Appointment Viewing: The Fall Season Begins with “90210,” “Ringer,” “Always Sunny,” “The Vampire Diaries” and More!

It’s time again to review a week of Appointment Viewing, and things are starting to get busy as The CW debuts its new fall lineup including the highly-anticipated Ringer, the first all-star season of America’s Next Top Model, and the return of The Vampire Diaries. As if that weren’t enough to keep you busy, this week also has the season finale of True Blood and the return of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

This weekend also includes a number of specials and repeats to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. Because there’s a lot going on there (and, honestly, I’m still feeling emotionally drained just from watching a repeat of Frontline‘s “The Man Who Knew”) I’m going to refer you to Andy Dehnart‘s roundup of the specials and documentaries or this thorough guide to the weekend’s memorial programming.

Friday’s big event is the finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day as the team takes on a desperate mission against the Three Families. This being Torchwood it’s unlikely everyone is getting out alive. Too bad I’m not feeling optimistic that we’re finally going to be rid of Gwen.

If you want something lighter, Nick has Neil Patrick Harris in a new Penguins of Madagascar special. In Blowhole Strikes Back, NPH returns as the voice as the villainous dolphin who has tried to outwit the penguins before. His plan has him using the evil “Diabologizer” to destroy the penguins’ headquarters, but not before performing four different musical numbers.

Does anyone suspect Harris’ twins are going to have a whole shelf of age-appropriate videos starring their father by the time they’re old enough to watch movies?

Friday also sees the Haven police station fall under lockdown, the return of the underwater coffin on One Man Army, while Roseanne also deals with being menopausal on another two episodes of Roseanne’s Nuts on Lifetime.

I hear Rory gets to shine on Saturday’s Doctor Who when a vacation ends up being an encounter with a deadly disease and Amy ends up finding herself locked up in a quarantine. I have to admit, I adore Rory, but while seeing him get a moment to shine is welcome, it’s Amy who is in need of a few great scenes. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another episode where she waits to be rescued by The Doctor.

BBC America also has the finale of the charming Friday Night Dinner. You might have heard that NBC is developing its own version of the series, so here’s your last chance to check out the original.

Meanwhile, I’m particularly excited about Saturday’s newest Syfy original movie. Taking inspiration from the Lewis Carroll poem, Jabberwock stars Battlestar Galatica stud Tahmoh Penikett as a peaceful man who wields the vorpal blade in order to defend his village from the terrible Jabberwock. If the monster attacks at brillig and has a bandersnatch defending its lair, I am going to be one very happy nerd.

It’s been a while since we last saw George Takei in a new episode of Supah Ninjas, but the trio of young ninjas return Saturday when a computer geek takes on a superhero identity.

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