So FOX and The CW want an opportunity to get new programming on the air without competition from the Big 3. So nearly all of their fall shows will have premiered by the time the season actually starts (9-22). And for the record My Network is basically waiting for Smackdown to premiere for them before they start their new shows.
MONDAY opens up with the penultimate episode of High School Musical: Get In The Picture on ABC, while NBC has Deal or No Deal and America's Toughest Jobs. And we've got those premieres on FOX and The CW. The CW brings us the second season premiere of Gossip Girl and the sixth season of One Tree Hill, while FOX has the two-hour fourth season premiere of Prison Break. Also on Monday is the first night of the Republican National Convention, covering the 10:00 hour. I'll be interested to see whether NBC is the highest rated for this like it was for the DNC. The agenda: Day 1 of the 39th Republican National Convention features President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Other speakers include Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Rick Perry, and Sens. Richard Burr, Norm Coleman, John Ensign and Mitch McConnell. From the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
TUESDAY-ABC has the season finale of Wanna Bet?. Wipeout is apparently a rerun. CBS brings us Big Brother, and NBC's got America's Got Talent. On The CW we've got the two-hour series premiere of 90210. And there's that Republican National Convention again: Day 2 of the 39th Republican National Convention, featuring former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani; former governors Mike Huckabee and Tom Ridge; Govs. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., Linda Lingle and Sarah Palin (this has apparently changed, see Wednesday's summary); Sen. Tom Coburn; former senator Fred Thompson; former lieutenant governor Michael Steele; and former U.S. treasurer Rosario Marin. From the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
WEDNESDAY-America's Got Talent continues to air on NBC, as does Greatest American Dog on CBS. The CW has the two-hour 11th season premire of America's Next Top Model (spoiler alert: one of those women was born a man!). And FOX brings us the two-hour 4th season premiere of a show that doesn't even have America in the title, Bones. Why does FOX hate America? Judging by their production codes, these look to be the episodes originally planned for last season (before the writer's strike). Republican National Convention, day 3: The vice-presidential nominee headlines Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. Other speakers include Cindy McCain, former governor Mitt Romney, Sens. Norm Coleman and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard chair and CEO Carly Fiorina and former eBay CEO and president Meg Whitman. From the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
THURSDAY-NBC is claiming that its Sunday Night Football premieres tonight, but that is patently absurd. What we can agree on is that it's the start of the NFL season, with the Washington Redskins playing the New York Giants. CBS has Big Brother, and if you missed CW's 90210 on Tuesday, they're airing it again tonight. FOX has the two-hour 2nd season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares, in which Chef Ramsey returns to places he appeared in last season. I'm going to take this opportunity to plug one of my favorite webcomics, chainsawsuit. It features frequent appearances by "Famous Chef", who is obviously Chef Gordon Ramsey.
And the final night of the Republican National Convention: John McCain delivers his acceptance speech as the 39th Republican National Convention concludes. Other speakers: Govs. Charlie Crist and Tim Pawlenty [what, he gets to speak *again*?]; Sens. Sam Brownback, Lindsey Graham and Mel Martinez; and former senator Bill Frist. From the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
FRIDAY-the Big 3 had so much fun airing the conventions together, that tonight they air Stand Up To Cancer, a cancer awareness show that will feature, among other things, Charles Barkley undergoing a televised colonoscopy. Jeez, he is hard up for money. If you don't want to watch that, there's the two-hour 3rd season premiere of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? on FOX. After the cancer show ends, CBS is airing the CBS Fall Preview, where they'll try to get you up to date on the fall lineup in only 30 minutes. NBC 's got the 2008 NFL Kickoff Show, which is also patently absurd as the season started on Thursday. And ending the night we have Dateline NBC, 20/20, and the series finale of Swingtown. I'll miss Swingtown in the same way that the Chicago Sun-Times is missing Jay Mariotti. And The CW has Friday Night Smackdown (4 weeks left).
SATURDAY is a night of sports, as ABC brings us the Chevy Rock and Roll 400, and CBS airs the US Open (Women's Championship). I'm going to guess that it's Serena Williams vs. Jelena Janković (I know I'm really going out on a limb there). FOX has the 21st season premiere of Cops and the 22nd season premiere of America's Most Wanted, but since they air basically all year, that's more of a technicality.
SUNDAY is the first full day of NFL Football games. NBC therefore has the season premieres of Football Night In America and Sunday Night Football (Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts). CBS airs Big Brother, ABC airs a special entitled America United: In Support of Our Troops: Scheduled to perform: Snoop Dogg; Janet Jackson; Toby Keith; ZZ Top; D.L. Hughley; Sam Moore; Carlos Mencia; Joe Nichols; Jessica Simpson; Clint Black; Kathy Griffin; Ne-Yo; Charlie Wilson; Girlicious; and the San Diego Chargers cheerleaders. Pamela Anderson, Ali Landry, Jordin Sparks and Shawne Merriman are slated to appear. What the Chargers cheerleaders "perform", and Jordin Sparks only "appears"? And Carlos Mencia probably stole Joe Rogan's spot in this too. FOX has a special Sunday premiere of Hole In The Wall, which will have another new episode next Tuesday before taking its Thursday time slot. The CW has reruns of the premieres of One Tree Hill and America's Next Top Model, in case you missed them.
TV OF THE WEEK Orphan Black: Season 2 (Blu-ray) (The W at Amazon) (Space/BBC America, 2014) Orphan Black: Season 2 Hell on Wheels: Season 3 [Blu-ray] (AMC, 2013) Hell on Wheels: Season 3 Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: Season 1 (Hallmark)