The coming of fall signals many things; new classes, a new chance to root for your favorite football team and, of course, a new season of television programming.
Sure, college is a time for making friends, indulging in video gaming and maybe even completing a few homework assignments.
But don’t forget to set aside some time for the good ol’ “idiot box.”
Since Temple dorms are not yet supplied with viewing access to “Sex in the City”or “The Sopranos,”many of us must make do with whatever the 6 major networks serve up.
Wading through the fall line-up, here are seven shows that could be worth closing your books.
“Boomtown”– This new NBC drama was billed as the season’s best by Entertainment Weekly. Former-New-Kid-On-The-Block-member Mark Wahlberg joins an impressive cast as a police detective in a less-than-glamorous section of Los Angeles.
Boomtown promises a look at the down ‘n’ dirty crime in the “City of Angels.”
Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
“CSI: Miami”– CBS attempts to build a “Law & Order”-esque franchise with this spin-off.
Former “NYPD Blue”actors David Caruso and Kim Delaney light up the leading roles with megawatt star-power.
The original “CSI”has proven to be a ratings juggernaut, and CBS promises the same formula with a flashy Miami slant.
Decomposing bodies will be found every Monday night at 10 p.m.
“Haunted”– UPN follows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”on Tuesday at 9 p.m. with Matthew “Party of Five”Fox as a private investigator that sees dead people.
Hmmm, where have we heard that before? This show is being heavily hyped as a spooky alternative to the stable of sitcoms offered on the other networks.
“Fastlane”– MTV’s Bill Bellamy and Tiffani Amber Thiessen of “Saved By the Bell”and “90210”are undercover cops with an unlimited budget for fast cars, hot clothes and serious weapons.
Created by the director of “Charlies’ Angels,”this is a cop show for only the fast and furious. Count on plenty of stunts and special effects racing into your home every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on FOX.
“Birds of Prey”– The WB’s newest super-hero flick debuts on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Based on the popular DC comic book, a Batman-less Gotham is defended by the Huntress, Oracle and Black Canary . Shemar Moore of “Soul Train”shares the screen with the spandex-clad babe trio.
“Push, Nevada”– Created by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, this offbeat mystery series airs on Thursday at 9 p.m. Shot in a film noir style, “Push”offers viewers a huge incentive for watching regularly.
If you can figure out where the fictional missing money is, you have a shot at winning real moolah.
“Firefly”– According to Fox, if you like Westerns and sci-fi (but have never liked them together), then you will love Firefly. Created by Joss Wheldon from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,”the pilot episode cost a budget-crushing $9 million.
Tune in for Weldon’s trademark snappy writing and expensive special effects.
So there you have it, seven shows that may or may not make you laugh, cry or just rot your brains.
Either way, they all have to be better than another night of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”
Matthew Ray can be reached at temple_news.com