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Fall Television (October 24, 2008 - 2:54 a.m.)

We have been watching a lot of TV this fall. There are several new shows that are worth paying attention to, along with some of our old favorites.

We continue to follow "How I Met Your Mother." We started watching that from day one because Alison Hannigan, aka "Willow" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars in it. Along with Doogie Howzer as Barney Stinson. His character is very funny. It's actually a pretty good show about a group of friends.

Apparently, Ted still hasn't met the mother. Oh, and grown up Ted's voice is that guy from Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos. Right now I can't remember his name...oh, yeah. Bob Saget.

While watching "Mother" last season, we stumbled across one of the most adorable sitcoms I've ever seen, called "Big Bang Theory." This one is about a group of geek friends and the hot blonde that moves in across the hall from two of them. One of the geeks falls head over heels for the blonde (Penny), who is actually very friendly toward all of them. The dynamic of the group is really good, which makes the show very entertaining.

We also started watching "Two and a Half Men," which is Charlie Sheen at his worst. Or best. Not sure. Thing is, I really don't think he is acting in this show at all. I think he's just being himself.

We are, of course, continuing to follow "Bones," which we started watching because David Boreanaz, also of Buffy, stars in it. This show follows the exploits of Agent Boothe (Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, a character created by Kathy Reichs. They solve crimes by examining dead bodies, or what's left of them.

We're also continuing to follow "House," who has really become a grumpy old man this season. But maybe that's about to change, because it looks like his old buddy Wilson is coming back.

New shows that we have started watching...

We started "Fringe," but I don't know if we will keep it going or not. The first couple of episodes were a little disappointing.

One of the good ones, though is "The Mentalist." It's about a guy who used to pretend to be a psychic, but really is just very observant, kind of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Oh, and he can hypnotize people. Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane, who is the title character. Robin Tunney (remember the girl from "Empire Records" that shaved her head?) plays Teresa Lisbon, the detective that has to work with Jane. The writing is generally pretty good on this show.

Another good one (at least so far) is "Eleventh Hour," one that has been sort of transferred from the UK. This one stars Rufus Sewell (LOVE him) as Dr. Jacob Hood, a scientist who helps the police solve crimes. On the surface, it is very similar to "The Mentalist," except that Hood and his cohort Rachel Young (played by Marley Shelton), travel around a bit to solve their cases. The first episode featured an appearance by ex-Buffy boyfriend Marc Blucas. (Remember Riley?)

We've been through two episodes of "My Own Worst Enemy," which features Christian Slater. The premise is interesting, but it may be a little more espianogy than I like. He plays a covert agent who submitted to this process whereby a "switch" was placed in his brain which changes him back and forth between his real self and this harmless alter-ego with a wife and home. Problem is, the switch is malfunctioning, causing him change at the most in-opportune times. Like right in the middle of a mission.

Last night, we watched an episode of "Eli Stone" for the first time. Also a very interesting show.

I'm looking forward to "The Dollhouse" which is Joss Whedon's new venture back into television, featuring Eliza Dushku (Faith from Buffy). It's supposed to begin in January, I think. Then Christian Kane (Lindsey from Angel) is supposed to co-star in a show the Timothy Hutton on TNT, called "Leverage."

Too many shows! I don't know how we survived without the DVR!! Hahaha...We just didn't watch very much, that's how. We were probably better off. And now, we have this amazing DVR from AT&T U-verse, that records four channels at one time!!! Egad!!

TTFN, y'all!

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