SKIP: NBC's plodding Life, about an L.A. homicide detective who was wrongly imprisoned!; CBS's cheesy Moonlight, about a handsome, charismatic private investigator who quenches his thirst with pints of O-positive!
SCORE WITH Fox's New Amsterdam, starring dashing Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as an immortal detective who fights crime, seeks love. Centuries ahead of the hour-long drama pack.
ANGSTY 30-SOMETHING SITCOM
SKIP: Fox's Unhitched, courtesy of the Farrelly brothers, whohaving desecrated The Heartbreak Kid with a disfiguring remakehere perpetrate orangutan-on-man love. In the opening episode.
STICK WITH ABC's Samantha Who?, starring an irresistibly quirky Christina Applegate as an amnesiac who learns that she was a major bitch and decides to reform her life. Blessedly chimp-free.
LAWYER SHOW (WITH A TWIST!)
SKIP: Fox's latest, Canterbury's Law, with Julianna Margulies as hard-assed, ethically challenged lawyer dame with her own missing child!; ABC's Eli Stone, featuring Jonny Lee Miller as hard-assed, ethically challenged lawyer who thinks he's a spiritual prophet!
STICK WITH ABC's Dirty Sexy Money for the gloss, glam, and Peter Krause-ness of it all, as he tries to hunt down his father's murderer.