"Kitchen Confidential" wasn't bad. It's hard to judge a show based on a half-hour pilot, and it's not really fair that they have to follow the unadulterated genius of AD, but I wasn't immediately turned off, which is a good sign. I would have liked more Nick Brendon, though. And I was happy to see the divine Miss Parker, but sad when she left at the end of the episode. The kid from "Freaks and Geeks" was funny, though. I'll give the show at least another few weeks to see if it can manage to pull off consistent funniness.
"How I Met Your Mother" was kinda cute. Unfortunately, I think I'm ruined on the three-camera laugh track/studio audience format forever. I don't know how I ever stomached it, but when I hear those obnoxious laughter cues on the soundtrack it immediately kills any desire I may have had to laugh at their punchline. The free-form creativity of comedies like "Sports Night," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Scrubs" and the aforementioned "Arrested Development" has totally spoiled me for the traditional sit-com format. Also, I'm so completely ready for the voice-over narration trend to die. Unless you've got Ron Howard doing your narration, just give it up.
I've been hearing good things about Chris Rock's new show, and I absolutely adore that they sent a DVD screener out with Entertainment Weekly, so I'm going to give it a watch, if only to support a brilliant marketing ploy.
ETA: Look, it's IMOSCAR.COM! Excellent!