We’re a good three weeks into the fall crop of new network shows, so it’s time to take stock of what we have, the good, the bad and the canceled. Spoiler alert: There’s not much worth watching.
“Terriers” (FX). Not just my favorite new show, but my favorite show, period, right now. The breezy, banter-ey private eye series deftly blends comedy, drama and mystery, and a lot of the credit has to go to the chemistry between stars Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James. It’s just plain fun.
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO). So far it’s been slow and kinda boring at times. But the cast is great, the stories are still unfolding, and I have faith that the end result, as a whole, will be better than the individual pieces, much like “Deadwood” and “The Wire” were. Plus, we finally saw Omar — errr, Chalky — drop the MF bomb to a befuddled Nucky last week, so things are looking up. (Steve Buscemi asking what MF meant . . . now that’s rich.)
“Raising Hope” (Fox). The only genuinely funny new sitcom, and the first series to get picked up for the full season. It’s totally twisted, and not afraid to be fearless. Unlike pretty much every other new sitcom.
“The Event” (NBC). It’s no “Lost,” but so far it looks better than “FlashForward.” It hasn’t really sucked me in, but I might tune in every once in a while and see what’s new.
“Hawaii Five-O” (CBS). Dumb fun and eye candy. Nothing wrong with that, as long as you set your expectations accordingly.
“Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC). Not groundbreaking, but a solid cop show.
“Blue Bloods” (CBS). Another solid, but not groundbreaking, cop show. It’s tearing up Friday nights in the ratings.
“No Ordinary Family” (ABC). It didn’t grab me, but it’s decent family-friendly fare.
The bad (but inexplicably getting good ratings)
“The Defenders” (CBS). Who . . .
“Mike & Molly” (CBS) . . . is . . .
“Better With You” (ABC) . . . watching . . .
“S— My Dad Says” (CBS). . . . these? And why?
The bad (that, justifiably, no one is watching)
“Hellcats” (The CW). Just plain awful.
“Nikita” (The CW). Takes itself too seriously, and not nearly original enough.
“Undercovers” (NBC). They’re making sexy boring.
“Outsourced” (NBC). So lacking in creativity. Not offensive, just lazy. Which might make it even more offensive.
“Law & Order: Los Angeles” (NBC). Completely by the books, absolutely nothing new.
The almost canceled, on life support
“Outlaw” (NBC). So, so not good. Jimmy Smits again shows he can’t carry a show. Though the logic-defying premise doesn’t help.
“Running Wilde” (Fox). Just isn’t nearly funny enough, and proves that “Arrested Development” really caught lightning in a bottle.
“The Whole Truth” (ABC). Wait, a legal series that shows both sides of a case? Now there’s an original concept. Oh wait, no it’s not. Maura Tierney deserves better. Rob Morrow doesn’t.
“Chase” (NBC). Completely disposable.
“Lone Star” (Fox). Add it to the “brilliant but canceled” list.
“My Generation” (ABC). Boring and annoying. I think. No one actually watched it, so no one really knows.
What do you think? Got any favorites? Or least favorites? Can you remember a worse fall season?
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