Welcome back, faithful reader! Have you had enough sugarplums and latkes to tide you over ‘til next year? I’m sorry to report that I got neither books nor DVDs for Xmas nor got to the movie theater, so I don’t have any new reviews or recaps for you. Bad blogger, bad! Pluswhich I have found that there’s not enough eggnog in the world to compensate for the absolute dearth of quality television on right now (thank goodness for USA’s House marathon this last weekend –I don’t even watch that show ever but I’ve been in such a cranky mood that I really identified with the misanthropic main character).
What I do have is a rundown of the new and returning television shows that I’m excited about and hopefully you are too. While I am mourning the loss of Pushing Daisies, and True Blood is gone ‘til next time, there are still a few bright spots on the horizon:
- Scrubs – returning 1/6/09 (Tues) on ABC, 9 PM. I think this show has jumped the shark but may have occasional sparks of funny.
- My Name Is Earl – returning 1/8/09 (Thurs) on NBC at 9 PM.
- How I Met Your Mother – returning 1/12/09 (Mon) on CBS at 8:30 PM.
- Battlestar Galactica – returning 1/16/09 on SciFi (Fri) at 10 PM. BSG is back – yay! Last season – boo!
- Fringe – returning 1/20/09 (Tues) on Fox at 9 PM. I’m going to stick with this one for the time being but if I have to cut back on recaps, it’ll be the first to go - consider yourselves warned.
- Lost – returning 1/21/09 (Wed) on ABC at 9 PM. Where (when) did that Island go? And do you think Jack will shave this season?
- Burn Notice – returning 1/22/09 (Thurs) on USA at 10 PM. More Bruce Campbell and less Gabrielle Anwar, please.
- Heroes – returning 2/2/09 (Mon) on NBC at 9 PM. The only good thing about the cancellation of Pushing Daisies is that maybe Bryan Fuller can fix Heroes.
- Dollhouse – new/midseason replacement, starting 2/13/09 (Fri) on Fox. Joss Whedon bravely returns to television. Everyone please watch.
- Castle – new/midseason replacement, starting 3/9/09 (Mon) on ABC. Nathan Fillion (!!) stars (!) as a mystery novelist who helps cops solve crimes that seem to be based on his books.
- Harper’s Island – new/midseason replacement, starting 4/9/09 (Thurs) on CBS. I don’t know much about this one except this blurb from Television Without Pity: “A family travels to an island for a wedding, but there's a murderer among them.” Supposedly a wedding party member gets killed off each week as they try to solve the mystery. We’ll see.