And let's not even mention shows with unimaginative titles such as Dads, Mom, and We Are Men. There are people who are getting paid to watch these shows. Let's hope they get their money's worth.
But to end on a positive note, there are lot of quality shows returning in the next two weeks, too. Solids hits such as How I Met Your Mother, Castle, The Voice, the always creepy Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Blue Bloods, and The Amazing Race have built steady audiences and are filled with strong writing, acting and performances.
But let's say you only have one hour a week to watch television. In that case, please do yourself a favor and tune in to the best-written and acted show on the tube, one of the very few “sleeper” shows to find an ever-growing audience, CBS's Person of Interest (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m.). Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel have been the core of a deeply fascinating look into the modern world of surveillance and government at the same time the real world has been dealing with the exact same issues and concerns. If you haven't already been watching this show, please start now. You'll thank us later.