New & Used TV, Sept. 22 – 28

Here’s what’s new/back this week — good thing I finally cleared all the crap off my DVR this weekend (uh, by WATCHING it, of course!).  Let the Fall Season officially begin!

Monday, September 22

Heroes — 8-11pm, NBC, season 3 — The first hour of this three-hour block is a special clips/recaps/behind-the-scenes thing, with the premiere of season three running from 9-11.  I have only three requirements for this season (#1’s a two-parter, though):

1) No more amnesia plotlines (Really?  They had to resort to ye olde amnesia plotline (TM) in season TWO?  Usually shows make it to at least season four before they get that desperate for ideas. . .).

1b) No coma plotlines either, while I’m at it.

2) No more kissing scenes involving Sylar — for all we know, dude’s EATING those brains he takes, and that sounds like an extremely effective way to contract all KINDS of hellacious diseases.  Keep yer cooties to yerself, brain-muncher.

3) Adrian Pasdar should be shirtless in every scene.  HOWEVER, I’ll settle for every other scene.  IF I MUST.  I think he might be the last remaining American actor with chest hair, and I, for one, would like to see more of it.

Also, just FYI, Life doesn’t return until next week, but if you just can’t wait another seven days, you can watch the first episode of the season on Hulu.com starting today.

Tuesday, September 23

NCIS — 8pm, CBS, season 6 — At the end of last season, Lauren Holly was dead (huzzah!) and the team was being split up (crap!).  This year, things start off with a new team, but, according to Entertainment Weekly, “there will be a lot of relieved fans” after the opening episode.  Let’s hope that means Tony shows up halfway through, looks right at the camera, and says, “Really?  Getting rid of the team the fans already know and love?  Yeah, because that worked so well for House last season??  I’ll be in my trailer with Ziva and McGilligan — let me know when you’ve pulled your heads out of your behinds.”  You tell ’em, DiNozzo.

The Mentalist — 9pm, CBS, season 1 — In a word: Simon Baker.  Oh wait, that’s two words.  Might as well go for more, then.  This series is sort of like USA’s Psych, except not funny, which doesn’t really sound all that great if you’re a Psych fan, but which might actually work pretty well if you’re a Simon Baker fan.  It’s about a bogus TV psychic (Baker) whose entire family was murdered by a serial killer.  He takes a job with the California Bureau of Investigation, where he uses his fake psychic skills (he just reads people very, very well, like Sean in Psych) to solve crimes, ultimately hoping he’ll eventually find the nutjob  who took out his peeps.  Entertainment Weekly said the pilot was a “fun, fast-paced treat.”  No word yet on whether or not Baker takes his shirt off, or if he has chest-hair.  I’ll keep you posted.

Law & Order: SVU — 10pm, NBC, season 10 — Yes, I’m still watching this.  I’m not sure why.  I think I just keep hoping that someday, Stabler will stop caricaturing himself and go back to being an interesting character.  Then again, I said that about the characters on ER ten years ago, and look what happened:  A HELICOPTER FELL ON ROMANO.

Without a Trace — 10pm, CBS, season 7 — I haven’t watched this series regularly in years because it’s usually on opposite 86-gazillion other things I’d rather see.  However, I think there might be room for it on Tuesdays at 10 for me.  At least this week.  It’s not my favorite, but it’s usually fairly entertaining.  And I still love that they have a character named “Sam Spade,” even though she has never, to my knowledge, done a Humphrey Bogart impression.  Maybe this year.

Wednesday, September 24

Criminal Minds — 9pm, CBS, season 4 — Oh look!  I’m still using a cover photo from back when Inigo Montoya was the head of the department (“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed a family of five — prepare to be psychoanalyzed.”).  I guess I’m having trouble letting go.  If they promise to make Nicholas Brendon a regular character (he played the tech geek who started dating Garcia last year), I might be able to move on, though.  I’m just sayin’.  (Garcia rulz!)

CSI: New York — 10pm, CBS, season 5 — I don’t typically watch this one regularly either, but still tune in when I can because I like being reminded of the “Victoria’s Secret” episode of Due South.  (Only a very small number of you will nod knowingly at that sentence.  Which is why I wrote it.)  That said, I do think this show has been getting better and better with each passing season, and, much to its credit, it was also the first mainstream thing I ever saw Second Life mentioned in, which is not worth nothing.  TV 2.0!  S’not bad.

Thursday, September 25

Grey’s Anatomy — 9-11pm, ABC, season 5 — Here are my three rules for season 5:

1)  George must remain celibate for the entire season, or else. . . well, let’s just leave it at: OR ELSE.

2)  Izzy must not whine all season, especially about, to, or near George.

3)  Meredith and Derek must either get back together or break up, BUT NOT BOTH.

The Office — 9-10pm, NBC, season 5 — I usually watch this one online (and read recently that, thankfully, it will be back on iTunes this year!), but will definitely be making room for the hour-long premiere this week.  I confess I was really excited about Jim and Pam finally gettin’ together, until, like, they finally got together.  And now, not so much.  Such is the way of TV, I guess.

ER — 10pm, NBC, season FIFTEEN — Really?  Fifteen seasons?  Was that absolutely necessary?  Also, did I mention that A HELICOPTER FELL ON ROMANO?  I believe I did.

Rumor has it, Anthony Edwards will be back this season — don’t ask me, I just work here.  Maybe they’re doing a zombie episode?

Also returning this season will be Carter (I still think he should show up and tell everybody he’s become a librarian, but nobody ever listens to me), Ray and what I assume will be two prosthetic limbs and a cellphone phobia, and Dr. Moretti (Stanley Tucci).  Not returning this season:  Romano.  Although, I guess if Dr. Greene is coming back, one can’t really rule anything out.  Even characters who were once FLATTENED by a HELICOPTER.

Friday, September 26

Obama/McCain Friday-Night SmackDown, (check local TV guide for times). The season’s newest reality show kicks off with its first of four installments (three Obama/McCain SmackDowns, one Biden/Palin).  In this corner:  Barack “I’ve Now Been in Fifty. . . Seven States” Obama!  And in this corner: John “Noun, Verb, I WAS A POW!” McCain!  Watch as Barack Obama tries to intimidate his opponent using big words and an eerie calm!  Watch as McCain stammers a bit, tries to change the subject, and then shoots fire out of his eyeballs!

Two will go in, but only one can be. . . America’s Next Top Politician.

Hey, you’ve registered to vote, right?  If not, you should get on that, yo.  Election’s right around the corner (thank god!).  Go Obama!

Sunday, September 28

Cold Case — 9pm, CBS, season 6 — I actually quit watching this last year.  Got too repetitive.  But I might give it a try this season since there isn’t much else playing on Sunday nights.

Desperate Housewives — 9pm, ABC, season 5 — I actually quit watching this last year.  Got too repetitive.  But I might give it a try this season since there isn’t much else playing on Sunday nights.

The Unit — 10pm, CBS, season 4 — I actually quit watching this one after season one.  It was on opposite too many other things I was watching.  I won’t be tuning in this season either because I want to catch up on DVD instead, but this is a pretty good show (developed by David Mamet, no less), and one worth mentioning.  Also worth mentioning:  Max Martini, hubba hubba.  I like boys with freckles.

Check back next Monday for the schizznizzle on next week’s new & used TV!

11 Responses to “New & Used TV, Sept. 22 – 28”

  1. Alisa Says:

    It’s a good thing that my husband and I have our own DVRs because w/the new season, I’m watching The Mentalist, W/O a Trace, Criminal Minds, all the CSIs, Cold Case, DWTS, HIMYM, The Big Bang Theory, TNAOOC, and last but not least The Eleventh Hour.

    My hubby and I watch Heroes together on his tv.

    OH, and my hubby and I finally gave in to pressure and started watching Lost from the beginning, and we are so far sucked in that we don’t care that one of seasons is going to suck. We are up to the episode where Claire is kidnapped, but so far they haven’t found her yet.
    Man I hate that I love Lost. 🙂

  2. Catherine Says:

    Personally, I don’t think any season of Lost sucked. Love that show!

    I love watching Jim & Pam now that they are together. It’s nice to see a couple on TV that is together because they enjoy each other and have things in common, instead of the tired “I hate you, but I really love you” thing a la Sam & Diane.

    Don’t forget Brothers & Sisters is back this Sunday! (Rob Lowe should be a boyfriend, hint, hint.)

  3. Lorraine Says:

    Heroes – I watch this show for HRG. Jack Coleman is doing an outstanding job. Last season sucked (sorry for the language but it does describe it best) and I was actually happy when I thought they killed HRG so I could stop watching… and then they revived him – ARGH!!

    The Mentalist – Simon Baker is enough to make me watch. And then I found out that Owain Yeoman is also on the show. A real bonus!! I kind of do think that Simon has chest hair – at least he used to.

    Grey’s – I hate this show. And then they go and cast Kevin McKidd so now I have to Tivo it and watch his scenes!

    The Office – this is one of the few shows that I tried and didn’t like and then picked it up in Season 3 because I saw the “Jim&Pam show” on YouTube and was hooked.

    ER – I want them to cancel this show so I can be released from watching it! I can’t wait for Ray to return. And yes, Dr. Greene will be back – I think it will be a flashback.

    Lost – I don’t think it ever sucked but there were a few useless characters that we had to put up with for awhile. I think this show is flat out fun! And Desmond and Penny are ADORABLE!

    Desperate Housewives – I hate this as much as Grey’s but they cast both Gale Harold (who doesn’t need chest hair to cover that gorgeous chest) and Neal McDonough so again I have to Tivo to watch their scenes.

    Brothers & Sisters – Kevin & Scotty!! enough said!

    Ok, I’ll try to watch the debate but those things are painful. I’m actually a bit of a political junkie but I hate actually listening to politicans. It’s scary that many people don’t want their leaders to be smarter than them. WHAT?!

  4. Jessie Says:

    Hey, given what we found out about Sylar last night, can he kiss people now? Please?? 🙂

  5. megwood Says:

    Careful with the Heroes stuff — I won’t have a chance to watch it until at least Wednesday night! But I’m definitely intrigued to the max now, Jessie!

  6. Lizzie Says:

    Okay – at first, I thought, yay, we’re on the same page again, but then you started listing shows I either actively hate, or have never been interested in enough to watch.

    “Heroes” and “NCIS” – Yay, yay! I love those shows – but I agree – be careful about “spoilers;” I’m always behind on watching shows ‘cuz I tape them all!

    “The Mentalist,” “SVU” (boy, I have to be careful not to call it “SUV”), “W/O a Trace,” “Cold Case,” and “Criminal Minds” – All sound interesting, but I’m not going to try them, because I already have too many shows I want to watch regularly.

    “CSI NY” – This one I watch, and think it has improved a lot. I gave up on “CSI Miami” because it was too annoying (the camera work, “Horatio,” “Calleigh,” and more…)

    “Grey’s Anatomy” & “Desperate Housewives” – `WON’T watch, because they sound stupid to me – but I’m really mad that Kevin McKidd will be on “Grey’s” because he IS good.

    “The Office” – I just don’t watch comedies – so sue me!

    “ER” – I too, have some sort of misguided loyalty to this show, and will continue to watch it. The idea of Carter coming back and saying he’s become a librarian is BRILLIANT!

    “The Unit” – I quit that one too, because it just wasn’t as engaging or insightful as “Over There”

    I might just watch “America’s Next Top Politician” – also a hilarious idea! “Two will go in, but one will DI-I-I-E!” Maybe it will be McCain! Then we’ll really be in a pickle!

  7. jo Says:

    Sadly, I had to miss the Heros premiere because we still don’t have power. Damn you, Ike! Damn you to Hurricane Hell! Now I guess I will be hopelessly lost for the rest of the season, unless there’s someplace I can download it.

    Thank goodness Chuck doesn’t start until next week, when we might have power back.

  8. megwood Says:

    Watch episodes of Heroes for free on the NBC web site: http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/.

    And also, last year, Netflix was streaming Heroes eps from the current season in Watch Instantly, if you are a subscriber. No ads if you go that route (the NBC site will feature some ads, but they are relatively painless). It looks like they are planning to do this again with Season Three, but haven’t gotten it rolling yet.

    Ike’s evil plans to prevent you southerners from seeing the Heroes premiere, NOW OFFICIALLY BLOWN TO BITS! Take that, you blustery bastard! (p.s. Hope you Ikies are doing okay down there!)

  9. Verna Says:

    Heroes was awesome. Make sure you post when you get a chance to watch it, Meg. Last season was a little hard to watch. I never got the whole new storylines with new “heroes”. They just didn’t seem to fit. Hopefully this season, they will all tie in or go away.
    Lizzie: Kevin McKidd on Grey’s? Arrrggghhhh! That is just not right. (I miss you, Journeyman!)

    Go McCain!

  10. Mandy Jacobs Says:

    I very much understand what you’re saying about Jim and Pam. You wanted it until you got it. The fantasy was better than the reality, basically. I’m still very curious to see how the almost proposal turns out! Ahhh, stupid Andy. I’m not holding my breath for the Andy/Angela wedding. Overall, I can’t wait until tomorrow night! I’m really looking forward to this season.

    I’m also really looking forward to the commercials. No, seriously! Remember that Tide talking stain commercial that first aired during the Super Bowl? So funny. Well, I work at Tide and we had a contest earlier in the year to see who could best spoof the ad. We had some great entries! The finalists can be seen here: http://www.tidetogo.com/ads and the WINNER can be seen during the season premiere of The Office. Should be great!

    Thanks for letting me comment on your blog! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! I’d love to hear from you!

    Thanks!
    Mandy Jacobs 🙂
    mandyjtidetogo@gmail.com

  11. Kathleen Says:

    This is the last season for ER! Here is the article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26741829/ We will finally be parolled from watching the show…I too haven’t been able to stop watching the last 15 years of ER.

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