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Fall TV: Yes and No, and where to watch

Surprisingly enough, I’ve devoted some time to a few of the new series and seasons on this fall’s TV menu which offers an overwhelming number of choices. Here are the Yes’s, the No’s, and the answers to where to watch (and when), if at all:

Glee (FOX): I first heard about Glee months ago when the pilot aired. I didn’t pay much attention, though, because I was baffled by the idea of showing a pilot episode months before the real start to the series. I also didn’t pay attention because it seemed like it would High School Musical: The TV Series.

My suspicion was mildly correct. Yes, there is a high school. Yes, there is singing (which sounds much too studio produced), as well as dancing (which isn’t too bad). There is a young, talented, good-looking cast. But what Glee has that HSM doesn’t is just enough sexual humor to make me laugh but not entirely disgust me to the point where I would consider it vulgar. The show couples this humor with character reactions that are absolutely hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud.

Plus, the characters sing songs that were hits decades ago, a few years ago, and mere weeks ago. There’s something for everyone when it comes to the music.

What’s the say? YES
to music, dancing and refreshing characters (including a cute football player/glee club member with a fauxhawk). Watch Wednesday nights on FOX, 9/8c.

Melrose Place (The CW): This new series is a remake of the ’90s show by the same name. The pilot has the normal drama expected from a remake/extension series — sex, lies, murder, mystery, but nothing to really sink your teeth into.

The worst part of the show is Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. She couldn’t act on 7th Heaven and her 2005 film Undiscovered was just that. I’m surprised she got another chance. The casting director must have been hoping third time’s a charm. Nope. Michael Rady, who plays Jonah on the show, is the charm.

The best plot line will probably grow out of Jonah and Riley’s (Jessica Lucas) relationship. Rady has the same charm he has portrayed in past characters from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and TV’s Greek. But that’s what is loved about him, so be glad he hasn’t lost the charm.

What’s the say? YES to Rady, and yes to everyone else who shines 1o times brighter in scenes opposite Mrs. Wentz. Watch online at, a few days after it airs.

America’s Next Top Model
(The CW): Oh, yes, Tyra is back for Cycle 13 of the show were girls cat fight and Tyra talks in random foreign accent because … well, no one understands why. What’s interesting about this season is all the girls are 5’7″ or shorter.

According to Tyra, this makes them petite (which officially labels this 5’6″, 145 lb critic as a petite, plus-size model! What?). After the long, long 2-hour premiere Wednesday night, I need a break before next week’s episode.

There were two girls in the business of castrating cows/sheep, a girl who lives in a trailer with no toilet, an orphan, a crazy “Christian,” and a girl from my hometown of Louisville, Colo. Not only did we get introduced to 20+ girls, it was makeover week! I wish Tyra would move the makeover episode further into the season, like the good ole days.

Do you see why I need a break from ANTM? That’s not a good thing, Tyra. I normally love your show.

What’s the say? YES to cheering on the Louisville girl who used to work in the coffee shop my family frequented (before it closed a few months ago). Watch online at You can also see the girls’ portfolio pictures online.

Project Runway
(Lifetime): Sorry, Heidi (the other Victoria’s secret model with a competition show that includes fashion and a catwalk … and cat fights, occasionally). The move to Lifetime is not working. Nina Garcia works for Marie Claire now, not Elle, Michael Kors is missed, and the guest judge choice for the premiere? Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan? Yikes.

Those aren’t the only changes. The designers are now in LA, not NYC. At least they still shop at Mood. Is that the only thing that hasn’t changed? Hedi is still there, thank goodness. Without her there is no point in auf-ing anyone.

The contestants this time around seem to be without personality, without passion and without any punch. Where’s the magic the show had when it was on Bravo? It was left in NYC, no doubt.

What’s the say? NO to too many changes. I think the hardest thing about watching this show is flipping the channel to Lifetime. So just don’t. Maybe Bravo can get the show back … somehow … maybe? Please?

Models of the Runway
(Lifetime): This half-hour spin-off from Project Runway follows the models on the show. They have no say in their chances of winning the show; it is all up to the designer with whom they are working.

Therefore, there is no point to the show.

What’s the say? NO to a complete waste of time.

Greek (ABC Family): If you have never seen this show, Netflix the first two seasons, watch them quick and hop on the bandwagon. I never thought I would enjoy watching a show about the Greek system on college campuses, but I love this show.

This season’s first two episodes has proved the show still has the fire to naturally rattle off pop culture references while building characters who, at this point in the series, feel like peers. Casey and Cappie are, yet again, dealing with their feelings for each other (just get together, guys!), Rusty is happier than ever with Jordan, Calvin is hooking up with his hottie Kappa Tau brother/roommate (double trouble), and Rebecca is making the same old unwise decisions regarding other people’s boyfriends, including Ashleigh’s. Add on all the other subplots, and this will surely be a season full of shockers.

What’s the say? YES, yes and yes, to laughs, unpredictability and the undergraduate experience I (thankfully) didn’t have. Watch it Mondays at 9/8c (the same time Gossip Girl is on … which, by the way, is tearing me in two).

Coming soon

Vampire Diaries (The CW): The vampire craze continues with this new series, which premiered Thursday. The show stars Nina Dobrev (from Degrassi: The New Generation) as the object of a vampire’s affection, set in a high school. Watch an encore presentation Sunday night 8/7c.

Gossip Girl (The CW): You know you love her. The show that saved The CW returns for its third season, Monday at 9/8c. xoxo.

The Amazing Race (CBS): It’s a ways off, but you never know what you’re going to get when you watch people race around the world in 21 days. The 15th race around the world begins Sept. 27 at 8/7c. I can’t wait to hear that theme music again; there’s just something about it that gets me pumped!

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