I’ve been waiting all summer long for this week, and it’s finally here. New TV shows to check out, new episodes of returning favorites, a new weekly schedule to memorize—and the question, will it all live up to my high expectations?
I’m most nervous about two of my favorite shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds. NCIS lost some of its sparkle last season, and I never learned to like the annoying lady lawyer. I’m hoping for a return to good form in the coming weeks, if they can quickly wrap up the Mexico revenge storyline. Criminal Minds rearranged its cast this year, dumping A.J. Cook and reducing the appearances of Paget Brewster. The end-of-season cliffhanger/first episode features a ridiculously disturbing Tim Curry, and I hope it doesn’t signify a trend. If the episodes get too graphic, I simply can’t watch.
It can be tough squeezing in all the shows you want to watch without a DVR. At least I don’t have cable, so those shows are off the table until they come out on DVD. CBS moved The Big Bang Theory to Thursday night, and that’s going to be tough on me. It’s difficult enough that Glee is on at the same time as NCIS. Moving CSI: Miami to Sunday night now means that I will have to sacrifice it for Masterpiece Whatever (Mystery, Classic, Contemporary). Why can’t they move something I enjoy to the wasteland that is Saturday night?
The new shows that I’m most excited about are Hawaii Five-O (since I adore Alex O’Loughlin) and Lone Star. I’m going to take the time to check out The Defenders, Blue Bloods, The Whole Truth, The Event, and No Ordinary Family. I have no real sense yet if I’ll take to any of them. I know I already hate Rob Morrow’s scruffy beard. I’m hoping the judge in his courtroom will order him to shave before he gets charged with contempt.
What are you excited about?