Okay, here is what I realized today -- with the exception of my boy Jon Stewart and Scrubs, I have no plans to watch any returning shows from last season. Some were canceled (Angel), some got bad (West Wing), and some were great last season, but are now running up against my newfound disinterest in teenagers (Joan of Arcadia, The O.C.). And in the end, it's nice to just cut bait and try some new stuff.
I love pilot episodes and premieres, see, and so it's time to start paying attention to reviews and jotting down premiere dates. I doubt I'll seriously watch more than two of these regularly, but I'll TiVo some of the others, just in case. Trying new things is awesome, after all.
September 12 Jack & Bobby (9 PM) sounds like the perfect marriage of cheesy WB teen angst and political drama, and the producers (including Greg Berlanti, Thomas Schlamme, and Brad Meltzer) are quality. Plus, it sounds like there'll be fast-forwards into the future, where one of the young lads in question is El Presidente. And you know what that might mean?
September 13 Here it is, all spelled out: I am shallow. Blair Underwood is very pretty. And that's all the justification I need for L.A.X. (10 PM).
September 22 Look, I'm not saying that I think Lost (8 PM) will be any good. But David Fury was one of the great Buffy writers and the cast is chock full of nerd favorites (including Dominic Monaghan, Terry O'Quinn, Harold Perrineau, and Daniel "Bad-ass" Dae Kim). Alias is reliably entertaining, you know. This'll probably be crazy kinds of fun.
September 29 I keep hearing amazing things about Kevin Hill (9 PM). Amazing enough to warrent watching the pilot.
October 3 Honestly, if it weren't for Felicity Huffman I wouldn't pay a lick of attention to Desperate Housewives (9 PM), a show that seems primed for prime-time soap opera status, and thus utterly annoying to me. But it could also be a cool surprise. So we'll see.
Note the lack of sitcoms or reality shows. I'm thinking of watching the new season of The Apprentice, because while I'm not a fan of the genre, I do enjoy compelling, well-made television. And Mark Burnett has proved to be great at that... So I'll see.