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Falling for TV

Falling for TV

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Watching online previews for about 20 new fall shows in preparation for today's show, a familiar feeling stole over me... oh my gosh, what I am going to do? I'm going to have NO LIFE because there are so many good shows coming out! One after another, they all look can't-miss — from the "magical forensics" of Pushing Daisies to the social experiment of Kid Nation, not to mention the infectious confection Gossip Girl and the outsider story Aliens in America, night after night of must-see TV stretch all the way to Christmas. Or do they? I seem to remember having the exact same feeling last time around, and I haven't actually stuck with any of those shows. I then realized that for me, at least, the preview period of any new television season is more like Christmas Eve than anything else — the packages are lined before me, shiny and mysterious and begging to be ripped into. Though the gifts I receive are nearly always lovely, by the time the new year turns, they are, though not forgotten, somehow absorbed. Yes, I mean to watch 30 Rock. But do I? Not so much. What about you? What new shows have stuck for you, and who are the front runners for this honor in Fall '07?