2012 Returning TV Shows Preview Part 1

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image of 2012-2013 Returning TV Show Preview badgeThe 2012-2013 TV season starts next month and I wanted to give my thoughts on some returning network shows that I’ve watched in the past and plan on watching again. These thoughts are mine alone and your mileage may vary.

The first few days of the week has the bulk of the returning series I’m interested in watching again. I also note some shows that I won’t be watching regularly this coming season.



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Stana Katic & Nathan Fillion of “Castle”

Just like last season there will be a fight for my eyes at 10 PM eastern with two interesting shows. “Castle” and new NBC show “Revolution”.

I really like “Castle” and the new season starts with Rick and Kate getting together. Some people mention the “Moonlighting” curse – that when the top leads get together the show tanks. I don’t think that will happen. The relationship was never the main point of the show. The case of week as well as the mystery of Kate’s mother’s death have been more important. It isn’t a given that the relationship will be permanent. I’m pretty sure there will be bumps in the road to happiness.

I also liked the new Captain they brought in last season, played by Penny Johnson. That added to the drama at work. The show also has the best supporting players with Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones, Molly Quinn, and the great Susan Sullivan as Martha. As long as the case of the weeks are juicy then it will still be a show I don’t miss each week.

Hawaii Five-0 is also returning to 10 PM again on Monday but the show disappointed me by the end of last season. One reason was the personal trouble Alex O’Loughlin had in the middle of the season and he had to be written out of several episodes. I love Scott Caan but he isn’t able to carry a show yet. The episode plots seemed lost or disjointed.

The Wo Fat story line really has gone on too long. Even in the Jack Lord era, Wo Fat was used sparingly. I think they need to spend more time on cases of the week and less time on their personal stories.

They are bringing in some fresh blood for the new season including Michelle Borth as a regular and Christine Lahti as McGarrett’s thought to be dead mother. It seems they want to add some more female characters.

I’ll check it out but it won’t be a priority this fall. I hope I’m wrong and they do have a strong season.

The only returning Monday comedy on CBS I plan on watching regularly is “Mike & Molly”. I really like the show and they had a strong season so I hope it continues now that Mike and Molly are married.

I also plan on watching “Bones” again. I thought the show got better after the baby was born and the cliffhanger at the end of last season was exciting – I want to see how it’s resolved.

I’ve lost interest in “How I Met Your Mother”. It should’ve ended last season although I was out by the fifth season. It stopped being really goofy and started getting too serious.


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Cast of “Raising Hope”

The comedy block on Fox will have my attention this fall over the shows on CBS. I’m looking forward to seeing “Raising Hope” and “New Girl” again.

I want to watch both “Parenthood” and new show “Vegas” at 10 PM so one will have to watched in reruns or online.

“NCIS” is getting stale and I lost interest by the end of last season. They need to shake up the cast but since all of them signed new contracts I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Team Gibbs may surprise me but I doubt it. It would be a good time to hang up the badges after this season. How many more bad guys will have it in for Jethro? I kind of don’t care any more.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” lost me for good last season. I’ve written before on twitter that the NCIS squad in LA have to be the worst federal agents since they can’t seem to keep the terrorists out of the city. The show might catch my interest again if they either change some of the cast out or focus on more variety of cases.


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Cast of “Modern Family”

The ABC comedy block of The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family will take most of my time on Wednesdays. Last season each was consistently funny and I expect that to continue this season.

I was really happy with the refresh on CSI with the new cast members Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, and Elisabeth Harnois and they seemed to reinvigorate the plots each week. Hopefully it will maintain that spark this season.

I will be tasting Law & Order: SVU in season and catch up when other shows are showing reruns – except the first couple of episodes so I can see how the Captain Cragen cliffhanger is resolved. The new members of the cast added last season helped refresh the show for me.

Complete chart of fall 2012 premiere dates from Entertainment Weekly

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