IMDB has a great preview up for new and returning Fall TV shows. It tells you what nights and what times the shows are playing so you can be sure to catch your favorites or check out the new shows. So what shows have piqued my interest out of IMDB’s Fall TV Preview 2011?
(Times are listed as Eastern time zone.)
Ringer – September 13th, 9PM on CW.
This sounds like one crazy setup: Troubled girl (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is in witness protection until she flees and takes her identical sister’s place who has deadly secrets of her own.
Can it deliver week after week? Will it be able to set a pace and keep it? I could see this as certainly being interesting but it’s just barely hitting the edge of my interests.
H8R - September 14th, 8PM on CW.
I’m not one for reality TV in the least but this is a pretty nice setup – kind of like how Undercover Boss sounded excellent in theory and turned out moderate in execution. Mario Lopez hosts (which is funny because his Saved By The Bell character’s name of Slater rhymes…) a show where he finds everyday people that said disparaging remarks about “celebs” like Snooki and Kim Kardashian and arranges a confrontation between the two. It sounds like it could be funny to catch some people off guard when they’re surprised by the celebs. It also sounds like an opportunity for some people to stand their ground and really tell these “celebs” that it’s time to get off their high horse.
How I Met Your Mother – September 19th, 8-9PM (with bonus episode) on CBS.
Pretty simple here: If you have been watching the show’s previous seasons, it resumes this Fall. If not, go about your business. Maybe, some day, we’ll actually learn how Ted met his wife.
Two and a Half Men – September 19th, 9PM on CBS.
I have completely abhorred this show and never gave it a second thought except continuing to flip channels. It also irked me when it replaced The Simpsons in the 5:30-6:30pm rerun slot. However, with Charlie Sheen’s spectacular crash and burn that we’ve been subjected to in the media I might just tune in to see how they end up killing Charlie Sheen’s character off and introducing Ashton Kutcher as the replacement character. I would have been happier if the show had just been cancelled but since it’s still going, I might as well see how bad the transition is for future trivia knowledge.
Castle – September 19th, 10PM on ABC.
Another returning show here. If you watched it, enjoy your weekly dose of Nathan Fillion and the rest of a well put together cast again. If you haven’t seen previous seasons, this could be a fun one to catch up with.
Community – September 22nd, 8PM on NBC.
Community is the show that I frequently landed on after another show ended. Every time I watched it, it was hilarious. I really just need to set the DVR to record it and catch up on the rest of the awesome episodes.
Whitney - September 22nd, 9:30PM on NBC.
A comedy about a guy and a girl that have been together for 3 years and fighting social etiquette rules for women. I saw an extended preview for this before a movie started and while judging off a pilot is dangerous, this seemed to have enough laughs in it to make it worth checking out. While I’m probably not the target audience, it could be a fun comedy to watch with the wife and fill the role of How I Met Your Mother if we ever meet the mother.
Boardwalk Empire - September 25th, 9PM on HBO.
So far I’ve watched the first episode of the first season of Boardwalk Empire. I want to make the most of the HBO subscription that was worth it for Game of Thrones and the movies but this series might just be a little too slow for me to catch on.
Terra Nova - September 26th, 8pm on Fox.
A very effects-heavy show, Terra Nova has the luxury of being in a setting that can conform to the show’s needs and technology from the year 2149 might provide all the plot holes needed. I’m thinking Jurassic Park meets Avatar on a TV series with maybe a twist of mystery.
Homeland - October 2nd, 10PM on Showtime.
A soldier returns home after years of being MIA. His reunion with family and friends would be hard enough, not to mention the country is praising him as a hero and holding him in high regard. On top of all that, a special agent fears that the man has been turned to work for the terrorists during his captivity so she keeps an eye on him.
I loved Damien Lewis in Life and given the usually high production values of Showtime original shows, I’ll definitely check this show out.
House – October 3rd, 9PM on Fox.
I fell way behind on House last season and never caught up. House is a good show. It has a good formula but I’ve never been one for those formulaic shows.
Last Man Standing – October 11, 8PM on ABC.
Tim Allen returns to a sitcom role. I grew up watching Home Improvement. It looks like this might just be picking up the same formula in today’s modern setting. Do we need Tim Allen to point out all the ways manhood has gone down the drain in the last decade? It certainly can’t hurt.
Boss - October 21st, 10pm on Starz.
Kelsey Grammer plays the role of a Chicago mayor that gets the job done no matter what it takes. Here’s the twist: “he’s suffering from a degenerative brain disorder that is slowing destroying his faculties.” Consider my interest piqued. Too bad Chicago Code isn’t returning this Fall or there could have been a cool cross-over.
Bones – November 3rd, 9PM on Fox.
My wife will watch this one. I’ll be in the other room.
There are far more shows returning this Fall than the ones I listed above. These are just the ones that I am interested in. Have any caught your eye to watch or to avoid?