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This Fall's TV Viewing Advice: Out with the New, In with the Old
September 16, 2010  | By David Bianculli
 
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Next week is the busiest, most premiere-crammed fall TV launch in many, many years. ABC, CBS, NBC and ABC all are rolling out a majority of their top guns, beginning Monday, in hopes of generating both buzz and viewership. But on broadcast TV, the most excitement, by far, comes from the returning shows.

That's not to say that there's nothing from the broadcast networks this year that's both brand new and great -- though I might as well say it, because it's true. Over on HBO, Boardwalk Empire is the best new offering of the season -- but on broadcast TV, stick with the quality returnees.

That means, on Monday, Sept. 20, Fox's House, ABC's Castle, NBC's Chuck, and CBS' Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother. On Tuesday, Fox' Glee is back (and, for fans of that show, so is CBS's NCIS). On Wednesday, the biggest returnee is ABC's Modern Family.

Next Thursday, there are loads of big-news comebacks: NBC's 30 Rock and The Office, CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Mentalist, Fox's Bones and Fringe, ABC's Grey's Anatomy and, in its new moved-from-Monday time slot, CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

Then, next Friday, there are returns of CW's Smallville and Supernatural, CBS's Medium, and Fox's Human Target. Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 26, check these out (really): 60 Minutes and The Amazing Race on CBS; The Simpsons and Family Guy on Fox; and Desperate Housewives on ABC.

Next Sunday, it's also the return of Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's Bored to Death.

Which, by the way, pretty much will be your fate if you watch the new broadcast TV shows instead of the returning ones.

 

1 Comments

 

John said:

I've scrolled down your list of the new broadcast shows and the only one that generates even the smallest appeal is the new Law & Order franchisee. Cable is full of fun stuff, by stunning contrast.

Comment posted on September 16, 2010 1:58 PM
 
 
 
 
 
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