Obviously, my time is valuable: there are only so many hours in a day, and I can only look at a screen for so long before my eyes start watering. Over the last few weeks I’ve been watching the start of the TV season in the US, and here’s the verdict, pretty much in alphabetical order:
Accidentally On Purpose: a new “Cougar” sitcom with Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) and sexy Scot Ashley Jensen (Extras). Cougar Elfman gets knocked up by a guy in his 20s who moves in with her. Jensen plays a gin-soaked slag; usually they get all the good lines. Usually.
Bones: they’re still operating a rotation policy on Brennan’s grad assistant which is entertaining enough, variety being the spice of life and all. The sexual tension between Booth and Brennan is getting a little tedious, though. What they really need is a new serial killer arc.
Cougar Town: another symptom of post-post-feminist America’s fascination with the Demi-Ashton dynamic. Shockingly, this is nowhere near as bad as I though it would be. Courtney Cox is the sort of milf, supported by gal pals Busy Philips (Dawson’s Creek) and Christa Miller (hottie from Scrubs). Not really a winner, but diverting.
CSI, CSI Miami, CSI NY: the original CSI has survived the departure of Grissom and loss of Warwick admirably. CSI Miami, long time coming, has turned into a parody of itself – now it’s just a little silly. CSI NY – who doesn’t love Gary Sinise?