Alright… it’s the beginning of a new television season… can you smell it in the air?… i’m going to try to stay ahead of the game here and preview some of what’s coming back, what’s debuting, and what i’m watching throughout this fine premiere week… as always, a plethora of shows clogs up the DVR, and i expect a handful to be wiped from our memories within six weeks… since, today is Monday, we’ll start with Monday…

WELCOME BACK: MONDAY…

returning to my television on Monday nights are How I Met Your Mother, Castle, and Chuck… first, HIMYM as the insiders abbreviate it… half hour comedy which is basically the modern version of Friends… Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Siegel, and a great ensemble cast… at it’s best, it is the funniest thirty minutes on television… unfortunately, those moments have gotten fewer and further between… i’m really hoping that this season proves to be a return to form… next, Castle… Nathan Fillion plays the lead, a mystery writer in the vein of Stephen King meets Dannielle Steele perhaps, who tags along with potential love interest, a detective… it’s usually good for a few laughs and an interesting storyline… low commitment, but a lot of fun… and finally Chuck… i clearly remember reading this premise a few years back and discarding it offhandedly, expecting it to last no more than five episodes… but there’s an uncanny charm about the cast and the stories, though rather unbelievable, are engaging at times and works pretty well… this season promises to unveil the identity of Chuck’s mom and all the mystery surrounding that situation…

the follosing shows are back, but i don’t really care because i don’t watch them: House, 90210, Gossip Girl, and Dancing with the Stars

NEW: MONDAY…

so there are four and a half new hours of television slated for Monday nights that caught my eye… first up, LoneStar on FOX, which features Jon Voight and some guy playing a con man with a couple wives and a life fraught with lies… it seems this has mixed reviews, but at best it’s going to be an interesting character study, at worst, it’s going to be this year’s Smith or My Own Worst Enemy

next up, the most hyped show of the year… The Event… as far as i can tell, this is the closest thing to a LOST successor in any lineup… i don’t know too much about it, but it seems to be a serialized drama with lots of twists and turns and unexpectedness… and it too, has mixed reviews… and as much as i’m intrigued by it, i’m also concerned because it’s on NBC and we know how well they do with these kinds of shows… still, fingers crossed for some solid story-telling…

also on NBC, the potential 24 replacement, Chase… this show apparently follows the adventure of a really good US Marshall as she, you guessed it, chases a fugitive… i don’t think there are any one-armed men, but we can all hope for an inspiring speech from the girl playing the Tommy Lee Jones character as we follow this “hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse”… oddly enough, Sucre from Prison Break is in this as well, but i think he’s on the other side of the law this time… i don’t have the highest of expectations on this one, but it may be worth checking out…

and then, there’s Hawaii Five-0… a series reboot, with Jin from LOST and a whole new attitude… i’m entusiastic about this show simply because the cast looks good and it’s sure to be a silly time of action and cop drama… a good throwaway hour if nothing else… on a side note, up until earlier today, i’ve never seen an episode of the original series, but i watched one called Samauri and it was pretty good… not that it has anything to do with this new series, but still…

finally, there’s a new half-hour comedy… Mike & Molly features two fluffy leads going through the dating process… he’s from Yes, Dear and she’s from Gilmore Girls and i don’t expect that this show is going to be around long enough to change either of those reference points… but while it lasts, it might be good for a chuckle or two…

MOVED OR M.I.A.: MONDAY…

just a few notes for those scratching their heads looking for the following shows… Big Bang Theory has moved to Thursday nights… Heroes is dead, done, and over, and i’m pretty sure neither Sylar nor the Cheerleader can bring it back again… also cancelled: Accidentally on Purpose – you know the sitcom with Jenna Elfman and that dude that’s half her age… Lie to Me moved to Wednesday nights, The Good Guys to Fridays, and Trauma… i guess that was cancelled, too… i never watched it…

So that’s Monday… what shows are you looking forward to… what shows did you enjoy… what shows did i miss…

i’ll be back tomorrow with a look at Tuesday’s line up…

peace… love… bdg…