Cane is just... boring as all get out. It's soapy and predictable and cliched and not one of the characters cracked a smile the entire episode. Basically it's Falcon Crest with Cubans, which turns out to be no more interesting than Falcon Crest with white people was. Fail.
Dirty Sexy Money, on the other hand, is a total win. Dark and amusing and quirky and fascinating. Like some kind delicious middle ground between Arrested Development and The Royal Tenenbaums, with a dash of Agatha Christie-style murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The genius of this pilot is that despite the huge cast, each of the Darling siblings are so well-characterized and brilliantly introduced that you never have trouble keeping them straight. I'll definitely be studying this script for technique when I start working on my spec pilot.
Reaper, which I saw at Comic-con and realize now I never posted about, is also tons of fun, and has a cherished place in my Season Pass list until the CW cancels it because no one watches the CW.
The second episode of K-Ville was slightly better than the pilot so I'm hanging with it for a little longer to see how it goes. Still pretty standard fare, and they need to come up with an A story other than exposing corporate corruption in the rebuilding efforts, but the cinematography is pretty.
Private Practice seemed a little improved from the spring pilot. No talking elevators and no idiotic "I'm going to kiss you with tongue" monologues definitely makes for a less embarrassing hour of television. I'm not at all impressed with Audra McDonald as Merrin Dungey's replacement, but I'm kinda sorta besotted with Cooper and Violet so it evens out. And Kate Walsh's dancing at the beginning of the ep was so hilariously bad that I'm going to keep watching just to see if she does it every week.
So, for those who are keeping track, here's my official tally of the season so far--
Definitely worth watching:
Dirty Sexy Money
Definitely NOT worth watching:
The Big Bang Theory
Hovering somewhere in between:
Frankly, it's turning out to be a pretty impressive slate this season. The big question is how many of my must-watch shows will make it past Christmas.