The new Fall TV season: cougars, spinoffs, a FlashForward and the choice between quality or Jay Leno
Surprisingly, at least to this critic, it does. Cool as cable has become, it still doesn't offer enough solid entertainment to make up for the three months when the networks turn into havens for bad reality shows and series too lame to air when it really counts.
But this fall, like every one in recent years, fell like a serious watershed. If last year was about recovering from the writer's strike's long shadow, this fall is about a choice:
On Sunday, I laid out the choices in our annual Fall TV preview; turns out TIME magazine is right, Jay Leno is the future of TV (and if these guys who snuck into one of Leno's test shows are right, the future looks an awful lot like the old Tonight Show.) Whether his new 10 p.m. show works or not holds the answer to the question asked above -- so we all better be looking hard when he returns to the small screen tonight.
And here's preview clips from the two best pilots of the fall season. What are you looking forward to?