Little by little the Fall TV season
has been getting started with many
of the CW and FOX shows premiering over the past two weeks. But
tonight marks the official start of the season with nine season or
series premieres tonight.
So set up multiple DVRs and get ready for the busiest night in TV.
ABC: Dancing with the Stars
CBS: How I Met Your Mother
and Accidentally on Purpose
The CW: One Tree Hill
The key to Monday's power tonight is with three two-hour premieres. Dancing with the Stars
kicks off its biggest season ever with the first leg in the three-night, five-hour epic premiere event.Heroes
begins season 4 with a fresh start and a new villain in the form of Samuel, a carnival operator looking to collect all the heroes. Played by Prison Break
's Robert Knepper, he will definitely be one scary bad guy.
FOX also has a two-hour season premiere with House
as everyone's favorite malcontent deals with being locked up in an asylum following his mental breakdown last season. The premiere is a radical departure for the series. With the exception of one tiny scene featuring Wilson, Hugh Laurie is the only main cast member to appear in the episode.
The final new entry at this hour is the CBS comedy duo of How I Met Your Mother
(fresh off Neil Patrick Harris' fantastic Emmy hosting job) and the new Jenna Elfman sitcom Accidentally on Purpose
where she plays an older woman who gets knocked up by a younger man during a one night stand.9pm
CBS: Two and a Half Men
and The Big Bang Theory
The CW: Gossip Girl
Of course Dancing with the Stars
take up most of the night, but 9pm brings a new episode of Gossip Girl
as Blair moves into her dorm, as well as the CBS sitcoms Two and Half Men
(with new Emmy winner Jon Cryer) and the hilarious Big Bang Theory
, moving to a new time.10pm
CBS: CSI: Miami
NBC: The Jay Leno Show
At 10pm, Captain Hammer returns with a new season of ABC's Castle
, although star Nathan Fillion's Dr. Horrible alter ego would apparently prefer to watch CSI: Miami
. On that show's season premiere, the show goes back in time to see how the team first met, and how Horatio Caine got his sunglasses.
It's definitely a crowded night, and it's hard to figure out what to watch. Luckily NBC shows like Heroes
go on Hulu the next day, so Heroes
could wait while you watch House
and record How I Met Your Mother
and The Big Bang Theory
Or you could watch Dancing with the Stars
, record the CW shows and wait until next week when the House season premiere comes onto Hulu, then go onto CBS' website to watch the sitcoms later in the week.
If you're resourceful and if you have patience, a DVR and a high-speed Internet connection, then it might be possible to watch everything on Monday nights, but for now, I'd recommend skipping a few things.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer(Image courtesy of NBC and FOX)