Fall 2008 TV Preview

Monday Nights
  • Heroes: Villains may be the show to TIVO on Monday nights (due to Monday Night Football, of course). There have been some interesting twists in the Heroes universe, and now that executive producer Tim Kring has promised a deluge of villains, things should get very interesting, very fast.
  • Emmy-Nominated Prison Break continues to outlast every critic’s original estimation of how long the seemingly dead-end series would last. Well, the joke’s on them: Prison Break is moving straight on through into its fourth season.
  • Raising the Bar is a brand-new series that revolves around (you guessed it) the courtroom, on Monday nights at 10 p.m. Despite the overplayed genre, Raising the Bar has managed to create quite a bit of buzz, as it features Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Zach Morris has really grown up.

    Tuesday Nights

  • J.J Abrams (Lost) comes to FOX with a new drama, Fringe, placing the creator at the helm of two big-budget shows on two different networks. Oddly enough, the plotline of Fringe begins with a tragic plane flight (sound familiar?).
  • Believe it or not, 90210 is back—and not shockingly, we’re waving our teenage-drama caution flags. Returning to the show are both Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, joining an all-new younger and less popular cast. You be the judge, but remember—you’ve been warned.
Wednesday Nights
  • Jurassic Fight Club promises to be exactly what it sounds like … awesome. The History Channel has had its fair share of critics since their departure from the more traditional, docu-history programs. However, Jurassic Fight Club might actually have some merit. You can see Dino-fighting simulations and impress your friends/co-workers with your superior knowledge of paleontology on Thursday mornings. Win-Win.
  • Whether you love it, hate it or simply don’t understand the appeal, Ultimate Fighter has drawn a massive amount of attention the past few years and makes its Season 8 start September 17.
  • Stylista is a new program premiering on the CW involving 11 fashion-editor hopefuls vying for a job position at Elle magazine. The show is executive-produced by Tyra Banks’ ever expanding Bankable Productions (America’s Next Top Model, anyone?). Who would’ve thought?
  • KITT is back as a Mustang in NBC’s re-release of—you guessed it—Knight Rider. The “Hoff” may not be the leading role in this rendition, but the network is still counting on fans of the 1980s’ show to give this modern twist a chance.
Thursday Nights
  • My Name Is Earl is back as the opener for NBC’s major-comedy night, which also features Emmy Award-winning The Office and 30 Rock. The studio is also taking a risk on Kath and Kim, an adaption of a hit show in Australia (similar to a move they made in 2005 when they debuted The Office, which was based off the British comedy of the same name —ever heard of it?). Kath and Kim follows the story of an oddly dysfunctional mother-daughter duo who find themselves once again living with each other following the daughter’s decision to leave her husband. Only time will tell if NBC can succeed in adapting another hit overseas comedy.
  • Exciting news for fans of the former NBC comedy Scrubs: ABC has picked up the eighth season of the show, with plans to premier it midseason. This is Zach Braff’s last season with the show, but there has been no confirmation that the series will likewise meet its end. On a more positive note, Courtney Cox, of Friends fame, is set to appear in number of episodes this year.
  • As the television season gears back up, new series will join the old in vying for our loyalty. Decisions, Decisions. Enjoy the season and remember that TV is not the end-all, be-all of life. In other words, keep it real by occasionally leaving the house (that is if you manage to pull yourself away from Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

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