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Fall TV Preview
|Posted Oct. 8, 2008|
There are many new television shows that have captured viewer’s attentions this fall season. Although some may complain that there’s nothing exciting on television these days, here’s a list of five brand new series that are already making people talk around the water cooler. While some may make you laugh, others will make you ask: “Can they really show that on TV?” Tune in every week to watch these great examples of what the television media has to offer.
Worst Week—This freshman comedy on CBS, airing Mondays at 9:30 p.m., features “Meet the Parents” style slapstick. Sam Briggs (played by Kyle Bornheimer) displays immense talent as a guy who spends the week with his girlfriend’s parents, and makes mistake after mistake in front of them. Although the audience is left cringing after many scenes, it is easy to find yourself rooting for him to just do something right.
90210—This teen drama is a remake of the original Beverly Hills soap from Aaron Spelling that went off the air almost a decade ago. Although the schmaltzy show, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW, features tons of underage sex and partying, the real-life antics of the cast make this show worth watching. The young stars of the show have already been called out for their alarming stick figures and apparent lack of eating. The acting may be terrible, but it’s worth tuning in just to watch these girls ‘eat’ in the cafeteria and down martini after martini while they’re out clubbing. Sure, they might be terrible role models for young girls, but they are pretty entertaining to watch.
Fringe—As an update on the “X-Files” supernatural themes, this show is a standout. Anna Torv stars as an agent who must investigate the strange goings-on around the country, with her “Dawson’s Creek” costar Joshua Jackson, and solve mysteries of the world. Most episodes are pretty captivating, and FOX’s Tuesday night drama (airing at 9 p.m.) is sure to produce a cult following.
Privileged—Already an instant hit with critics, this CW comedy, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m., stars Joanna Garcia (“Reba”) as a New York writer transplanted to ritzy Palm Beach as a tutor for a pair of spoiled, rich brats. Although the humor seems a bit corny at times, this brand new series has heart, and Garcia shines as an outgoing, quirky heroine.
Sons of Anarchy—While not a critical darling, this show, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m., does have potential. Charlie Hunnam as Jax, a dedicated member of a Californian motorcycle club. Although he actually has a heart of gold, his stepfather (played by Ron Perlman from “Hellboy”) and his mom (played by a stunningly convincing Katey Segal) really rule the club with their grand ideas of crime and profit. The show is often graphic and violent, but FX is known for its realistic portrayals of corruption. Tune in for the scenes of the bikes cruising down the scenic highways—and stay for the brutal smack downs of rival gangs.
Erin Konrad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.