Television has overtaken film as America’s most prestigious medium. Nowadays, most A-list actors would gladly swap their five biggest houses for a leading role in a sharp television drama or a cultish comedy.
This year saw Homeland borrow Britain’s best ginger, Damian Lewis, turning him into a sexy terrorist. Occasionally, he got to squish up against Claire Danes. We loved it.
Then we had our first taste of Smash (Deborah Messing, Jack Davenport), which does for the ailing Broadway musical what Glee did for geeks and show choirs. Meanwhile, Touch – an intriguing drama about a man whose mute, autistic son wants to save the world with numbers – made Kiefer Sutherland relevant again.
Sadly though, America’s beloved ten-year-old police procedural, CSI: Miami, has been retired (to a quieter part of Florida, presumably). The final season airs later this summer on Channel 5. But don’t cry so long and hard that you miss the fresh batch of Stateside shows starting here soon. These are our new-season highlights: