Fall TV Preview: Sunday
It's an exciting time of year in pop culture land -- just one month until the fall TV season starts. It's time to think about programming the TiVo. Here's a preview of the Sunday schedule (new shows in bold):
7 pm: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC); 60 Minutes (CBS); Sunday Night Football (NBC); Everybody Hates Chris (CW)
7:30 pm: All of Us (CW)
8 pm: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC); Amazing Race (CBS); The Simpsons (FOX); Girlfriends (CW)
8:30 pm: American Dad (FOX); The Game (CW)
9 pm: Desperate Housewives (ABC); Cold Case (CBS); Family Guy (Fox); America's Next Top Model repeat (CW)
9:30 pm: The War at Home (Fox)
10 pm: Brothers and Sisters (ABC); Without a Trace (CBS); The Wire (HBO)
This one's a no brainer for me: The Amazing Race and The Wire are two of my favorite shows. I will also check out Brothers and Sisters, which has an all-star cast, featuring Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty, and Rachel Griffiths, among others, but has been in the news lately for casting changes and losing its show-runner.
Nothing else really appeals to me. Maybe I'll finally give Everbody Hates Chris a try. I've never been much of a fan of prime-time football, because I like games that end before midnight. But NBC has some potentially great games in the first month of the season -- Indianapolis v. NY Giants (Peyton v. Eli) on Sept. 10, Washington v. Dallas on Sept. 17, Denver v. New England on Sept. 24, and Chicago v. Seattle on Oct. 1 -- and they get their pick of the best games starting Nov. 12. Plus the kickoff has been pushed from 9 pm to 8 pm. So, you never know.
What will you be watching?