Hoping fall TV schedule hits mark

Published 8:00 pm Sunday, September 23, 2012

When last we visited, I mentioned my childhood fascination with Christmas catalogs and always having looked forward to their arrival in the fall.

     Another publication that comes around this time of year is the fall preview issue of TV Guide.

     When I was a child, my folks didn’t get TV Guide and I always went to my aunt and uncle’s house to look at their copy. I sometimes tried to claim it once they were done with it for the week.

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     These days, the Internet and network “upfronts” in the spring have already provided ample previews of new fall shows well before they are ready to premiere. Plus, the explosion of networks available via satellite and cable has made television programming more of a year-round thing.

     Nevertheless, the other day I picked up a copy of this year’s TV Guide fall preview. It’s no longer digest size with mostly black and white pages, but rather a full-color magazine with a pullout schedule.

     Old TV Guides are collectable because they are, well, old. Like a lot of other publications now, new TV Guide issues occasionally have collectable covers; this year’s edition has five.

     I got the one featuring Stephen Amell, star of the new CW series, “Arrow.”

     Lately I’ve been telling people I don’t go a see a movie unless it has a superhero in it. (By the way, I’ll be getting a copy of “The Avengers” when it’s released on disc later this week.)

     It’s impossible to restrict my television viewing to superhero shows, but I’ll certainly give a show a try if it’s based on a comic book character.

     “Arrow,” you see, is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow.

     Green Arrow, with his vast array of trick arrows, including the infamous boxing glove arrow, was one of my favorite superheroes when I was growing up. I had several bow and arrow sets as a child, but I don’t remember ever putting on a boxing glove on an arrow.

     Glancing at the “Arrow” article, I don’t see any mention of trick arrows in the new show. That’s fine, I prefer the expert marksman-vigilante version of Green Arrow from more recent comic book issues.

       Anyway, back to the fall TV preview, “Arrow” is about the only thing I can say I’m “looking forward” to seeing. There may have to be some DVR scheduling in order for me to watch it, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. (Err, no pun intended.)

     “Arrow” premieres Oct. 10.

     Partly because it will be filling the 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot of one of my favorite shows, “The Mentalist,” which is moving to Sundays, “Elementary” could find its way into my viewing plans.

     Set in New York City, “Elementary” represents a modern take on the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson. I follow several whodunit shows now, so this one probably needs to be good from the start in order for me to continue.

     Andre Braugher, whom I really liked in TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age,” is back on TV as the captain of a nuclear sub in “Last Resort.” It’s scheduled for Thursdays at 7 p.m. on ABC.

     According to TV Guide, some war games go awry and the sub’s crew takes refuge on a Pacific island while they try to figure out why the U.S. Navy fired on them and fend off the island’s inhabitants. If “Last Resort” turns out to be anything like “Lost,” which I quit watching after a season or two, it could get lost among my viewing plans.

     The TV Guide schedule lists almost 20 new network shows for this fall. I don’t know how many will hit the mark, but I hope “Arrow” is at least one of them.

     That’s all for now.

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