Fall Preview: TV Shows

We showed you the movies we’re looking forward to this fall, but hows about some TV?! With a whole slew of hopeful new pilots airing this month, we had to take the time to sort ’em out. Here are the shows we are looking forward to…

I. New Shows We Cannot Wait to Watch:

Glee (Fox)
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9/8c

Glee makes me want to throw up my hands and sing and cry and cheer. Inspiration meets musical meets comedy, and I cannot wait for the season premiere! I don’t even care that “Don’t Stop Believin'” is gonna be stuck in my head for weeks on end. Hell yes.

Community (NBC)
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9:30/8:30c

Senor Chang included, Community has a pretty solid cast and has the makings of being a truly pee your pants funny show. Following a bunch of people you’d find at a community college, this is a fresh fall pilot and I hope it lives up to how funny some of the commercials are!

Bored To Death (HBO)
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 9:30/8:30c

Trailer Here

Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis (the guy that made The Hangover hilarious) and Ted Danson star in this new show that looks flipping WONDERFUL. Schwartzman plays a writer-cum-private detective who gets into shenanigans. Sold.

Modern Family (ABC)
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c

Trailer Here

Every season I make a decision to watch ONE new sitcom comedy as an ‘out on a limb’ bet, and this year it’s Modern Family (Community doesn’t count because it’s a safe bet). The dude from Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and Al Bundy, plus the pretty funny – so far! – commercials are the reason I’m giving this comedy a shot.

FlashForward (ABC)
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c

Based on the Nebula Award winning book by Robert J. Sawyer, ABC’s new scifi thriller (to be paired with LOST) follows an ensemble cast of survivors. One day, a freak incident causes everyone on the planet to black out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds – except they haven’t ‘blacked out’, they’ve actually witnessed a glimpse of some unknown time in their futures. Following the disaster (for disaster it is, since 40 million souls die during the 2 minute blackout), the survivors try to piece together what they’ve seen, and why they’ve seen it. Starring the likes of Joseph Fiennes (lesser known brother of Ralph, you may remember him from Shakespeare In Love or Enemy at the Gates), John Cho (you know, Harold), and Penny!!! (from LOST), and written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), I’m hoping just as anxiously as ABC execs that Flash Forward will be able to fill LOST’s shoes.

Premieres: Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8/7c

JULIEEEEET!!!!!!! My beautiful, luminescent Elizabeth Mitchell makes this a no brainer watch for me (the lovely Ms. Mitchell is at the top of my girl crush list). And then, when I actually heard about the plot of the show, I was even more on board. Yeah, it’s kinda Independence Day meets “To Serve Man” of The Twilight Zone…but I love all of those things. So, I’m in. Apparently it’s a reboot of the 1983 show of the same title, which I’ll have to find online somewhere.

My only concern about V is – does this mean Juliet is really dead on LOST?!?!?!? *sobs* NOOOOOO!!!!!

Human Target (Fox)
Premieres: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 8/7c

Trailer Here

Based on the DC comics of the same title, Fox is giving Human Target another chance at a series (it fizzled out in 1992 on ABC). Mark Valley plays the lead as Christopher Chance, and he seems to be a damn good fit (if you ask me). Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero is another keeper (anyone that can do what he did for Rorschach is a baller), and Chi McBride rounds out the solid cast. I’m hopeful for this one, especially since girl crush #2 Trish Helfer makes an appearance in the pilot.

Caprica (Syfy)
Premieres: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9 pm

So, the miniseries pilot wasn’t totally awesome, but BSG has left a hole in my heart and TV lineup and I need to fill it any way I can. Personally, I’m more excited for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan…but more on that later.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Premieres: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 10 pm

I cannot really tell if this is going to be crap or if it’s gonna be good. It stars Lucy Lawless (girl crush #3), which is a good sign, but it looks like some highly stylized crappy ripoff of 300 and Gladiator…still, I’m gonna give this a try.

II. Shows We CANNOT WAIT to Welcome Back:

The Office
Premieres: Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9/8c

Yes. Cannot wait. The Office will be back in full swing! Pam and Jim are having a baby! Michael is up to his usual shenanigans, and hopefully we will be getting much more Holly. Seriously, cannot wait.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Premieres: Thursday September 17, 2009, at 10/9c

If you don’t watch Sunny, you need to get on it. NOW. This is one of the funniest, most wrong shows on TV. One of my absolute favorites and I cannot wait to see what hilarity this new season brings. Really. WATCH IT.

House (Fox)
Premieres: Monday September 21, 2009 at 8/7c

House is back and freaking insane. Well, in the mental house. I cannot wait to see what happens in this season…finally, we’re seeing the ramifications for House’s…well, House-ness. And I want real House and Cuddy sex. Please.

Castle (ABC)
Premieres: Monday September 21, 2009 at 10/9c

Woohoo! Richard Castle is baaaaaaack, saved from the dust of cancellation. And thank goodness – this show is like the perfect combination for Ana and I. An author, played by the one and only Nathan Fillion, accompanies beautiful but damaged Detective Kate Beckett with the NYPD on “research” for his next novel heroine who he’s basing off Kate, Nikki Heat. He’s charming and quirky and all Nathan Fillion-y, and Stana Katic is wonderful as the brass balled chick detective. The writing is solid, the chemistry between these two is fabulous. I cannot freaking wait.

Premieres: Sunday Sep 27, at 9/8c

Dexter Morgan is back – and now he’s married and a new father of three children. And he still needs to find time to kill people. Dex is probably both Ana’s and my favorite character on TV (behind Sawyer from LOST of course). It’s not creepy that Michael C. Hall is on The List, now is it? Simply put, Dexter rules. It’s made of awesome. Smart, thrilling, bloody, funny, terrifying…it’s everything you want in a TV show. AND this season, John Lithgow is Dexter’s foil as a notorious serial killer known as The Trinity Killer. Hell. YES.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (SyFy)
Premieres: (on DVD) October 27, 2009

Only one of the best scifi shows on television EVER, back for a look at the cylon side of the human apocalypse. I cannot wait.

Premieres: Early 2010

Official Trailer:

From Comic Con:

Duh. Obviously Ana and I are looking forward to LOST’s final season more than any other show on TV. *sniffles* I’m actually getting a little choked up considering this is going to be IT for my current favorite show. Guh. And I’m really desperately trying to avoid spoilers. Trying.

III. Shows That Look So Stupid They Merit Preemptive Mockage

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Seriously? LL Cool J and freaking Chris O’Donnell. This is just sad. What’s even sadder is that the show will probably be successful (because we need ANOTHER cop show on tv). Real original.

The Forgotten (ABC)

Because Christian Slater needs another show since My Own Worst Enemy worked out so great for him. AND it’s Jerry Bruckheimer produced. Win. *snorts*

Vampire Diaries (CW)

Poor Ian Somerhalder. After being killed off as Boone in LOST, I haven’t really seen much of him…and now this. I’m sure it’ll be a hit and all what with the Twilighter drones, but it looks ridiculous. But that’s the CW’s bread and butter, right?

Expedition: Great White (NatGeo)

LOLOLOLOLOL Paul Walker talks about science LOLOLOLOLOL


And those are our picks!!! What are you looking forward to this fall (and beyond)?

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  • Gerd D.
    August 31, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    V no question, I’m waiting for that one to return for a quarter century now.
    Well, what’s the line? A good thing is worth waiting for? This must be one hell of a show! πŸ™‚

    Seriously, can’t wait to see what they made of it.

    But given my luck with TV-Shows lately I gonna love it and they gonna axe it after a season or two…

  • Brooke Reviews
    August 31, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’m waiting for BONES! LOVE BONES! Also, So You Think You Can Dance…which starts this week, I think. πŸ™‚

  • Danielle
    August 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    SUPERNATURAL! It was a long, lonely summer without my boys :'(

  • Bridget Locke
    August 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Sadly I haven’t watched TV in…a really long time. I think 99% of it is the fact that I hate commercials and for another…I hate commercials. lol.

    I think I’ll do the geek thing & buy LOST on DVD once all the seasons come out. Then I can watch them all together and act REALLY confused. lol πŸ˜€

  • Tina
    August 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Interesting list;D. I have to admit to being a total nerd and looking forward to Stargate Universe, which will start in October. I’m just hoping it will live up to all the hype.

  • Ana
    August 31, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I am SO doomed. Because I will be watching all of these AND Supernatural. AND Mad Men

    I am sure i am forgetting something else.

    Glee looks AWESOME. so does Flashforward


  • Bridget Locke
    August 31, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    One show I wish had never been canceled was called Traveler. It was the most insane, nutty, psychological say-what show on TV and they killed it after 1 season. I think if it had come around after the LOST/HEROES phenomenan, it would’ve lasted. *sniffle*

  • katiebabs
    August 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    The guy who plays Spartacus looks like Gerard Butler. Having 300 flashbacks. Hmmm Gerry…

    Sorry to say that the production of V has shut down, so it may not last…. πŸ™

  • Kerry
    August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm


    I CANNOT WAIT! I’ve been waiting since MAY for this to come back! I makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me sing, it makes me do jazz hands! It’s the Best. Thing. EVER. Thank the lord August is finally over! GLEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • Kristen
    August 31, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I can’t wait for Lost or Dexter, both of which I’ve become addicted to in the last year. When I heard that John Lithgow was going to be in the next season of Dexter, I was especially excited. Unfortunately, I don’t actually get the channel it is on, so I may have a bit of a wait, though. πŸ™

    Dexter is one of my favorite characters on TV right now too (along with Sawyer from Lost).

  • Kate A
    August 31, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t wait for Glee! It looks awesome! I watched the pilot episode online and it was sooo, soooo good πŸ˜›

  • Kris
    August 31, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Paul Walker talks science…

  • Harry Markov
    September 1, 2009 at 1:23 am

    It’s official. We need to make the universe install 24 more hours in the day to keep up with everything. You girls are so evil to make me read and know about all of these shows. GAH!

  • AnimeJune
    September 1, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I’ve been so excited for Glee – but hey, where’s Chuck? Oh yeah, that’s show’s not coming back until January. Waaaaah, no fair.

    Don’t knock My Own Worst Enemy, though – I loved that show.

  • Falling Off The Shelf
    September 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Well…Flash Forward and V look interesting. I might have to watch them to see if they are worth my time. I don’t watch a lot of TV, and when I do, I just DVR everything and watch it when I feel like it, lol. As for House, uh…I need to get caught up, lol..I only watch that when my fiance is home and we’re only halfway through the second season!

    I was actually looking forward to Vampire Diaries…only because I look forward to everything vampire, and I’m hoping it will be worth it. My fiance says it’s going to suck because its on the CCW though, lol.

  • Estelle
    September 1, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I’m waiting for Bones and Dollhouse now that True Blood is wrapping up. Also waiting for the new special episodes of Nodame Cantabile but that’s a japonese drama so I guess it doesn’t count.

    I might also checkout this Spartacus thing. I didn’t know anything about it before reading this post.

  • Kearsten
    September 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Wow – you called a lot of my “can’t wait” picks: Glee, V (saw the 1st episode at ComicCon – geek alert – and it looks pretty darn good), Community, Castle… And, oh my god, I so second the order to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! Never have I felt so deliciously guilty for laughing my butt off.

    I’m also looking forward to Bones and Supernatural – I love the pretty boys…

  • angela
    September 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Lucy Lawless ought to guest star on Dollhouse. I reckon she’d be good in it. πŸ˜€

  • jennygirl
    September 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I completely agree with the new shows, but not on all of the returns. What about Fringe? I can’t believe you two don’t watch that one. Sci-Fi and some pretty good writing, plus the actors…awesome. πŸ˜€

  • Adrienne
    September 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Thea-you know you are going to be a closet Vampire Diary watcher…just like the rest of us πŸ˜‰

  • Karen Mahoney
    September 2, 2009 at 3:19 am

    I wrote a comment and it is GONE! πŸ˜₯ Waaaah!!

    *sigh* I basically said AWESOME post. And… I am looking forward to:

    Californication (woo! Love David Duchovny in this. And the girl who plays his teenaged daughter, Becca, is brilliant.)

    This comment better post… *glares*

  • Christine
    September 2, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I’m fairly clueless about series television. I just can’t wrap my mind around how you guys even have time to watch these shows between real life stuff and all the reading and reviewing you do!

    *scratches head*

    I must be doing something wrong . . . πŸ˜•

  • recipe
    September 15, 2014 at 12:13 am

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