I’m counting down the shows I’m really looking forward to this season and the reasons why. After premier week, I’ll probably come back with my reviews of which ones turned out to be worth the wait. And yes, I do think it’s funny that they are all on only two networks…
5 New Shows:
5. Big Shots (ABC) Dylan McDermott and Michael Vartan on one show?! Even though I predict an early demise for this “male answer to Desperate Housewives”, at least there will be some good eye candy in the meantime.
4. Journeyman (NBC) Time Travel is almost always an interesting concept. This new show looks really great and appears to have some really great actors, too. Plus, just from the commercials I’m intrigued to know what happened between Dan and the woman from his past.
3. Private Practice (ABC) Despite being VERY let down by the ridiculousness to which Grey’s Anatomy sank at the end of last season, I was delighted by the early promise of this spin off, when it made its debut as part of a two-hour Grey’s episode. Kate Walsh is a gem, and if anyone from the former show could carry their own spin-off, it’s Dr. Addison Montgomery.
2. Chuck (NBC) With the current trend of coolifying Geekdom, what is not to anticipate about a show where a computer nerd accidentally downloads the entire contents of the Government’s mainframe into his brain? That just screams funny. And it’ll be a fun lead-in to the worldwide phenomenon that is Heroes.
1. Pushing Daisies (ABC) When I first heard the concept of this show, I thought it sounded just silly enough to work. Add the effervescent Kristin Chenoweth (the original Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked) and I predict a hit. After all, bringing people back from the dead is even cooler than time travel…especially when it is done by accident, and by a young guy that bakes pies for a living.
5 Returning Favorites:
5. Scrubs (NBC) This is a brilliantly funny show with a stellar cast that I discovered about three seasons too late. Its unfortunate time slot opposite Grey’s Anatomy last season made it tough for me to keep up with most of the time. However, over the years, Scrubs has consistently maintained its ability to make me laugh at everything from janitorial issues to degenerative diseases in a way that no other hospital show ever will. This season I’ll be watching the gang at Sacred Heart, and taping the folks at Seattle Grace.
4. Desperate Housewives (ABC) The fact that it’s number 4 on my countdown does not mean I love the ladies of Wisteria Lane any less. Housewives is funny, smart, and always interesting. Season 3 proved there is plenty of life left in Fairview, even if people are frequently turning up dead.
3. Heroes (NBC) Amazing actors, incredible story…everything about this show just works. I had to make up a lot of episodes online last season, but I won’t be making that mistake again. Please no phone calls on Mondays at 9!
2. The Office (NBC) This is pretty much my all-time favorite comedy series at this point. I have loved many others and still enjoy a few, but never have I loved a comedy more than I love the Scranton Branch of Dundler Mifflin. Everyone that has ever worked in Cubicle City can relate to this show and has worked with many of the characters. And I can’t wait for Jim and Pam to finally get together!
1. Lost (ABC) I know, I know. It’s not coming back until February. But it really is my favorite show on television. The mysteries keep getting deeper, the writing gets better, and Matthew Fox keeps getting hotter. It’s a long time til February, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting its arrival. But first, I’ll be in line for the season 3 DVD.
Honorable Mentions: Jericho (CBS) and One Tree Hill (the CW). I was one of the thousands of fans that banded together to resurrect the cancelled Jericho earlier this summer and I’m looking forward to seeing if our combined efforts were worth it. I suspect the show will be even better when it returns. Hopefully the audience will give it a shot. And One Tree Hill is going where no other teen drama has gone before: four years into the future. This means the characters will be the same age as the actors (finally) and they can go to whatever schools they want, instead of all ending up at Tree Hill U. Bravo to the producers for thinking up that one!