Fall Television

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The fall television season is nearly upon us ... some years I care more than others. Now that both of my favorite television shows Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights are over (they overlapped by one season), I'm starting fall with a blank slate and a void I want to fill.

The New Girl, FOX

Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I don't have cable television anymore. This limits me, to a certain extent ... and thank goodness for that. I can tell you right now that if I had cable television and all these aspirations of watching Mad Men and Breaking Bad and whatever other "must see" shows, I'd most likely still be watching mindless trash like Keeping Up With the Kardashians or something on Bravo, and I would most definitely have the Food Network on at all other times.

There are shows I've been meaning to watch, some for years ... I started on Brothers and Sisters a few years ago but haven't even finished the first season. Parenthood I dropped off into the second season. Then there are the ones I've never touched but I've placed on a list for ... someday: Big Love; Mad Men; The Inbetweeners; Blue Bloods, Beverly Hills, 90210, Everwood; Entourage; Rizzoli and Isles; Chuck ... 

Like books and films, I can consume only a little before I'm completely overwhelmed with others. (This was written about in an April NPR piece.)

And now with the new season starting, I'm looking at The New Girl, Suburgatory, The X-Factor (I watched the last UK season and am curious about how they will translate it for the U.S.), 2 Broke Girls ... Dancing With the Stars for Kristin Cavallari ... and maybe Pan Am, among a handful of others I am sure will be canceled.

When will I have time to sleep!? I'm getting stressed out just thinking about it.

What shows are you watching this season? What shows can I absolutely not miss, cable or no cable?

You can watch the pilot episode of The New Girl ahead of its premiere next week. I finally did last night and it's charming, though I'm not sure it can withstand the test of time.

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