NCIS on CBS (Season 6)
NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.
Bruce says: I've never caught the show, but obviously it's got something going on if it's headed into its 6th season.
Premieres Tuesday, September 23rd
Numb3rs on CBS (Season 5)
NUMB3RS is a drama about an FBI agent who recruits his mathematical-genius brother to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.
Bruce Says: I like the show and I'm surprised that a show that uses science and math explained up front on deducing clues and patterns actually captures the audience enough to have stuck around for 5 seasons! Is there hope? I don't watch the show regularly, but I have never been disappointed when I do catch the show.Premieres Friday, October 3rd
Prison Break on FOX (Season 4)
Last season: Just when they thought they were out, they are pulled back in – for the most dangerous escape ever. Prison Break found Michael Scofield (Played by Wentworth Miller) wrongly incarcerated in Sona, a hellish Panamanian prison where there are no rules, no guards and no escape. Prison Break, starring Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller starts it's 4th season, taking place within hours of their actual escape from Sona with a 2 hour premiere and airing regularly at 9:00 PM starting Sept. 8th.
Bruce says: What's going to happen to Whistler's "bird book" full of codes or does it tweak you that the be-headed Dr. Sarah is still alive? I hate when shows suck me in. But I've watched it from the beginning and enjoyed the premise and Millers stoic portrayal of Michael Scofield. I wonder how they're going to stretch it out. Once they got out of prison, what more would there be to the show, except maybe a womens prison version. (No joke... they're thinking of it!)
Premieres Monday, September 1st
Pushing Daisies on ABC (Season 2)
Grown up Ned (played by Lee Pace) has a problem or a talent. He can make dead fruit ripe by just touching it. He puts his talent to good use and opens a pie shop. But his gift leaves him wary of becoming close to anyone, as beautiful waitress Olive Snook (Played by Kristin Chenoweth) finds out. His life as a pie maker gets more complicated when private investigator Emerson Cod (Played by Chi McBride) finds out about Ned's secret. Emerson convinces the cash-strapped Ned to help him solve murder cases (and collect the hefty reward fees) by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers.
Bruce says: It's an interesting concept. The touching goes both ways. He brings them back, then sends them away. Boy, I'd be busy at work!
Premieres Wednesday, October 1st
Raising the Bar on TNT (NEW)
It's a new legal drama from producer Steven Bochco. The gripping series stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue), Gloria Reuben (ER) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and follows the lives of young lawyers who work on opposite sides – the public defender’s office and the district attorney’s office – as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases.
Bruce says: It's yet another courtroom drama. Just how many cop and jury shows can we actually watch? It'll probably be good, and if they've got any sense about them, this could be in line to replace any OTHER show that Bochco might head. (No, I have no news. Just tossing it out there as a thought.)
Premieres Monday, September 1st
Sanctuary on the Sci-Fi Channel (NEW)
There are creatures that live among us (besides my ex). Abnormal offshoots of evolution that live in the fringes, unseen by most. Some are dangerous, but most are benign, becoming violent only because they are threatened by an ever-encroaching world. We consider them monstrous figments of our imagination, but the beautiful, enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus (played by Amanda Tapping) knows that they are real. She has dedicated her life to tracking these mysterious creatures: harboring the benign ones, and protecting the world from the dangerous ones.
Bruce says: I'd like to see how they've taken a web based mini-show and brought it to the forefront of their programming. It will almost entirely be filmed against green screen and CGI. And yes, Tapping is hot. So hot that when I was standing next to her at the Stargate Continuum Premiere, I actually didn't "see" her. Duh.
Premieres Friday, October 3rd
Smallville on the CW ( Season 8 )
This new interpretation of the Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an action series. With Clark Kent (played by Tom Welling) and Lex Luthor (Played by Michael Rosenbaum) having finally become the sworn enemies that comic book aficionados have always known and loved. But with Lex out of the picture, and a new focus on the development of the Clark Kent we all know, things are comin'!
Bruce says: The new creative team takes over the reigns and prematurely introduces one of the biggest bad guys in Superman mythos. Will they pull it off, or continue annoying us? Time and one last season will tell.
Premieres Thursday, September 18th
Sons of Anarchy on FX (NEW)
Sons of Anarchy on FX has been heralded in some spots as a very unique television show.It's a dark comedic approach based on an outlaw motorcycle gang protecting their town from drug dealers, corporate developers and shady law enforcement, all the while, maintaining an illegal arms side business. (It's always good to have a second job, I guess) It stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman.
Bruce says: I gotta see this. More bad guys doing good, in their own way. How bad can that be? It sounds like a replacement for The Shield, but it might just work!
Premieres Wednesday, September 3rd