Fall '08 TV Extravaganza

Ladies, start your TiVos...it's fall TV time! Though it's been a great summer, we're ready to trade in our flip-flops and beach towels for pints of dulce de leche and cozy blankets to curl up on the couch with and get back in touch with our favorite small-screen characters.

Can't remember where your shows left off, or which new ones are worth tuning in for? Fret not—we've got your ultimate, Latino-centric fall TV preview right here.

1. Fall TV Preview - Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty
Premieres: September 25
Thursdays, 8pm
ABC

Start spreading the news! Production on Ugly Betty has moved from Los Angeles to New York, which means there won't be any palm trees to Photoshop out of the faux Queens setting. Ana Ortiz, who plays Hilda Suarez, can't say much ("The writers stopped telling me and América stuff because we always blab!"), but show runner Silvio Horta reveals that Season 3 will be "a lot more about Betty's journey." Could he be hinting at a journey to Rome with Gio (Freddy Rodriguez)?

2. Fall TV Preview - The Shield

The Shield
Premieres: September 2
Tuesdays, 10pm
FX

Officer Tina Hanlon (Paula Garcés) may have ruined her chances to start something with Detective "Dutch" Wagenbach (Jay Karnes), but at least she'll mature into her job this upcoming final season. "She lives in a man's world and feels she has to prove herself," Garcés says.

3. Fall TV Preview - Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy
Premieres: September 25
Thursdays, 9pm
ABC

Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) may be taking their umpteenth shot at love, but the big news on Grey's is that Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) kissed a girl--and she liked it. Look for more developments in the McSteamy/Callie/Dr. Erica Hahn love triangle during Season 5. 

4. Fall TV Preview - Cold Case

Cold Case
Premieres: September 28
Sundays, 9pm
CBS

Things heat up between Philly detective Lily Rush (Kathryn Morris) and narcotics officer Eddie Saccardo (Bobby Cannavale), but don't expect her partner, Scotty Valens (Danny Pino), to sit idly by. "Valens is protective of her," Pino says. If Cannavale sticks around, we may see a face-off between the two Cuban actors.

5. Fall TV Preview - 90210

90210
Premieres: September 2
Tuesdays, 8pm
CW

Plenty has changed since the Beverly Hills, 90210 gang graduated from West Beverly Hills High in the mid '90s. The new class, which includes the requisite jock (Dustin Milligan, Runaway), rebel (Jessica Stroup, Prom Night), and snob (AnnaLynne McCord, Nip/Tuck), is edgier and more diverse with Latinos Tristan Wilds and Michael Steger. Look for familiar faces like Jennie Garth, among others, who will have recurring roles. 

6. Fall TV Preview - Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives
Premieres: September 28
Sundays, 9pm
ABC

Season 5 will take a cue from Lost and flash forward five ears--Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker) and a blind Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) are parents to twin daughters. Rumor has it that at least on of them didn't inherit Gaby's metabolism--a big (no pun intended) problem for the figure-conscious Mrs. Solis.

7. Fall TV Preview - Hijos de Carnaval

Hijos de Carnaval
Premieres: September 10
Wednesdays, 11pm
HBO Latino

This Brazilian drama follows the family of Anésio Gebara, a samba school owner and bichero--the bankroll behind an illegal lottery in Rio de Janeiro. Deemed a Don Corleone and probable drug trafficker, Gebara maintains a complicated relationship with each of his sons. Originally filmed in Portugese, the series will be dubbed in Spanish. 

8. Fall TV Preview - Fringe

Fringe
Premieres: September 9, 8pm
Tuesdays, 9pm
Fox

This may be the most hyped-up new show--with good reason, thanks to J.J. Abrams, the mastermind behind Lost and Alias. Try not to get chills at the premise: At Boston's airport, a plane lands itself on autopilot. Inside are the remains of the passenger and crew, almost completely disintegrated by chemicals. Now, a team of FBI agents led by Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) has to figure out what happened. "The flight has nothing to do with what's really happening," says TV vet Kirk Acevedo, who plays a skeptical FBI agent and Olivia's boss and confidant. Nothing to do but go along for the ride. 

9. Fall TV Preview - Heroes

Heroes
Premieres: September 22
Mondays, 9pm
NBC

After a dull second season that had series creator Tim Kring apologizing to fans, Heroes will be back in full effect. The premiere features the shooting of a major character, says Dania Ramirez, who plays Maya. Also, as Sylar's (Zachary Quinto) powers return, other devilishly gifted villains pop up, including a female nemesis for Hiro (Masi Oka). 

10. Fall TV Preview - Gary Unmarried

Gary Unmarried
Premieres: September 24
Wednesdays, 8:30pm
CBS

After 15 years of marriage, painting contractor Gary Barnes (Jay Mohr) is adjusting to life as a single guy with a hot new girlfriend, two preteen kids and a meddlesome ex-wife who's engaged to their former marriage counselor. Sound stifling? Luckily, he has cohort Dennis Lopez (Mexican stand-up comedian Al Madrigal) to keep him grounded. In the pilot, Madrigal delivers the classic line: "You're a free agent. You don't want to sign with the first team that shows you their facilities."

11. Fall TV Preview - My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy
Premieres: September 29
Mondays, 10pm
NBC

Eighties hearthrob Christian Slater plays the lead role of Henry Spivey, a suburban efficiency expert, husband and soccer dad whose alter ego is a spy who can kill with his teeth (yes, his teeth). When the walls separating Jekyll and Hyde come crashing down, chaos ensues. Puerto Rican Yara Martinez (The Unit) plays Spivey's bewildered wife.

12. Fall TV Preview - CSI: Miami

CSI: Miami
Premieres: September 22
Mondays, 10pm
CBS

It doesn't take an investigator to deduce that forensic analyst Horation Caine (David Caruso) is still alive despite being gunned down by a mystery shooter at the end of Season 6. "He's gotta be," hints part-Puerto Rican actress Eva La Rue, who plays DNA analyst Natalia Boa Vista. Even her colleague and former love interest Eric Delko (Cuban and Puerto Rican Adam Rodriguez) has taken a few hits and survived. 

13. Fall TV Preview - Entourage

Entourage
Premieres: September 7
Sundays, 10pm
HBO

Since Medellin was canned at Cannes, they boys may have to go back to Colombia to reshoot--or Queens, if Vince's (Adrian Grenier) star burns out in fickle Hollywood. But with the gang's insatiable appetite for debauchery, Ari's antics and cameos rivaling last season's (we're hearing rumors that Jamie-Lynn Sigler will be joining the cast for a multiepisode arc), we'll be tuning in no matter where they are. 

14. Fall TV Preview - Prison Break

Prison Break
Premieres: September 1
Mondays, 9pm
Fox

This guilty-pleasure action drama wallops us with a doozy. Dr. Sara Trancedi (Sarah Wayne Callies) wasn't beheaded after all! What about those resourceful cons, led by bros Michael (Wentworth Miller) and Linc (Dominique Purcell) and friend Sucre (Amaury Nolasco)? They score government pardons in return for help in bringing down Susan B. Anthony and the Company. Suspend your disbelief now.

 

 

15. Fall TV Preview - My Name Is Earl

My Name is Earl
Premieres: September 25
Thursdays, 8pm
NBC

The show may be named after someone else, but Catalina, the maid, stripper and illegal immigrant, played by boricua Nadine Velazquez, has the best scenes. You'll see more of that this season as Catalina realizes she's in love and tries to make her green-card marriage with Earl's slow-witted brother Randy (Ethan Suplee) legit. 

16. Fall TV Preview - Crusoe

Crusoe
Premieres: October 17
Fridays, 8pm
NBC

NBC calls Crusoe equal parts MacGyver, Castaway, and Pirates of the Carribbean. The one-hour drama is based on the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe, played by cute newcomer Philip Winchester, who is shipwrecked on an island for 28 years with nothing but his wits and a companion named Friday to help him survive. It blends action and spookiness, and uses extended flashbacks (featuring a small role by Mia Maestro) to show us Crusoe's pre-island life.

17. Fall TV Preview - Priviledged

Priviledged
Premieres: September 2
Tuesdays, 9pm
CW

Cuban American JoAnna Garcia (Reba) stars as 23-year-old Megan Smith, a Yale-educated writer paying her dues at a tabloid until she gets fired, meets a cosmetics bigwig and gets hired as a live-in tutor for her rebellious twin teen granddaughters. Megan now has to live in a ritzy Palm Beach suite, drive a convertible and get hit on by her hot neighbor. Life can be so hard.

18. Fall TV Preview - Chuck

Chuck
Premieres: September 29
Mondays, 8pm
NBC

Nicole Richie makes a guest appearance this season as a hateful ex-classmate of Chuck's (Zachary Levi) love interest, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Meanwhile, will Chuck's friendship with fellow geek Morgan (Joshua Gomez) wane as he becomes more comfortable in his role as a secret agent? Stay tuned.

19. Fall TV Preview - Dexter

Dexter
Return Date TBA
Sundays, 10pm
Showtime

There's blood on the sands of Miami Beach, and our favorite blood-spatter analyst (who moonlights as a serial killer) has his hands covered in it. Is this the season that Dexter (Michael C. Hall) finally gets caught? Will he and Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) possibly hook up, or will new character Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) swoop in and melt her icy exterior?

20. Fall TV Preview - The Unit

The Unit
Premieres: September 28
Sundays, 10pm
CBS

In the Season 3 finale, Sergeant First Class Charles Grey (Michael Irby) stayed level-headed long enough to mourn officer Hector Williams's (Demore Barnes) death and console Williams's grieving girlfriend. "We ended up hooking up, but I don't know how it'll turn out," teases Irby, who just returned from doing research in Iraq. 

21. Fall TV Preview - Without A Trace

Without a Trace
Premieres: September 23
Tuesdays, 10pm
CBS

A new time slot (aka the death slot) may prove challenging unless sparks fly between special agents Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano) and Elena Delgado (Roselyn Sanchez), whose love story was neglected last season. "I addressed it with the head writers," Sanchez says. The Puerto Rican beauty's character will also deal with the unwelcome return of her ex-husband, Carlos Aguilar (Jsu Garcia).

22. Fall TV Preview - Lipstick Jungle

Lipstick Jungle
Premieres: September 24
Thursdays, 10pm
NBC

After a long break, we'll finally get answers to our burning questions: Will star-crossed couple Victory (Lindsey Price) and Joe (Andrew McCarthy) pick business over bed? Will we see more of David Noroña, aka cute lawyer Sal Rosa? One thing's for sure: Expect more sex, backbiting and cameos by Rosie Perez and Carlos Ponce.

23. Fall TV Preview - Capadocia

Capadocia
Premieres: September 10
Wednesdays, 10pm
HBO Latino

This intense Spanish-language drama takes place in a fictional women's prison in Mexico City where corruption runs rampant. As prison rights attorney Teresa Lagos (Dolores Heredia) fights to implement a rehabilitation program for the women, a corporate lackey thinks it would be better to privatize the jail and use the prisoners for manual labor.

24. Fall TV Preview - The Office

The Office
Premieres: September 25
Thursdays, 9pm
NBC

Angela and Andy got engaged; Pam and Jim didn't. Phyllis busted Angela and Dwight doing the nasty. Michael is going to be "kind of a daddy." So just how will The Office top last season's finale? And will Oscar (played by Oscar Nuñez) finally lose it with all the gay jokes? "He's had a blow up before with Angela, but I don't think he'll go ballistic," Nuñez says. "He sucks it up and does his job, like many people do, I guess." Mark your cubicle calendars now.