8:00 PM – Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family; 1/8)
Look. I’m not proud of this but thanks to Netflix, I became hooked on this cheesy show about four girls being stalked by a bunch of people in hoodies in a town that apparently has no security cameras. I guess this will fill the void of shame I felt watching the recently concluded Gossip Girl.
10:00 PM – Cougar Town (TBS; 1/8)
The little show that refuses to die. I hope the show doesn’t drag because it could have easily ended with last season’s finale. This could be one of those “Now what?” seasons.
10:00 PM – Justified (FX; 1/8)
Season three was a little disappointing if only because season two was so perfect. There were just too many villains, too many schemes and not enough Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) bring Raylan. Hopefully, season four will be a return to form.
8:00 PM – Raising Hope (FOX)
8:30 PM – Ben and Kate (FOX)
9:00 PM – New Girl (FOX)
9:30 PM – The Mindy Project (FOX)
10:00 PM – Parenthood (NBC)
They are already developing a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. (Screen Rant)
Jason Alexander is going to guest star on Community. (EW)
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers) is developing Badlands for HBO. (AV Club)
Sigh. It looks like Jamie Foxx is confirmed as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Latino Review)
Also, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) has been cast as Harry Osborn. (Latino Review)
Sad news. Karen Berger is stepping down from DC Comics. She was responsible for some of the greatest DC Comics ever when she was Executive Editor of DC Vertigo – Sandman, The Preacher, Hellblazer. (Bleeding Cool)
The villain for the Justice League movie has been revealed and should be no surprise to any comic fan. (Bleeding Cool)
The fall television season of 2011 will be remembered for Homeland. It was easily one of the best first season of a show I’ve watched from start to finish. I debated doing a post about my top ten TV shows of 2011 but got lazy. I couldn’t decide whether Homeland or Breaking Bad would take the top spot. I thought nothing could top the fourth season of Breaking Bad but some of Homeland’s individual episodes (particularly “The Weekend” and “The Vest”) are up there with the best episodes of the year (another post I was too lazy to write).
Ultimately, my top ten TV shows of 2011 without any elaboration are:
Parks and Recreation
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
Now that I’ve gotten that out-of-the-way, let’s talk about what shows could contend for a spot on the best television shows of 2012. Since I don’t watch these shows live, there’s no sense in listing it by time. New series are in bold.
This is going to be a mess. With a bunch of shows doing delayed returns (not coming back until March/April), it’s hard to discern what I’m going to be able to watch live and what I’ll be watching via the internet. So I’m just going to list them all with their return date. Just know that some how, some way I will try to watch all these shows.
8:00 – 8:30 PM: The Simpsons (1/3): What will it take for me to stop watching this show.
8:00 – 9:00 PM: The Pacific (3/14): I own Band of Brothers and still haven’t watched it. That’s a damn shame
9:00 – 9:30 PM: Family Guy (1/3)
9:30 – 10:00 PM: Sons of Tuscon (3/14): The only reason I’m giving this a chance is because it stars Tyler Labine, the main reason I watched Reaper 9:00 – 10:00 PM: Big Love (1/10)
10:00-11:00 PM: Breaking Bad (3/21)
8:00 – 8:30 PM: How I Met Your Mother (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Life Unexpected (1/11): It’s supposed to be good
8:00 – 9:00 PM: House (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Chuck (1/10 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Gossip Girl (3/8)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: 24 (1/17 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Parenthood (3/1): It sucks that Maura Tierney had to drop out but Lauren Graham as a replacement is great
9:30 – 10:00 PM: The Big Bang Theory (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Castle (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Damages (1/25)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Greek (1/25)