Happy Day After Labor Day, everyone.
While you were bidding a fond farewell to the summer of 2009, perhaps grilling a hot dog or driving around with the top down while listening to Beach Boys songs or avoiding family members at a cookout, we were inside, growing ever-more pale. Because there’s a loud, ominous rumbling on the horizon, and that rumbling is the fall TV season, which officially starts in a few weeks’ time but actually starts this week, as The CW and Fox debut some of their programs.
To that end, it’s time to reveal the TV Club lineup for the fall (roughly, shows that debut in September and October). While we’d love to cover everything, we obviously can’t, so we’ve, again, prioritized, though all new pilots will get reviews, and we’ll try to stop in for a few of the more interesting season premieres as well. If there’s sufficient interest in some of these, they may be bumped up to regular features. If there’s not sufficient interest in some of the shows below, they may be discontinued. So, as you can see, everything depends on you. Try not to let it go to your head.
Other than that, though, please enjoy coverage of the following programs.
Bored to Death (HBO, debuting Sept. 20) – Steve Heisler
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, debuting Sept. 20) – Amelie Gilette
Dexter (Showtime, debuting Sept. 27) – Todd VanDerWerff
Fox animation block (Fox, debuting Sept. 27) – TV (though we will cover the series finale of King of the Hill on Sept. 13 as well)
Mad Men (AMC, currently airing) – Keith Phipps
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, debuting Sept. 21) – TV
Gossip Girl (The CW, debuting Sept. 14) – Erik Adams
Heroes (NBC, debuting Sept. 21) – SH
House (Fox, debuting Sept. 21) – Zack Handlen
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, debuting Sept. 21) – Donna Bowman
Lie to Me (Fox, debuting Sept. 28) – Noel Murray
So You Think You Can Dance? (Fox, debuting Tuesday) – DB and Genevieve Koski
Sons of Anarchy (FX, debuting Tuesday) – ZH
America’s Next Top Model (The CW, debuting Wednesday) – AG
Glee (Fox, debuting Wednesday) – TV
Modern Family (ABC, debuting Sept. 23) – DB
So You Think You Can Dance? (Fox, debuting Wednesday) – DB and GK
Top Chef (Bravo, currently airing) – Scott Tobias
30 Rock (NBC, debuting Oct. 15) – Nathan Rabin
Community (NBC, debuting Sept. 17) – TV
FlashForward (ABC, debuting Sept. 24) – TV
Fringe (Fox, debuting Sept. 17) – NM
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX, debuting Sept. 17) – TBA
The Office (NBC, debuting Sept. 17) – NR
Parks & Recreation (NBC, debuting Sept. 17) – SH
Project Runway (Lifetime, currently airing) - AG
Supernatural (The CW, debuting Thursday) – ZH
Dollhouse (Fox, debuting Sept. 25) – ST
Friday Night Lights (DirectTV, debuting Oct. 28) – KP
Saturday Night Live (NBC, debuting Sept. 26) – NR and Claire Zulkey
More shows will be added as the season goes on, including returning favorites like Better Off Ted, Lost and American Idol, and Zack Handlen will be tackling The Prisoner for a TV Club Classic feature to debut soon. But for the fall, that’s your schedule.