What Are You Watching This Fall?

The fall TV lineup is in full swing, and I’m having a REALLY hard time keeping up with my 9:00 pm bedtime and 5:30 am wake time. It doesn’t help that it’s still dark outside when that alarm goes off.

Let’s have a moment of silence and remember summer, shall we?

Bright sunshine streaming through my window with its cheerful morning greeting… lazy mornings in our pj’s… the heat of the noon-day sun beating down while the kids splash in the pool and soak up that glorious vitamin D… late evenings hanging out in the ‘hood… no deadlines… no bus stop… no homework…

Ahhh summer, how I miss you.

The one good thing about fall, other than pumpkin pie, is the fresh, brand spanking new TV schedule. I haven’t picked up any new shows this year because I have enough to keep up with as it is, but I eagerly set my DVR to record all my old favorites — Survivor, The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars, Parenthood, and GLEE!

Unfortunately, GLEE, one of my favorites from last season, has fallen out of favor with me this year. I just can’t get into it. It’s suddenly so dumb. Is it just me? I turned it off mid-episode last week and haven’t watched it since.

Survivor, on the other hand, amazes me with its ability to hold my interest after what, 17 seasons?? It’s such a great study of human nature. Or perhaps I’m just that simple. But for whatever reason, I’m still riveted. My son really wants to watch it too (he’s almost 11) but I feel like it’s a bit much for him. Does anyone let their kids watch Survivor? What are your thoughts on that.

Dancing With The Stars continues to amuse and baffle me (why some of these people put themselves out there to look like total fools, I will never understand — Michael Bolton, anyone?) and The Amazing Race is always fun to watch with the family.

Parenthood is my one non-reality show, and I alternately laugh and cry all the way through. Sometimes I do both at once. If you don’t watch anything else, you should be watching Parenthood.

What am I missing? What should I add to my line up?

I’ve considered watching The Good Wife. I’d need to get the past seasons on DVD and catch up; I can’t stand to start a series in the middle.

I never got into Grey’s, and it’s way too late to catch up with that. Besides, it sounds awfully intense. I watch TV to relax, not for additional stress.

I’m looking forward to American Idol, new judges and all. It won’t won’t have the same edge without Simon, but I can’t resist tuning in to see how it goes. I’m reserving judgment until I see it for myself.

What are your favorite must see TV shows this fall? What should I be watching?