It's still very early in the season, but so far, I'm most excited about "Pushing Daisies." It's original, has great characters, and a lot of heart mixed with some darkness. I look forward to new episodes and think they have enough possibilities to make it interesting for a long time to come.
The other "must-see" for me is "Dirty Sexy Money." Now, I say it's a must-see, but at the same time...see my previous posts about lack of time lately, and hopefully you'll understand why I haven't made it through the second episode yet!
"Private Practice" has been about what I expected: disappointing. I haven't watched the 2nd episode of that either, but I'll keep it on my DVR list and get to it when I get to it.
"Desperate Housewives" was also disappointing. Didn't we already do the "mysterious neighbor" thing? The best moment was when Marcia Cross and Dana Delaney were having the neighborly spat about the tree. It's a perfect example of what this show does best, and I hope to see more of it. Otherwise...
"Brothers & Sisters" did not disappoint. "Boston Legal" had a great season opener, but the 2nd episode wasn't as funny as I would've liked. "The Office" season opener was also a trifle disappointing, but I hold out hope. "How I Met Your Mother" had a good season opener, a less satisfying 2nd episode, but again, I'll stick with it. And I do enjoy the nostalgic feel of "My Name Is Earl" that wraps everything up neatly by the end of the episode!
I did give up on "Cane" and "Kid Nation." I previously posted about my problems with "Kid Nation." I watched about 45 minutes of "Cane" and then decided...I don't care!! I found the show to think too much of itself for a first episode, expecting me to feel something for characters that I didn't even know yet. I know pilots can be a little heavy on the exposition, but you do need some!
And, whenever there's a drought...there's always "Cash Cab."