OK…"discovered" like Columbus "discovered" America, but you get the idea. Years later, I'm still a sucker for Law & Order: SVU. Last season was weakened, somewhat, as the writers had to work around Mariska Hargitay's pregnancy/childbirth for the first dozen or so episodes. Meanwhile, Richard Belzer's "Munch" and Ice-T's "Fin" characters were just afterthoughts, but m'man Chris Meloni upped the intensity level to "Eckstein/Erstad" heights of effectiveness. The show's become a preachy, ridiculously liberal soapbox for executive producer Dick Wolf, but it's still compelling TV when it wants to be.
That's it for Aaron on Tuesdays. No House, Bones or Boston Legal. If we're to believe the previews, Hugh Laurie has "crossed the line" or "done the unthinkable" at least 200 times since House premiered. How does he stay licensed?
The One New Show That Will be TiVo-ed (for at least one week): On the one hand, I love shows that are colossally awful and embrace their ineptitude. I grew up supporting such stink bombs as ABC's I Married Dora, The Charmings and Sledge Hammer!. From there, I found FOX who contributed crap like Whoops! and Babes. And, then there were the first few seasons of UPN and The WB. Anyways, this is my usually long-winded way of saying I'll give Cavemen a spin. Hey, some people watch NASCAR exclusively for the crashes. CW's Reaper actually looks intriguing, but…man, it's like an hour long.
The One New Show I Ain't EVER Watching: I can't work up enough of a defiant lather over Carpoolers. It stars Jerry O'Connell as a "playboy dentist" and three other guys who kibitz on their commute to work. Alternate title: Sex in the Sebring. Thankfully, I can proudly avoid Jimmy Smits' new drama Cane. CBS also digs up the remains of Rita Moreno and Hector Elizondo for this hour-long soap opera of money, bitches, greed and deceit set in New Central America (Florida). Most disappointing? The title refers to sugar cane. Over/Under on how many episodes it takes for sugar cane's older, runny-nosed brother "Co" to make a cameo: 1.5.