Monday, December 29, 2008

Gentlemen, start your DVRs - Part Deux

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.


  1. BSG, I am renting S4 right now to catch up.

    Heroes is dead to me and Fringe is teetering on the edge.

    Yes to more Bruce Campbell in Burn Notice!

    Hadn't heard about Castle, but I may have to check that out for Fillion.

    What no Psych?!?

  2. One more thing - I will be front and center for Dollhouse, too. It's one of my 09 to watch in 09!

  3. Fringe is definitely teetering. I never (yet) tried Psych but Mr. Mouse and I recently discovered the House marathon on USA and are totally hooked.

    You like Bones too, right?

  4. Bones is THE show I must watch. Consistently great stories and characters.

    Psych is just great goofy fun.

    Fringe is neither of those.

  5. I am loathe to give up Fringe on the off-chance that it'll get a lot better: there are a number of shows - BtVS, BSG, Veronica Mars and Lost - that I refused to watch the first season or two, and then caught a couple of random eps and had to immediately scramble to catch up on all the back episodes before the next season started because I ended up LOVING the show. Fringe's pedigree keeps me hopeful for (vast) improvement but, as I mentioned, it's the first to go if I run out of time for everything.

  6. Wow, with the exception of Lost, I was late to the game on BtVS, Veronica Mars, and BSG too! That's probably what keeps me hoping Fringe will one day astound me.