I tried to give "Warehouse 13" a fair shake when it debuted last season.
Produced by SyFy, "Warehouse 13" had the potential to be a fun little show that combined elements of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The X-Files" and even "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." With a cast led by Saul Rubinek and CCH Pounder, I had pretty high hopes.
I made it about six or seven episodes before finally giving up. Mostly, my irritation centered around the lead characters Pete and Myka (Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly), two Secret Service agents recruited to be the Mulder and Scully of the series.
I know Mulder and Scully. Mulder and Scully were my friends. Pete and Myka, you're no Mulder and Scully.
Pete ended up being bland and Myka was just plain whiny and annoying. The writing didn't help, as the plots weren't easy to follow and we didn't spend enough time in the Warehouse, a repository of all these cool objects and inventions throughout history.
It's the sort of show that should have been fun and cool to follow -- Noah Wyle has a similarly themed series of TV movies called "The Librarian," which is much better. Those movies don't take themselves too seriously and are a lot of fun.
"Warehouse 13?" Not so much. Season 2 kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. on SyFy.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Of course, there aren't a whole lot of other options on tonight. On the networks, there's two hours of "Hell's Kitchen" (Fox, 8 p.m.) while NBC has "Losing it with Jillian" at 8 p.m. and "America's Got Talent" at 9 p.m.
ABC has the quasi-game shows "Wipeout" and "Free Fall" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, there's "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.), while TNT has a new "HawthoRNe" at 9 p.m. and "Memphis Beat" at 10 p.m.
Finally, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (USA, 10 p.m.) wraps up its ninth season tonight with guest star F. Murray Abraham.