Dammit.  Fall is here.  That means I’ll be watching more television than normal, instead of doing things I need to do.  Luckily I have a DVD/HDD recorder, so I can watch the shows when it is convenient for me.  I’ve had this thing for three years now, and it is beautiful.  While it doesn’t have the ease of use associated with a TiVo, it gets the job done.  Switching from cable to satellite certainly hasn’t made programming it any easier, but I’ll manage.

Along with Smallville, The Unit, Las Vegas, and House, there are four new shows I have decided to give a chance.  I went through the current issue of TV Guide to help me choose.  They are Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, 30 Rock, Heroes, and Shark.

The first two are both fictitious behind-the-scenes looks at live sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night LiveStudio 60 is a drama, while 30 Rock is a comedy.  I’ve been a huge fan of SNL for years.  I even watch when the show sucks, as it has been for the past several years.  I’m hoping at least one of these two shows can deliver the goods.  And hopefully Tina Fey can write better material for 30 Rock than she did for SNL.

Heroes is for the comic book nerd in me.  It’s about people all over the world who discover they have various powers, such as flight, mind reading, invulnerability, etc.  Then these people must discover what they hell they are going to do with their powers.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Finally, there is Shark.  I like James Woods, and from what I’ve heard and read, this show has some high expectations.  Woods is a defense attorney-turned prosecutor, and he’s a jerk.  I think it will be good.  So does everybody else.  I can’t wait.