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Sept. 1, 2012

Fall TV preview: the good and the bad

by Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
Television takes up so much time; each show takes up 30 minutes to an hour of your time each week, not to mention the hours wasted watching Friends re-runs. Over the summer, it was okay because you had the whole day to watch as much television as possible, but the start of school marks an end to the lazy days. The big problem? Fall TV brings so many new titles and old favorites. Luckily, we're here to tell you which shows are worth it and which shows are a waste of time.

The Mindy Project is a mix of silly and serious. Courtesy of FOX
The Mindy Project is a mix of silly and serious.
"The Mindy Project"
From Emmy award-nominated writer-producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling ("The Office") comes a new single-camera comedy that asks the age old question: can a successful career woman who is unlucky in love possibly have it all? The series follows single obstetrician and gynecologist Mindy Lahiri, played by Kaling, as she tries to navigate her way through her personal and professional life. As a mixture of romantic and awkward comedy, "The Mindy Project" is definitely worth your time this fall season.

"The Mindy Project" premieres Tuesday Sept. 25 at 9:30/8:30c on Fox.

Nashville has too much unnecessary drama to be really interesting. Courtesy of ABC
Nashville has too much unnecessary drama to be really interesting.
"Nashville "
The series follows Rayna James (Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"), a legendary country music superstar whose stardom is fading until she is offered a joint tour with rising star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, who wants to take Rayna's place. Unfortunately, "Nashville" seems like a show filled with too much unnecessary drama and maybe not worth your time this season.

"Nashville" premieres Wednesday Oct. 10 at 10/9c on ABC.

"New Girl"
"New Girl" is finally back. After the season finale scare of Nick moving out of the loft, what crazy adventures will Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and her roommates take us on this season? For one, Jess gets fired, which further unhinges her already crazy personality and we get to meet Jess' parents. And hopefully, Cece and Schmidt's relationship will progress even further. New Girl is a definite must watch show this season and totally worth your time.

"New Girl" season 2 premieres Tuesday Sept. 25 at 8:30/7:30c on Fox.

Go On has it's heart in the right place, but doesn't deliver. Courtesy of NBC
Go On has it's heart in the right place, but doesn't deliver.
"Go On"
The show follows comedy god Matthew Perry ("Friends"), as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, after a loss of his wife, finds solace from members of his mandatory group therapy sessions. Judging from the series premiere after Olympic coverage on Aug. 8, it seems that although the idea behind this show is sincere, the actual show will not be that funny. "Go On" is probably not worth your time this season.

"Go On" officially premieres on Sept. 11 at 9/8c on NBC.

"Jersey Shore"
All good things must come to an end, and the hit MTV show "Jersey Shore" is no exception. After six seasons of fist pumping, fighting, tanning and smooshing, the cast of the "Jersey Shore" will be saying goodbye to Seaside. This season of the "Jersey Shore," fans will be following Snooki in her pregnancy journey. Cameras were already on hand last week to capture the birth of her baby, Lorenzo. Jersey Shore is everyone's favorite guilty pleasure and definitely worth your time for one final season.

Season six of "Jersey Shore" premieres Oct. 4 at 10/9c on MTV.



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  • Guest1324394 on September 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM
    lololol implying jersey shore is a good thing...
  • HeyUsername on September 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM
    The lack of Doctor Who and the implication that Jersey Shore is a good thing, not to mention everything on this list is a bad sitcom or 'reality' TV show makes me feel that whoever wrote this has no sense of quality television.
    • Sophomore on September 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM
      I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IN THIS POST
  • Sophomore on September 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM
    I'm basically going to say again what I said in reply to HeyUsername:

    Where is Doctor Who? It's definitely a fall show - the season premiere was September 1st.

    This is a very small sliver of the TV shows airing this fall, and absolutely nothing for us science fiction nerds out there. Not everyone enjoys "awkward humor" and reality television. That the author of this article apparently decided to take all the shows for this review from two categories of shows: sitcoms and "reality" tv. That sci-fi, crime drama, and every other genre of show is completely left out is not representative of either the shows this fall OR the population of Blair.

    Well-written reviews individually, but try a broader spectrum of shows next time.
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