Sunday, September 13, 2009

TV Premieres: What to Watch 09/13 – 09/20

Get your DVRs and HTPC ready because this is the first of many busy TV weeks!  Several new premiers begin these next few weeks and I have all of the details.

Don’t miss the Ultimate Guide to the 2009 Fall TV Season Premieres with free downloads by premiere date & by show name!

If you haven’t already, be sure and check out the link above and download the TV Premiere Listings recently updated.  Note that I continue to do these weekly, weekend “What to Watch” posts that will keep you updated with any changes to the schedule from that premiere guide, add some additional information about the shows for the week including whether they are in HD or not.  I also throw in any TV movies and specials for the week for good measure.

Below you’ll find all this weeks premieres through next Sunday.

                             Fringe Returns to Fox on Thursday

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST

Sunday, September 13, 2009

  • Football Night in America (7pm on NBC – Available in HD) Basically a preview for the upcoming Sunday night game with a few highlights from the days NFL action. 
  • Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (7pm on Cartoon Network) This is a new Scooby-Doo movie on Cartoon network.  Learn how the Scooby-Doo gang first formed Mystery Inc.
  • Sunday Night Football: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (8:15pm on NBC – Available in HD) Regular season on Sunday night begins with a great matchup: Bears versus Packers
  • Mega Beasts: Terror Bird (9pm on Discovery Channel – Available in HD) A one-hour special for Discovery fans.
  • 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (9pm on MTV) 135 minutes of awards on MTV
  • Mega Beasts: T-Rex of the Deep (10pm on Discovery Channel – Available in HD) – Another one-hour special on Disovery

Monday, September 14, 2009

  • Monday Night Football: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (7pm on ESPN – Available in HD) – The 40th premiere of Monday Night Football with the Bills versus the Patriots.  Watch Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens duke it out.
  • Lincoln Heights (8pm on ABC Family) Season 4 of this popular show begins.
  • One Tree Hill (8pm on CW – Available in HD) – Season 7
  • Gossip Girl (9pm on CW – Available in HD) – Season 3 of Gossip Girl begins.  The gang is back with summer nearly over.
  • Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke (10pm on VH1) – A new series on VH1
  • The Jay Leno Show (10pm on NBC – Available in HD) – We'll count this as a new series since it’s not really the Tonight Show.  But we’ll get more of the popular Jay Leno stuff at 10pm Eastern now.  I know many aren’t in love with the concept of putting this in prime time, but it will be a hit and as bad as NBC has done with primetime lately this has to be counted as a good decision for them.  
  • Monday Night Football: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (10:15pm on ESPN – Available in HD) – The second of the Monday Night Football double header.  Do we give the Raiders a chance here???

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

  • The Biggest Loser (8pm on NBC) – Season 8 of a pretty popular reality TV show.  I’ve never watched it but some say its watchable.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

  • Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League (8pm on Showtime – Available in HD) – A new series on Showtime.  I’ll be picking this up on DVD when it becomes available.
  • The Beautiful Life (9pm on CW – Available in HD) – A new drama by CW.  We’ve seen this one before:  Wealthy, extremely attractive and young people who model.
  • MysteryQuest (10pm on History – Available in HD) – A new series on History Channel.  If you’re in to the paranormal, this one is right up your ally.  The show seeks solutions to the puzzles of Atlantis, Bermuda Triangle etc.
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights (10pm on Spike) – Season 10 begins.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

  • Bones (8pm on FOX – Available in HD) – Season 5 puts the team looking for bodies buried under a DC fountain.
  • Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (8pm on NBC – Available in HD) 30 minutes of SNL on Thursday.  I still can’t figure out why they are trying this still.  SNL on Saturday is bad enough these days – and that one could easily be compressed into a one-hour show and be better.
  • Survivor (8pm on CBS) – Season 19 of Survivor.  I’ve mostly lost interest in this reality TV sow, but I always check it out to see if there are any watchable characters (like Rupert for instance) since that is what this show is really all about.
  • Parks & Recreation (8:30 on NBC – Available in HD) – Season 2 begins.  I seriously cannot believe this show made it to season 2 as it was extremely bad in my opinion.  And that’s coming from an “Office” fan too.
  • Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin (9pm on Food Network – Available in HD) – A new series with Jeff Corwin travelling to various countries to sample exotic foods and learn about the various local customs.
  • Fringe (9pm on FOX – Available in HD) – Season 2 begins.  To be honest, it wasn’t until this last week that I finally watched the last 3 episodes of Fringe.  But I think this show ranks as one of the top drama’s from last season.  If you have any tiny bit of taste for Sci Fi or entertaining drama’s catch up on last years Fringe episodes and record this season.  It’s very good, but my wife won’t let us watch it during dinner due to the “gross” factor…
  • The Office (9pm on NBC – Available in HD) – Season 6 is here.  I was a latecomer to this series as I felt the first many episodes were pretty week.  But being an office dweller myself this one comes too close to home to miss the laughs.
  • VH1 Divas (9pm on VH1) – a 2-hour VH1 special
  • Community (9:30pm on NBC – Available in HD)I liked the clips I saw on this new sitcom so I’ll be recording it, but I’m not sold that it will be worth watching yet.  Time will tell.  
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10pm on FX) – Season 5 of the Danny Devito show.  Not on my watch list but popular with many.

Friday, September 18, 2009

  • 2009 ALMA Awards (8pm on ABC) – 2 hour Latino artistic achievement (in U.S.) awards show on ABC hosted by Eva Longoria Parker
  • Crash (10pm on Starz – Available in HD) – Season 2 with Dennis Hopper.  Last season started off strong, but quickly lost its audience.  Look for this season to be slightly re-tooled.
  • Mitch Fatel Is Magical (11pm on Comedy Central) -  One hour comedy special.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

  • Georgia O’Keeffe (9pm on Lifetime) – a new Lifetime made-for-TV movie.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (9pm on HBO – Available in HD) Season 7
  • Bored To Death (9:30pm on HBO – Available in HD) A new series on HBO


Season Finales this Week:

  • 09/13/2009 8pm on Fox “King of the Hill” 1-hour series finale.  The last of the final six episodes ever.
  • 9/16/2009 10pm on MTV “The Real World” season finale
  • 9/19/2009 9pm on TBS “The Bill Engvall Show” season finale


I’ll also be a guest on the Seen in HD podcast talking about the Fall 2009 TV season – I’ll have a post linking to the show when it’s available.

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