As much time I as I spend watching t.v. and writing about it later, you had to know this blog entry was coming. According to the folks at Nielsen, the official start of the 2010-2011 t.v. season is Sept. 20. Apparently the folks at The CW and FX didn't get the memo because many of their tent pole shows are starting their new seasons next week. Yay!
One of my favorite guilty pleasures, The CW's The Vampire Diaries, is back Thursday, Sept. 9, and I'm so excited! The folks in Mystic Falls were left in various tricky situations and I'm can't wait to see how they're going to be resolved. That's one of my favorite things about TVD - resolutions to its many plot twists and turns come quickly.
Supernatural is back on a new night, Friday. I'm very interested to see how it works with a new show runner. I'm kind of glad they're going back to more of a monster of the week format; the Apocalypse storyline of last season was a whole lot of wait and then not enough pay off.
FX's Sons of Anarchy is also back Tuesday and if it's half as good as last season, we're in for a treat. (It's a crying shame that the show itself and Katey Sagal for her portrayal of Gemma Teller-Morrow weren't nominated for Emmy's.) I know, I know, you're thinking "why would I watch a show about a motorcycle gang?" It's so much more than that; it's really about a community/family struggling to make things work under very difficult circumstances. A word of warning, as you can imagine from the subject matter, it's a bit graphic with language and violence. Don't give it a try if you're squeamish about such things.
I'm also looking forward to Terriers, a new show from FX. I'm willing to give anything with Donal Logue (Life, Grounded For Life, Knights of Prosperity) a try. Billed as a buddy cop show, it's about two unlicensed private detectives that are always getting caught up in cases that are bigger than they can really handle. It's getting great reviews from a wide variety of critics and is definitely worth a shot as far as I'm concerned.
I'll be going in to more detail about additional shows as we get further into the season. In the meantime, our friends at Television Without Pity have gone to the trouble to break down the fall schedule by day, time and show. They also make recommendations about what to watch, what to dvr, what to watch online and what to skip. Be sure to check it out here. Some of them I agree with, some not, but it's interesting reading.