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Giving Up On The Shows Of The New TV Season: What Time Is Right For You?

DOA: Marc Hirsh says it's not that Prime Suspect (with Maria Bello) is bad — it's that it's bloody. i

DOA: Marc Hirsh says it's not that Prime Suspect (with Maria Bello) is bad — it's that it's bloody.

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DOA: Marc Hirsh says it's not that Prime Suspect (with Maria Bello) is bad — it's that it's bloody.

DOA: Marc Hirsh says it's not that Prime Suspect (with Maria Bello) is bad — it's that it's bloody.

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It's one of the rites of autumn, where what was once bright and hopeful slowly but surely withers and wilts. I'm talking about the new television season (obviously) and the inevitable pruning that takes place as viewers realize that not every new show they were excited or even curious about is worth keeping up with.

For Vulture, last night's episode of Terra Nova was the final straw; the blog used its recap to officially break up with the dinosaurs-and-settlers series. The reasoning — it doesn't work as sci-fi, it doesn't work as human drama and the dialogue is often groan-inducingly awful — is pretty rock-solid. That's pretty darn close to why I abandoned the show after two and a half episodes, midway through a science-station-overtaken-by-madness story whose resolution I realized I didn't care about in the least.

That makes Terra Nova one of four new shows that, while they may soldier on, will have to do so without my personal eyeballs. Also in my quick-discard pile:

Prime Suspect: I gave up after three episodes. The moment that did it was when a murder investigation came across a bloody face-print in a storage unit. It wasn't an issue of squeamishness so much as a recognition that this wasn't the sort of thing I was interested in watching on a weekly basis. Not a judgement on the show's quality, just a matter of personal taste — the same reason I don't watch any of the Law & Orders or CSIs.

2 Broke Girls: I lasted two episodes, and that one IS a judgement on quality. In addition to having the single worst-constructed joke I've heard all year ("I wear knit hats when it's cold out; you wear knit hats 'cause of Coldplay," which fails spectacularly on multiple levels), it's also kind of racist. And Kat Dennings's character shoots for snarky and cheerworthy but lands on mean and unpleasant. And it utterly wastes Garrett Morris. Pass.

Person Of Interest: One episode. Honestly, I'm not sure what happened here. The pilot was dull (-ish), but I make it a policy not to judge shows purely on their pilots. But even though I had every intention of returning to it, I just ... didn't, somehow. I promise I've tried SO HARD to avoid making this pun here, but I just lost interest. It's possible I'll give it another shot if, like Fringe, reports start coming in that it's improved. But, well, I never jumped back aboard for Fringe either, so.

So that's the maybe-inevitable result of a fall television season where, for whatever reason, I was interested in giving more new series a shot than I have in ages. And it doesn't even include shows that I gave up on that have since been canceled. (See: Free Agents.) Or, of course, shows that, for the time being at least, I feel reasonably good about adding to my regular TV-watching schedule.

What about you? Now that baseball season is over and is no longer wreaking havoc on scheduling, what still-breathing new shows have you unceremoniously dumped, and why? First person to mention New Girl in the comments wins a prize!

(Note: There is no prize.)

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