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Fall TV Preview: Five New Shows to Watch

All summer long, I've been giving you my first impressions of the networks' new shows. Now, with fall TV upon us, it's time to tell you which shows are deserving of space on your TiVo and which ... well, aren't. Last week I told you about five shows I'll be skipping this fall and five that I think are total tossups. Today brings my favorite of the lists: the five shows that I think are most likely to earn a season pass on my TiVo.

5. "Gossip Girl" — Many of you have already gotten a chance to weigh in on "Gossip Girl," which certainly ranks among the fall's most highly anticipated shows. Like "The OC," which made "Gossip Girl" co-creator Josh Schwartz famous, "Gossip Girl" is all about the plight of super-rich kids who drink too much and make bad choices, and if you're not generally a fan of teen shows, "Gossip Girl" probably won't change your mind. But beyond the soapy exterior lurks an appealing (and generally age-appropriate) cast and an immensely popular book series from which any number of tantalizing stories can be drawn. I'm not sure it's the next "OC" quite yet, but the potential is there.

4. "Reaper" — "Reaper," a dude comedy from two women who earned their chops as writers on "Law & Order: SVU," could become one of the CW's first big breakout hits. Kevin Smith's influence can be felt all over the pilot, which showcases leading man Bret Harrison and hilarious sidekick Tyler Labine as a couple of unlikely heroes who work as bounty hunters for the devil. It's an unlikely premise, but it's got smart execution and humor to spare. But maybe the greatest thing about "Reaper" is the casting of Ray Wise as Satan himself; one look at that creepy smile, and I was sold.

For the top three I'll be watching,

3. "Dirty Sexy Money" — Any show starring Peter Krause will always get the benefit of the doubt from me, but "Dirty Sexy Money" didn't need any charity. The pilot episode was one of the strongest I watched. I have faith in the show's creator, former "Six Feet Under" writer Craig Wright, and I suspect that before long, this glitzy story of the high-powered Darling family and the well-meaning lawyer (Krause) who gets caught up in their antics will be must-see TV. In addition to Krause, there are several other standouts among the cast, especially William Baldwin and relative newcomer Seth Gabel.

2. "Chuck" — My words when I finished watching the pilot for "Chuck": "I don't know what that just was, but it was so much fun." It's the second buzzworthy show from Josh Schwartz this fall, and it's certainly the more whimsical of the two. Zachary Levi is instantly magnetic as a slacker who ends up being a key national security operative after the world's spy secrets are downloaded into his brain. The show has a fight scene with a ninja, a car chase involving a Volkswagen Beetle, and — as of last week — Rachel Bilson. If the show can maintain its sense of humor, it will deserve to be a hit.

1. "Pushing Daisies" — What can I say about this "forensic fairytale" that hasn't been said already? "Pushing Daisies," certainly the most-gushed-about pilot this year among critics, is unlike anything else on TV. It feels like a storybook, or a movie, or a particularly vivid dream I had once. Maybe the best word to describe it is "precious" — it's the kind of show that its fans will truly fall in love with. Lead actors Lee Pace and Anna Friel may be little known now, but that won't last for long if people tune into this gem. The immensely quotable script, inventive sets and unique characters should appeal to anyone looking for a little something different on television. It also features numerous shots of delectable pies, and if that doesn't earn it a spot on your viewing schedule, I don't know what will.

"Pushing Daisies" and "Dirty Sexy Money" photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.
"Reaper" and "Gossip Girl" photos courtesy of The CW
"Chuck" photo Source

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kishistar kishistar 8 years
I havent seen the premieres of Reaper or Chuck yet, but Gossip Girl seems pretty cool, in all its cheesy teen drama glory, and from the one episode ive seen, dirty sexy money is at least pretty damn funny. im VERY happy to see Pushing daisies mentioned though! i was instantly addicted from the moment i saw the pilot. great picks :)
emilyagogo emilyagogo 8 years
Holy Cow - Pushing Daisies is freakin' GREAT!!! Love, love, LOVE it already (and just as I had nearly given up on primetime television!). I insist you all give it a go! ;)
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
I'm not watching Gossip Girl. I haven't heard of Reaper, but it sounds good. Not watching "Dirty Sexy Money" either. Chuck sounds funny, but I doubt I'll watch it. and Idk about the last one.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Wake me when something more diverse hits the radar :zzz:
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
"Looking forward to Dirty Sexy Money and seeing Peter Krause again." Me too! I LOVED six feet under!
lala788 lala788 8 years
I'm so excited that PB is back , all the other shows i'll give them a chance
yyam084 yyam084 8 years
i'm interested now to watch chuck, bec of rachel... before i was only rooting for gossip girl and pushing daisies...
demeter demeter 8 years
I definitely am thrilled for 1, and excited for 4 and 5. The others I don't care about.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I thought Bionic Woman could go either way — I liked the pilot, but it didn't totally grab me. Sarah Connor doesn't start till midseason, so I'll write more about it then! I don't think the tone of Pushing Daisies will work for everyone, and I think the biggest knock against it will be that it's too precious, but for me personally, I enjoyed watching something so thoroughly fantastical.
Gabi-Martinez Gabi-Martinez 8 years
All I hear is poeple saying how much they LOVE the new show Pushing Daises, but I've seen the pilot, and I don't know, but it just isn't that good. I feel like I'm watching a show made for children, like reading a children's book but instead watching it. It's too sweet, to unreal (I know Heroes is unreal too, but at least that's in a better way. still feels more realistic because of the envirment around). I really wanted to like PD, and I'm gonna watch it anyhow, maybe it gets better. I loved Chuck though. LOVED it. But what about Bionic Woman and Sarah Connor Chronicles? i love those pilots, and I am really looking forward to see more episodes.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Looking forward to Dirty Sexy Money and seeing Peter Krause again.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
the only one of these i'm absolutely not interested in is dirty sexy money. i've heard tremendous things about all of the others. i did watch the pilot of gossip girl (thanks buzz) and LOVED it! definitely gives me my 'teen angsty, oc-esque' fix.
verily verily 8 years
I am really looking forward to Pushing Daisies, which seems to share some of Ugly Betty's whimsical feel. I'll tune in for Reaper, but I'm not so sure about it. The other 3 are not my kind of shows.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
i just want ugly betty
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 8 years
I need to write this stuff down so I'll know when it debuts.
Phil Phil 8 years
Pies!? That might be the most evil tactic for winning over the hearts of viewers that a television show has ever conceived! Who doesn't love/isn't addicted to some type of pie!! I really can't wait for this show. Pilot season is so much fun... plus we get to see all the new, and in some cases inventive commercials!!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I've seen a handful of pilots already this year and Reaper and Chuck are tied for my two favorite. I'm excited for both and my TiVo season pass is already set. I'm also stoked for Pushing Daisies, but have yet to see the pilot. Going into the Fall TV season with three new shows to watch is great- it almost makes up for the loss of Gilmore Girls, Sopranos, OC, and the lack of Lost until next year. Almost. :)
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