Posting again, since this didn't post the first time earlier today.
The Telegraph is putting me on furlough next week, so I'm not allowed to post updates to this site until I'm reinstated, which means that I guess you loyal dozens will have to fend for yourselves over the next week.
(I joke when I say "loyal dozens;" a couple of weeks ago, we had 1,295 page views in a single day, which I think is a personal best. So please feel free to comment; the more, the merrier).
Because I'm going to be gone while new shows are airing, I'll list some off the highlights coming up.
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Friday: In addition to returning shows like "Fringe," "Supernatural," "Nikita" and "Blue Bloods," CBS debuts "A Gifted Man" at 8 p.m., with Patrick Wilson as an arrogant surgeon who finds humility from his dead wife's ghost. If you get past the corniness, it's not terrible.
Saturday: Georgia visits Ole Miss at noon on WGXA. Also, the penultimate "Doctor Who" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) is followed by "The Nerdist," in which geek podcaster Chris Hardwick interviews celebs, including Matt Smith on the opening one.
Sunday: "The Amazing Race" (CBS, 9 p.m.) kicks off its 19th installment with former "Survivor" winners Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca forming a team. It's followed by the season premiere of "The Good Wife" and "CSI: Miami." ABC's new "Pan Am" debuts at 10 p.m., following a new "Desperate Housewives," and it's one of the more interesting pilots of the new year, combining intrigue with '60s nostalgia.
Also returning are Fox's animated lineup and HBO's critically acclaimed "Boardwalk Empire."
Monday: "Terra Nova" (Fox, 8 p.m.) makes its long-buzzed about debut. Starring Jason O'Mara, he's a former cop in 22nd century Chicago who takes his family back in time 85 million years to the Terra Nova colony in order to get away from the pollution and urban decay of the future. But is the new world any better? The series is a combo of "Lost," "Jurassic Park" and "Avatar," but I found a lot of it to be hokey. You can spend all the money you want on a new series, but the characters and plot still have to be somewhat reasonable. I found a bunch of the pilot to be illogical.
Meanwhile, The CW debuts "Heart of Dixie" at 9 p.m., just after the return of "Gossip Girl." Starring Rachel Bilson as a NYC doctor forced to take over a practice in rural Alabama, it's essentially "Sweet Home Alabama" meets "Northern Exposure." Bilson is likable enough, but most of the pilot felt fairly predictable, while the "twist" at the end seems to come out of left field.
Wednesday: ABC debuts the only other new sitcom worth watching, "Suborgatory," at 8:30 p.m. A clever riff on suburban living, it's got a top-notch cast with Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines and Alan Tudyk, and star Jane Levy reminds you in a very positive way of Emma Stone.
Returning that same night is BBC America's sensational "Luther" (BBC America, 10 p.m.), starring Idris Elba as a hard-driven, over-the-edge detective in a role for which he got an Emmy nomination. His co-star, Ruth Wilson, as a sociopath in love with Luther, has created one of the best villains in TV history. I cannot recommend this more highly.
Thursday: CBS' new comedy, "How To Be A Gentleman," premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m., after a new "Big Bang Theory." It's kind of goofy, in which a Niles Crane-type is befriended by a macho gym owner.
Saturday: After the season finale of "Doctor Who," BBC America presents the new fantasy series "Bedlam" at 10 p.m., about a haunted group of apartments.
Sunday: Ken Burns unveils his latest miniseries documentary, "Prohibition," which begins at 8 p.m. Also returning that night are the HBO comedies "Hung" and "How To Make It In America," beginning at 10 p.m.
Finally, after the season premiere of Season Six of "Dexter" (Showtime, 9 p.m.), the network debuts what is, IMO, the fall's best new drama in "Homeland." Based upon an Israeli TV series, it stars Damian Lewis as an Iraq POW who is returned home after seven years, and Claire Danes as a CIA analyst who believes he may be a traitor.
And, since I won't be online to promote here, if you live in Macon, check out the Crossroads Writers Conference, which will be held here Oct. 1-2. It covers all manner of writing, and features such guests as Adam Mansbach, Terry Kay, Gail Simone and others. For more information, visit www.crossroadswriters.org.