Fall 2010 Television Preview.

by Meredith O'Brien

 

Clear your DVRs and TiVos. It’s time for new and returning fall TV shows, and if you’re in between babysitters, really, TV’s a pretty cheap date.

 

And while it’s true that shows premiere at all different times of the year now -- with small clusters beginning new seasons in the winter and spring -- autumn boasts the largest crop of ‘em. Here’s a group of shows which feature parents and families that I’ll be watching and later writing about for Mommy Tracked.

 

Sunday

 

Desperate Housewives, Sept. 26, 9 p.m., ABC

 

I used to love the Housewives, was eager to peek in on haps at the Lane. I was so enamored of its first season and its sharp suburban satire. Then it got sloppy, slack and silly. There’ve been several times when I was about to give up on it altogether. Last season there were moments of lunacy (hated the serial killer and the Angie-on-the-run arcs), but there were good parts too, like Lynette Scavo’s pregnancy discrimination story and storylines where Gaby had to deal with parenting challenges, which is why I haven’t completely given up on the show. Yet.

 

This season, the show’s seventh, features the addition of Vanessa Williams as Lynette’s former college “frenemy.” We’ll see.