I'm sure the only thing better than my infrequent blogging would be a completely unorganized account of new television shows, halfway through the premiere block, and while I'm not fully caught up! But whatever. I don't have TV anymore (resolving this soon) so I've only been able to catch whatever's on Hulu, or whatever I see at my parents' house on the weekends. Deal with it! If a show doesn't appear on the list below, either I don't care enough to bother with it (Pan Am, Charlie's Angels, The Playboy Club), it's finished its summer run (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Switched at Birth, True Blood), or it won't be back (or premiering) for a few months or longer (30 Rock, Apartment 23, Mad Men).
The Amazing Race (8pm on CBS, premieres 9/25)
Year after year, I remain super pumped about this show. It is always fun to watch with my family, and it's such an amazingly produced reality competition. Hoping to audition for it eventually!
Once Upon a Time (8pm on ABC, premieres 10/23)
I saw the pilot for this a few months ago, and it was a little weird, but seemed promising if you're into darker network dramas. I'll probably watch a couple of episodes but it's not really my style.
Boardwalk Empire (9pm on HBO, premieres 9/25)
The first season took ages to finally get exciting, but it ended up being wonderful. It's not my favorite "high art" show but I'm excited to watch it during the desert between Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Dexter (9pm on Showtime, premieres 10/2)
This show goes up and down in quality, but it's still mega awesome and better than a lot of other stuff I watch. I think Colin Hanks will actually be a really creepy baddie so I'm looking forward to this season.
The Walking Dead (9pm on AMC, premieres 10/16)
I thought the first season was super boring, but it's a high production value show about zombies, so.
Breaking Bad (10pm on AMC)
There are only three episodes left in what has been an incredible season of what is currently the best show on TV. How Vince Gilligan and the actors manage to manipulate the audience so thoroughly is just incredible. I am obsessed with this show and will post more in-depth thoughts when the season's done.
How I Met Your Mother (8pm on CBS)
One of the most affecting shows about twenty-somethings dating and dealing with relationships and growing up is reaching its breaking point. I'm hoping that this is the second-to-last season and that we can start letting it wind down. This week's reveal of Victoria was exciting because I really liked her with Ted, but I know she won't be the 'mom.' Also, I am personally more interested in Marshall and Lily's journey at this point than Barney or Robin's, and I hope they work on leveling that out.
2 Broke Girls (8:30pm on CBS)
The pilot had funnier jokes than I expected, so I will give this one at least a few more episodes to really win me over. I didn't find Kat Dennings to be particularly funny, though her character is meant to be pretty dry...it just felt like she had taken a crash course in comedic timing and was acting a bit too robotically.
Glee (8pm on Fox)
Fox is annoyingly making us wait eight days before watching its content on hulu, so I haven't watched the season premiere yet. Luckily, I remember how awful the show became last season, so I'm happy to wait.
New Girl (9pm on Fox)
It's been a little while since I watched this pilot, which I found to be instantly grating. However I love Deputy Leo from Veronica Mars, and I'd be betraying my fellow twee hipsters if I didn't love Death Cab for Cutie's first lady, so you know I'll keep watching.
Raising Hope (9:30pm on Fox)
I'm also waiting until next week for this to go up on hulu, but I was charmed by this show's first season and look forward to having it back.
Sons of Anarchy (10pm on FX)
Ugh I haven't seen any of this season's first three episodes! I freaking love this show but they don't stream or put the episodes on demand so I'm at a standstill for now.
Awkward (11pm on MTV)
One of my favorite new shows. I was initially drawn to it because creator and showrunner Lauren Iungerich is an alumna of my college, but it's really wonderful. It's a bit of a hybrid between My So-Called Life, Daria, and Juno, so I don't see why it wouldn't be awesome. Also, the lady who plays the protagonist's mom used to date JC Chasez. #funfact
Up All Night (8pm on NBC)
I didn't find the pilot to be that great, but the second episode was a bit funnier. I think the actors have good chemistry, I'm just not convinced that the premise has anything to offer. I'm sure you could say the same thing about NBC's Thursday night comedy block though, so prove me wrong, show!
Free Agents (8:30pm on NBC)
This show is going to get canceled really soon. Let's face it. It's funny and charming though, and I love seeing Kathryn Hahn given some breathing room. She's got a bit of the Judy Greer thing going - always the friend, never the star - and that's got to change soon.
Modern Family (9pm on ABC)
Everyone loves this show and so do I, but I thought the Wyoming-set season premiere was chock full of offensive sexist and homophobic "jokes." The show has tilted at this in the past but really let loose in the premiere. Let's hope it's not a trend. I am not as mad about new Lily as others are, but I do miss those babies!
Happy Endings (9:30pm on ABC, premieres 9/28)
This show rules and I'm worried that mistreatment by the network will result in a premature cancellation. I can't wait for it to come back!
Community (8pm on NBC)
I am going to watch this tonight! I'm not the biggest fangirl of this show, but it is always clever and very funny, so I'm glad it's back, especially since we'll have to wait a while on 30 Rock.
Parks and Recreation (8:30pm on NBC)
The best show on NBC is back! So far I feel like they'll allow us to miss the Ben and Leslie relationship without hating the change too much. I hope so, because I love Adam Scott and his character.
Whitney (9:30pm on NBC)
I haven't seen this one yet but it looks so awful. Absolutely nothing about it appeals to me.
The Office (9pm on NBC)
Last night's season premiere was so bad that during the cold open, I thought they were joking. I've long felt that this show is a husk of its former self, so hard not to feel when one remembers how wonderful its brief predecessor was. That said, I think there's been a steep drop-off in quality this season, not entirely thanks to Steve Carell's departure. I just don't think the writers know what they're supposed to be doing at this point.
Grey's Anatomy (9pm on ABC)
My unhealthy relationship with this show continues. I'll be catching up on this one tonight, but I mean, it'll be the same soap it's been. No big deal.
Jersey Shore (10pm on MTV)
I'll never stop watching; this show rules.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10pm on FX)
I'm a week behind but thought the season premiere was a little weak. I think they could have played more with physical comedy, but whatever, it's still one of the most shockingly funny things out there, so I'm happy it's back.