ridiculous “fat stuff” the show is usually pretty fun and a little insightful. There are also dream sequences/hallucinations that put me in mind of Ally McBeal. That and the cases mirror the characters lives. I really love the dynamic between the lead best friends of Jane and Stacy. And for those who are watching, ah, big Grayson stuff is happening yall! (I could do without Paula Abdul but nothing’s perfect.)

Watch season 1 on Netflix Instant Streaming

Falling Skies-Sundays 9PM ET TNT

Falling Skies is the new apocalyptic alien series from Steven Spielberg . I watched the first part of the first episode so far (give me a break, it’s 2 hours and populated by tweens). I like the idea of the series, that humans are left without technology after/during an alien invasion and have to forage for themselves. However it’s slow moving, some of the characters are idiots and it smacks of ridiculous over the top every demographic is represented casting which feels forced and a little racist. I have a feeling that if you like The Walking Dead that this is right up your alley. I’m going to try to hang in there because I have a thing for Noah Wyle post ER and there are no new Librarian movies on the horizon.

Breaking Bad-Sundays 10PM ET AMC (7/17)

Breaking Bad is a fantastic show about a chemistry teacher who becomes desperate for money after being diagnosed with cancer. He turns to meth as a way to pay cash. Chemistry, you see? The 4th season starts soon. You may be worried that it could run out of steam quickly but it’s exactly the opposite. Once he’s in that lifestyle he’s forced to examine/change who he is to survive. The series stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsey Brandt and RJ Mitte.

Curb Your Enthusiasm-Sundays 10PM ET HBO (7/10)

I have to admit that I haven’t watched an entire episode of this show yet and it’s been on for years. I don’t know why, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I guess that the series is a black comedy starring Seinfeld creator Larry David as a fictionalized version of himself. I’m a big fan of the series Seinfeld and I thought that David was great in Whatever Works so I need to get around to checking this series out. Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin costar.

Buy Curb Your Enthusiasm on Amazon

MONDAY

Weeds-Mondays 10PM ET Showtime (6/27)

You can read my previous thoughts on the amazing Weeds here. This season sounds interesting and very different, set in NYC and post jail time. Last season was fantastic and you must watch it as well.

Watch seasons 1-5 on Netflix Instant Streaming

The Big C-Mondays 10:30PM ET Showtime (6/27)

The highly talented Laura Linney stars as a neurotic, suburban teacher who finds out that she has cancer and then struggles with whether or not to tell others and how to actually start living her life in a way that brings her joy. The show costars Oliver Platt (who I love), John Benjamin Hickey, Reid Scott (My Boys), Gabourey Sidibe and Gabriel Basso. You can watch the pilot episode below. I feel that it takes 2 to 3 episodes to really get a feel for the show though. You can participate in The Big C’s C Yourself application on Facebook in which Showtime will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society for every user who posts a photo of themselves with their hand in the shape of a C. This ends on July 25, 2011.

You can watch the first episode of the first season on Showtime’s official site
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TUESDAY

The Nine Lives of Chloe King-Tuesdays 9PM ET ABC Family


I normally wouldn’t go out of my way to watch a teenage show but the commercials for this series were captivating. It turns out that the series is too. It puts me in mind of a more upbeat Dark Angel. On her 16th birthday Chloe King decides to be more adventurous and fortright. During the next few days she starts getting ancient cat powers. There are probably already 50 reviews about how this is a metaphor for teenagers and puberty or teenagers and alienation or whatever. Who cares? This seems like it has the potentional to be a really great show. The series stars Skyler Samuels as Chloe King, Amy Pietz, Grey Damon, Grace Phipps, Benjamin Stone, Alyssa Diaz and Ki Hong Lee.

Watch the most current episode on ABCFamily.com or Hulu.com

Covert Affairs-Tuesdays 10PM ET USA

Covert Affairs stars Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Christopher Gorham (Jake 2.0, Out of Practice, Ugly Betty), Peter Gallagher, Karit Matchett, Anne Dudek (White Chicks) and Sendhil Ramamurthy in a series about undercover CIA agents. I’m hoping for the sexy, blind but capable Auggie (Christopher Gorham) to get more missions this season.

Watch select episodes on Hulu or USANetwork.com

WEDNESDAY

Melissa & Joey-Wednesdays 8PM ET ABC Family (6/29)

 

I watch Melissa & Joey because I am a sucker for my own nostalgia. I grew up on Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Melissa Joan Hart) and Clarissa Explains It All and to a lesser extent Blossom (Joey Lawrence, sorry you’re not getting a Joseph out of me). Hart often tweets about the series. I think that she really loves making it because she gets to play her age (to an extent, this is an ABC channel) instead of a teen. She has also said something to the effect that it has Two & A Half Men style humor. While there are some adult jokes here and there it’s way more tame. Because this is a fantasy land MJH is a councilwoman with a partying past (so sometimes she gets to wear great dresses) and Joey is a former commodities trader who becomes her nanny (for teenagers). It’s all very zany, you see. I would recommend not overthinking this and just giggling along.

Watch part 1 of season 1 on ABCFamily.com or Hulu

State of Georgia-Wednesdays 8:30PM ET ABC Family (6/29)

The writer/producer for this show is Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes, Good In Bed) which is a good reason to give a go. It stars Raven-Symone and Majandra Delfino (Roswell, who never ages). Apparently Raven plays an aspiring actress. I like both actresses but find Symone overbearing at times. I’ll try anything once.

Franklin & Bash-Wednesdays 9PM ET TNT

I freaking love Franklin & Bash. If you follow me on twitter then you know that I shall tweet about F&B and Mark-Paul Gosselaar when the mood strikes me. Franklin & Bash is about dudeish Mutt & Jeff lawyers (Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyers, double yum) who will solve cases despite their goofball antics. Also lots of top and bottomless Mark-Paul scenes (be still my heart, pass the vapors!). Malcolm McDowell costars as their eccentric boss. He seems to be having so much fun in the role and when you see him behind his desk helping hot women half his age you can’t help but recall his short lived and immensely fun role in Fantasy Island. Reed Diamond (i.e. that crazy guy from Dollhouse) costars as their put upon coworker who is getting shown up despite his work ethic. Garcelle Beauvais, Kumail Nanjiani and Alexandra Holden (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Sugar & Spice, Friends) costar.

Watch episodes on TNT.com

Royal Pains-Wednesdays 9PM ET USA (6/29)

Royal Pains is about a doctor (Mark Feuerstein-In Her Shoes, Conrad Bloom) who loses his license but his enterprising brother (Paulo Costanzo-Road Trip, Joey) and he go into business as a concierge doctor (he makes housecalls for rich people) in the Hamptons, which I’m inclined to believe is a real thing. Hayden Christensen has claimed and sued in the past alleging that the series is based on he and his brother’s idea for a show called Housecall with this plot that USA passed on. This sounds feasible but he lost the case. Also you can’t really feel bad for the guy, he should have socked some Star Wars money away. Reshma Shetty and Jill Flint costar. Campbell Scott and Henry Winkler have reoccurring roles. The show is good for clean cut eye candy and opportunities to yell at the screen saying “It was that disease all along?!”.

Watch select episodes of Royal Pains on USANetwork.com or on Hulu.com

Project Runway-Wednesdays 9PM ET Lifetime (7/27)

Project Runway is, of course, a reality show about people striving to become fashion designers. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are the judges. Often there are guest judges. Being a reality show the contestants are pitted against each other and very catty. Gunn can criticize with just an eyebrow raise and Klum tries to give advice that we often can’t understand through her accent. If you plan to watch this then I recommend catching the new season from the beginning.

Watch seasons 7 and 8 on Hulu.com
Buy seasons 1-8 of Project Runway on Amazon.com

THURSDAY

Wipeout-Thursdays 8PM ET ABC (Tuesday 6/21)

It should probably embarrass me that I occasionally check out Wipeout when there is nothing else on. It’s just a game show about people doing a ridiculous obstacle course to win money. It’s hosted by John Henson (Talk Soup). It’s only like 1/4 as good as Ninja Warrior but my service provider doesn’t give us G4 anymore so sayonara. Warning: Watching this show may make you want to compete.

Burn Notice-Thursdays 9PM ET USA (6/23)
“Is it a reality show about sunglasses?”-SNL

It's actually about yogurt and beer.

and Hawaiian shirts.

Burn Notice is sunny (shot in Miami), breezy episodic television starring Jeffrey Donovan (Blair Witch 2), Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar and Sharon Gless (Queer As Folk). The show revolves around ex-spies (they were “burned”, i.e. fired) who use their skills to fix shady situations. You can fall into any episode of Burn Notice and enjoy it. I will be forever appreciative of a show that showcases Bruce Campbell like this. In fact during their last hiatus they even gave his character his own made for TV movie, check out the official site for the best posters of him in character. During this, the show’s 5th season, Fiona is supposed to be getting a new love interest.

Suits-Thursdays 10PM ET USA (6/23)

This is probably supposed to be some sort of devil metaphor.


Suits is a show about hot lawyers (one with a degree, one without but who is a genius). It stars Gabriel Macht (who I loved in The Spirit), Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman and as browncoats will be happy to hear, Gina Torres. As writer from Rolling Stone said “USA Network continues its stranglehold on breezy Eighties-style dramas about swaggering meatballs in designer threads.” He said this as a dis but that’s why I enjoy shows like this. While someone like Jackie Collins finds escapism in Shameless people like me get a kick out of rich, polished, handsome men because that’s not our world.

Wilfred-Thursdays 10PM ET FX (6/23)

This is a comedy about a guy (played by Elijah Wood) who tries to commit suicide and then (hallucinating/dead?) becomes friends with a guy in a dog suit. Looks interesting.

Futurama-Thursdays 10PM ET Comedy Central (6/23)

You remember how I already told you to watch Futurama. Just do it, so funny. Bender forever!

Watch volumes 1-5 on Netflix Instant Streaming or select episodes on ComedyCentral.com

Louie-Thursdays 10:30PM ET FX (6/23)

I admit that I was basically clueless about Louie C.K. until I read an interview with him in a men’s magazine recently (the name/issue escapes me, I read a lot). The article showed how funny, smart and insightful this guy is. He puts me in mind of fellow comedians, Doug Stanhope and David Cross. I watched his Netflix special as well and 2 episodes of this series and I am sold. I will definitely be checking this out. This is his second show. Info on the first one is here. The show is about a fictionalized version of himself. It can be uncomfortable to watch but very funny.

Watch Season 1 of Louie on Netflix
Watch selected episodes on Hulu or on FXNetworks.com

Childrens Hospital-Thursdays 12AM ET Cartoon Network


If you read this blog semi-regularly then you’ve probably already read about my love of Children’s Hospital and ahem, Ken Marino. Children’s Hospital is a hysterically funny satire of medical dramas. The first few times you watch you may be thrown by the “on a previous episode of Children’s Hospital” in which they recap things that often have never happened before during the series. It’s a fun show with a mix of thinking and obvious sight gag humor. The show has a huge, ever changing cast with fantastic guest stars. The regular cast also includes Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Erin Hayes, Lake Bell and Malin Akerman.

Watch select new episodes on AdultSwim.com

FRIDAY

Haven-Fridays 10PM ET SyFy (7/15)

Plot: “A shrewd FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to solve the murder of a local ex-con only to discover that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural powers that holds a lot of secrets, including to her own past.” from (IMDB.com), I have not watched all of Haven but it’s basically a monster of the week type of show. I watch for the sex on a stick Eric Balfour (Skyline, Six Feet Under). The show costars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Nicholas Campbell.

Watch select episodes on SyFy.com or Hulu

Check It Out
How to Create a USA Show in 6 Easy Steps at nymag.com
5 Things TV Writers Apparently Believe About Smart People at Cracked.com

NOTE: This post was last updated on 07/21/11. I rearranged the shows by what day they air on because it flows better and is easier to find what you are looking for this way. Previously the shows were in alphabetical order.

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