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Fall TV season

September 12, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
The fall TV season is nearly upon us, with new episodes of most network shows airing the third or fourth week in September. After ignoring my TV most of the summer, I decided to check out what's on the schedule and there are at least a few new shows I'm interested in.

Both "Hostages" and "The Blacklist" will air at 9 p.m. Mondays, the same time as ABC's "Castle," which has been one of my favorite programs. Judging by previews, CBS's "Hostages" stars Dylan McDermott as a rogue FBI agent who takes a surgeon and her family hostage. If the surgeon (Toni Collette), who is operating on the President of the United States the next day, doesn't let him die, the surgeon's family will be killed. NBC's "The Blacklist" is about a master criminal (James Spader) who turns himself into the FBI and offers to help them catch all the criminals on his "blacklist" on condition that they let him work with a rookie female profiler. Both shows are billed as thrillers; both sound like the sort of thing I'd like. I also like both McDermott and Spader as actors. Meanwhile, "Castle" seems ready to shake things up by possibly sending main character Kate Beckett out of town to work for the government, at the same time she could be getting engaged to Rick Castle. It's a real shame that the fiendish TV execs are going to make me choose which one of these three shows to watch on Monday nights. Luckily, I have a HuluPlus subscription. What did TV viewers do before DVRs and online viewing?

The only other new show I'm even mildly interested in is ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," a spin-off of its fairy tale show "Once Upon a Time." The star is, you guessed it, Alice in Wonderland, who seems to have a couple of romantic interests who weren't part of the original story. The show could be very good or it could turn out to be very lame. "Once Upon a Time," which will return this season and airs on Sundays on ABC, sort of fell apart plot-wise last season, so this type of show doesn't always work well. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Most of the TV viewing I fit in this season will probably be of established shows like "Castle" and "Bones" (this season, a serial killer will be caught and Booth and Brennan will be getting married, according to the executive producer) which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays on FOX and "The Mentalist," which airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on CBS.

On "The Mentalist," the executive producer promises serial killer Red John will finally be revealed after five seasons, which ought to boost viewers for a few episodes. The pursuit of the serial killer who killed the wife and daughter of main character Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) has been the show's main schtick, so I hope the reveal makes it all worth it. Red John ought to be played by a good actor and he ought to be believable as the nearly omnipotent killer. Much as I like the characters on "The Mentalist," the fiendish serial killer really ought to take out some people we like before his reign of terror comes to a bloody end. I vote for Agents Rigsby and Van Pelt to be the sacrificial lambs since I like Agents Cho and Lisbon the best. I suppose a show called "The Mentalist" probably can't kill off "the mentalist" and continue for very long, so Jane himself is probably safe.

Which shows are you looking forward to this season?


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