Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall TV Schedule for 2011

Part 4 in a series of 4


8pm time slot

Winners: The toughest 8pm time slot of the week with excellent programming on every network. I want to check out the new Charlie's Angels on ABC and see if it is worth all the hype. The Vampire Diaries on The CW is a definite personal guilty pleasure. Let's not forget about The X Factor results show on Fox as well.

Charlie's Angels may be a huge hit or it may be a big bust but no matter what I need to see for myself. The cast itself is so intriguing that it seems impo to not watch:
Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince, a former Miami cop
Minka Kelly as Eve French, a street racer
Rachael Taylor as Abigail "Abby" Sampson, a thief
Ramon Rodriguez as John Bosley

We all know the story of Charlie's Angels, the plot: Everyone deserves a second chance--even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They are angels... Charlie's Angels.
Premieres: Sept. 22nd

My favorite guilty pleasure, The Vampire Diaries ended last season with Stefan selling his soul to Klaus. Stefan became one scary vampire quickly, killing all beautiful women in his path. As for Elena and Damon; they shared a hot kiss when Damon was on his death bed. Of course he didn't die because of the deal Stefan made with Klaus who instructed Katherine to bring them the antidote. Jeremy and Bonnie were a happy couple, until Jeremy woke up in the middle of the night to find his old loves Vicki and Anna "alive" and "well" in his house. Caroline had romance issues as she dealt with Tyler returning and her continuing feelings for Matt.

*SPOILER ALERT* Here is the official synopsis released by The CW of episode 1 from Season 3: IT’S MY PARTY — On the morning of Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) 18th birthday, Caroline (Candice Accola) is busy planning a party, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan (Paul Wesley) is. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) attention. Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan are busy trailing a werewolf named Ray Sutton (guest star David Gallagher, “Super 8”). Now working at the Mystic Grill along with Matt (Zach Roerig), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the ghosts of Vicki (guest star Kayla Ewell) and Anna (guest star Malese Jow) since he was brought back to life by Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) magic. Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) does his best to watch over Elena and Jeremy, while dealing with his grief over Jenna’s death. Finally, Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino) face a new and unexpected challenge. John Behring directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec.
Premieres: Sept. 15th

9pm time slot

Winners: Person of Interest on CBS, the network brags that it is the most anticipated series of this fall season. Will it live up to the hype; I sure hope so.

Losers: The Secret Circle on The CW, there's really only room for one successful of its kind on the same network and that show is The Vampire Diaries. Bones on Fox is up against some stiff competition and that may be the final nail in the coffin a series that may have outstayed its welcome.

Undecided: Grey's Anatomy on ABC, this year is a real turning point because several of the show's stars have hinted that this may be their last season. This includes Sandra Oh and McDreamy itself, Patrick Dempsey. Will the show be the same without them? And as a result, is it worth watching anymore. The Office on NBC has a similar issue now that Steve Carell is gone, will the show be the same? I have to say, for all those fans of The Office, I am leaning towards no. I have never been a fan of show, so I can say unprejudiced that it's going to be different, but if anyone can pull it off effectively, it's James Spader who livened up The Practice for a year before it produced a spin off, Boston Legal which he starred in for four years.

Person of Interest on CBS has an interesting cast with a good plot, and it's a crime thriller. Crime thrillers do not have a very successful past on television, but I am hoping this is the one that breaks all stereotypes. It stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and Taraji P. Henson. Caviezel is Reese a former CIA Agent who is presumed dead, and he teams up with Finch played by Michael Emerson, a mysterious billionaire to prevent crimes by using vigilante justice. They get the attention of two detectives Carter (Henson) and Fusco (played by Kevin Chapman).

Here is a preview:

Premieres: Sept. 22nd

10pm time slot

Winners: Prime Suspect on NBC; can NBC regain it's number one spot on Thursday night which it held for so long with a little show called ER. The star of Prime Suspect, Maria Bello was on ER for a few seasons as Dr. DelAmico (just a few fun facts ;-))

Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, Prime Suspect on NBC is produced by Peter Berg of Friday Night Light's fame and Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives). It stars Maria Bello as a no nonsense NYPD Homicide Detective Jane Timoney who's curt and reckless nature does not make her well liked among her colleagues. At the end of the day though, she is a determined detective and her brilliance truly shines through. I also have to say that the entire time the preview was on, I did not breathe; this show is especially wonderful for women but the message is anything you can do, I can do. Watch below:

Premieres: Sept. 22nd


8pm time slot

Losers: Sorry everyone, 8pm on a Friday night is a bust this season, make Friday your date night or out to dinner night or movie night and come home at 9 or 10. ;-)

9pm time slot

Winners: CSI: NY on CBS is back from the brink of cancellation to try and regain magic.

It hasn't even been ordered up for a full season, only 18 episodes, that's strange, and yet CSI: NY is fighting all the way. At the end of last season, Mac Taylor played by Gary Sinise contemplated ending his career. Will he return, or has his time in the lab finally come to a close? True to it's creation, the series will deal with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which Mac's wife died.

10pm time slot

Winners: Blue Bloods on CBS stunned viewers and critics alike when it won the 10pm Friday time slot, but it didn't just win the night, it consistently finished in the top 30 shows of the week in ratings. I am thrilled that Blue Bloods is back!

At the end of last season on Blue Bloods, The Reagans finally discovered who was responsible for killing their brother and son Joe. The Blue Templar Organization was brought down and the person directly responsible for killing him shot himself in the head rather than surrender and be carted off to prison. This season Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett will make a cameo appearance performing at a fundraiser, Jamie will be involved in a series long story line centered around the mob, plus a new mayor for the city will stir things up.
Premieres: Sept. 23rd


Use this day to catch up on all the shows you missed, CBS and NBC will be running encores to some of their shows.

Back to Monday for a second, I missed a new comedy that I had planned to highlight all along. Both stars of the show are relatively newcomers to television and many critics are calling it the best new comedy of the new season. Two Broke Girls on CBS stars Beth Behrs as Caroline Channing and Kat Dennings as Max Black and they waitress together at a diner and become fast friends with the hopes of opening their own business, but first they need to make some money. Caroline is a trust fund baby with bad luck and Max is a witty, street smart woman working two jobs to make ends meet. What do they have in common? Besides that they're two broke girls, they're also waiting and hoping for their big break.
Premieres: Sept. 19th at 9:30

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