Prime-Time Fall Favorites.

by Meredith O’Brien


The kids are back in school. The crisp edge of autumn can be felt in the air, at least here in New England where I live. Aside from the apple picking, pumpkin carving and fall festival attending to which many folks look forward, there’s one more reason to embrace this time of year: New TV shows premiering. While it’s true that a good number of programs now commence their seasons throughout the year -- namely the winter and spring – the kick-off of the traditional fall season is when you get the biggest dose of new original programming.


I’ve perused the slate of season premieres and singled out some TV shows which I think would be of interest to Mommy Track’d readers. From several new kooky family-centric comedies and a drama featuring a betrayed political wife, to a comedy about a divorced fortysomething starting to date, all manner of mom are coming to TVs this fall:



Desperate Housewives, ABC, 9 p.m., Sept. 27


The housewives are back. When we last left the residents of Wisteria Lane, Edie Britt had died. Mike Delfino had rescued his ex-wife Susan Mayer and their son M.J. from the hands of a homicidal maniac. Mike had left his fiancé Katherine Mayfair in the airport, from which they were supposed to depart for Las Vegas to get married. Cancer survivor, ad exec and mother of four Lynette Scavo found out she’s pregnant with twins. Teasers for the sixth season premiere show an unfortunate “bride wars” type of skirmish between Susan and Katherine (Mike was seen at a wedding with a heavily veiled bride at the end of the finale). Me, I’m looking forward to Lynette getting a good storyline, like she used to have lo so many seasons ago.


Brothers & Sisters, ABC, 10 p.m., Sept. 27


In last season’s finale, Tommy Walker had fled to Mexico after he got caught orchestrating a crooked business deal. Despite his family’s attempts to bring him back to California, Tommy decided to remain at the Mexican spiritual retreat. Kitty Walker and Robert McCallister, who was recovering from a serious heart attack and planning a run for governor, were talking separation even though they’d recently adopted a baby boy Evan. (Kitty, angry about Robert’s upcoming campaign, had flirted with the notion of having an affair with a widower at-home dad.) Rebecca Harper and Justin Walker got engaged and immediately got into a fight about it while in Mexico. At least we know that their engagement is still on based on the season four premiere promos.



Accidentally on Purpose CBS, 8:30 p.m., Sept. 21


This new half-hour comedy features Jenna Elfman, from Dharma & Greg, as a single, thirtysomething film critic who got pregnant during a one-night-stand with a young twentysomething after her longtime boyfriend who she’d hoped would become her husband – a guy who’s also her boss (played by Grant Show) -- dumped her.


Regarding "Cougar Town", I believe the title refers to the high school mascot (the Cougar), NOT the annoying, outdated word for hot, older women on the prowl. Courteney said that in an interview, but it seems like they're going for both meanings.