Monday, September 9, 2013

Figuring out Fall TV - Mondays

It's fall TV season again, which means decisions! How ever will you keep up with your old favorites while packing in a bunch of new shows that may or may not have a chance of making it? I'm here to help, breaking down each day hour by hour, letting you know what you should watch, what you should avoid, and how exactly you're going to fit it all in.

In general, I'm focusing on the four main broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) as well as HBO, Showtime and a few other pay cablers. New shows are in bold.

Mondays are pretty light, although you're going to run into trouble at 10 p.m.

8 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother (Sept. 23)/We Are Men (Sept. 30, CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (Sept. 16, ABC)
The Voice (Sept. 23, NBC)
Bones (Sept. 16, Fox)

In "We Are Men," Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith are four guys in various states of broken relationships who all live in the same apartment complex. If you're a dude, this one's for you. Be warned, though: Early reviews have not been great.

9 p.m.
2 Broke Girls/Mom (Sept. 23, CBS)
Sleepy Hollow (Sept. 16, Fox)

"Mom" stars Allison Janney, which earns it an automatic try. But the sitcom from comedy vet Chuck Lorre -- about a newly sober single mom (Anna Faris) who blames her problems on her formerly estranged mother (Janney) -- is getting lukewarm reviews. A common theme is that the pilot isn't great, but there's potential. So give it a few episodes.

The word on "Sleepy Hollow" -- about a resurrected Ichabod Crane teaming up with a modern-day police officer to fight the Headless Horseman -- is that it's so bonkers it just might work.

10 p.m. (All shows premiere Sept. 23)
Hostages (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
The Blacklist (NBC)

Given the gusto with which NBC is promoting its James Spader-starring "Blacklist," I'm going to assume you already know what's what and will plan accordingly. You may be less familiar with "Hostages," starring Toni Collette (!) as a doctor whose family is held hostage by Dylan McDermott to try to force her to kill the U.S. president. I'll definitely try out both; "The Blacklist" is likely to be more of a talker, so watch that one first.

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