FRINGE: Hubby and I are officially hooked. While it really is like X-Files light, the "mad" scientist dad is reason enough for me to watch. My fave character of the show and the new season, period. The show wouldn't be half as cool without him. If they could put uptight Sheldon of THE BIG BANG THEORY with Mad Doc as his new roommate, I would be most happy. I also appreciate seeing Blair Brown doing her P.R. thing for Massive Dynamics. She's a terrific actress and she doesn't look plastic surgery-ed up to the max. She's also got a nice air of genteel menace. Me likey.
SANCTUARY: ZzzzzZZzzzz. Twice I tried to get through the two-hour pilot. The pacing would make a snail proud. They would have been better off with a one hour pilot sans the ponderous air. The show needs pizzazz. But it's nice to see the Geico Caveman get a chance to butle. (Okay, so it's supposed to be Big Foot. Doesn't seem hairy enough or big enough. Should have just let him be a de-iced caveman.) I might give it one more shot, and if it loses my attention once more, then it's bye-bye.
PRIMEVAL: We're done. After the first few ones, I got tired of the "primitive Earth creature of the week" format. It's too much like those crappy "monster critter" flicks that Sci-Fi channel foists on us with frightening regularity, only with better acting and charming accents. I really wanted it to grab me--Doug Henshall is likable, and a couple of the supporting actors are appealing--but it got old on me fast. I don't want to watch supposedly brilliant folks run after ancient animals. I want more brainy stuff than that--and smarter villains. Maybe it'll get better. But I haven't watched in a couple weeks, and I don't miss it.
Now, gotta wait until January for DOLLHOUSE by Whedon. While I'm not thrilled he picked Eliza Dushku for the lead--come on, has she been good at anything since she was Faith? And even at that, her acting was hardly the best--it'll be nice to see Amy "Fred" Acker again. (I miss Buffy/Angel. Sniff.)