Fall TV 2010: New and returning shows premiering this week
Sons of Anarchy
Tuesdays on FX at 9pm
Last season's finale saw the kidnapping of Jax's infant son Abel by a gunrunning IRA member who believes Abel's grandmother, Gemma, killed his son. That's a lot of fuel to start your season off with as the Sons are still trying to locate the infant. Meanwhile, Gemma's on the run and finds herself reuniting with her sickly father.
America's Next Top Model
Wednesdays on CW at 7pm
Cycle 15 of the cutthroat modeling competition revs up this week.
Wednesdays on CW at 8pm
This show looks like it could have been title Bring It On Again and Again and Again... Aly Michalka (of Aly & AJ fame) plays Marti Perkins, a young college student who has lost her scholarship and has discovered that the only way to support her education is to win a spot on Lancer University's award-winning cheerleading squad, the Hellcats. While earning a spot on the Hellcats will give her the financial assistance she needs to stay in school, it will also bring with weekly, fresh cheer-related drama.
Wednesdays on FX at 9pm
Cop and detective shows are a dime a dozen, especially on basic cable, so the big question when a new one comes along is what it will offer to set itself apart from the rest of the pack. Terriers starts off with good pedigree by way of executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and writer Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven) but it doesn't rest on those credits alone, offering a pilot episode the finds a harmonious balance between the show's darker and lighter sides. Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood) star as a pair of unlicensed private detectives that solve cases as petty as retrieving a pet for a divorcée or as intense as tracking down an old friend's missing daughter. If they can keep up this pace, Terriers should prove to be a lot of fun.
The Vampire Diaries
Thursdays on CW at 7pm
Damon and Stefan reel from the news that Katherine has returned and set out immediately to find her and determine whether she poses a threat to the town (I'm going to go with a big YES on that one).
Thursday on CW at 8pm
I guess some stories just never get old as Luc Besson 1990 film, La Femme Nikita, finds life as television adaptation. This go-around finds Nikita played by Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III) as a former death row inmate turned assassin and spy. After being betrayed by the agency she worked for, Nikita went into hiding for three years and now she's refreshed and ready for a little revenge. It's nice to see the CW getting its girl power on again as the network's parents (WB and UPN) once housed such tough heroines as Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, in recent years has seemed content to focus their energies on the more shallow ends of female representation. Yes, it would have been nice if they could have picked material that hasn't already seen both a film and television adaptation, but I'm willing to give Q's Nikita a whirl.