M3 Fall Preview: Your guide to upcoming movies, TV, music and events
Oh, summer, it has been real. The long days, the warm nights, the 52 million mosquitos out for blood ... you gave us so many wonderful memories. But as they say, all good things must come to an end (and our air conditioners need a break).
But as the days get shorter and the holidays better (Halloween! Thanksgiving! National Talk Like a Pirate Day!), we realize this transition might need a little help. As such, we've put together a list of things to look forward to this fall as the weather dips from the triple digits to hopefully the cool and balmy upper 90s.
Summer may be the time for big blockbusters, but that doesn't mean there aren't any good movies coming out this fall. Just not a whole lot.
For instance, the teen-centric comedy "Easy A" comes out Sept. 17. Um ... and there's that owl movie "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Google" or something like that on Sept. 24.
"The Social Network" about the founders of Facebook (read: the dudes responsible for 64 percent less productivity at work) comes out Oct. 1. And on Oct. 15, you can cause yourself irreparable damage by going to see "Jackass 3-D." Oh yes, folks. Steve-O in all his three-dimensional glory.
Never fear though. By November, all will be right in the cinematic world when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One" comes out Nov. 19.
Although thankfully we now have TV summer series, which breaks up the monotony of reruns, fall brings with it a breath of fresh air as all our favorite TV shows return and new TV shows debut. So what can look forward to on the 'ol boob tube this September?
Well, "Gossip Girl" will kick things off Sept. 13 on the CW. So XOXO to that.
"How I Met Your Mother" in all its legend ...wait for it ... dary glory returns Sept. 20 on CBS, as does "Castle" with the hunky Nathan Fillion on ABC and "House" with the hunky, albeit much more limp-y, Hugh Laurie. The remake of "Hawaii Five-0" will also debut on CBS.
Speaking of remakes, the new 9021Oh, I don't really care. Sorry.
Gleeks can rejoice on Sept. 21 as their beloved show returns to Fox. Jazz hands!
"Modern Family" returns Sept. 22 to ABC as does "Grey's Anatomy" the following night. Sept. 23 also sees the return of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS followed by the new show "$#*! My Dad Says," based on, not kidding, the Twitter account of the same name. Although, it should technically be called "Shat My Dad Says" since it stars none other than William Shatner (puns RULE!). NBC also has a host of premiers that night with "Community" followed by "30 Rock" followed by "The Office" followed by the new show "Outsourced." And not to be outdone, Booth and Bones are back on Fox followed by "Fringe."
"Supernatural" will premiere Sept. 24 on the CW and the Sunday night lineup of "The Simpsons," "The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy" and "American Dad" will be Sept. 26 on Fox.
Of course, there's also a huge plethora of reality TV shows coming back too, but, oh, look at that, I'm out of room. Bummer.
Fall also brings a slew of new album releases. Interpol comes out their self-titled album on Sept. 7, as does Kid Rock's "Born Free." The rest of September brings David Archuleta's "Other Side of Down," Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns," Weezer's "Hurley," and Superchunk's "Majesty Shredding."
October brings Ne-Yo's "Libra Scale," Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown," Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine," Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" and Kermit Ruffins' "Happy Talk."
And November brings ... oh, hang on, hang on, Imma gonna finish that just as soon as I tell you that Kanye West's latest album will be coming out Nov. 16.
While movies, TV and music might keep you occupied for awhile, at some point you may actually want to go out of your house sometime this fall and, I don't know, actually interact with people face-to-face. If that's the case, there are some local events coming up that will help you re-enter society.
LuRaq's will be hosting the 2010 Labor Day Weekend Bash, complete with a barbecue and gumbo cookoff on Saturday, and Port Lavaca will be hosting their Flip Flop Festival. Further on down the road, the annual Hallettsville Kolache Fest will be Sept. 24-25.
In October, the first weekend is home to El Campo's Prairie Days Festival and Gonzales' "Come And Take It" Days. Cuero's Turkeyfest begins the weekend of Oct. 8, as does the 36th annual Rockport Seafair. Yorktown Western Days Ziegfest will be Oct. 15-17.