On Television – Fall 2008
August 19, 2008
Happy Birthday to me, True Blood starts on September 7th. If you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the new HBO show that’s based on the vampire books by Charlaine Harris. I saw an early version of the first episode, and it had both good points and some things that could have been done better. They’d better not screw this one up.
On September 18th, we get the first new Supernatural episode. I can’t wait to see what happens to Dean, but this season I’m hoping for just a little less angst and a little more ass-kicking. If you’ve never seen this show, check out the first season box set quick. If you’re determined, you’ll be able to catch all the way up by the premiere. It’s about eye-candy brothers who fight monsters to a rock music soundtrack. There’s a lot of humor and action, and it just keeps getting better. If you can watch either “Mystery Spot” or “Ghostfacers” from Season 3 and not be totally in love with this show, then you can’t be my friend anymore.
Pushing Daisies is back for a second season on October 1, probably thanks in part to its 12 freaking Emmy nominations. It’s about Ned, a pie maker who can bring the dead back to life with a touch. A second touch will undo the effect, and if he’s not fast enough then something else nearby will die in order to balance things out. Ned helps a private detective with a mean knitting habit solve murders, and both Ned’s girlfriend and his dog have been on the receiving end of his powers. It’s sad and cute and beautiful and fun. This is easily last fall’s best new show, so check it out if you haven’t yet.
Reaper, the hit-or-miss comedy show about a guy who hunts escaped souls for the devil, will be returning at some point, though a date hasn’t been announced. I can’t say that I’ve missed it this summer, but I’ll probably try to work it into my DVR schedule because Ray Wise is fantastic in this.