I still have a bunch of reviews to do for some of the upcoming new series, and a couple of other posts I want to get up before the Emmys and the fall premiere rush. But how unprepared am I for the new television season? I haven’t set up my PVR since moving a month ago. I’ve suddenly realized the first of the fall onslaught comes next week, and I need to get cracking.
I still have and love my computer-based setup, but I have to either buy a longish coaxial cable or I need to develop superhuman strength in order to swap out a couple of cables that would give me the length where I need it and not where I don’t. That cable installer woman was freakishly strong. (Full disclosure: I’m freakishly weak.) Where’s the Bionic Woman when you need her? (Answer: In a disappointing pilot episode.)
So before I have the PVR set up to do my remembering for me, and in order to plan for rushing my K-Ville review (Sept. 17) and slacking on the Cashmere Mafia review (Dec. 4), I’ve been grateful for a few online resources to keep track of what’s on when.
- The Futon Critic, of course, has everything you’d want to know, from a chronological list of premiere dates to a night by night grid of fall programming. As a bonus, Mr. Critic himself is enumerating the 10 things you need to know about the new season. Number one? Only one of every three new shows makes it to a second season. Message? Don’t get too attached to all those shows on the list and grid.
- Shouting into the Wind: The 2007-08 TV Watch List. This is what it says – a watch list that will be updated as the season progresses, keeping tabs on premiere dates and, later – though not much later for some unlucky series – which shows are on the brink and which have been euthanized.
- Finally, the TV addict has an amusing list of premiere dates chronologically (though I’m pretty sure he’s wrong about Viva Laughlin at least, so take these dates with a grain of salt).
As for me, well, I’ll have some thoughts of my own soon. Soon-ish. Eventually.