Persuading Americans To Sit On The Couch is Like Persuading Cookie Monster To…Well, You Know.

So, tonight begins the Fall TV season; do you have your viewing plan all set?

The good news is that, according to ABC, this week is “National Stay at Home Week”. My question is, who was the “genius” executive that thought the public had to be told to stay home this week–to save gas, no less–in order to catch Week One of the New Season? Between the writer’s strike that chopped last season into little tiny pieces, the extra-long summer of reruns, the Olympics (nothing against them), the political conventions, and the awards shows that—so far, anyway—seem to have been written by non-writers and have proven to be mind-numbing wastes of valuable time, I am ready to welcome my shows back with open arms. What will I be watching? A lot. Here’s a small sampling:

Dancing With The Stars: I can’t wait to see what Cloris Leachman is going to do, and I can say the same for Susan Lucci. This season promises to be really, really entertaining: even though Kim Kardashian somehow talked somebody into including her in the cast. (By the way, along with the movie “Xanadu”, this show holds the distinction of being able to clear my family room of all males within 30 seconds of the start. Good times!)

Life: I originally wrote about Life here; this is an awesome show and, if you didn’t watch it in its first season (which was over even before the Writer’s Strike), I highly recommend it for you now. It’s just quirky enough, and our whole family loves it.

Chuck: I can’t say enough about Chuck, either. The mix of characters in this entertaining spy comedy is a laugh-a-minute, and great family viewing as well. As an added bonus, the theme song is Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”: LOVE IT.

The Office: Thursday nights are Special with a capital “S” in our house. We usually get a special dessert going for “Office Night”, and though the kids have never worked in an office, their laughter is just as loud as Jim’s and mine as we watch the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch struggle with the “World’s Best Boss” each Thursday night.

The Amazing Race: Somewhat educational and always a sight to see in its varied international locations, the Race is a Sunday night staple, just like Thursdays are for The Office. We usually each attach to a team or two nice and early, and have been known to jump off the couch and scream at the finish of each episode, either out of happiness or disgust for the winners of that leg. The sixteen-year-old wants to BE host Phil Keoghan.

I could go on for hours because I catch alot of other shows, but these are the ones I am most looking forward to this week. What will YOU be watching?



  • Melisa

    I know, me neither. Some of them were well-deserved though. The ones who I thought would suck did better than I expected!

  • Melissa

    DWTS is a must. Grey’s Anatomy, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money. I have a ton of them in my Tivo…I can’t wait to be surprised with all the new tv shows to watch.

  • Taj

    DWTS is usually not on my roster but I caved for Cloris Leachman. I was a little shocked at how bad some of them were.

    I chuckled at the comment Bruno made about Kardashian. I was pleased to see you caught it as well!

    And I am so there for Dirty Sexy Money! I hope the dreaded sophomore slump doesn’t kick into overdrive.

  • Kat

    Mmmmh we will have to wait one or two seasons to get to see what you will be able to watch this season.So no spoilers sis 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love fall because it means great tv! 🙂 Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Amazing Race…however, unfortunately I have to wait until January to see Lost again. wah!


  • angie goff

    So after 5 days of wonderous sleeping… I can definitely stay at home for another week! Especially with a new THE OFFICE on!! I heart Dwight. Am I the only woman who would leave my husband for him?

    ps- did you see I met Nicholas Sparks last week! SO COOL!!!

  • Andie

    DWTS, Fringe, House, 90210, Law & Order: SVU, Til Death, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Mad Men, True Blood

    so far that's all i can think of right now. LOL

  • Movie Maven

    True Blood on HBO is my new season obsession. The addition of Kevin McKidd to Grey’s Anatomy has me looking forward to watching that this season. Love Pushing Daisies and Ugly Betty, too. Gossip Girl is a guilty pleasure. I’ve been sampling some of the new shows, and I appreciate that not everything is premiering the same week. Fringe is okay — I get a kick out of the FBI gal having the same last name as my maiden name (Dunham). That new Christian Slater spy show looks good. I tape everything on my DVR as I hate to sit through commercials!