I’ve been trying to put together a timetable of all the primetime shows I plan on watching this fall so I can get my TiVo fired up and ready to go, and I’ve noticed that a coulpe of my favorites are premiering very late in the season — like mid-October or later. What’s up with that? Is this a lingering effect of last year’s WGA strike? I thought that most shows premiered in September, but some are starting way later than that. Here’s a quick rundown of the series I’m sticking with this year:
Desperate Housewives — Season 5 premiere is scheduled for September 28 (Sunday), which I think is normal for the show. I can’t wait to see if things improve over a dismal fourth season now that we’ve got that 5-year flash-forward to deal with.
Grey’s Anatomy — Season 5 premiere is scheduled for September 25 (Thursday) — so again, a normal date for this ABC show. I can’t even imagine what’s on the slate for this program in S5… it’s been getting boring though, so I hope something changes.
House — Season 5 premiere is scheduled for September 16 (Tuesday). I wonder how they’re going to follow that tremendous two-part S4 finale from last season. This is one show I’m actually excited to watch!
How I Met Your Mother — Season 4 premiere is currently scheduled for September 22 (Monday). This is another show that I’m looking forward to, more for Barney than for Ted, though!
30 Rock — Season 3 premiere is slated for October 30 (Thursday). October 30?!! I don’t know if I can go that long without seeing any new adventures for Jack and Liz! Plus, how is Kenneth supposed to get his Halloween invitations mailed out on time? I guess that means there won’t be a party this year with Liz’s Harry Potter costume or Kenneth’s Austin Powers getup. So sad!
CSI — Season 9 premiere is set for October 9 (Thursday). I’ve pretty much written this show off, but I might tune in just to see what Laurence Fishburne adds to the cast. I can’t stand Grissom anymore though, so I’m going to have to figure out when his last ep is and come back after that.