After the "best summer evar!", I'm ready for some cooler and rainier days to watch new episodes of my favourite TV shows, along with new series that are starting in the next few weeks. Check out Sean Minogue's rundown of Canadian fall TV, and here are some American shows to catch this season.
Sunday: Entourage, HBO at 7 p.m. Season 5 begins after the movie Medellin was picked up by movie mogul Harvey Weingard for a very low sum after the movie was booed at the end of the screening in Cannes. The cast is great, but the story is a bit transparent, so regular viewers can probably guess what happens next.
Sunday: True Blood, HBO at 9 p.m. This new series starring Anna Paquin is set in the not-too-distant future, where a synthetic blood has been created to feed vampires to stop them preying on innocent victims. The show, set in Louisiana, focuses on Paquin's character as a waitress who can read minds. But things get crazy when she starts to date a vampire; it all reminds me of the mutant wars with the X-Men.
September 16: House, Fox at 8 p.m. Season 5 starts out where Season 4 left off: House (Hugh Laurie) was blamed for killing Dr. Wilson’s girlfriend and he then threatened to leave the hospital. There could be a cast shake-up at the start of this season.
September 19: Kitchen Nightmares, Fox at 9 p.m. Gordon Ramsay is back for another season of ripping new ones for lazy restaurant owners. This series, now in its second season, is a copy of his British show of the same name. Ramsay sarcastically tears the restaurant owners apart but on Fox there is also some good old white-trash yell fests. Tempers flare and Ramsay feeds his ego as he tries to put back the pieces of restaurants that have lost their way. It’s not all yelling though. There is always some positive criticism and a happy ending in each episode.
September 22: Heroes, NBC and Global at 9 p.m. Volume 3 is titled Heroes: Villains, which isn't surprising since Season 2 had Sylar returning from the dead and Peter Petrelli getting all the wrong info from Takezo Kensei and showing a dark side. If you haven't seen Heroes yet because you think it sounds silly, go and rent the first season and I'll bet you get hooked right away. The second season moved slowly, but this upcoming season looks exciting.
September 22. Dancing With the Stars, ABC at 8 p.m. Luckily, this show is on before Heroes so you won’t miss anything. Dancing With the Stars returns with a B-list all-star roster, including Kim Kardashian, Toni Braxton, Rocco DiSpirito, Brooke Burke, and Lance Bass. Also in the lineup are a couple of U.S. gold medallists, Maurice Green and Misty May-Treanor. It’s the hottest line-up so far.
September 24: Knight Rider, NBC at 8 p.m. TV land is regurgitating another ’80s show. Knight Rider will star Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and Bruce Davison. Although Kitt is revamped, it is still voiced by Val Kilmer. I just hope the Hoff with stumble across the set once and a while. I forecast this show will be watched by people who are a bit curious, but it’ll get dropped after its first season.
September 25. Ugly Betty, ABC at 8 p.m. Ugly Betty start its third season, and will only feature Rebecca Romijn in some guest appearances. The show has gone through some location changes in the off season, with production moving from L.A. to N.Y.C., which is the city the show is set in. Also, a couple of producers have been let go. Hopefully the show will stay as good as it has in the past. Finally, Lindsay Lohan will be making another appearance sometime this season.
September 25: The Office, NBC at 9 p.m. I used to hate this show, it didn’t do its British counterpart justice, but it has created a life of its own and Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott bust my gut with laughter every episode. There are lots of question marks surrounding many relationships from last season, such as will Jim propose to Pam, or will Andy marry Angela, or will Michael re-enter the most uncomfortable relationship on TV with Jan? I just hope that we see a performance from Kevin Malone’s Police cover band, Scrantonicity.
This is a clip from last season:
September 28: Little Britain, USA, HBO at 10:30pm. This comedic skit duo has made Britain laugh for years. They are bringing old characters as well as 10 new ones here, including Madonna’s gay PA, jocks Tom and Mark, and Bing Gordon, the eighth man on the moon. There are heaps of celebrity cameos such as Paul Rudd, Rosie O’Donnell, and Sting.