Labor Day Weekend traditionally marks the end of summer, but I can't be too bummed, because it means fall TV isn't too far off. I've been trying to keep you in the loop about which shows are worth watching, but you don't have to take my word for it. Four of the five major networks have put together previews of their shows that are running on TV, online, or both. All of the programs except Fox's will be aired at the discretion of affiliate stations, so keep an eye on your local listings or just check out the clips online.
- Fox: Fox has put together a half-hour special previewing its new and returning fall shows, hosted by Wayne Brady. The half-hour show is scheduled to air Sunday at 7 p.m. and will feature clips from "House," "Prison Break," "K-Ville" and "Back to You," among others.
- ABC: ABC has not one, not two, but three half-hour specials previewing its new shows. "The New Wednesday" features editors from Entertainment Weekly talking about "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies" and "Dirty Sexy Money." People's editors step in front of the camera to preview the network's "Bigger, Bolder Thursday," and TV Guide's editors promote the network's new comedies in "The New Funny." Clips are online right now on ABC's YouTube channel.
To hear about NBC and The CW,
- NBC: NBC's "Primetime Preview" special is hosted by Greg Grunberg, live from the network's party at the TCA press tour. If your local station isn't airing it or you don't want to wait, the whole preview is already online. Start with part one and find the rest on NBC's YouTube channel. I highly recommend the segment on "Chuck."
- The CW: Thanks to the good people at the network's Dayton, Ohio, affiliate, there's no need to wait until this preview show turns up on your local station — you can just watch the whole thing online. Hosted by Erica Durance of "Smallville" and Terry Crews from "Everybody Hates Chris," the special has clips of all the network's new shows as well as returning favorites including "Beauty and the Geek" and "Supernatural."
- CBS: CBS doesn't have plans for an on-air special, but clips from the new and returning shows are online.