Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Ultimate Fall TV Schedule

I decided that this year there was too much good TV to pass up. Although ratings have dropped across the board in the past few years, this may be the year that ratings pick up. On some nights there are choices, and so you have to decide based on what you like to watch. I am confident though that this list has weeded out the series that are not worth your time.


Sunday Night Football, 8:30 p.m. kick-off, NBC (premieres: see explanation below)

Sunday Night Football actually premieres on Thursday night, September 4th, The Washington Redskins take on the current Superbowl Champion New York Giants starting at 7 p.m. The early start is due to the Republican National Convention. Following that, Sunday September 7th the Chicago Bears will go to Indianapolis to take on the Colts and Peyton Manning. The New England Patriots will appear on Sunday Night Football three times this season, October 12th, November 2nd, and December 7th.


The Amazing Race, 8- 9 p.m., CBS (premieres: September 28th)

This years racers include: Aja and Ty a long distance couple who met in college, Terrence and Sarah very different from one another and dating for a year, Nick and Starr a competitive brother/ sister team, Ken and Tina the ex NFL star and his wife looking to reconnect, Marisa and Brooke lovely Southern belles that are best friends, Mark and Bill friends and comic book aficionados, Anita and Arthur older hippie couple, Anthony and Stephanie an on again off again couple hoping to be engaged by the end of the race, Andrew and Dan friends who remind me of the guys from Superbad, Toni and Dallas a single mom and her son, and Kelly and Christy best friends and go getters.

Desperate Housewives, 9- 10 p.m., ABC (premieres: September 28th)

Last season revealed that when Desperate Housewives premieres September 28th we will be five years in the future. Lynette and Tom's kids are teenagers, Gaby and Carlos have two little girls, Edie is married, Susan and Mike are no longer together, Bree and Katherine are friends and Bree looks to be a successful business woman of sorts. If you would like some spoilers for the first few episodes of the season here are a couple of websites you should check out immediately---- and !

Brothers & Sisters, 10-11 p.m. ABC (premieres: September 28th)

The series ended it's shortened second season with yet another secret about to be brought to light. Rebecca was not the secret child of Walker patriarch William; his secret child is Ryan, a friend of the family. Nora was about to hear the news. In the season opener the Walker's vacation at the beach and arguments ensue; it gets pretty ugly.


Dancing With the Stars, 8- 9:30 p.m. ABC (premieres: September 22nd, live 3 night event)
Please note the results show will be on Tuesdays 9- 10 p.m.

Here are the couples for the new season:
Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer, Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff, Misty May Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovsky, Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke, Toni Braxton and Alex Mazo, Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas, Cody Linley and Julianne Hough, Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas, Ted McGinley and Inna Brayer, Brooke Burke and Derek Hough, Jeff Ross and Edyta Sliwinska, Warren Sapp and Kim Johnson, and Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani.


Samantha Who?, 9:30- 10 p.m. ABC (premieres: October 6th)

Emmy Award nominee Christina Applegate stars as the title character in Samantha Who? which enters it's sophomore season after an extremely successful first season, it was one of the only shows that debuted last year to make it to a second year. Samantha continues to struggle with figuring out who she really is (apparently she was "bad" Samantha before her care accident).


Gossip GIrl, 8- 9 p.m. The CW (premieres: September 1st)

OMG! Gossip Girl is back for a sophomore season as well after an insatiably naughty first season. The Upper East Siders are back, did Serena spend the summer in the Hamptons alone or with Nate? Did Blair and Chuck actually vacation in Europe together and what happened to make Chuck come home alone? Did Dan spend the summer solo feeling sorry for himself? Is Jenny "popular" now? Where did Vanessa spend the summer? Just spotted: Nate and an older woman hooking up in a car in the Hamptons!

Here's some sneak peeks if you dare-- xoxo Gossip Girl (this link is the first five minutes of the new season)

Prison Break, 9- 10 p.m. FOX (premieres: September 1st, the season premiere is two hours, 8-10 p.m.)

Who will stay and who will go? Producers promise us that one, possibly two series regulars will die in the premiere, and it's already all over the net, my picks are Mahone and Bellick. If Sucre dies I will not watch the show anymore. Sara is coming back, Michael Rappaport is joining the cast as a government agent who offers to drop all charges against Michael Scofield if he and his gang bring down the company (Gretchen, Whistler, Mahone, and whoever else is on board) (info from Kristin E!Online).

CSI: Miami, 10- 11 p.m. CBS (premieres: September 22nd)

The series begins its seventh season; I don't have much information, but I will post whatever I find. I do know that Khandi Alexander has left the show in her fan favorite role as Doctor Alexx Woods and will be replaced by Megalyn Echikunwoke as Doctor Tara Price.


The Biggest Loser Families, 8- 10 p.m. NBC (premieres: September 16th)

Last year a woman won the Biggest Loser (Couples edition) for the first time ever after five seasons; 32 year old hairdresser from Mesa, Arizona, Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds and gained a "whole new perspective on life". This year's edition seeks to do the same for families, host Allison Sweeney returns pregnant with her second child and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels return as well.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 10- 11 p.m. NBC (premieres: September 23rd)

The most popular of all the "Law & Order" series kicks off its 10th season with lots of surprises and lots of guest stars. We will discover whether Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) is transferred to another precinct. Olivia will be traumatized as a result of her almost rape at the jail last season. Stabler will continue to have problems with his teenage daughter. Michaela McManus of One Tree Hill fame will play the new ADA, Diane Novak left her role as ADA Casey Novak at the end of last season. Also gone is the brilliant Adam Beach who played Detective Chester Lake; it is not known at this time whether or not someone else will replace him or not. There will also be a superb cast of guest stars as there usually is: Luke Perry and Julie Bowen will play a couple, as will Josh Charles and Teri Polo (who played love interests on the critically acclaimed series Sports Night), James Brolin, Chris Elliot, and Sara Gilbert. Ellen Burstyn has signed on to play Elliott Stabler's mother Bernadette Stabler.


90210, 8- 9 p.m. The CW (premieres: September 2nd)

Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty reprise their roles as Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh. Kelly is a guidance counselor at West Beverly who has a son (who's the daddy?) and Brenda comes into town to direct the school play. At press time, Tori Spelling wanted to reprise her role as Donna Martin and play a local clothing boutique owner, but there were salary disputes. The basis of the new show is Harry Wilson (Rob Estes) moves from Kansas with his family back to his hometown of Beverly Hills to be close to his mother Tabitha (Jessica Walter). Harry becomes the new principal of West Beverly High (I have heard that supposedly Kelly has a crush on him), his two children are also attending the school, Annie (Shanae Grimes) and adopted son Dixon (Tristan Wilds). Lori Loughlin (who played Becky on Full House) plays Harry's wife Debbie. On their first day at school Annie and Dixon meet spoiled and rich Naomi (AnneLynne McCord), Navid (Michael Streger) who edits the school paper (The Blaze), Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup), Kelly's half sister who Kelly is taking care of since her mom once again played by Anne Gillespie has started drinking again, and Ethan (Dustin Milligan) a lacrosse player who Annie met a few summers ago. Ryan Eggold plays Ryan Matthews, an English teacher as West Beverly.

Here are some fansites so you can stay up to date with the hottest zipcode on television:

The Mentalist, 9- 10 p.m. CBS (premieres: September 23rd)

Simon Baker (previously of The Guardian) stars as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant who utilizes sharp observation skills to solve crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Co-starring with Baker is, Robin Tunney (most known for playing Vanessa on Season 1 of Prison Break) plays Tessa Lisbon, a senior agent in Jane's unit who is the "take no prisoners" type. She resists having Jane in her unit but at the same time sees his usefulness. Rounding out the cast are Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby, Tim Kang as Kimball Cho, and Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt; they admire the way Jane is able to solve cases but view him as somewhat of a loose cannon.


Fringe, 9- 10 p.m. FOX (premieres: September 9th, n.b. the series premiere will be two hours and starts at 8 p.m.)

I was trying to figure out what the plot of this show was, because I have seen quite a few trailers for the series and it seems really interesting, similar to a thriller. Anyway, the IMDb website had the best explanation so I am going to quote them-- "A drama centered around a female FBI agent, Olivia Dunham played by Anna Torv who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop played by Peter Noble in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena."
The supporting cast includes:
Joshua Jackson (Yes, it is Pacey from Dawson's Creek) plays Peter Bishop, the estranged son of Dr. Walter Bishop
Mark Valley (You've seen him on soap Days of Our Lives, fan fave Keen Eddie, and Boston Legal) plays Special Agent John Scott, Olivia's partner
Lance Reddick (The Wire) plays FBI Agent Phillip Broyles
Kirk Acevedo (Oz) plays FBI Agent Charlie Francis
Jasika Nicole (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) plays FBI Agent Astrid Farnsworth
Blair Brown (Tony Winner for the play Copenhagen on Broadway) plays what the FOX website described as "manipulative corporate executive" Nina Sharp

Again you can finish your Tuesday night with Law & Order: SVU (see above)


Pushing Daisies, 8- 9 p.m. ABC (premieres: October 1st)

For those of you that did not see the nine episodes of Pushing Daisies last season, I offer you this recap. Ned (Emmy nominee Lee Pace) plays a pie maker who brings people back from the dead when he touches them. There are, as with everything, conditions when he brings someone back from the dead, after 60 seconds someone/ something of similar life value in the vicinity dies. Also if he touches that person/ thing a second time, it dies forever. He discovered his gift as a child, but grew up and became a pie maker; he owns his own restaurant called the Pie Hole. Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) is a waitress there and has a hopeless crush on Ned who still has eyes for his childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" (Anna Friel). Ned's business begins to fail and a private investigator named Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) discovers his gift, and makes him an offer he just cannot refuse. Ned must bring the murder victims back from the dead, find out how they died in less than 60 seconds so Emerson can solve the murders and split the reward money with him.


America's Next Top Model, 8- 9 p.m. The CW (premieres: September 3rd, premiere is two hours)

Here is a list of the cast:
*Sheena, 21 years old, her hometown is Honolulu, Hawaii but she is currently living in Harlem, New York and works as a hostess/ go-go dancer.
*Samantha, 18 years old, her hometown is Woodland Hills, California, she is a student athlete.
*Nikeysha, 19 years old, her hometown is Bronx, New York, and she is a student
*Analeigh, 19 years old, her hometown is Sacramento, California but she currently live in Los Angeles where she is a student
*Brittany, 19 years old, her hometown is Henderson, Nevada where she works in customer service
*Hannah, 19 years old, her hometown is Fairbanks, Alaska where she is a student
*Clark, 19 years old, her hometown is Pawley Islands, South Carolina, but she is a student in Columbia, South Carolina right now
*Elina, 19 years old, she is originally from Berdichieve, Ukraine; she currently is unemployed living in Seattle, Washington
*Mckey, 19 years old, her hometown is Lake Forest, Illinois where she is a student
*Joslyn, 23 years old, her hometown is Lucky, Louisiana, but she is currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana where she is a student
*Marjorie, 19 years old, she hails from Marseilles, France; she is currently living in San Francisco, California where she is a student
*Isis, 22 years old, her hometown is Prince George's County, Maryland; she works in New York City as a Program Assistant at a non profit
*Lauren Brie, 20 years old, her hometown is Charlottesville, Virginia, but she currently lives in Radford, Virginia where she is a student
*Sharaun, 18 years old, her hometown is Chicago, Illinois; she is currently a student

The show is stationed in Hollywood, California this year.

I am not sure what to tell you about the nine o'clock hour; I wrestled with it for a whole day. Your best bet may be to either record one of the eight o'clock shows and watch it at the nine o'clock hour


Criminal Minds, 9- 10 p.m. CBS (premieres: September 24th)

I actually found an entire blog on blogspot dedicated to Criminal Minds. If you are a fan of the show or you are interested in finding out more about it, I definitely suggest this website
The series, entering its fourth season is a crime drama that focuses on the embers of a special FBI unit, the Beahavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The stories center around the criminal rather than the crime.

Dirty Sexy Money, 10- 11 p.m. ABC (premieres: October 1st)

Much like many other new series than began last season, Dirty Sexy Money, only aired ten episodes as a result of the Writer's Strike. However, it did not in any way stop the critical acclaim that the show received. The series is about lawyer Nick George, played by Peter Krause (Six Feet Under). Prominent New York family, the Darling's ask Nick to be their personal lawyer, it just so happens that their previous lawyer, who happens to be Nick's father suspiciously died. So begins the saga that is called,
Dirty Sexy Money.
Meet the Darling Family:
Tripp Darling- the Darling Patriarch, "the empire builder", played by Donald Sutherland
Letitia Darling- the Daring Matriarch, "the sophisticated socialite", played by Jill Clayburgh
Patrick Darling- Darling son who has a perfect wife and perfect kids, yet he is having an affair with a transexual, "the principled politician", played by William Baldwin
Karen Darling- Darling daughter who has been married four times and lost her virginity to Nick, currently seeing billionaire Simon Elder, "the professional divorce", played by Natalie Zea
Jeremy Darling- Darling twin who had his trust fund revoked by Tripp, now valet parks cars at the family's garage, "one of the well behaved twins", played by Seth Gabel
Juliet Darling- Darling twin who is a spoiled rich girl, her reputation as a slut isn't true and she longs to be independent, "one of the well behaved twins", played by Samaire Armstrong
Rev. Brian Darling- son of Letitia and Dutch George (Nick's father), he initially hated Nick but has grown to like him as well as seek his advice. He is currently separated from his wife and lost custody of his son Brian Jr., Brian has quit the church and now works for Tripp, "the man of God", played by Glenn Fitzgerald

Meet the other players:
Lisa George- Nick's wife who is mom to seven year old Kiki, she frequents Darling parties and events with great patience, knows there is the possibility her husband may drift away from her and to Karen instead. She kissed Jeremy once at her gallery, played by Zoe McLellan
Simon Elder- Currently seeing Karen, the world's third richest man who doesn't show it, lives in an empty loft, and is engaged in a power struggle with the Darling's, played by Blair Underwood
Nola Lyons- She is a new character this season that I know nothing about, but Lucy Liu is playing her, so that's exiciting in itself.


Lipstick Jungle, 10- 11 p.m. NBC (premieres: September 24th)

Lipstick Jungle is the story of three women friends living in New York City trying to make it big time. There's Wendy (Brooke Shields), she is a movie studio executive depserately trying to balance a successful career and her family, including alone time with her husband Shane (Paul Blackthorne). Victory (Lindsay Price) is a clothing designer waiting to make it and find her Mr. Right in the process; it might be Joe Bennett (Andrew McCarthy) a multimillionaire willing to invest in her company. And Nico (Kim Raver) is editor in chief at a hot fashion magazine who is having a hot affair with a freelance photographer, Kirby (Robert Buckley).

I will post Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as soon as I finish researching and writing.

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