All of the networks have now announced their fall television schedules, and I'm more excited about pilots than I've been in years. Thankfully, for once, there are rarely more than two shows I want to watch scheduled for the same time. Laurel's TV Picks has a fantastic (Central time) grid for each day of the week.
There are good-looking new shows, the return of almost every show I like (goodbye, Jericho) and an ingenious plot development for One Tree Hill. The senior class of main characters will graduate from high school this spring. When One Tree Hill returns in January, our gang will be out of college. Gone is the awkward transition that has killed far too many teenage-based shows. It's a win-win situation. The stars get to be their own age on screen. I think this development is brilliant, and if it's successful, I daresay other shows will follow-suit.
I also hope CBS and the other networks have learned their lessons with quality new shows like Jericho. When you take shows off the air for two months, people will likely lose interest. Story lines fade in one's memory. When you take a show off the air for two months, don't bring it back during American Idol.
Hurray up, fall, I'm ready for the new tv season already. I hope the summer fill-ins will keep me occupied in the meantime. Hello, Pirate Master and season three of The Closer.