Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall TV Lineup

I've decided to make an effort this Fall to watch some new shows (on top of the shows that are coming back, too).  We're paying for cable, I think I might as well make the most of it, right?

Boardwalk Empire - This looks like it's going to be one of the best new dramas on the block.  It's based on the 1920s, when Atlantic City was turned "into a haven for booze, gambling and prostitution." (Rogers urmagazine)  It stars Steve Buscemi and a lot of Michaels: Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Michael Williams.  HBO Canada, Sundays at 9pm.

Running Wilde - This is apparently the product of Arrested Development creators, and it stars Will Arnett.  Sign me up!  That's really all I needed to know.  The only unfortunate thing is that Arnett looks like he's going to be playing a Gob Bluth-type role, but I might be able to overlook that.  The show looks like they've given him a different enough challenge in the role, even if he plays an immature millionaire.  Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30pm.

Shit My Dad Says - This is the sitcom that everyone has been hyping; it's based on a particularly popular twitter feed, and stars William Shatner.  I'm really interested in this, but it could just as easily sink as it could swim.  My gut doesn't know which way it leans right now.  CTV/CBS, Thursdays at 8:30pm.

The Event - NBC has done a really good job of hyping up this show.  What is the event?  We don't know, and won't until we see the pilot.  It *looks* interesting, but I haven't seen enough of it to make a decision.  At the very least, I will watch the first episode, which means NBC has done its job.  City TV/NBC, Mondays at 9:00pm.

Hawaii Five-O - A reboot from the writers who did 2009's Star Trek, this looks like it'll be a great guilty pleasure show.  Hopefully they use the same theme music, or at least an updated version of it.  Sounds like it could be the real gem of the Fall lineup.  Global/CBS, Mondays at 10:00PM.

The Walking Dead - This is a 6-episode mini-series about Zombies!  Looks like it will be pretty sweet, and it's based on a comic book, so they already have a solid idea in place.  The only thing I don't know is whether I get the channel that this will air on.  AMC, mid-October...who knows when?

Weird or What - Another Shatner project, this is basically one of those shows that showcase the weird and wonderful.  Apparently Shatner promises "aliens, Bigfoot and the Bermuda Triangle in a 'light-hearted and jaunty way'."  So nothing we haven't seen before, but I don't care because it's hosted by William Shatner.  History Channel, Wednesday's at 10pm.

The list of returning shows I'm going to watch is a little shorter because I didn't watch that many to begin with.  So here's what I got.

90210 - Mondays on the CW
Dexter - Whenever I want because Rogers puts it for free On Demand.  But also Sundays on The Movie Network.
Glee - Whenever I get to catch an episode I'll watch it.  I've seen maybe 5 episodes?
House - Ditto, if it's on I'll watch but I'm not going out of my way.
Law and Order SVU - It's just one of those shows I can't help watch.  Wednesdays on NBC/CTV.
Modern Family - I like this show, but forget to tune in.  Wednesdays, City TV / ABC.
Stargate Universe  - I really like this show but lost following it when it went on hiatus and I didn't know when it came back.  So I'm going to catch up on the first season before watching #2.

So far it looks like none of the shows I want to watch are on at conflicting times.  Everything's coming up Milhouse!


  1. What? But if you don't watch House regularly, how am I supposed to corner you whenever I see you and talk about House for hours at a time, the way I do with anyone else who's foolish enough to mention that they've ever seen it?


    In other news, thanks for the capsule summaries! I hear buzz about shows, but I never actually know what they're about.

    Also, I like shows where Star Trek alumni discuss weird things (*cough*FactorFiction*cough*), so Weird or What sounds awesome.

  2. I don't know, I'm not really a House viewer. I've watched a few episodes here and there but it's more like one of those shows where I just catch when there's nothing else on. Except not anymore because I at least recognize that there have been a lot of plot/character advancements that I've missed, whereas it felt earlier in the season I could just pick up and watch. Oh boy I'm rambling!