It’s mid-September, football season (gloriously) has kicked off and the kids are completely immersed in the new school year. The only thing we need now to get that fall feeling is a fresh slate of new television shows.
Well, that and temperatures that aren’t in the 90s or higher. But that’s not really an option in the Valley this time of year, so let’s stick with the new fall TV season.
It’s been hard the past several years to get excited about fall broadcast TV. Cable has taken a lot of the wind out of the Big Four network sails. But there are usually at least a few new offerings that sort of pique the interest.
And the trend continues this coming season. There are a handful of fresh shows that will make the playlist in our house, if only in some (most? all?) cases for an episode or two. Again this season, as often is the case, most sound appealing more for the people starring in them than for the premises of the shows themselves. And, honestly, some of the other shows being trotted out this coming season just sound dreadful.
We’ll have a roundup in Sunday’s LifeStyles section of the new dramas and sitcoms arriving this fall, along with a look at the dates for returning network favorites. Those stories will be from critics who formed their opinions after having the opportunity to view at least one or two episodes. You and I? We’ll have to either take their word for it or watch based solely on our own curiosity.
Unlike the past several seasons, the shows that sound the most promising are almost all sitcoms, a welcome change of pace. Really, don’t most of us have enough drama in out lives? Bring on some humor.
Here are five shows that sound like they’re worth adding to your viewing schedule:
Back in the “Race”
On the subject of the new fall season, there is, yet again, a local connection to the upcoming run of “The Amazing Race.” You might have seen the story last week in The Bee about former Turlocker Allison “Ally” Mello, who will compete on the competition/reality show when it returns Sept.29.
Mello takes over the local-connection “Amazing Race” reins from former Modestan Meghan Camerena, who competed this past spring on the show and made it to the late rounds. Both Mello and Camerena now live in Los Angeles.
Mello, age 23 and a 2008 graduate of Pitman High School, and her partner, Ashley Covert, 25, will be among 11 teams vying for a $1million prize while globetrotting and completing all sorts of sometimes goofy, sometimes harrowing challenges each week on “The Amazing Race.”
Looks like I’ll be tuning in again this season and rooting for the local gal.