The fall television season has finally come upon us. It was one long summer of reruns — and, of course, really bad reality shows — but we made it. This season 30 new programs will be hitting the small screen in the next couple of weeks. Here are my top five picks for this season.
FOX 9-10 p.m., beginning Oct. 30
Kiefer Sutherland plays an agent who has to stop the assassination attempt on a popular presidential candidate. Each episode takes place in one hour of real time with the whole series equaling one day. Because of this, the show is a little slow to begin with, but once you get use to the style, things speed up.
FOX 8:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays
Judd Apatow, the mastermind behind Freaks and Geeks, executive produces this realistic view of college life through the eyes of Steven (newcomer Jay Baruchel) a geeky high school student who vows to become the big man on campus. Apatow is really in tune with his inner-teen self.
WB 9-10 p.m., beginning October 16
A new perspective on the life of Superman. Tom Welling plays Clark Kent, a student at Smallville high who is coming to terms with his powers while discovering his first love, Lana Lang. However, “Smallville” is not just a show for Superman followers. The special effects are great, the cast isn’t too shabby and the story lines are very unique.
ABC 10-11p.m., beginning Sept. 25
You can not mention this year’s fall season without trying to give a plug for “Philly.” NYPD Blue alum Kim Delaney plays recently divorced defense attorney Kathleen Maguire. Sound like “Judging Amy?” Though the two share the same premise there are a lot of differences, plus it is just neat to see some of the exteriors shot around the city.
NBC 9:30-10 p.m., beginning Sept. 25
Is “ER” your favorite show? Then you probably will love “Scrubs,” the comedy version of the very serious hit drama. The show follows four interns and their daily lives in the ER. With plenty of laughs, “Scrubs” should keep you entertained.
Don’t forget some of our returning favorites. On Sept. 25 we will discover which “Friend” is pregnant and on Oct. 2 we’ll learn the fate of Buffy (which is now on UPN). For this and more, don’t forget to tune into the fall season.