I never got a DVD screener for FX's new series, "American Horror Story," which debuts tonight at 10 p.m., so I never had to make the decision as to whether I wanted to give up 42 minutes of my life watching it.
On the one hand, it is an FX series, and the network has had a fabulous track record of late in terms of quality -- even series like "Terriers" and "Lights Out" were great, just low-rated. The show also co-stars Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), one of my favorite actresses on TV.
On the other hand, it's produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. I never watched more than ten minutes of "Nip/Tuck" and I leaped off the "Glee" bandwagon, barely making it to the end of last season before quitting completely.
The series follows a family -- Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga -- who moves into a new house in a small town, which turns out to be haunted. There's a bevy of weird neighbors, like Jessica Lange and Denis O'Hare, and all sorts of weird, psycho-sexual stuff going on.
Some critics have praised the show's risk-taking and original format, but most have railed against the show, asking simply why the family doesn't move out after the first episode. Some have compared the show (unfavorably) with "Glee," saying the show shares many of the same flaws "Glee" has. That's enough of a turnoff for me.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC's "Revenge" has turned out to be a minor hit for the network, showing that the nighttime soap opera format isn't dead. It airs at 10 p.m., following a new night of "The Middle," "Subugatory," "Modern Family," and "Happy Endings."
On the other hand, while "X-Factor's" (Fox, 8 p.m.) ratings have been respectable, it isn't the breakout smash Fox was hoping for, by any means.
CBS has "Survivor," "Criminal Minds," and "CSI," while NBC airs "Up All Night," "Free Agents," "Harry's Law" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Finally, the pick of the night is BBC America's "Luther" at 10 p.m., which follows a new "Law & Order: UK" at 9 p.m.