Last season I gave a lot of shows a try, and many of them were canceled quickly (such as Smith on CBS and The Nine on ABC), tauntingly taken away then brought back then taken away again (Standoff on Fox and Six Degrees on ABC), or allowed a deserving full season and then canceled anyway despite ending the season finale on a cliffhanger (the beloved Jericho on CBS).
So, I'm keeping a lot of new shows on the back burner until I know whether they're worth it or not. I want to learn more about them and read more buzz from sources like TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly before I bother investing the time to watch shows that may last only a half-dozen episodes.
From the buzz I've read online, Pushing Daisies on ABC is supposedly the next big thing. I'm really looking forward to seeing if the remake of Bionic Woman on NBC works as well as the remake of Battlestar Galactica did on Sci-Fi Channel. And, Private Practice seems to have potential, thanks to having an impressive all-star cast and being a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy.
From the clips and previews I've seen at TVWeek.com, the show I'm now most anticipating is, shockingly, a reality show. CBS is premiering Kid Nation, a show about 40 kids from 8 to 15 years old inhabiting an abandoned Old West town and forming their own society without the help of adults. They have to have council meetings, they have to have leaders, their performance in challenges determines who is designated with certain societal class distinctions for the next three days, and the head committee of the council must decide every three days who gets a gold star--a heavy 5-point star made out of real gold and worth $20,000 (an excellent start to a kid's college fund). The preview alone looked intriguing, exciting, entertaining, frustrating, inspirational, and nearly tear-inducing, all in one. In my book, *this* show is the next big thing.
Going on just the information I have so far, the lists below show how I plan to program my TiVo in the fall. Things may change as I find out more about certain shows. Surprisingly, I have no three-way conflicts so far and very few two-way conflicts. Luckily, I have a dual-tuner TiVo, so a two-way scheduling conflict is a moot point, which is why some time slots have two shows divided by a slash.
Personal Interest Rating System
 = Established Favorite (will definitely watch)
 = Established Honorable Mention (will definitely watch)
 = New Show, High Curiosity (will definitely try)
 = New Show, Moderate Curiosity (will possibly try)
 = Low Interest or Need More Info (might watch if bored)
Bold: Returning Shows
Italics: New Shows
s#: # = Season Number
08:00 PM -----
09:00 PM -----
10:00 PM  Battlestar Galactica (s4, Sci-Fi) /  Brothers & Sisters (s2, ABC)
* 08:00 PM  Life Is Wild (CW)
* 08:00 PM  Viva Laughlin (CBS)
08:00 PM  Prison Break (s3, Fox)
09:00 PM  Heroes (s2, NBC)
10:00 PM  Journeyman (NBC)
* 08:30 PM  Aliens in America (CW)
* 09:00 PM  K-Ville (Fox)
* 09:30 PM  Sam I Am (ABC)
08:00 PM  Beauty and the Geek (s4, CW)
09:00 PM  House (s4, Fox) /  Chuck (NBC)
10:00 PM  Boston Legal (s4, ABC)
* 08:00 PM  New Amsterdan (Fox)
* 10:00 PM  Cane (CBS)
08:00 PM  Kid Nation (CBS) /  Pushing Daisies (ABC)
09:00 PM  Bionic Woman (NBC) /  Private Practice (ABC)
10:00 PM  South Park (Comedy Central)
* 10:00 PM  Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
* 10:00 PM  Life (NBC)
08:00 PM  Ugly Betty (s2, ABC) /  Survivor: China (CBS)
09:00 PM  Grey's Anatomy (s4, ABC)
09:30 PM  Scrubs (s7, NBC)
10:00 PM -----
* 10:00 PM  Big Shots (ABC)
08:00 PM  Men In Trees (s2, ABC)
09:00 PM  Women's Murder Club (ABC) /  Moonlight (CBS)
10:00 PM -----
Note: Stargate: Atlantis automatically takes precedence over the other 9:00 shows if Sci-Fi Channel keeps it at 9:00 on Fridays and premieres its 4th season in the fall.