It’s the day after Labor Day, the official beginning of the school year and the fall. The time when everyone finally comes back from vacation and Gets To Work. Can you feel the fresh potential in the air? That sense of a clean slate, a new start, with anything from this point on possible?

No?

Oh, well. Give it a couple of hours. You never know.

Personally, I’m excited about September, mostly because I spent the weekend devouring my Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview. I now know EVERYTHING there is to know about the new season. There seem to be a lot of new procedural shows (which I’m not into) not that many new comedies (maybe one will be good?) and of course, the pairing of all pairings, the combo of all combos, Gilmore Girls/Veronica Mars on Tuesday nights. I am so excited that I even squealed when I saw the picture of Lauren Graham and Kristen Bell together. Can’t wait. And tonight, House premieres, a show that I used to watch, then stopped, and intend to start up again with this, the new season. Set the Tivo. Here we go!

I am also entirely too excited about Rosie O’Donnell’s return to TV on the View. I know, I know, a lot of people don’t like Rosie. I am NOT one of them. I adore her, and saw pretty much every episode of her old talk show. Plus, I read her blog regularly. (Although I worry that once she’s part of the whole ABC Corporate thing, the blog will disappear, or at least become more sanitized. I hope not, though.) Also today, Katie Couric begins her new job hosting CBS News, which is a VERY big deal for some people. I am not one of them. No offense to Katie, but I’m an ABC News person all the way. It was bred into me by my mom, who proclaimed way back in the way that she did not like this Dan Rather and switched our family news alliance over to Peter Jennings, who we then all adored forever thereafter. Still, I think it’s a great thing for a woman to be a lead news anchor, and about time as well. So good for Katie, and all that.

In other TV news, I know everyone’s probably writing about Steve Irwin, and the sad news about his death. When I got up yesterday, my husband was drinking coffee, watching TV, and he said, “Something happened to Steve Irwin, but I don’t know what. I saw it on the very end of the news ticker.” So we waited for all the sports scores and weather stuff and celeb birthdays to go by again, and then, there it was: killed. We both gasped. Weird how you can feel you know someone, just by seeing them on TV. We used to watch The Crocodile Hunter religiously, when it first came on years ago, and I just feel so bad for his wife and family. It is fitting, though, that he died doing what he loved, and not of a heart attack sitting in traffic, or something like that. Still, though. So sad.

Finally, something not about TV but instead radio: I have to admit, due to the marathon of episodes this weekend, I am now completely hooked on Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour on XM. If you have XM and you love music (and why would have have satellite radio, if you didn’t?) you MUST listen to this show. It’s quirky and fun and who knew Bob Dylan was so charming? I can’t think of a better way to see the summer out than laying in bed on a rainy afternoon, feeling September coming, and listening to Bob Dylan talk about flowers and cars and prison and whatever else they’d decided to build a show around. You know I mourn the end of the summer, fresh slate and all, and that a part of me can’t stand to see August go. But this, at least, made it a little better. New TV shows? I think they might just help too. We shall see…

have a great day, everyone!
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