My TV-watching time is limited each week, so I have to be very selective. This season, I find myself really looking forward to new episodes every week of only two new shows (plus one old one):
The old series, LOST now in its fifth season on ABC, I watch simply because I'm addicted to it and can't seem to shake the habit; luckily, it's still a well-written sci-fi adventure that never fails to intrigue me each week, so I'll definitely continue viewing future episodes until it finally ends next year. If you aren't already hooked on LOST, buy the box sets from the first four seasons, then check out www.abc.com to watch this season's episodes. It's worth the investment in time.
My two new favorites are indeed very pleasant surprises: LIFE ON MARS on ABC and TRUST ME on TNT.
LIFE ON MARS interests me mainly because I seem to remember more about 1973 (the year in which the show is set) than any other year from my youth. It's based on a British series (and movie) of the same name, and it's about a detective who is injured and finds himself dropped into New York City in 1973 without explanation. Jason O'Mara, an Irish actor sporting an American accent, plays the hapless cop well, but Harvey Keitel excels as the gruff (and not so ethical) police captain.
TNT's TRUST ME stars Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanaugh as two partners in a struggling Chicago ad agency. Griffin Dunne plays their benign but honest boss, and Monica Potter (BOSTON LEGAL) plays the new talent hired to help bring the agency some much-needed business. Interestingly, Jason O'Mara of LIFE ON MARS portrayed (in the pilot episode only) the agency's egotistical lead creative director until his untimely (and somewhat welcome) demise. The show consistently features some of the best banter since GILMORE GIRLS left the air. I would highly recommend getting into this one early, while there are only four episodes to catch up on.
Some past favorites that I no longer watch (regularly, anyway) include THE OFFICE, 30ROCK, BOSTON LEGAL (already cancelled by ABC) and HOUSE, MD. These series, though still well-written perhaps, no longer compel me to block out time every week as they once did. Perhaps I'll catch up on them via the Internet.