OK, I've wasted a couple of Saturdays now, laying around and catching up on the new TV shows and I think I've just about whittled down what I want to watch, what I'll give another chance, and what I just don't care about. Here's the breakdown.
My favorite show is still probably "Castle" since it's a mix of police procedural (which I love) but with some witty banter and decent comedy. The entire cast is great and the cases are just twisty enough to keep me guessing.
While I wasn't a huge fan of the pilot, "Terriers" has developed into yet another solid show from FX. I'm not sure if it's going to go the way of "Sons of Anarchy", a show with a lot of good buzz that I didn't care to watch anymore, but I'm like where this show is headed. They have a lot of storylines coming together and the characters are getting more and more likable as the show goes on. It still struggles with tone, especially when it comes to dialogue. It's an edgy show but now and then the characters break out liners that seem better fit for Ocean's 11 (which shouldn't be a surprise since the show is written by Ted Griffin who penned Ocean's 11.) Hopefully it will get stronger, unlike FX's Louis which started strong and then really fell apart IMO at the end of the season.
Speaking of FX, "The League" hasn't been that strong this season but it's still fun enough for me to check out regularly.
Blue Bloods might drop to the DVR list but, for now, it's a show that I want to check out. I kind of like how they try to tackle issues without getting too bogged down in the whole debate. They just kind of bring up an issue, play it out, have a dinner scene in which the family discusses it, and then moves on. I'm not sold on the overall arc with the Blue Templar, a secret society within the NYPD, but as of now it's only been a throw-in, literally just one scene at the end of the episode, so maybe it will be better when they actually spend some time with it. A great cast and decent stories so it's worth keeping tabs on.
Hawaii 5-0 is basically NCIS: Hawaii but Alex O'Loughlin is growing on me and I'm a fan of Scott Caan. I still don't really give a rat's ass about what's going on in the show but at least they make it somewhat entertaining. This will probably become my cleaning/washing dishes show; nice background noise for when I'm doing something that doesn't necessarily require 100% of my attention.
Nikita doesn't really make much sense but Maggie Q does a nice job in it and is pretty funny when she pretends to be a ditz or some socialite... which I guess is the same as saying a ditz. Like Hawaii 5-0, it's a show I'll put on when I either have nothing better to do and feel too lazy to do something productive or if I'm about to go to bed or am picking up around the apartment.
Raising Hope is still on this list because I haven't watched the second episode yet. There's a good chance that I stop watching it soon but it's not a bad show; just not my cup of tea. But then again, I never watched Greg Garcia's "My Name is Earl" so I'm not the best person to judge this show.
I missed the second episode of "The Whole Truth" but I like the set-up of the show (they play with the narrative timeline much more effectively than "The Event") and the pilot kept my interest. Not sold on Rob Morrow's acting choices but it's staying on the DVR for now.
Undercovers is a decent spy show, kind of a big budget USA network show ala Burn Notice or White Collar, but the thing that will probably keep me tuned in is Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This girl seems like a star and it's pretty ridiculous if Hollywood doesn't find her a rom-com ASAP. For all the complaints about Tyler Perry, at least the guy is casting black actresses is lead roles. The ratings haven't been great so I'm not sure if it's going to see a second season (and I won't be heartbroken if it does) but like the other action shows on this list, it's a decent show to have on in the background.
It's too early to judge after just one episode but Law and Order: Los Angeles is making the mistake that most every glossy West Coast crime show makes. You can't kick off with the crew investigating a Hollywood murder with zero victims that you care about. Terrence Howard apparently wasn't around for the pilot so maybe he can add something but the new L&O seems like a glossier but stale version of the original. And while it's completely unrealistic, the show needs to get out of Hollywood (or at least go into the Hollyhood and not Beverly Hills) and get to the more interesting parts of the LA area, be it South Central, East LA, Venice and the beach area. I'm not sure what they can do with since the characters all seem like cardboard cutouts (one with a kickass mustache though). Nevermind replacing Lenny Brisco, they can't even replace Logan or Curtis.
I really wanted to give "The Event" a chance but at the beginning of episode 2, they flashed back to some earlier lovey dovey conversation with Sarah Roemer and Jason Ritter and all I could think was, "Who cares?!". Even in the expository scene with The President, I didn't care. I found "Persons Unknown" or even "Happy Town" to be more intriguing that this show and those shows weren't very good at all.
I like Jimmy Smits and the supporting cast is getting better but "Outlaw" does nothing for me. One issue might be that Smits's character is either on a soapbox or off laying down big bets with a shady bookie. I like conflicted heroes but there needs to be an actual person in there as well. In this show, he's either a crusader or a creep.
Detroit 1-8-7 is like a watered down version of Southland. The cases aren't as interesting, the characters aren't as strong, the relationships aren't as three dimensional. Since I didn't bother watching Southland, there's no way I'm going to keep track of this one.
The pilot for The Defenders wasn't even that bad but I just can't stand Jerry O'Connell's hyper-activity. It seems like he snorted a bag of coke before every scene. And I also don't want to risk having to see him with his shirt off again. When he took his top off, I swore that Sally Struthers was going to come on screen and ask me to give 15 cents a day to help him eat. I usually don't notice makeup but the foundation was caked on Jim Belushi so much that I noticed it on my non-HD TV and they somehow managed to make Natalie Zea look average.
I got through like three commercial breaks of Hellcats before turning it off. It's like High School Musical without the singing. Which might seem like a good thing but it actually isn't.
Running Wilde might be the worst show that I've seen this fall. It just seems to miss on every level.