Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Figuring out Fall TV - Wednesdays

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.

There's nothing really exciting on Wednesdays until "Ironside" premieres in October. Catch-up night?

8 p.m.
The Middle/Back in the Game (Sept. 25, ABC)
Survivor (Sept. 18, CBS)
Revolution (Sept. 25, NBC)
The X Factor (Sept. 11, Fox)

The "Bad News Bears"-esque "Back in the Game" didn't make much of an impression, though it did get a few chuckles out of me. It stars Maggie Lawson ("Psych") as a divorced mom who becomes the reluctant coach for a baseball team of misfits, including her son. James Caan is her father who tells her how she's doing it wrong. If you don't like the competition at 8, it's worth a watch. It's also on Hulu and elsewhere right now.

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds (Sept. 25, CBS)
Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 25, NBC)
Modern Family/Super Fun Night (Oct. 2)

"Super Fun Night" is being called a super dud, in part because star Rebel Wilson, who's Australian, adopts an American accent, which takes away half of the funny. Best stick to what you know.

10 p.m.
CSI (Sept. 25, CBS)
Nashville (Sept. 25, ABC)
Ironside (Oct. 2, NBC)
Top Chef (Oct. 2, Bravo)
American Horror Story (Oct. 9, FX)

(Sexy) Blair Underwood is getting good reviews as the wheelchair-bound detective in the "Ironside" remake, but the show as a whole is reportedly lacking. The premiere is available online now, so give it an early try to see if you'd rather spend time with the other shows in this time slot. "CSI" is hitting a milestone 300 episodes this season (and Marg Helgenberger is coming back for it).

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