I've been undecided about whether I think Falling Skies is good, but nothing too awful has happened to make me stop. I finally watched an episode where the resistance discovers something that had been hinted at before and finally "committed" to the show... just in time for the season finale. :P Which I did enjoy and I'm glad that it was renewed.
I'm somewhat baffled that it's been such a big hit (by cable TV standards). I'm sure the Spielberg name helps with initial interest, but the show's ratings have stayed pretty steady. My conclusion is that it's succeeded where FlashForward, The Event and V have failed because: 1) it's not very intelligent and 2) there is no real sense of danger, even when dangerous things happen (like in Harry Potter 1 & 2).
Unfortunately, Stargate: Universe was 1) intelligent and 2) had real danger and consequences, and thus was cancelled after Season 2. :P Man, that was a good show, especially towards the end. It was also pretty slow-moving, so I'm not surprised it's gone. I was pretty excited to find a blog post from one of the executive producers on ideas they had for how the show would continue: Stargate: Universe, Beyond Season 2! What Might Have Been!
Eureka was cancelled. It's a fun little show and had a good run, but can't say I'll miss it too much. It's the equivalent of Men In Trees for me. I'm more invested in Haven and hopefully low expectations for Friday will result in a S3. Maybe?
I love Rizzoli & Isles and I'm so happy that it's a hit and has been renewed already. Okay, mostly I love Angie Harmon. She looks like someone me and my friends would have had girlcrushes on in primary school. Kind of like Erik Karlsson.
I really like a lot of summer procedurals, even more than the network TV procedurals, and I don't even watch White Collar, Royal Pains, Psych or any of the new summer cable shows this season. My favourite hands down is Leverage. I started watching because of Aldis Hodge and Christian Kane and their characters are great, but Parker is my favourite. ♥
I used to watch so many procedurals. So many. CSI, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, NCIS, etc. I finally decided to quit them all cold turkey because while they were entertaining, I didn't really get anything out of them after I was done with the episode. I watch Castle, Hawaii Five-0, House, The Mentalist and Bones because they have ensemble casts with fun interactions and/or relationships that develop as the show goes on. The best parts of Hawaii Five-0 take place in Steve's car with him and Dano driving somewhere. :P Grace Park is awful in the show. :( They should make a decision with her: either give her better lines and... a character, or just go all out and make her 100% eye candy. Her character just isn't working as is.
A lot of the summer procedurals have the fun ensemble casts and character relationship development that I like, and tend to be fun and light-hearted. And I really like stuff where there's female leads, although the premise of Necessary Roughness didn't really appeal to me. Burn Notice, The Closer, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs, Flashpoint and Rescue Me all kind of fit into this category.
Then there's the somewhat cheesy sci-fi shows. Guys, I get unironically excited for SyFy original movies! This stuff is intellectual in comparison. :P Or just fun. Eureka, Warehouse 13, Haven, Alphas and The Nine Lives of Chloe King, which seemed vaguely interesting, but I have to keep watching because it's set in SF, haha. :P I'm only really attached to Haven. I love quirky.