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Watch this (week of Jan. 20)

On Sunday, it’s all about football. With two big games on, will there really be time to watch anything else? Other than that, there are a couple of debuts and a swan song. Here are the highlights:  SUNDAY The San Francisco 49ers face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship at noon on Fox. Also, the AFC championship will be decided as the New England Patriots battle the Baltimore Ravens at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. MONDAY Violent drama “The Following”… Read More »

Watch this (week of Jan. 6)

Now that the holidays are over, the kids are headed back to school and many people have less down-time to watch TV, the winter season kicks off.  Some highlights from this week: SUNDAY The networks kick off the week with the return of many favorites. Among them: Fox’s animated comedy block is all new, starting at 8 p.m. with “The Simpsons,” followed by new episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m.),  “Family Guy” (9 p.m.) and “American Dad” (9:30 p.m.). Season… Read More »

3 new shows get the ax

Noooooooo. After a long, dry spell where the networks gave the heave-ho to only two new series (“Made in Jersey” was first to go, followed by “Animal Practice”), the networks appear to be making up for lost time. Three new shows were just canceled: CBS buddy comedy “Partners,” supernatural sudser “666 Park Avenue” and … sob…  “Last Resort,” ABC’s drama about a submarine crew taking refuge on an island. My reaction to the news of the first two cancellations: Eh.… Read More »

How are new shows doing?

This season’s first casualty was the CW’s legal dramedy “Made in Jersey,” which was canceled after just two episodes. Here’s a look at how some of the other new shows are doing. “Revolution,” (10 p.m. Monday, NBC) Should you watch? This show takes place 15 years after a big blackout left the world in the dark. Interesting premise, sometimes shaky execution. And some of the characters’ actions can be a little infuriating. Last week, for example, when the group attempted… Read More »

Watch this (week of Oct. 7)

The premieres have slowed to a trickle, but the CW at least has a big week planned. A quick look at what to watch:  SUNDAY After most of the Fox animated shows returned last week, “The Cleveland Show” (7:30 p.m.) is back.  MONDAY The CW begins its big week by bringing back “90210” (8 p.m.) and “Gossip Girl” (9 p.m.), the latter which is starting its sixth and final season.  TUESDAY “Nikita” (9 p.m.) returns on, you guessed it, the… Read More »

Climb on board ‘Last Resort’

ABC’s “Last Resort” (8 p.m., Thursday) is another of those risky, high-concept shows. If it’s good, viewers wonder if it will able to stay fresh, and if the high production values of the pilot will continue past week one. If it’s bad, viewers wonder if it will get better, since these types of shows, if done well, usually do. (Unless it follows the opposite trajectory, going from good to bad.) If it’s great, however, viewers usually don’t worry so much….… Read More »

Should you join ‘Revolution’?

To kick off the fall TV season, I thought I’d take a look at one new series, a couple returning favorites and what I’m most looking forward to watching next week. New show: “Revolution” (10 p.m. Monday, NBC) was one of two shows I was most looking forward to watching. (The other is “Last Resort,” premiering next Thursday.) It was created by Eric Kripke, the guy who also brought us the CW’s “Supernatural.” The pilot episode of “Revolution” began with… Read More »

New fall TV shows

For the next few weeks, the networks will try to suck you in with all those bright and shiny new shows… and then about a month after that, they’ll start being quietly canceled. Well, not all of them, of course. Which ones are you going to watch? I’m most interested in “Last Resort,” “Nashville,” “Ben and Kate,” “Animal Practice” and “Revolution.” Then again, I’m also kinda intrigued by “The New Normal,” “Elementary” and “666 Park Avenue.” What can I say…… Read More »

What’s ahead for CW, ABC and CBS?

This week, the CW, ABC and CBS announced their fall lineups. A quick looks and what’s coming…and what’s going. CW While some other networks are betting on comedies, the CW is sticking with dramas: “The Carrie Diaries” (a “Sex and the City” prequel about Carrie’s early years), which will debut midseason, a “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, comic book drama “Arrow,” and “Emily Owens, M.D.,” about an attractive, young doctor (which will be paired with the returning “Hart of Dixie,”… Read More »