So, tonight begins the Fall TV season; do you have your viewing plan all set?

The good news is that, according to ABC, this week is “National Stay at Home Week”. My question is, who was the “genius” executive that thought the public had to be told to stay home this week–to save gas, no less–in order to catch Week One of the New Season? Between the writer’s strike that chopped last season into little tiny pieces, the extra-long summer of reruns, the Olympics (nothing against them), the political conventions, and the awards shows that—so far, anyway—seem to have been written by non-writers and have proven to be mind-numbing wastes of valuable time, I am ready to welcome my shows back with open arms. What will I be watching? A lot. Here’s a small sampling:

Dancing With The Stars: I can’t wait to see what Cloris Leachman is going to do, and I can say the same for Susan Lucci. This season promises to be really, really entertaining: even though Kim Kardashian somehow talked somebody into including her in the cast. (By the way, along with the movie “Xanadu”, this show holds the distinction of being able to clear my family room of all males within 30 seconds of the start. Good times!)

Life: I originally wrote about Life here; this is an awesome show and, if you didn’t watch it in its first season (which was over even before the Writer’s Strike), I highly recommend it for you now. It’s just quirky enough, and our whole family loves it.

Chuck: I can’t say enough about Chuck, either. The mix of characters in this entertaining spy comedy is a laugh-a-minute, and great family viewing as well. As an added bonus, the theme song is Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”: LOVE IT.

The Office: Thursday nights are Special with a capital “S” in our house. We usually get a special dessert going for “Office Night”, and though the kids have never worked in an office, their laughter is just as loud as Jim’s and mine as we watch the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch struggle with the “World’s Best Boss” each Thursday night.

The Amazing Race: Somewhat educational and always a sight to see in its varied international locations, the Race is a Sunday night staple, just like Thursdays are for The Office. We usually each attach to a team or two nice and early, and have been known to jump off the couch and scream at the finish of each episode, either out of happiness or disgust for the winners of that leg. The sixteen-year-old wants to BE host Phil Keoghan.

I could go on for hours because I catch alot of other shows, but these are the ones I am most looking forward to this week. What will YOU be watching?