Well, one week into the fall season, and I watched just about everything on my planned list. Here's some thoughts as I went through the week. I'll try not to say anything hugely spoiley, but if you haven't watched your tv from last week yet, you might skim this!
Dancing with the Stars. The people I am most excited about going into this are Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison - both of which I've spent many hours watching on TV (90210 and All My Children, which I don't currently watch, but spent many years watching it). I'm sad about the first voting off, simply because I love the pro on that team and feel bad for him. One of the highest rated people so far looked spastic to me, but I wasn't as big of a fan of Apolo and Julianne's dances, so maybe I'm just a little fuddy-duddy sometimes :D
Prison Break. I watched the first episode because it wasn't on up against anything. After Jen mentioned that Sarah Wayne Callies wasn't coming back, I was already unhappy, but the first episode just didn't have anything that made me need to keep watching. I didn't watch the 2nd episode.
Chuck. I watched this on Amazon Unbox before the premiere week, and I was glad I did. This was great, I really enjoyed the humor, and the action. I may have started out just wanting to see what Adam Baldwin was going to play on the show, but now I'm more into it for the whole cast. I was pleasantly surprised to see Matthew Bomer (last seen on Traveler, also on Tru Calling). Definitely will keep watching this.
Heroes. YAY, it's back! I was cheering on Monday as we got up till the time, and I wouldn't let E fast forward while watching for fear we'd see something as it was stopping too soon. :D Yes, I'm a dork. This first episode back was great, I am very excited to see so many of the characters back on the first episode because I was worried we'd spent more time on new characters. I laughed a lot at Claire's family updates for their day. The last few minutes had me quite excited from this coming week.
Journeyman. This is a great new show. I was impressed by the storyline, and how they took the basic concept of traveling through time and added a lot to it. I'm so curious to see where they go with this. I like this lead actor (Kevin McKidd), and usually, I'm more likely to go for someone I associate with another show I've seen.
Bones. I was really looking forward to this coming back. I'm a little sad that they are going into a long-term mystery rather than a single or several episode case. But I loved Zach, and Angela and Hodgins searching together was super fun. I hope for more good development in the soon-upcoming eps. And kissing would be nice ;)
Cane. I watched so many commercials for this during As the World Turns that I really wanted to see where they go. I like the actors and that was really nice to have so many familiar faces. I decided that I like the "mob-like" storyline because it's similar to the Sonny/Jason storyline on General Hospital. I think I'll try this a few more times before deciding if it'll be a permanent addition to my schedule.
Private Practice. I was more interested in this than I was Grey's Anatomy, after the season finale felt dud-like to me. And I really like the characters here, as much as I hoped. The chemistry between them all really felt good, and I'd like to keep watching to see how they work together. I liked how happy Addison was, dancing to the music in her new house. :)
Bionic Woman. Also watched on Unbox before premiere week. I liked it a lot, this definitely was the one that caught me with a sci-fi/adventure theme, and Katee Sackoff is definitely someone I wanted to tune in to see. I love the pilot, and I hope the rest of the season is as good. When questioned, E said this was his favorite new show this year.
Grey's Anatomy. Besides Prison Break, this was the biggest return disappointment. I was really hoping they would come back with something really good after the finale. I was almost going to be happy, I did like the interns, but then they did some really retarded stuff with Izzie (and I like her so much), and the last few minutes particularly and the previews for next week had more Izzie stuff I didn't like. I guess Meredith and Derek did make me smile, and I'm excited for Lexie to see how that works. I'll give it another chance, of course, but I sure hope it gets better.
The Office. HILARIOUS. OMG, we laughed so hard. This was a really good return for the show.
Big Shots. I knew that people were saying this was underwhelming for the actors in the roles, and I have to agree a bit. I did enjoy these actors, and I'm excited to see Charisma Carpenter when she starts. So I'll probably give it a few more episodes.
Numb3rs. After the finale, this was a welcomed episode. I'm glad to see the way the storyline went with the team, and look forward to see where they go next. I love that Charlie and Amita are happy together. And Larry and Megan are back. Should be a good year.
Stargate Atlantis. If I can't have SG-1, this is the next best. But I was disappointed with who the lead actors are now, and I was disappointed that it was a 2 parter after such a cliffhanger last year. IMO, they should have had a 2 hours season premiere to try and get people back in after canceling SG-1. Obviously, nobody wanted to consult me :P I am glad to see Amanda Tapping and Jewel Staite, but hopefully they do some storylines that I'm excited about!
I haven't watched ER, it's still on the TiVo waiting for me. Desperate Housewives is taping right now, and I'm going to watch it just to see how Nathan Fillion's character turns out - I haven't watched the show since the beginning of first season.
So it seems like in most cases, I'm giving everything another week to really make decisions on what will be my fall schedule. It sure has been a fun week checking out so many different things. I'm happy for my VCR to let me double tape a few things, too! Yay for Fall TV!