E: First the kids go back to school, then comes the Emmy Awards, and immediately after, premiere week. Are you ready for it, America?
C: The college kids have been back at school for a few weeks now, and I think we can all agree the Emmys are by far the most boring of the “major” awards shows. Bring on premiere week!
M: Wait, they still hold the Emmy’s?
E: That they do. I even watched them putting a cap on last year’s television season last night so we can start the new one today with a massive onslaught of new programming. With more channels and websites getting into the television game, how can you keep the Must See TV straight? All those new shows! All the old ones with new story lines! The mind reels! However will you figure out what to watch?
C: Hint hint, you could try reading this post.
M: Aren’t you so lucky to have us to look through all of this for you, and sort out what’s going on?
E: Gentle readers, welcome to the always highly anticipated Relatively Entertaining Fall Television Previews! It has, in the last several years, become our custom to present a night-by-night preview of each season’s offerings, including both returning and new shows. We cover the major nets, as well as the better-known cable shows — or at least the ones that pique our interest and conform to network scheduling norms.
Sunday has become the night to stay home — the richest evening in animated comedy and prestige drama. Not to mention football.
C: She just says that because it’s when The Good Wife is on.
E: Well, sure, but I think you’ll find Sunday’s slate is far more than just my favorite show. And as always, if we haven’t included something that you watch or were thinking about watching, please leave a comment and let us know why we’re missing the boat! Here’s a quick key to help you as you read:
Titles inblueare new this season
Each*means one Quibbling Sibling will be tuning in
M: Welcome to day five of the Relatively Entertaining Fall TV Previews, or as I like to refer to it, Fringeday. Oh, and we’re including Saturday (aka Stinksday) on this one, because it’s bereft of quality programming thus not worthy of its own post (and should not be leading off the red-hot dynamite that is Sunday night). Anyway, here’s a quick key to help you as you read:
Titles in blue are new this season
Each * means one Quibbling Sibling will be tuning in
E: Let’s be frank. Fringe is one of the best shows on television, but the audience isn’t there. Sure, the show has buzz and the respect of critics, but that’s not what the network bosses most crave; it’s ratings, and Fringe hasn’t got ’em.
M: I’d argue that it had them before Fox started yanking it around the schedule, eventually dumping it in the graveyard know as Friday nights, but that’s irrelevant at this point. Continue.
E: Thankfully we’re getting at least a half season to say goodbye to one of the best, brightest shows on television, but beyond those precious thirteen episodes, our love affair with the Fringe Division seems doomed.
M: A bit of news came out the other day that spawned a sprawling discussion between the siblings. The conversation starts with a tidbit from FOX president Kevin Reilly that puts the future of one of our favorite shows, Fringe, into debate. From there it broadens into a discussion of network habits (and stupidity), and shows jumping nets (as opposed to sharks). We are also joined briefly in our discussion by husband/sibling-in-law Mr E.
E: Woohoo! Cat Deeley and So You Think You Can Dance! YES! That pretty much made my morning, y’all. Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance…This looks something like the Snoopy dance, if you’re wondering.