The new Fall TV season is more or less upon us, and a lot of folks are putting together lists of shows that they’re excited to (a) see returning or (2) check out for the first time. Most of these people are “professional” TV watchers and critics. But, some (like my pal Erin and myself) are simply talented civilians who retain their amateur status so they can watch TV in the Olympics.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I can be a bit indiscriminate with my viewing habits. What can I say? I like TV. Actually, let me be a little more specific: I like FAKE TV. Reality TV? I don’t get it. I live in reality. I face reality for about 14 hours every day. Why would I want to watch more reality on television. In fact, I’m pretty sure TV was invented to provide an escape from reality. So, asking TV to air “reality shows” goes against the very nature of the beast. It would be like asking a cow to lay an egg, which we can all agree is just plain silly. In addition to being fake, I also prefer my TV to involve people who obsessively do their jobs (I don’t really even care what those jobs are, just have one and contribute to society, ya long-haired hippie freak!)–which is why I tend to love me some procedural drama, while I take a break from the sitcoms whenever the pendulum swings away from workplace comedies.
There aren’t too many new shows that I’m all that excited about, but through the magic of DVR, I can record a bunch of episodes and find out if I like them later.
The Big Bang Theory: I found this show by accident last season because it was on between How I Met Your Mother and Heroes. Wasn’t sure about the whole “Awkward geek falls in love with hot chick across the hall” premise, but it seems to work.
How I Met Your Mother: Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, and those other two…what’s not to love? There’s a reason this is one of the few sitcoms I watch (along with TBBT and 30 Rock).
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Take two of the best sci-fi movies ever made, add Summer Glau (wheeee!) and Garret Dillahunt, and throw in the last few minutes of the season premiere (which had the first “Oh shit” moment of the 2008/09 season). Now, if this doesn’t terminate that god-awful Chuck show, nothing will.
Heroes: Yes, last season was not that good. But, the creators admitted it and tried to fix things. That, coupled with just how awesome the first season was, gets Heroes a second chance.
My Own Worse Enemy: Christian Slater is a nice guy and his dangerous spy look-a-like? Or are they supposed to be same guy? Okay, I don’t know anything about this show, but I’ll give Slater a shot.
House: My ultimate goal is to be so irreplaceable that I can do and say whatever I want and know I’ll never get fired. Until then, I’ll just watch House and live vicariously through Hugh Laurie.
NCIS: Both my dad and my sister watched this show for years. I didn’t start until last season, but dang if it ain’t awesome. Luckily, I’ve been catching the older episodes on USA (which seems to run a marathon every other week!).
Fringe: I really couldn’t have cared less about this show, until I watched the premiere. It wasn’t bad. It had Pacey, Lance Reddick, and a cow. If J.J. Abrams can keep this show a light, freak-o-the-week romp and not suckify it with an unnecessarily complicated and labyrinthine mythology–like he did with Alias and LOST–we may be onto something here, kids. Did I mention the cow?
The Mentalist: A fake psychic uses his “people reading” skills to help the authorities solve crimes. Um…guys…haaaaave ya met Psych? But, to be fair, I thought Angel was going to be like Forever Knight.
Without a Trace: C’mon, you know you love hearing Anthony LaPaglia tell someone he’s a cop as much as I do. Plus, this is new cast member Steven Weber’s 297th attempt at having a show since Wings went off the air, so consider watching it an act of charity.* Also, it co-stars a woman named Poppy. Go on, treat yourself.
* DISCLAIMER: I actually really dig ol’ Steven Weber, so no disrespect was intended. But, dude, Studio 60? You had to know that was a bad idea.