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Welcome to the first official blog of the new TV Gal format. I will now post three times a week and am moving “Where Have I Seen Them Before” to Wednesday’s post and “Quotes of the Week” to Friday. You can still write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com to submit your familiar faces and quotes of the week and just to chat about TV. But now you can all talk to each other too.

I’m so happy that you all are excited by this idea. Thanks for your posts and for your encouraging emails. You guys are the best. And I can tell that TV is very pleased as well. Do you think it’s merely a coincidence that last week FOX announced that Carlos Bernard, my beloved Tony Almeida on “24,” would be returning to the series? Apparently reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Maybe Tony can walk out of the shower and declare the sixth season to be a dream and the show will be magically back on track. Damn it sweetheart, would anything be better than that?

Okay we have so many things to discuss today so let’s get to it. And let’s start with the new shows premiering Monday and Tuesday.

is in the breakout role of Chuck, an underachieving computer geek who inadvertently gets government secrets downloaded into his brain. The series, from Josh Schwarz (who will always hold a special place in my heart just based on the first season of “The O.C.”), plays out like a goofier, more slap stick version of “Alias.” Chuck has romantic feelings for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski ), the undercover agent assigned to protect him and must keep his secret from his family (one of my favorites Sarah Lancaster plays his sister Ellie) and friends (Joshua Gomez plays Chuck’s best pal Morgan.) Chuck must balance his job at Buy More (which looks like a take off of Best Buy) and his new super spy secret status. Levi is utterly charming. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who played Kip on “Less Than Perfect.” I’ve watched three thoroughly enjoyable episodes. The hours are fluffy and fun. I like the show but I don’t feel compelled to tune in each week. Right now I’m thinking three and three-quarters stars ( I know that’s a bit of a cop out but it’s not quite up to four star status in my book — I’ll add it to my season pass manager but I’ll watch it after I watch “How I Met Your Mother.”) By the way I created a separate post of my ratings system so you can always refer back to it. Oh and because you all are the only people I know who will care about this fun trivia fact, I simply must tell you that in “What About Brian,” Lancaster co-starred opposite Rick Gomez (who played Dave) and now she co-stars with his brother Joshua. See, I knew you would totally care about this random fact.

“Journeyman” premieres Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC and I just really like this show. Kevin McKidd stars as Dan Vasser, a man who suddenly starts time traveling. In each episode, he follows one person during different times of his/her life and there’s a specific reason he’s going back in time. His intervention affects the future in a positive way. McKidd is mesmerizing as a man who is not sure what’s happening to him and Reed Diamond (who I’ve loved since his days on “Homicide”) may be one of the best sibling castings we’ve seen on TV. They totally look like they could be brothers. The structure of the series is one I really enjoy. Each week, there’s the unique person Dan is going to follow coupled with the ongoing mythology of the series. We still don’t know why Dan is time traveling. What exactly happened with his girlfriend Livia (Moon Bloodgood) and how Dan ended up married to Katie (Gretchen Egolf). After two episodes, I’m still so curious and thoroughly entertained even though, I’ll concede, the series is a little hokey. Four stars with the caveat that I know this show might not be for everyone.

premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m.on the CW. Bret Harrison, who we last saw on FOX’s “The Loop,” stars as 21-year-old slacker Sam Oliver. Reports of similarities between “Chuck” and “Reaper” have not been exaggerated. Harrison stars as Sam, an underachiever who works at The Work Bench (think Home Depot) and has a hilarious best friend (Tyler Labine) and an unrequited love (Missy Peregrym). He has to keep what he does secret from some people while doing his work as a bounty hunter for the devil (it seems his parents sold his soul). But I’m totally okay with having two similar shows when both are so much fun. Labine has secured his status as go-to sidekick and Ray Wise is deliciously evil as the Devil. Four stars.

“Cane” premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on CBS. For all the star power involved (Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Rita Moreno and Nestor Carbonell), the pilot episode of this series lacks oomph. The Cuban-American Duque family run a rum and sugar business in Florida. There are great dramatic themes here — a father choosing between his sons, brother against brother, and turning to violence to protect your family. All great stuff that right now is kind of bland. For now three stars, but I’m holding out hope for major improvements. I mean if Smits could save “The West Wing,” who knows what he can do for his own show.

“The Big Bang Theory” premieres Monday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Maybe you’ll like this humor on this show, but I didn’t find it that funny. I don’t want to be too negative in my first official blog post so let’s just say one and a half stars and leave it at that.

Okay that’s all for now. I’ll be back with another post today with a look at returning shows. What do you think of the new logo? (I’m still a little undecided). What about “Chuck,” “Journeyman” and the other new shows I’ve talked about. Talk about it on the blog or write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com.

Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal

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