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Fall Television Preview

1 Two and a Half Men

With the warlock from Mars (Charlie Sheen) out of the picture, Ashton Kutcher is keeping his comedic career alive portraying the depressed billionaire Walden Schmidt in the wake of Sheen. After making billions selling out to Microsoft and then being dumped by his girlfriend, Walden meets Alan (John Cryer) while trying to drown himself. The two become friends after Alan talks Walden out of suicide and helps him find two rebounds. The addition of Kutcher to the cast looks promising for the show’s “TV Top 20” streak. Sheen reports that after viewing the premiere via Twitter that watching it was “odd…but cool!”

The Sheen drama surrounding the show will soon be resolved. Sheen settled his lawsuit for $25 million against former boss and “Two and a Half Men” producer Chuck Lorre for “unreasonable firing.” While the conflict should be over, Sheen’s egotistical personality will be ever-present.

“I’m Charlie Sheen, and in here burns an eternal fire,” Sheen said to conclude his Roast on Comedy Central. “I just have to remember to keep it away from a crack pipe.”

2. Dexter

Your favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), returns one year after the events of season five with his dark passenger’s thirst rekindled and his emotionless heart healed. Religion is the major overtone this season, forcing Dexter to question his convictions about his life thus far, his relationship with his four-year-old son, his sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) and his moral code. It will also help him understand the new killer threatening the innocents of Miami, whose cult-inspired crime scenes keep viewers rapt in sick fascination. Has Dexter finally met his match? Even more importantly, will this be the end of Miami’s dark avenger?

After the anticlimactic season five, many loyal followers were skeptical of the sixth season. But after viewing the premiere “Those Kinds of Things,” I can personally assure you that this season promises to be possibly the biggest game-changer yet. If there’s one element this series hasn’t lost, it’s shock factor. Only one thing’s for sure: no one is safe.


3. The Office

Following the replacement of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) by Andy Bernard (Ed Helms), season eight of “The Office” immediately kicks off with a drastic plot twist. This season, you can expect to see James Spader portraying Robert California, CEO of Sabre-Dunder Mifflin, another baby for Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinki), possible tension between Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and newly-wed Angela (Angela Kinsey), certain quarreling between Andy and Dwight over power and lots of hilarious drama. Although it won’t be the same “Office,” it seems the series will prevail this season.


4. Pan Am

Titled after the former airline, “Pan Am” is set in 1963 and follows the lives of four women (Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie) who become Pan Am stewardesses in order to climb the business ladder, escape relationship problems and see the world. Historical themes are integral to the plot. One stewardess is really an operative for the CIA in charge of detecting possible Communists en route by Pan Am (since the show takes place in the midst of the Cold War). This takes what could be a flippant show and gives it a serious twist.

Capturing the wonder, thrill and freedom of flight during this era, “Pan Am” is a unique drama that seems influenced by the suave setting of “Mad Men” coupled with the drama of “Sex and the City.” “Pan Am” is especially interesting because of its portrayal of independent women through their roles as stewardesses. This show is definitely one of the most hyped up new series for fall–and with good reason.


5. New Girl

Titled after the former airline, “Pan Am” is set in 1963 and follows the lives of four women (Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie) who become Pan Am stewardesses in order to climb the business ladder, escape relationship problems and see the world. Historical themes are integral to the plot. One stewardess is really an operative for the CIA in charge of detecting possible Communists en route by Pan Am (since the show takes place in the midst of the Cold War). This takes what could be a flippant show and gives it a serious twist.

Capturing the wonder, thrill and freedom of flight during this era, “Pan Am” is a unique drama that seems influenced by the suave setting of “Mad Men” coupled with the drama of “Sex and the City.” “Pan Am” is especially interesting because of its portrayal of independent women through their roles as stewardesses. This show is definitely one of the most hyped up new series for fall–and with good reason.

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