It's that time a year again, after crunchy leaves and warm apple cider, new television is the best thing about fall!

Let's take a look at some of the shows (old and new!) that will be tv to talk about this fall!
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Lone Star:  I was really psyched for this show for one reason: Jimmy Wolk.  I was really excited to hear that a former classmate had found so much success; headlining a new primetime Fox show. 

James "Jimmy" Wolk plays a Texas con-man living a double life with two separate women.  I liked the premise, it was fairly original in terms of storyline and honestly it's nice break from reality, crime and hospital shows that have been flooding the tube.

The first episode is basically a set-up to introduce the characters and get a feeling for the conflicts those characters might run into along the way.  This is an essential part of any pilot, but unfortunately it just didn't go any farther.  I kept waiting for something to happen and I didn't see anything I hadn't seen in the teaser trailers over the past few weeks.  Apparently the 7 million people that shut it off after watching House agreed.  However, I decided to give it a chance and watched the second episode as well.  The second episode actually had more promise, there were conflicts and cliffhangers, I was really looking forward to next Monday!

Jimmy's performance stands up, even next to veteran Jon Voight's character.  Although he's a newcomer to prime-time TV, North Farmington alums know Wolk is no stranger to the stage. I'm really looking forward to watching his career unfold.

Unfortunately Fox has decided to replace Lone Star with the third season of "Lie to Me."  They aren't "cancelling it" but instead moving it to Saturday nights at 11pm.

I think Fox made a few mistakes with this one.
1.  Running it on Monday night.  There were just too many contenders.  Dancing With The Stars as well as the new show "The Event" were both in the same time slot.   Tuesday would have been a much better option because there wouldn't be as many choices for viewers to have to decide between.
2.   Starting the show in Fall.  I think this show would have done a lot better as either a mid-season show, or even by starting up in the summer and building a fanbase.

Overall, I think Lone Star is a decent show with potential, it's unfortunate that it only got the chance for 2 episodes on primetime TV.  Luckily for Jimmy Wolk, he's in a Disney Feature film with Betty White.

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No Ordinary Family:  Here's another show I DVR'ed this week.  Critics are touting this as a "better version of Heroes."  Okay, no critics are saying that, but I think so.  It's basically a sci-fi dramedy where an "ordinary family" acquire superhuman abilities after a plane crash in the Amazon.  Throughout this pilot Michael Chiklis who plays Jim Powell and Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell are explaining, seemingly to the audience, about their lives and how they became superheroes.  At the end of the episode the camera pans out and reveals a couples counselor who they have been explaining everything to.  This show looks promising, and even though the episode was setting up for the season, I was captivated throughout the whole episode. 

More reviews tomorrow!
 


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    Carla Schechter

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