What better way to mourn the end of summer than to throw ourselves into fall and indulge in the new television season, with the return of our favorite television families and friends and the arrival of potential new stories to throw ourselves into.
There aren’t that many news shows that I’m overly excited for this season (especially when you compare it to last year: Glee, Modern Family, Community), but here’s what I’ll check out:
So here’s a show produced by the man who brought us Taxi Driver, and created by the guy that worked on The Sopranos, and it’s about New Jersey in the age of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky Johnson, the politician who ruled Atlantic City. This first episode is directed by Scorsese himself. How can you go wrong with that?
Premiering Sunday, September 19th, 9pm, HBO
The concept of Running Wilde doesn’t sound that great: a millionaire is looking to take over the rain forest, much to the dismay of his newest housemate, his childhood sweetheart-turned-activist, who lives with him because of unavoidable circumstances (isn’t that always the case?). So why bother? Because it stars Will Arnett and it is helmed by Mitch Hurwitz. I still have my reservations, but we’ll see. So how’s about that AD movie?
Premiering Tuesday, September 21st, 9:30pm, Fox
This show can either be amazingly brilliant or ridiculously over the top, but I have to admit I’m intrigued by the idea of high school reunions. The faux documentary-styled reality show takes a look a group of Texan high school students ten years after their graduation. It might be my nostalgia for my past, but I’ll give it a shot.
Premiering Thursday, September 23rd, 8pm, ABC
This show brings in elements from two of my favorite shows: The con-man (Lost) leads a double life with a wife whose father is big in the oil industry and a girlfriend (Mad Menesque) in Texas (Friday Night Lights, because everything that takes place in Texas is related to FNL now). The star, James Wolk, looks vaguely like FNL’s Coach, and Adrianne Palicki, Tyra from FNL as well, plays his girlfriend. Why not?
Premiering Monday, September 20th, 9pm, FOX
That’s pretty much all that I’m looking forward to, which is sort of sad. But then I think about all of the returning shows that I have to look forward to: Gossip Girl (hey, it’s a guilty pleasure), Parenthood, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (which is tonight! FX at 10pm! Don’t miss it!), Glee, Modern Family, Community, 30 Rock, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and eventually, Friday Night Lights, Dexter, and Californication. I know I’ll be busy this fall.
Edit: I forgot to include Bored to Death on the list of returning shows!