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Get Your TiVo Pumped and Primed

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A new season is here. And we’re not talking about the crisper fall-ish weather of late. Or even football. LAist is ready for the fall TV lineup. So bring it on.

We’re psyched that new scripted shows outnumber the mind-numbing “reality TV” pilots. Martha Stewartis the only reality show to make our list. And we’ve noticed a few other trends. There’s more sci-fi and suspense with new shows like Supernatural, Threshold, Surface and Invasion – filling in the huge crater left by The X-Files demise. The modern procedural crime drama pioneered by CSI is still producing more ripoffs and we’re going to watch every minute (of the pilots at least) of shows like Bones, Criminal Minds and The Night Stalker.

Bona fide movie actors are making their way onto the small screen this year with Geena Davis as president in Commander in Chief, Chris Rock lending his story to Everybody Hates Chris and Jason Lee playing a ne’er do well in My Name is Earl.

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Missing from our list are the Law & Orders, but we'll probably still squeeze in an ep occasionally; and quite dead is the half-hour sitcom formats we used to know. Yeah, we're passing on Joey or According to Jim episodes. The only sitcom we'll give a chance to is How I Met Your Mother. The romantic comedy's premise is cute and hey, Doogie Howser(Neil Patrick Harris) is back on TV. And if Kitchen Confidential is as Anthony Bourdain's book, it'll give How I Met Your Mother a run for it's money.

Here's a list of shows that LAist looking forward to this season, along with their premiere dates and times:

Alias - Thurs., Sept. 29 at 8 PM (ABC)
Arrested Development - Mon., Sept. 19 at 8 PM (FOX)
Bones - Tues., Sept. 13 at 8 PM (FOX)
Commander in Chief - Tues., Sept. 27 at 9 PM (ABC)
Criminal Minds - Thurs., Sept. 22 at 10 PM (CBS)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Las Vegas) - Thurs., Sept. 22 at 9 PM (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm - Sun., Sept. 25 at 10 PM (HBO)
Everwood - Thurs., Sept. 29 at 9 PM (WB)
Everybody Hates Chris - Thurs., Sept. 22 at 8 PM (UPN)
House, M.D. - Tues., Sept. 13 at 9 PM (FOX)
How I Met Your Mother - Mon., Sept. 19 at 8:30 PM (CBS)
Invasion - Wed., Sept. 21 at 10 PM (ABC)
Kitchen Confidential - Mon., Sept. 19 at 8:30 PM
Lost - Wed., Sept. 21 at 9 PM (ABC)
My name is Earl - Tues., Sept. 20 at 9 PM (NBC)
Nip/Tuck - Tues., Sept. 20 at 10 PM (FX)
Reunion on Thursdays at 9 PM (FOX)
Supernatural - Tues., Sept. 13 at 9 PM (WB)
Smallville - Thurs., Sept. 29 at 8 PM (WB)
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart - Wed., Sept. 21 at 8 PM (NBC)
Night Stalker - Thurs., Sept. 29 at 9 PM (ABC)
The West Wing - Sun., Sept. 25 at 8 PM (NBC)
Threshold - Fri., Sept. 16 at 9 PM (CBS)
Veronica Mars - Wed.,. Sept. 28 at 9 PM (UPN)
Will & Grace - Thurs., Sept. 29 at 8:30 PM (NBC)

We're also looking forward to 24, Deadwood, The L Wordand a few others launching after the new year. Thank the TV gods or else our TiVos (and minds) would be totally fried after all this boob tube watching.