Six Picks for the Week of September 20-26

It's TV premiere week, which means there are far too many primetime shows to fit into a mere six picks. Don't panic; you can get descriptions of every new and returning show in our Fall TV Preview, and check premiere dates for over 100 shows in our Fall TV Premiere Calendar.

Civilization V (Tue.)

ImageOne more turn

Like Tears for Fears sang, “Everybody wants to rule the world.” The legendary turn-based strategy computer videogame returns Tuesday after a five-year absence. Sid Meier’s Civilization V is much like the board game Risk, but taken to addictive new levels that only videogames can deliver. The new entry features improved combat, better design, and is reportedly even easier for newcomers to jump in and enjoy. Don’t let that Roman numeral five scare you away from one of the best PC franchises of all time.

Take over the world at the official website, or read the first reviews, which are extremely positive.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Fri.)

Image Greed is still good

Michael Douglas reprises his Academy Award-winning performance as nefarious Wall Street icon Gordon Gekko in the sequel to 1987’s Wall Street. Original director Oliver Stone returns as Money Never Sleeps finds the reformed Gekko getting out of jail, looking to reunite with his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan) and running her fiancé (Shia LaBeouf) through a moral minefield filled with millions of dollars and hurt feelings. Advance word was mostly positive from May’s Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered, and early reviews are also strong. Don’t worry: Charlie Sheen’s Bud Fox from the original film makes a cameo appearance.

Greed is so ’80s at the film's official website.

Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down Season 2 premieres (Sun.)

Image HBO's latest lineup

Now that Entourage and Hung are finished for the year, HBO can roll out the second seasons of superior comedies Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down. The second season of Bored to Death (Sunday at 10pm) features more witty, wine-fueled self-loathing from writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), hilarious pot-infused banter from his boss George Christopher (Ted Danson), and more Zach Galifianakis as struggling comic book artist Ray Hueston. Season 2 of Eastbound & Down (Sunday at 10:30pm) sees baseball pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) take his absurd overconfidence to Mexico after his attempt to return to Major League Baseball backfires.

Find out more about Kenny Powers and Jonathan Ames at HBO’s official website here and here.

Lone Star series premiere (Mon.)

ImageHe is an oilman

Fox delivers a Texas-sized one-hour drama Monday at 9pm with Lone Star. The pilot, directed by (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb, stars James Wolk as a con man living two lives while working with his father (David Keith) to exact financial revenge against oil tycoon Clint Thatcher (Jon Voight). Complicating matters are his romantic entanglements with Thatcher’s daughter Cat (Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki) and small-town girl Lindsay (Eloise Mumford), who occupies a large piece of his heart. The show has fairly good early buzz from critics, and the first few reviews are encouraging.

Lose yourself at Fox's official website.

Dexter Season 5 premiere (Sun.)

ImageLike father, like son?

What happens after blood-splatter expert and serial-killer serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) faces his most challenging foe, the Trinity Killer? You’ll have to tune in on Sunday at 9pm to find out, as Dexter's Season 5 premiere picks up just seconds after last year's shocking conclusion. Ratings keep growing for the Showtime series, which moves on with Chip Johannessen (24) replacing former showrunner Clyde Phillips, who painted the show into a tricky corner. Actress Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) joins the ensemble as the mysterious Lumen, while Peter Weller will play a troubled -- but sadly, not robotic -- cop.

Have a bloody good time at Showtime's official website.

The Event and Chase series premieres (Mon.)

ImageCut to the chase

NBC is no doubt hoping that Lost will fans indulge their longing for conspiracy-filled mythologies and forget that FlashForward ever happened with The Event (Monday, 9pm), starring Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Blair Underwood (L.A. Law), Laura Innes (E.R.), and Željko Ivanek (Damages). Supposedly, the series, about a U.S. government cover-up, has been mapped out for five seasons -- but we’ve heard that before. Following at 10pm, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Chase is a simpler concept: a procedural that follows deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) and her team as they track down bad guys in South Texas.

Find out more about The Event and Chase at their official websites here and here.

Closing the book on last week

Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
The Town 74 $23.8 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Sara Bareilles: Kaleidoscope Heart 65 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
NFL: Saints/Vikings (NBC) 27.5 million viewers; week of 9/6-9/12

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Comments (3)

  • Dave  

    What's the status on the site redesign? When will we start seeing some revisions?

  • Jayson  

    Not bad, A.C. Not bad. Dexter, Bored to Death, and Eastbound are the ones to get after.

  • A.C.  

    Kenny Powers says: "You're f'ing first."

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