Who Knew?: They’re back! And they brought some friends!
by By LUCIE R. WILLSIE Associate Editor
Sep 23, 2012 | 482 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Well, the time is nigh.

I couldn’t quite decide if this is my second or third most favorite time of year.

And I realized just how much I watch way too much TV because I am writing this anticipatory column about the upcoming new Fall TV Season.

But, I really hate being bored — and all this summer’s reruns and summer replacements have driven me halfway up the wall. They always have. Especially when I was younger and I didn’t have all those ridiculous, but still new and unseen, cable shows available.

Now, “Big Brother” this summer was a saving grace, which is an odd thing to call a rather bizarre show concept to begin with, but at least it was something different I hadn’t seen before.

But I digress.

I hate the programming available — or should I more accurately say unavailable — during the summer months. But, I have made it through the doldrums once again and now, here it is — the fall television season looming before me.

This week. They all start this week. I am in television heaven.

First, let me just tell you that I have been chomping at the bit to find out what happens on “Castle” between, well, Castle and his police detective. At the end of last season, she finally professed her love for him — and that’s how the season ended.

I really can’t wait to find out the next story line. It’s almost as exciting as some of the infamous story lines of television history lore, such as who shot J.R. Ewing. Funny, however, I can’t remember any others, and neither could anybody else I asked.

Oh well, that still leaves me with the season opener of “Castle.” I can live with that.

Oh, and “The Mentalist.” I’m afraid I don’t even remember what cliffhanger that season finale left, well, hanging. I think I still remember that Red John is still out there tormenting our non-psychic psychic-like consultant. Did someone get shot? Lisbon maybe? I sure can’t wait to see the season opener to find out. All I know is that “The Mentalist” ranks in the top of my faves, so it has to be good.

But now, for the meat of this season, the new fall offerings.

One of the shows I am looking forward to most, and so seem to be the critics, is “Elementary” with that fella who was once married to Angelina Jolie — no kidding! — and that actress who was on “The View” or “The Today Show” or some such thing. You’ll recognize her face.

Anyway, it’s a modern-day version of “Sherlock Holmes” mysteries. Doesn’t sound all that cool when I say it like that, but the promos and the photography and the somewhat quippy repartee seems to be promising. At least for right now.

You know how that works. Sometimes the initially most intriguing shows just fall flatter than a pancake. And you can usually tell in the first 10 minutes or so of viewing.

It’s extremely disappointing. I guess I just expect too much. Not sure why. I should know better by now.

Oh, and another new show I am looking forward to is “Animal Practice.” I have a friend who is a veterinarian. That must be the coolest job in the world — to hang around with animals all day. Wow. I sure envy her. The show is a comedy about an irreverent veterinary clinic doc, as I understand it, and a monkey, along with an entire supporting menagerie.

I love animals. Should be lots of fun.

There’s also a scary show titled “666 Park Avenue.” Not so sure I am going to like that. I don’t like horror stories much. The TV critics didn’t select this one as one of their faves either.

They did, however, pick “Arrow.” This appears to be another adventure series kinda, sorta inspired by that recent extremely popular movie featuring archery, “The Hunger Games.” The synopsis reads, “A wealthy playboy by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night, the Green Arrow.”

Apparently, he actually was a comic superhero. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. I’ve never heard of him. But it just might be campy enough, even though he doesn’t appear to be one of the top superheroes around. I could be wrong. I’ll find out.

OK. Here’s another editor’s pick, but it’s definitely not my cup of tea. Completely turned off to it. Here’s the synopsis for the new comedy show, “Ben and Kate” — “The lovable but goofy Ben moves in with his sister, a single mom, to help take care of his niece, Maddie.”

Ho hum. Boring.

Here’s another that has the look of potential, but I fear will fall flat on its face. The next try for the “Friends” gang by Matthew Perry called “Go On.” The “Friends” cast doesn’t seem to have had too much luck keeping a head of steam on their careers after “Friends,” but Perry is giving it another try by playing a sportscaster who joins a support group made up of a bunch of weird fellow “clients” after his wife dies.

I also don’t like the whole concept of the show “Last Resort.” OK. Listen up here. The premise of the show is that an American sub is fired on by us, the U.S., after the sub refuses to fire its nuclear missiles. Now the sub folks have to find refuge and fight us, the bad good guys. Even the review used the phrase, “Just go with it.”

I’m not going anywhere with it, I can tell you that. I’m just really sorry that the actor Andre Braugher — I really love him as an actor — is involved with what I fear is one of the lamest TV show concepts ever.

“Made in Jersey” sounds fun. It’s about a New Jersey lawyer working in Manhattan who is looked down upon, but eventually does everything right and decent and honest. The only problem I have with this show is that a British actress was hired to play a Jersey girl. Aren’t there enough American actresses available ... they had to outsource?

There are many more like “Major Crimes,” which is a spinoff of “The Closer,” “Nashville,” “Partners” (another?), “Vegas,” “Revolution,” “The Mob Doctor” and “Guys with Kids.”

I knew I always loved fall, even when it wasn’t everything I hoped for.