Excited for the upcoming fall TV lineup? You should be. We can finally say goodbye to “Entourage,” a show on its way out, and say hello again to “The League,” a show on the rise. The gay vampire f*ck fest of “True Blood” is over just as a new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (my personal favorite) begins. With the premieres of “Boardwalk Empire” and a new season of “Eastbound and Down,” HBO’s new fall lineup won’t disappoint either. In total, there are 20 new or returning TV shows that should be on every Bro's calendar this fall — here's our complete preview, in order of premiere date.
“Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX)
Premieres: Tonight, September 16, 10 p.m.
In my opinion this is one of the funniest shows on television. If you’ve never seen it before, do yourself a favor and start watching it religiously this fall. The premise is five sc*mbag friends who own a bar and are constantly scheming to get ahead in the world by cutting corners and screwing each other over. Their antics include faking their own deaths, pretending they have cancer, and exploiting any poor bastard who can’t help himself. The three friends who own the bar (Mac, Dennis, and Charlie) are absolutely hysterical and seem to make every situation f*cked up and about themselves. Dee is Dennis’s hot twin sister, who they constantly ridicule for being ugly even though she’s a smokeshow, and Danny DeVito plays their delirious father who just throws money at every problem he has. No matter what situation these guys find themselves in, hilarity ensues.
“The League” (FX)
Tonight, September 16, 10:30 p.m.
This is also one of FX’s best shows. The show follows the ups and downs of the members of a fantasy football league. Similar to ‘Always Sunny,’ the members are constantly screwing each other over through blackmail and whatever leverage they can hold over each other’s heads. All of the members seemed to have transitioned into their 30’s a little too quickly and are trying to hold on to that last bit of bro through their fantasy league. Their league follows them in almost every facet of their lives. For instance, in the first season, the first pick of the draft was given up for one of the member’s criminal client’s lesser sentencing. Whatever strategy the members use to get that competitive advantage, it always follows them to their real lives and usually gets them into trouble.
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Sunday, September 19, 9 p.m.
HBO’s new blockbuster series explores the beginning of Prohibition and organized crime in the early 1920s. Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is a corrupt politician in Atlantic City who recognizes the profits that can be made from the sale and distribution of alcohol during Prohibition. “Boardwalk Empire” also showcases a young Al Capone (Michael Pitt), just getting his feet wet as a gangster. Alcohol, sex, and jazz ruled the boardwalk in the 1920s and this show is guaranteed to deliver entertainment and impeccable historical detail every Sunday night. Oh yeah, did I mention the pilot is directed and the show is executive produced by Martin Scorsese?
Monday, September 20, 8 p.m.
At some point don’t you think the other doctors will just start listening to House and agree with him on all his diagnoses? And why aren’t sick people from around the country, making Lourdes-like pilgrimages to his hospital yet?
Monday, September 20, 9 p.m.
It seems like NBC has been hyping this for months, trying to cast it as the next “Lost.” The problem with shows like this is that you get hooked into them because everything is so f*cked up and mysterious, and then they get canceled after a season and a half and you never find out what anything meant. Come to think of it, did anyone who watched “Lost” know what it all meant seven seasons later?
“Hawaii Five-O” (CBS)
Monday, September 20, CBS, 10 p.m.
Normally re-makes like this don’t work or interest us, but we’ve really enjoyed Scott Caan’s performance this season on “Entourage,” and we’re betting high bikini babe action in this Honolulu-set drama.
“Running Wilde” (FOX)
Tuesday, September 21, 9:30 p.m.
The creators of “Arrested Development” are back with a new show is essentially about the same thing: stupid, crazy rich people. Steve Wilde (Will Arnett) plays an unbelievably rich idiot who is completely out of touch with reality who’s desperately trying to get (or buy) back his childhood sweetheart, the stunning girl-next-door Keri Russell.
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