The average American watches over 34 hours of television a week. Wowza! Given that statistic, today – the start of fall network TV premiere week – could be considered a national holiday. (And I don’t think I’m the only who feels that way. Check out my friend Amy’s post on the topic.)
While I don’t think my viewing keeps pace with many of my compatriots, I admit that I do watch a fair amount of television. Here are the shows that I’ll be tuning into now that the summer wasteland of all-reality-TV-all-the-time is finally over:
Tuesday: Private Practice. Yikes, I’m starting with a kind of embarrassing one. This Grey’s Anatomy spin-off jumped the proverbial shark a few years ago and continues to jump it over and over again. I have a deep and abiding love for Addison Forbes Montgomery (formerly) Shepherd, but now I’m starting to think it might be time to give this one the boot.
Thursday: Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve watched this show (almost) from the beginning and I still love it. I’ve been a sucker for hospital dramas since George Clooney graced the halls of County General. Shonda Rhimes, the creator and lead writer of Grey’s, knows her way around a cliff-hanger and last spring she left most of the cast stranded and ailing after a plane crash. I can’t wait to see what’s become of them.
- Scandal. Okay, clearly I’m in Shonda’s thrall. All three of my shows so far have been her creations. A mid-season replacement last year, Scandal is about a political crisis team led by a former White House insider. I like it because it gives me occasional moments of fast-talking, high-minded West Wing political reverie (and it also features the guy who played Desmond on Lost; I love the guy who played Desmond on Lost), but I’m not sold yet. This one might be on my chopping block. Oh, Shonda, why can’t I quit you?
Sunday: Revenge. My sisters-in-law got me hooked on this show over the summer. It’s the story of a young woman who moves to the Hamptons to seek – say it with me now – re-venge against the people who framed her dad for a crime he didn’t commit. I’ve only seen a handful of episodes, but I really enjoyed what I saw.
- And last, but certainly not least: The Good Wife. I’m just going to come out and say it: this is the best show on network TV right now. I realize that my previous admissions may cause you to doubt my judgment here, but you’ve got to trust me on this one. Julianna Margulies gives a sublime performance as Alicia Florrick, an attorney who charts a new course for herself personally and professionally after her state’s attorney husband (played by the fabulous Mr. Big himself, Chris Noth) is caught in a sex scandal. This series has it all: legal plot lines, political in-fighting, and terrific performances from an ensemble of heavy hitters. This is my one must-see show (not to mention the only show that I watch that my husband will watch next to me without making disparaging comments under his breath).
I also look forward to the eventual returns of Downton Abbey and Top Chef and a rather large helping of sports (pro football in the fall, college basketball in the winter, and tennis and pro cycling whenever they’re on), not to mention the occasional soupcon of old series on Netflix.
But right now I’m most excited about that fall ritual that I’ve practiced since the days of The Cosby Show and Dallas (1.0): sitting down to welcome back my favorite network TV shows.
Do you watch TV? What shows are you looking forward to watching this fall?