(Update: Now with Metacritic scores!)
New shows and new seasons are starting up, now, and I'd just like to hear what you all think of some of what's coming out now.
-- The Wire's (Metacritic score: 98) (already discussed in other topics) fourth season seems to have less of a focus on an actual case at the moment. I hope McNulty will somehow be brought back into the fold, but I also like not having him around to develop all the other character further, especially focusing on Freamon as on the city's new sh*t list.
-- The Unit's (Metacritic score: 62) second season took care of the one thing I thought it was lacking in - production value. It was made very clear from the get-go that a bigger budget got approved, at least for the pilot. I'm thoroughly excited. I did think how they kept some of the characters in the show was a bit of a cop-out, but they aren't significant enough anyway to make me irritated.
-- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Metacritic score: 76) just had its pilot. I laughed a couple of times, but I like Sorkin's return to keeping a strong balance between humor and drama. I would liken it more to Sports Night than West Wing. Matthew Perry was a great choice. I think he's very underrated. The only "Friend" that actually had talent and yet hasn't gotten the breaks the others did.
-- Not a new show, or even a new season, but I caught some re-runs of Dead Like Me (no score) that SciFi must have caught (Showtime, I believe). I thought it was a rather cute show.
-- Prison Break's (Metacritic score: 65) second season is through its fifth episode. It finally picked up a little. I was close to getting rid of it from my DVR, but I'm committed now and it's not horrible.
-- Smith (Metacritic score: 61) is great. I am impressed. Simon Baker, I thought, was an underrated actor. The Guardian forced him to be too cold to really work. Ray Liotta is always excellent, and Virginia Madsen seems to be underplaying what's happening with her. I'm worried they may have tried to put too much of her into the show too early. We didn't need to know a lot of what went on with her, and thus lost a lot of the heist. Great potential.
Shows not seen yet
-- Kidnapped (69)
-- Jericho (50)
-- Criminal Minds, 2nd Season (42)
-- My Name is Earl, 2nd Season (77)
-- Shark (56)
-- Heroes (no score yet)
-- The Nine (no score yet)
-- Numb3rs (no score yet)
-- Battlestar Galactica (no score, but on a lot of Best of 2005 lists)
I love DVR.