view from the couch

photo – Daniel Goncalves

by kellie abrahamson

on the tube
New fall shows mean the end of some of our favorite summer series’. 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family- September 8), True Blood (HBO- September 13), Hung (HBO- September 13), Eureka (Syfy- September 18), Ruby & the Rockits (ABC Family- September 21) and Warehouse 13 (SyFy- September 21) all wrap up their seasons this month.
FX unveils the second season of their biker drama Sons of Anarchy on September 8. . The third season of ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights premieres on the 14th.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the funniest show on FX, and perhaps cable TV as a whole, returns on September 17.
Premium channels HBO and Showtime have a few premieres this month as well. On September 20 Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO. Paired with that hit series is a new comedy starring Jason Schwartzman called Bored to Death, in which he plays a down on his luck writer turned amateur detective. Over on Showtime, new episodes of fan favorites Dexter and Californication hit airwaves once again on September 27.
Some big award shows are scheduled to go down this month. The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards airs on September 13 with Brit comedian Russell Brand taking up hosting duties. The American Latino Media Arts Awards, or ALMA Awards, will be held on September 18 and will broadcast on ABC. Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez will share the stage as hosts. Finally, the mother of all TV prizes is up for grabs on the 20th. The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, is coming to CBS and promises to be the most star-studded event in September.

network premieres
We’ve got the skinny on the returning shows this month.
The CW is the first network to show off their Monday schedule with new episodes of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl premiering on September 14th. Crime gets its butt kicked with CSI: Miami (CBS- September 21) and Castle (ABC- September21). Over on CBS Monday is comedy night with the return of How I Met Your Mother, Two & a Half Men and The Big Band Theory. They all premiere on the 21st. Reality TV is alive and well with two hours of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, also airing on September 21. Finally, Mondays will also mark the return of some of TVs best dramas including Heroes (NBC- September 21), House (Fox- September 21) and Lie to Me (Fox- September 28).
On Tuesdays reality reigns with a two hour block of The Biggest Loser (NBC- September 15) and yet another episode of Dancing with the Stars (ABC- September 22). Also premiering are 90210 (The CW- September 8) and NCIS (CBS- September 22).
A nice variety of entertainment will be available to viewers on Wednesdays. Reality shows are the first out of the Wednesday night gates with the premieres of America’s Next Top Model (The CW- September 9) and So You think You Can Dance (Fox- September 16). On the 23rd, CBS brings comedy and drama with new episodes of Gary Unmarried, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Criminal Minds and CSI: New York. More drama can be had over on NBC with Law & Order: SVU, also premiering on September 23.
Arguably the most competitive night of television, Thursdays promise to bring some of the best shows on TV back to the airwaves. Known throughout the land as “Comedy Night Done Right,” Thursdays on NBC promise to bring the laughs with the returns of The Office, Parks & Recreation and SNL Weekend Update Thursdays on the 17th. Fan favorites Supernatural (The CW- September 10), Survivor (CBS- September 17), Bones (Fox- September 17), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC- September 24) and CSI (CBS- September 24) are all coming back this month. Finally, we’re most excited about revisiting the worlds of Fringe (Fox- September 17) and The Mentalist (ABC- September 24), two of our favorite new shows from last season.
Friday night TV will tempt you to stay in this fall with new episodes of Dollhouse (Fox) on the schedule. You also might want to set your TiVos to catch Law & Order (NBC), Southland (NBC), Num3ers (CBS) and Smallville (The CW). Last but not least, you’ll see dead people when Medium and The Ghost Whisperer return to airwaves on CBS. New episodes of all of these shows begin on September 25.
Rounding out the week is another biggie: Sunday nights. ABC is keeping things the same with new episodes of their hits Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. CBS has Cold Case and The Amazing Race on the docket while Fox keeps things animated with new episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. All of these shows premiere on September 27.
For a look at all the new shows premiering this Fall, check out the next article.

DVD Releases

September 1
Disney Nature presents Earth (Rated G)
Sugar (Rated PG-13)
Tennessee (Rated R)
Good Dick (Rated R)

September 8
Valentino: The Last Emperor (Rated PG)
Crank: High Voltage (Rated R)
Local Color (Rated R)

September 15
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Rated PG-13)
Easy Virtue (Rated PG-13)

September 22
Observe and Report (Rated R)
Battle for Terra (Rated PG)
Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana (Not Rated)

September 29
Monsters vs. Aliens (Rated PG)
Hardware (Not Rated)
The Girlfriend Experience (Rated R)