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Gearing up for premiere week

September 19, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
Gearing up for premiere week

Several of my past blogs have been centered around the television shows I enjoy watching. This coming week, most of my regular season programs will premiere its first episode of the new season.

Almost all of my favorite programs are back. There have been plenty of summer shows to pass the time but none of them truly compare to my regular season entertainment.

I have been anticipating this week since May, and I have filled the gaps by looking up details on the upcoming season. I like to check out sites like and read Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide to get the scoop on my favorite shows. From what I am reading, I will be thoroughly entertained in this coming year.

Here is my breakdown:

My fall line-up includes Castle (my new favorite for the record), NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon A Time. Not bad for a week.

Two shows have mid-season premires. ABC’s Last Man Standing will return in November and NBC’s Smash will return in January.

Two shows I watched last year were cancelled. My favorite show, NBC’s Chuck and ABC’s Pan Am (not my favorite show but it was decent). I’ve momentarily given up on NBC’s The Voice. I just don’t have the time to watch it and I have never liked the battle round, which takes up the majority of the show.

Now I will briefly go through what I’m looking forward too most about my returning shows. (These go in order by premiere date.)

• Castle

At the end of season four, Detective Kate Beckett almost died searching for her mother’s killer. She stepped out of bounds with the NYPD and she ended up resigning (like that will last). More importantly Beckett sort of admitted her feelings for her partner/writer Rick Castle and they became a couple. This is what I am looking forward to most. The dynamic between Castle and Beckett will still be the similar to what it has been except without the longing looks. They can now move forward as couple both personally and professionally. Premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. on ABC


A bomb exploded at the end of the ninth season finale. All of the main characters lives are in question. But thanks to the news that all of the actors signed their contracts for multiple years, I know nobody dies. That still doesn’t mean the season opener won’t be drama filled. Someone will probably badly hurt and the emotional toll will be carried for multiple episodes. It season 10 has the potential to be the best yet. Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. on CBS

• NCIS Los Angeles

I am a little sketchy on this show. Agent G Callen blew his cover and shot someone on live TV. And the operations leader Hetty Lange resigned. I’m not sure how the writers can get out of those jams. Though I’ve been reading that it will be back to business as usual by episode two so I just have to get through the first episode. As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on season four. Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS

• Big Bang Theory

My favorite sitcom since Friends went off the air! This show has been doing some fantastic stuff in the geek culture. Season five ended with Howard going to the international space station, a dream for any nerd. “Badly go, Howard Wolowitz.” Season six has a lot of potential if the writers keep doing what they are doing. The adds of Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler were genius. I can’t wait to catch up with my favorite nerds. Premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. on CBS

• Grey’s Anatomy

Big plane crash. Lexie dies. Mark and Arizona were at death’s door, and Derek, Meredith and Christina were stranded in the woods. I was not happy with this show when the finale of season eight came to a close. Now it’s confirmed that Mark will also exit the show, which really bums me out. However, other things I have been reading about season nine have been encouraging. I guess I have to trust Shonda Rhimes to keep the show on course and not crash it into the nearest wooded area (too much?). Premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC

• Once Upon A Time

Ah, the best for last. Castle truly is my favorite show but Once is so very close. Season two has so much potential it’s impossible to put into words. At the end of it’s freshman season, the fairytale characters were “awakened” in the real world so they are no longer leading their brainwashed, timeless lives caused by the Queen’s dark curse. But all storybook characters remained in Storybrooke, Maine and weren’t transported back their own realm. The major twist at the end was Rumpelstiltskin brought magic to Storybrooke. Who knows what is going to happen now? And I imagine the reunion between Snow White and Prince Charming and their grown daughter Emma will be an interesting one to witness. Lots of options here. Premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on ABC

There you have it. I can’t wait for the next week!

*The only new show I plan on watching is NBC’s Revolution. It premiered Monday. I DVRed it, but I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. It’s on Mondays at 9 p.m. (same time as Castle). I’m trying to cut back on the shows I watch so I’m not looking to try any other new show. Although, ABC’s Nashville does look fairly intriguing. That starts in Wednesday, Oct. 10 so I’m still undecided on that one.


It’s worth noting that I also watch ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. It premieres the same night as Castle but I just don’t give reality TV the same amount of thought. Although the All-Star cast is the most exciting they’ve had in a while so I am eagerly anticipating this season.



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Key art for Season 5 of Castle. Photo belongs to ABC Studios.