I’m a parent of an infant, which means I don’t get out much anymore and I generally stay up late only when my damn kid won’t stay asleep at night. Soooo, I watch TV. I haven’t kept up on “the new fall line-up” for about 20 years, rarely, if ever, in the intervening years have I made a point of watching multiple new shows. But TV is, seriously, producing better content than most movies these days, so it does seem to actually be worthwhile scoping out some of the new batch (though I’m still catching up on a lot of the old) and maybe increasing the volume of my tube intake.
Currently watch: The Amazing Race, Web Soup (occasional), Mythbusters (occ)
New: Homeland (Showtime, 10PM, Oct 2) - Clare Danes’ new spy thriller sounds like one of the best received shows of the season, though it’s on Showtime, so I won’t see it for a few years.
Pan Am (ABC, 10PM, Sep.25) - Unlike the Playboy Club, Pan Am seems to be taking the 60’s Mad Men vibe in its own direction, namely a direction with Christina Ricci and puffy fluffy clouds. I’ll probably like it for a season then let it go, like Desperate Housewives.
Currently watch: ummm…
New: Terra Nova (Fox, 8pm, Sept 26) - really, I’m only expecting to be interested in this through the set-up. If it’s a 2 hour pilot, I’ll probably make it about the first hour, if an hour, then I’ll give it 20 minutes, which is about 10 more than the Cape.
Currently watch: Rick Mercer Report (occ)
New: Man Up (ABC, 8:30, Oct.18) - these “dude parent” comedies seem to be coming from all angles, but this looks to have a solid cast of character actors and a POV that doesn’t suffer these foolish fathers lightly. I will likely watch the pilot and the odd episode here or there unless it’s really, really good.
Currently watch: Modern Family, Cougartown
New: Free Agents (NBC, 8:30, Sept.14) - I wasn’t actually expecting to watch this but I caught the pilot on-demand this weekend and it was really, really good, surprisingly so.
Up All Night (NBC, 8:00, Sept. 14) - I’m not sure I’ll be sticking with this one. I think the cast is great, but it’s yet another “new parent”/”dude parent” comedy and you get your fill of those after a while.
Suburgatory (ABC, 8:30, Sept 28) - Jeremy Sisto, Ana Gasteyer, Alan Tudyk… that’s some solid cast work there. It looks to be a dry, fish-out-of-water single-camera family comedy, something I’ll probably catch on-demand week-to-week if it’s any good.
Currently Watch: Community, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock
New: How To Be A Gentleman (CBS, 8:30, Sept.29) - Looks to be one of those crappy laugh-track comedies from CBS, yet, it’s got Murry from Flight of the Conchords so I want to see that just a little bit (but it’s also got Kevin Dillon from Entourage, so ugh). I’ll likely be done with it by the first commercial break.
Person of Interest (CBS, 9:00, Sept.22) - A JJ Abrams produced show starring Michael Emerson, I’ll give it a half dozen episodes just out of Lost loyalty.
Currently Watch: Fringe, The Soup (occ)
New: A Gifted Man (CBS, 8:00, Sept.23) - Patrick Wilson playing an asshole? I don’t believe it. Then the ghost of his dead wife turns up and guides him to atone for his ego… or something. Its pilot is directed by Jonathan Demme which may just make it the best looking pilot this season, so I’ll maybe give it a go.