Three shows premiering this week that I plan to watch. You should totally watch them too! So we can talk!
John Adams (HBO, Sunday, 8 PM): Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in a seven-episode miniseries based on that book your mom was reading a couple years ago. Or maybe just my mom. I've been drifting away from HBO since Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Sopranos ended, but this kind of thing is what HBO is uniquely suited to do: giving seven hours to adapt a long-ass book and providing a decent budget to do so. I'm going to try to watch this when it airs on Sundays because if I don't, I can see it sitting on my DVR for a while.
The Riches (FX, Tuesday, 10 PM): I've written about this show before, so you already know how psyched I am for the second season premiere. In the past, when I've watched full seasons of shows on DVD, I've ended up losing patience with the one-week-at-a-time nature of watching it in season (this is what happened with Dexter, and why I'm going to watch that season again in one glut). Of course, that's not always the case (Battlestar Galactica, among others), so we'll see how this goes.
Miss Guided (ABC, Tuesday, 10:30 PM): Lucky for this show my Tuesday schedule is virtually empty. So Judy Greer plays a high school guidance counselor even though she was a dork in high school, and it's an ABC midseason comedy, which means I'll like it and nobody else will watch it and it'll get cancelled. But Judy Greer! And Entertainment Weekly gave it an A-! Give it a go, huh?