The fall TV season is in full swing now. I've had time to check out most of the new shows and here's my opinion on them.
New and Gotta See:
Castle (ABC, Monday)—This is my favorite new show (which really isn't new because it started as a mid-season replacement in March 2009). I love Nathan Fillion (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Firefly/Serenity), who plays famous mystery novelist, Richard Castle. I've been a fan of his since Buffy, but I really, really think this is the best I've ever seen him.
Stana Katic, who plays Det. Kate Beckett and inspiration for Castle's new mystery series, was a little stiff at first, but I'm loving her now. Molly Quinn plays Castle's 15-year-old daughter, and Susan Sullivan plays his mother. I love the interplay between the characters—they're funny and witty. The mysteries are pretty good (although sometimes there's a bit too much gore). This is one that should be around for awhile and I'll be watching every episode!
Flash Forward (ABC, Thursday)—This one is pretty cool. One day, everyone on earth blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During this time, they have visions of themselves approximately six months into the future. Some of the visions are good, some not so good. Some people see nothing at all (because they're dead? asleep?).
This show has some really awesome possibilities and it's well acted. Sonya Walger (who showed up as Penny on Lost) is great, playing a doctor who may have seen herself in a relationship with a man other than her current husband, played by Joseph Fiennes. I look forward to seeing how this plays out. It could be really good.
Vampire Diaries (CW, Thursday)—Set in Mystic Falls, two vampire brothers—Stefan (good; on the right) and Damon (evil; on the left) fight for the heart of Elena Gilbert (center).
I haven't read the books so I don't know how closely the show follows the original story but I've heard it uses a lot of creative license. This is a teen show, the main characters are in high school, but they drink and have intimate relationships. There is also a lot of violence and gore. Overall, the acting is mediocre—but Ian Somerhalder who plays the evil vampire brother, Damon, is awesome in his vile evilness. I'm giving it a few more episodes before I decide to drop it, just because I find the various vampire lore fascinating. But it's probably not going to be a long-term love of mine.
The Forgotten (ABC, Tuesday)—Sort of a cross between CSI and Cold Case. Has some potential but I wasn't loving it. Part of it is I'm not a Christian Slater fan. I might watch it a few more times before giving up on it.
That's pretty sad when I only have four new shows that I am watching, and two I'll probably drop. Last season was much better. And speaking of last season, here are my follow-ups on those that are back for more.
Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane, et al, shaped up very nicely. It just finished it's second season, running through the summer rather than in the fall. It's right up there with Castle in my book. I love it. Although I am disappointed that apparently they're replacing Sophie on the team. Anyone know why?
Bones—Brennan and Booth are still in my top five, although I'm a little irked at the way they did the whole brain tumor/rewind thing. I think that's a cop-out. I also don't like what they've done with Angela and Hodgins. They are meant to be together.
Fringe is great. I bumped it down below Castle because sometimes it's just too hard to follow. I'm thinking I'll rent last season and watch it again. Like my old-time fav, Lost, I'm thinking I'll pick up on a lot more when I watch it all in a row.
The Mentalist —Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is a cutie and endearingly annoying. I still look forward to this one. I'm glad they're giving Red John a bit of a rest.
Joss Whedon's Doll House is good, but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. It's a little too convoluted, out there, hard to follow and at the same time, a little predictable. But I still watch it.
House—Still a guilty pleasure. As are Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice (but they're going to have to raise their game to keep me watching much longer). And of course, there's always CSI: Miami, but if they don't get Calleigh and Eric together for good soon, I'm going to have to send them a nasty e-mail.
Dropped from my viewing schedule:
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (got too weird) and Heroes (just couldn't keep up; I might rent them when the entire show is done).