September 3rd, 2006


The TV Nerd Weighs In

As fall approaches, a not-so-young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of...the forthcoming TV season.

There aren't many new shows that look interesting to me. There's a whole crop of continuing serials trying to cash in on the success of 24 and Lost, though with ideas that aren't nearly as compelling (two kidnapping serials! a bank robbery hostage serial!), plus a dozen or two new legal dramas. That's all yawnsville for me.

Ironically, the small handful of shows I am interested in all seem to be on NBC, which could use the ratings help:

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Mondays, NBC) Aaron Sorkin + Chandler = Yay!

Heroes (Mondays, NBC) An interesting concept -- a select handful of people around the world wake up with superpowers -- that could either be really good or so sucky it gets canceled faster than Emily's Reasons Why Not.

Twenty Good Years (Wednesdays, NBC) The traditional sitcom is pretty much dead to me, so there are only two reasons to watch this one: John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. Both comedic giants in my eyes.

30 Rock (Wednesdays, NBC) The sitcom version of Studio 60 above. It's got Tina Fey , which gives me hope. On the other hand, it's also got Tracy Morgan and is, regardless of pedigree, a traditional workplace sitcom. Here's hoping it's more The Office than, say, Ink.

And speaking of, can I just say how bummed I am that TV's most brilliant comedy hour, The Office and My Name is Earl, is on during the same timeslot as my old comfort-food show Smallville? I was torn as to which to watch on Thursdays at 8, but ultimately it comes down to this: Smallville has been slipping as it gets older, while The Office and Earl just keep getting better and better. Looks like I'll have to catch season 6 of Smallville on DVD to find out what happens now that Lex's seemingly dead body is possessed by Zod.

Anything you're looking forward to this season?