In which we learn that, even in the 21st Century, network executives are still capable of totally jerking us around. Three seemingly worthwhile shows slated for Wednesdays at 8pm, one slated for 9pm, and nothing at 10? Really?? You still got it, network-weasels. You still got it.
Bones: Part gruesome procedural drama. Part goofy workplace sitcom. All fun. It’s nice to see David Boreanaz getting to play a character with an actual personality for a change. But, I’m still waiting to see how this new season deals with the fallout from last season’s storyline.
Knight Rider: Y’know what…I kinda liked the two-hour backdoor pilot NBC aired earlier this year. It wasn’t perfect, but they were trying to give us something that was (shudder) entertaining. Sure, Will Arnett would have been a HY-larious KITT, but Kilmer isn’t half bad.
Pushing Daisies: I wasn’t sure about this show when it premiered last season. But, it won me over with an awesome cast (including guest stars) and an aesthetic that is just this side of a Tim Burton movie. It doesn’t hurt that female lead Anna Friel is downright Deschanel-esque.
Criminal Minds: I wasn’t sure this was going to survive the sudden departure of singing maniac Mandy Patinkin’s Jason Gideon, but the producers done good by (a) casting Joe Mantegna and (2) making his character more than a place-holding Gideon clone. Now, let’s just see which characters didn’t survive last season’s (ahem) explosive finale.
CSI: Unlike Criminal Minds, I seriously doubt this is going to survive Grissom’s departure. Why? Well, there’s been way too much house-cleaning in the last season or two. Sara: gone. Warrick: dead. And, now Grissom is jumping ship. Sure, the rest of the cast is capable, and Lawrence Fishburne (as Grissom’s replacement) is always awesome, but I’m not holding out a lot of hope.
The Office: I was a huge fan of the BBC version of The Office, but it’s taken me a while to get into the swing of things with the American version. I will admit that it has grown on me significantly.
30 Rock: When I was growing up, NBC was the king of the sitcom. Then came a long string of Seinfeld and Friends clones, and the crown not only slipped, it rolled across the floor, out the door, down the street, and came to a stop at the feet of Neil Patrick Harris. But, with 30 Rock, NBC has started to reclaim its former sitcom glory. Anyone who doesn’t think Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy is one of the funniest sons-of-bitches on TV just isn’t paying attention.
Life on Mars: Another transplant from the UK. I’ve heard amazing things about the original BBC version of this show about a modern-day cop who somehow ends up in the 70s, so I’m willing to check out the American version. Although, after what happened with Journeyman last season, I wonder how well this is going to do.
Eleventh Hour: The guys behind CSI tackle X-Files-esque stories about cryogenics, cloning, and experimental brain surgery. It’ll either be really good or complete crap.
Let’s be honest, until Doctor Who, Monk, and Psych come back, there really isn’t much going on TV-wise on Friday nights. But, I guess I’ll give the second season of Life a shot, if for no other reason than Damian Lewis is awesome.
The Simpsons: The fact that The Simpsons have been on for 20 years means that there is an entire generation of people who have never lived in a non-Simpsons world. It also means that the show’s been able to cycle through a bit of a slump a few seasons back and come out pretty close to the height of its former glory.
Family Guy: Either you like Family Guy or you think anyone who watches it should be forced to watch their own genitals being removed with rusty pliers. Guess which group I’m in.
Cold Case: Not only is this a show about people doing their jobs, but it’s a show about people whose job is to investigate crimes that are sometimes decades old. That means really cool music and goofy flashback effects.