I don't care about reality shows, and nighttime soaps about doctors, lawyers and high-powered businesspeople leave me cold, so there's not a whole lot of new stuff that's piquing my interest. Here's an overview of the new series I'll be checking out (and either loving or instantly deleting from my DVR list):
Nothing new is grabbing me. I was mildly intrigued by Viva Laughlin (8 PM, CBS) at first -- a musical drama about casinos and gangsters! -- but after reading more about it, it sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I think I'll stick with The Simpsons, Family Guy and whatever HBO original series might be on.
Prison Break is dead to me, so I think I'll check out Chuck (8 PM, NBC) in the same time slot. Nerd plus super-spy could equal awesome. Though I've had my fill of cop shows lately, I'm also interested in K-Ville (9 PM, Fox), mostly because it's set in New Orleans and actually promises to address the ramifications of Katrina and the failure of the Federal levees. Unfortunately, K-Ville is on opposite my favorite new drama of last year, Heroes, but that's where DVR comes to the rescue. At last, I can record two shows at once! It's the TV Nerd's wet dream!
Oh man, am I all over Reaper (9 PM, The CW)! Back in 1998, John Glover starred in a show called Brimstone that was kind of the same idea -- the Devil (Glover) enlists someone's help in retrieving evil souls that escaped from Hell -- but it was tedious and repetitive and quickly canceled. Reaper looks like that same idea done right, and with a Buffy-like sense of humor to boot. Other than that, there's nothing on Tuesdays I'm interested in except my good old reliable Law & Order: SVU.
With Lost on hiatus until January, it's all new stuff for me on Wednesday nights. First there's Back to You (8 PM, Fox), a newsroom comedy with Kelsey Grammer and Fred Willard. It looks like it could be a smart, funny show along the lines of the late, lamented Newsradio. Then there's Bionic Woman (9 PM, NBC). What can I say? I'm a child of the 70s. Here's hoping they bring back Max, the bionic dog!
Nada, baby. I'm sticking with NBC's two-hour block of the best comedies on network TV: My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, The Office and Scrubs. And now that I've got DVR, I can start watching Smallville again too! (Last season, when I didn't have DVR, it was on opposite The Office, and I don't miss The Office for nothin'.)
Hmmm. Maybe Moonlight (9 PM, CBS). Maybe. Do we really need another L.A.-based vampire detective show? After Forever Knight and, of course, Angel, I think the premise might be played out. Possible saving grace: Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars' Logan) as a spoiled, super-rich vampire. Awww yeah.
What about you, faithful readers? Any new shows you're looking forward to?