Two shows that I loved so much last season, The Unit and Friday Night Lights, irritated me from the get go this one. I hear that FNL got better as the season went on, so maybe I'll give it another chance now that we're entering summer's television black out.
The Office and Ugly Betty have kept up their quality. Heroes turned terrible. The Riches went off track in the season opener and I've yet to give them another try. And in reality-land, Next Top Model and American Idol got more boring.
Then there were the two immortal detective series. I expected to like Moonlight better, mostly because Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) was in it, but it never managed to hook me. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed Amsterdam despite having initials doubts. Not that it really matters, both are canceled now, not even getting the all too brief runs of their genre predecessors Forever Knight and Angel.
One of my favorite new shows was a slightly more ordinary detective series, Life, which followed a homicide detective who was framed for murder and wrongly imprisoned, eventually becoming insane, Buddhist, liberated, and a multi-millionaire. And that all happened before the series even starts! It's a great show.
Another favorite was Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies. Pure fun wrapped around a skeleton pure angst. What more can you want? I feel like I could watch that show happily for years to come.
Similarly, my other new fave is Gossip Girl is a beauty of a teen soap opera, a bit of Cruel Intentions, a bit of the OC, with a compelling cast and great writers. It's also worthy of note, I think--given previous attempts at that sort of thing--that the best relationship story in the show is the one between the two main adult characters.
I thought the Jimmy Smitts-led Cane had a lot of potential, but we'll never know.
The UK sent over a ton of new Jane Austen dramas, new seasons of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and the sequel series to Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, all of which have had their moments but haven't exactly had me hammering the torrent sites.
And that brings us back to Lost. This season was a dramatic improvement over the past two, mostly because of the one-two punch of Jeremy Davies and time travel, but I'm still not quite ready to rave again like I did during the first few episodes of season one.
And I guess that's that. At least So You Think You Can Dance is just getting started...