I know, "new" isn't the right word anymore. But now that November Sweeps is upon us, several shows that aired three episodes and then had reruns (or were pre-empted for baseball or whatever) are back on the air and I'm happy about that.
Among the returning shows we're watching are Arrested Development (which is new to us but we've caught up via DVD), Lost, Veronica Mars, and Smallville. I think that's it. Wow. We'll watch The Shield when that starts up again early next year and I'm willing to give 24 a shot, but it's on probation. Last season was both stupid AND boring, so if it doesn't get better I'm not going to waste my time.
As for the new shows, we tried out several but the only ones I'm still watching are these:
My Name Is Earl (aka Touched by a Redneck): I've been a fan of Jason Lee's ever since I saw Chasing Amy, so I'm glad to see him in a good, successful show. It's one of my favorites, and is probably the most uplifting TV show since, uh, I can't think of another one. It's sweet and funny and frequently quotable.
The Office: It comes on after My Name Is Earl, but that's not a big factor since we always TiVo everything. This show is growing on me. It's very funny but sometimes brings back painful memories of jobs I used to have and totally hated. I never got into the British version, but maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance.
Kitchen Confidential: All three or four episodes that have aired so far have been pretty entertaining. Whenever it comes on again, the TiVo will get it for me. Its lead-in is Arrested Development, which you should be watching.
Bones: I'd hesitate to call it "good", but I still plan to watch the episode that's sitting on the TiVo from this week. My best review of the show is " It's no more retarded than CSI!" On the plus side, David Boreanaz is cute and sometimes shirtless. Yay!
I think that's all of them. We tried several other new shows like Reunion and Supernatural, but I didn't stick with them. Reunion was just kinda average and then the second episode was pre-empted for hurricane coverage, and I found I didn't care that much. Supernatural was like a dumbed-down X-Files, and instead of fine-ass David Duchovny you have Jensen Eckles, who provided last season's Smallville with a massive charisma vaccuum. On the plus side, it has a good classic rock soundtrack. On the minus side, I already have a radio. I watched two episodes and then quit. My husband watched another one or two, but didn't care enough to continue.
Shows of which I watched part of the pilot but gave up before I sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so much: Invasion and Prison Break.