1. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: After a lack-luster sixth season, DH feels rejuiced as the seventh year on Wisteria Lane nears closer. I am super excited to see Vanessa Williams joining the cast, not to mention Brian Austin Green as some man-candy. I don't know what Sunday nights would be like without these Housewives to entertain.
2. THE MIDDLE: To me, this is the most underrated comedy on TV right now. How did it not get any Emmy love? I am almost always smiling when I see a new Middle pop up on my DVR. It's a smart and funny family sitcom that only gets gooey with sentimentality after someone's been humiated (usually middle daughter Sue).
3. MODERN FAMILY: This one grew on me as last year progressed, and I'm now fully on board to see these three distinct family units bring home the funny. But, alas, I think GLEE was robbed of the comedy Emmy.
4. COUGAR TOWN: Much like The Middle, C.Town is an underdog comedy that's just begging to become a hit, and deservedly so. After ditching the, um, cougar storylines from last year, C.Town developed into quite the ensemble. Busy Phillips as Laurie steals every scene she's in.
5. V: Of ABC's two sci-fi shows that premiered last year, it was FLASH-FORWARD that was supposed to make it to season 2, not V! Well, leapin lizards, look who's back! I am still mixed, though, on the execution so far. Its not nearly as fun as the cheesy original. So here's high hopes for Anna and her crew to reach new scales of excitement come November.
1. THE BIG BANG THEORY: So happy to see Jim Parsons win his first Emmy as Sheldon, but where was the Emmy love for Best Comedy? Going into its fourth year, TBBT is one of the best comedies on the air, and CBS has faith in it by relocating it to Thursdays to kick off the night.
2. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: This is one of my all-time favorite shows, and for anyone who loved FRIENDS, they should check out MOTHER. Neil Patrick Harris continues to impress in the role of Barney, the womanizer. I hear that the first episode of the season is supposed to be a game changer. Hopefully it will revolve around the mother of the title.
3. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: One night I got bored last year and I checked out RULES. Then I DVRed it, and next thing I know, I'm enjoying this low-key, but funny sitcom starring the polarizing David Spade. It's not brilliant, but it's also not nearly as bad as it was when it first premiered 4 years ago.
4. TWO AND A HALF MEN: After Charlie Sheen's personal life nearly derailed this long-running sitcom, it will be interesting to see how the public accepts or rejects this snarky, though often times very funny, adult sitcom. I'm most curious to see if son Jake outgrows the top of the TV screen in the intro of the show.
5. SURVIVOR: With the above 4 sitcoms, that left very little for me to like about CBS. I hate their crime procedurals, which eats up 75% of the Eye network's real estate. So this season I am going to give SURVIVOR another shot, something I havent done since the reality show went to Africa.
1. GLEE: If anyone asked me a year ago if GLEE would become the sensation it has, let alone survive the initial first 13 episodes, I would have lost bet after bet. No other musical drama has ever succeeded, with FAME coming the closest, and even that was a struggling show that barely made into syndication. GLEE is my favorite new show from last year (sorry MODERN FAMILY and MIDDLE)
2. AMERICAN IDOL: Aside from GLEE, I don't watch any other FOX show on a regular basis. However, last year I did follow IDOL up until Tim Urban was cast off. Sad to see Simon go, glad to see Ellen go, and don't really care either way about the Dawg or the departed Kara. Still, it will be interesting to see how the new crew of judges do their thing. But something tells me that IDOL has lost it's edge for good. Its best days are now well behind it.
3. HUMAN TARGET: Mark Valley is HOT! He alone is going to make me take a second look at this mediocre in the ratings action drama.
4. SIMPSONS: Never count out this long-running animated, dominated sitcom.
5. AMERICAN DAD: Move over FAMILY GUY and CLEVELAND BROWN. Of the three Seth MacFarlane shows, AMERICAD is my favorite.
1. CHUCK: I am so proud of CHUCK, one of the most underrated shows on TV. It is consistently funny and exciting all at the same time: a very hard tone to achieve week to week, yet CHUCK does it in spades. Look for Linda Hamilton to now play Chuck's long-lost mom. As for the Buy More store...wahhhhh!
2. COMMUNITY: Fans of COMMUNITY need to be afraid now that BIG BANG is trying to gun it down on Thursdays. I hope NBC stands behind COMMUNITY, though. It was one of the funniest new shows to air last year.
3. PARENTHOOD: Every summer I find one show that aired the previous season and fall in love with it. This year it was all about PARENTHOOD, a warm and fuzzy, yet also dramatically satisfying one-hour pleasure. NBC needs more bright spots like PARENTHOOD on its sked to get it out of 4th place. And judging from ABCs lineup this year, I expect NBC has a good shot at taking third.
4. 30 ROCK: Remember four years ago when Aaron Sorkin's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP was the big show of the fall, and NBCs other show about a sketch-comedy series, 30 ROCK, was only expected to last a month? It's so amazing to still see 30 ROCK on the NBC line-up. I cherish every season its on, especially when I remember only thinking it would be only 13 episodes and then canceled.
5. THE OFFICE: I joined THE OFFICE last year, so it was a late love affair with the show that will boast Steve Carrell in his final year as Michael Scott. I will hate to see him go, but I am also excited to see how THE OFFICE juggles management...just like in the real world.
1. SMALLVILLE: CW doesn't have the pool of shows that the other nets do. With that said, only two qualify as shows I will watch this fall, and both are on Friday nights (and used to be together on Thursday nights). I'm going to give the edge to SMALLVILLE which, in its final season, is bringing back TONS of past characters in what should amount to a wild, nostalgic final year of the Tom Welling great.
2. SUPERNATURAL: The Winchester brothers are back, and the whole Armageddon is, thank God, finished (no pun intended). Eric Kripke is gone as the showrunner, but don't fret: his replacement promises a new mythology of vampires, werewolves and other creepy creatures.