CBS: How I Met Your Mother (8 pm EST), The Big Bang Theory (9:30 EST)
NBC: Heroes ( 8 pm EST), Chuck ( beginning in March 2010)
Fox: House ( 8 pm EST), Lie To Me ( 9 pm EST)
CW: Gossip Girl ( 9 pm EST)
ABC: Dancing With The Stars ( 8 pm EST), Castle ( 10 pm EST)
Mondays are again cluttered with good TV and fan faves. Expect Castle to see ratings to increase as NBC replaces scripted TV with Jay Leno, Fox and CW go local, and CBS airs the aging but still popular CSI: Miami. Also, Big Bang will likely become the most watched scripted show on a Monday by May. Yes, it will surpass lead in Two and a Half Men. HIMYM at 8 pm, as well as it’s 100th episode, may seal this sitcom’s fate. I predict that unless there is a serious ratings bump and it does a better anchoring job than in the past, this will be HIMYM final season. Heroesis in turmoil after two seasons of disappointing stories and uneven episodes, and the fans are leaving in droves. Only a section of diehards are here, and we’re holding out hope that Tim Kring turns it around. Introducing a new villain, as much as we all love Sylar, will help. CW still has the corner on the youth buzz market, but One Tree Hill is past it’s prime, and Gossip Girl needs less shock value, more actual story telling. All the whispers about the House season six premiere being amazing leads me to believe House’s break down is going to revive the aging series and give Hugh Laurie something new to do. Lead out Lie To Me still has two things going for it- an intriguing premise and Tim Roth. The biggest disappointments are the fact none of NBC’s one hour dramas, including Monday night entry Trauma, seem to be worthy of my time, and Chuck won’t be back until March. Unless, of course, NBC’s entire fall sked falls apart. Which it will.
CBS: NCIS ( 8 pm EST), NCIS: Los Angeles ( 9 pm EST), The Good Wife ( 10 pm EST)
NBC: forget it.
Fox: So You Think You Can Dance ( 8 pm EST), American Idol ( January 2010)
CW: destroying the happy memories of my youth.
ABC: V (November 2009), DWTS Results show ( 9 pm)
Frankly, I’m not a huge NCIS fan, I refuse to watch the new CW revivals of early 90s Fox shows, so outside of Fox’s dance and singing programs and the very promising looking CBS drama The Good Wife, the only thing I’m waiting for is V. I’m a geek, yes.
CBS: Criminal Minds ( 9 pm EST)
Fox: SYTYCD Results Show ( 8 pm EST), Glee ( 9 pm EST), Idol Results Show ( January 2010, well, more like February 2010)
CW: America’s Next Top Model ( 8 pm EST)
ABC: Modern Family ( 9 pm EST)
I have faith that Criminal Mindswill find its way back after an uneven season that has given us a couple of classic episodes and several clunkers, but I’m such a Gleek that for the first time I’m really compelled to watch something besides my favorite BAU gang. Fox has put so much money into the musical dramedy that picking up the back nine is a good bet. NBC has nothing new to offer, really, just SVU and the disappointing looking Mercy. Modern Family is the most interesting looking sitcom not on NBC Thursdays.
CBS: The Mentalist ( 10 pm EST)
NBC: Community ( October 2009), Parks and Recreation ( 8:30 pm EST), The Office (9:00 pm EST), 30 Rock ( 9:30 pm EST)
Fox: Bones ( 8 pm EST), Fringe ( 9 pm EST)
CW: neither show is on my radar.
ABC: I’ve stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy. No George, no me.
It’s either indulge my Comedy geek or indulge my science geek. Right now, I’m leaning to the science geek, as rewatching Fringe over the summer has reminded me that this is a really good show and deserves my patronage. And I’m still a Bones fan. But giving up NBC’s one solidly good night of TV is a tough one. This may be the night I’m grateful for reruns. At least there is no Sophie’s Choice at 10, where I can watch Simon Baker’s charming performance on The Mentalist all I want. I’m not into vampire love triangles and I’ve never been an avid Supernatural fan, and ABC’s soapy line up leaves me cold.
CBS: I don’t watch any of them.
NBC: Or them.
Fox: Dollhouse (9 pm EST)
CW: Never watched Smallville.
ABC: Ugly Betty ( 9 pm EST)
Push comes to shove, it’s Dollhouse. I would follow Joss Whedon to the grave and I refuse to give up on this interesting but not yet great show. If it proves to infuriating, I’ll let the Betty gang continue to crush my heart with it’s continued downward spiral.
Saturdays and Sundays:
CBS: The Amazing Race ( 8 pm EST), Three Rivers ( 9 pm EST) ( both on Sunday)
Fox: The Simpsons ( 8 pm EST), the Seth McFarlane 90 minute block ( 8:30 pm EST)
CW: literally nothing. CW has dropped weekend programming.
ABC: can someone tell me why these shows are all still on?
ABC’s very tired line up of warm-hearted sob stories and drippy soapy dramedies has gotten boring. CW has nothing on. NBC has football. There is literally NOTHING on Saturday nights, and only CBS and Fox have anything worth watching on Sundays. Fox’s two hour comedy block is solid entertainment, still amusing, even if The Simpsons, entering it’s trillionth season, is creaking a bit ( it can still knock an episode out of the park once a season though). I’m not the biggest fan of Seth McFarlane’s work, but I certainly don’t begrudge him his phenomenal success. When I do watch The Family Guy I do laugh quite a bit. And The Cleveland Show is rumored to have more heart in the mix. CBS has the always reliable 60 Minutes, and I love The Amazing Race, but launching Three Riverson Sundays is a bit of a gutsy move. CBS has a lot of faith in this show. I’m an Alex O’Loughlin fan, but I’m a bit worried about it.
Other shows to watch over the season:
HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher ( Fridays), Curb Your Enthusiasm (fall 2009)
ABC: Lost ( presumably Wednesdays, January/February 2010)
AMC: Mad Men ( currently airing on Sundays, with reruns throughout the week), Breaking Bad ( 2010), The Prisoner ( 2009/2010)
FX: Damages, Rescue Me, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
TNT: The Closer
NBC: The Olympics ( February 2010)