TV Shows to watch this fall

John Sturgeon

Following the strike at the end of 2007, numerous networks were forced to halt production on promising new shows that had just started building audiences. Thankfully ABC and NBC are essentially hitting the reboot button and giving their fall ’07 lineup another chance this year. Meanwhile, the CW network is creating a new version of a classic drama. I present now five of the most buzz-worthy and fun new shows to keep an eye on this fall.

“Private Practice”

(Premieres Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. on ABC)

Shonda Rhimes’ spinoff of “Grey’s Anatomy” got off to a great start last year, drawing solid ratings. Starring Kate Walsh, the show follows Addison and her relationship with her new colleagues at the Oceanside Wellness Clinic in Los Angeles.

Luckily, Rhimes has managed to create something that retains her witty dialogue, blending comedy with heavy drama and presents different types of cases than “Grey’s.”

Standout characters include Cooper and Violet, two doctors who belong together but whom certain obstacles keep preventing. Taye Diggs and Audra MacDonald play a divorced couple who own the clinic. With its strong cast, “Private Practice” should continue to entertain for years to come.

“Pushing Daisies” (Premieres Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC)

ABC Wednesday nights had the best TV lineup before the strike with three great shows.

The one that made the biggest impact was “Pushing Daisies.”

The show garnered 12 Primetime Emmy nominations, including best actor Lee Pace (Ned) and best supporting actress Kristin Chenowith (Olive).

“Pushing Daisies” follows Ned the pie maker as he struggles with an ability to bring people back to life. With this power, he can bring anyone back to life by touching them.

If he touches a resurrected person a second time, however, they die forever and if he lets a person live longer than one minute, someone else in the area will die.

The first season saw Ned bringing his childhood sweetheart Chuck back to life and helping Detective Emerson Cod solve murder cases with his power.

Ned’s assistant, Olive, is in love with him despite the fact that she knows he and Chuck love each other. Because Ned has brought Chuck back to life, they cannot touch each other, adding complications to their relationship.

Combining beautiful sets, fantastic acting, witty dialogue and superb direction, “Pushing Daisies” is a show that should continue to get better with the opportunity to produce a full season this year.

“Dirty Sexy Money”

(Premieres Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. on ABC)

“Dirty Sexy Money” burst onto the scene last year as a soapy family drama focusing on the extremely rich and dysfunctional Darling family.

Krause is Nick George, the attorney who family patriarch Tripp Darling (Donald Sutherland) hires to handle the family’s legal problems.

Nick grew up knowing the family because his father had held the job for years before being murdered.

Nick takes the job in order to look for his father’s murderer, but ultimately the Darling’s world sucks him in.

He ends up helping the various siblings get out of trouble; finding a long lost brother he never knew he had; and helping Tripp deal with his corporate rival Simon Elder, who may or may not know what happened to Nick’s father. Lucy Liu joins the cast this year in a season that promises twists and turns each week.

“Eli Stone”

(Premieres Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. on ABC)

One of the surprises of last year’s strike-shortened season, “Eli Stone” had its whole 13-episode first season in the bag and ready to air before the strike halted production on all shows.

Due to so many shows running out of new episodes by January, ABC gave this legal drama a chance in a prime Thursday slot.

With Jonny Lee Miller as Eli, this show follows the inspirational journey of a lawyer with prophetic visions of the future that usually tie into a case he is working on. It was established early that Eli had a brain aneurism that could kill him at any time and that it was the most likely cause of his visions.

The visions end up costing Eli his fiancée, Taylor, and embarrassing him in front of his boss, Jordan, several times. By the end of the season, Eli’s vision of the Golden Gate Bridge collapsing and its subsequent occurrence brought everybody to his side, and he ended up embracing his ability to see future events.

This year the show will explore whether Eli can continue to have visions and whether he will end up with his love interest, coworker Maggie, who is engaged to someone else. As one of TV’s most unique dramas, “Eli Stone” is a show that will touch and surprise you with each new episode.


(Premieres Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. on CW)

This brand-new take on the classic show, “Beverly Hills, 90210” is the show creating the most buzz this season.

CW has decided not to let critics screen the premiere so no one has any idea what to really expect.

The synopsis states that the show will focus on two siblings adjusting to life in a Beverly Hills high school where their dad is the principal. Jennie Garth and Shannon Doherty will reprise their characters Kelly and Brenda for a few episodes on this new vision of the series. CW has really struggled to create big hits and is really banking on people to give the new 90210 a chance.

The show will likely either be a big hit that blends together old and new characters with interesting storylines or a cash-in sequel that falls flat on its face.

That the network is refusing to prescreen it for the media is worrying, but given the original was a really fun show to watch years ago, people will definitely be watching the first week.