To be honest, this week is looking insane.
Tuesday sees the start of season 2 of The Vampire Diaries at 9pm on ITV2. Hurrah! Last we saw, Katherine came back, Damon got a little too close to Elena (but not as close as he thought he did) and I defected from Team Stefan to Team Damon. Ooooh. Oh, and (theoretically) there was a big mystery about what Tyler might be. A big mystery if you’ve never ever watched tv or read any books or been on the internet before, that is. If so, welcome!
Unfortunately, ‘Diaries clashes with the decidedly less awesome but still inexplicably watchable Stargate Universe, also returning for a second season, this time at 9pm on Sky 1. Will everyone I hate survive the season one cliffhanger? Almost undoubtedly. Oh well. I’ll start a season two thread after the first episode so we can berate them together.
Sky 1 rounds off Tuesday Sci-fi night with season three of Fringe kicking off at 10pm. Olivia’s stuck in the Other Universe, and Other Olivia’s hanging out with Peter and co, pretending her wig looks good. Apparently the Universes will be taking turn and turn about – one episode set in “our one”, one episode set in the Other one. This bright idea means Joshua Jackson will appear in only half the episodes. Because, clearly, what Fringe needs is less of the fabulous Bishop boys and more of the wretched Olivia. FOOLS.
Anyway, assuming our televisions make it through Tuesday in one piece, Wednesday already has Burn Notice, Mad Men, Castle and Ugly Betty, but now the long-delayed season 6 of The Apprentice is joining them at 9pm on BBC1. We won’t be reviewing it as such, but I’ll put a thread up after every episode for comments – it’ll be like You’re Fired but without Adrian Chiles. Oh, wait….
Thursday, by comparison, is looking quite relaxed with the premiere of Nikita at 9pm on Living. This is the fourth take on the Nikita story (or the fifth if you count Dollhouse) but it starts with a slightly different premise; Nikita has escaped and is trying to bring down Division from the outside. I say again, ooooooh. It looks like undemanding, action nonsense and it has Shane “Dr Ray Barnett” West in it, so I’ll be giving it a whirl and reporting back as soon as I can.
Also, just for the hell of it, I might dip into the first season of Haven (Syfy at 10pm, also Thursday), once a few episodes have gone by, given that Unpopculter e’s advice suggests I can safely ignore the duff ones at the beginning, but the new stuff doesn’t end there, obviously. Jed will be along to tell you about the comedies also starting this week in due course.