Monday, September 8, 2008

My Fall Schedule: Monday Nights...

8 p.m. - Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - (FOX) I admit this show didn't interest me last season, with its inherent sci-fi nature and based on a character and a film series I never got into, but after attending a panel for the series at Comic Con and subsequently learning Brian Austin Green will be back as a much more permanent part of the cast, I think it's time to check it out. Though critics seemed slightly disillusioned by his arrival at the end of last season (because as the tortured but cool hero he steals the spotlight from the so-called Golden Boy John), I theorize that they are just against change: maybe this show is not supposed to run like Indiana Jones; maybe the up-and-comer can become the new central focus. This season Summer Glau is back despite an apparent question mark about her death, and the series will revolve on what it's like to be a cyborg. Still doesn't exactly sound like my cup of tea, but friends have raved about it, and there's nothing else on anyway, so I'll tune in at least for a few episodes. (Season Premiere Tonight)

8:30 p.m. - How I Met Your Mother - (CBS) The only thing that has been announced for the fourth season of the comedy about the hopeless romantic (and even more hopeless storyteller-- seriously, this guy has been talking for three seasons, and all he's accomplished is traumatizing his teenage kids with tales about dad's pot smoking, tramp stamp, misguided hook-ups) is that Regis Philbin will guest star as himself. Though that alone doesn't sound very promising, memories of last season's finale, in which it was finally, explicitly revealed that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has feelings for Robin (Cobie Smulders) prove to be too tempting to let go. The friends, now all in their thirties, will grow up at least a little, with Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segal) finally moving into their new apartment and someone else getting married. I know it's unlikely, but I hope it's Barney and Robin!!! (Season Premiere September 22)

9:30 p.m. - Samantha Who? - (ABC) Shot while star Christina Applegate was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the sophomore season proves to be a bit wackier than the first, and perhaps a bit more reliant on guest stars. Everyone from the classic (Cybill Shepherd) to the ridiculous (Mary-Kate Olsen) will pop in, but the good news is that Sam finally takes charge of her own life by moving back into her apartment. Sure, Todd (Barry Watson) still lives there, too, but at least she seems to have remembered enough to know she owns the place, and therefore she should be the one to reap the benefits. It looks like there will be more of a take a baby step forward, take a giant leap back with Sam and Todd's relationship, but then, isn't that really just a metaphor for how she regains her old self on this show in general? (Season Premiere October 6)

10 p.m. - Raising The Bar - (TNT) So far much of the discussion of this show has centered on Mark-Paul Gosselaar's hair. Long, wavy, dark, and almost stringy, it is a far cry from the blonde-tint of Zack Morris or the fresh buzz of Detective John Clark Jr. But the producers were confident that once it attracted eyeballs to sets, they would be hooked by the attractive players with deep senses of self-righteousness. It doesn't hurt that Gosselaar remains at the forefront of every episode, either, considering he's definitely the show's biggest draw, even though he's not the biggest name (Jane Kaczmarek and Gloria Reubens also star); his character is the type of guy you could imagine Zack Morris growing up to be. (Next New Episode Tonight)

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