I don't know if you can say it is TV's best new show, but certainly my favorite new show of the season is "Terriers" (FX, 10 p.m.), which wraps up its first season tonight.
Much in the vein of FX's "Justified" -- a cop drama laced with wicked humor -- "Terriers" has followed two hapless but good hearted private eyes as they help regular folks with their problems. The detectives -- ex-cop Hank (Donal Logue) and ex-con Britt (Michael Raymond-James) -- have also been following a shady real-estate development company trying to pull off a land deal that will have major implications for their San Diego suburb.
Can Hank and Britt overcome their personal issues and take out a real estate giant? Well, everything is in top form in tonight's finale. The bigger issue is whether "Terriers," a critical hit but one that isn't drawing ratings numbers, will get a second season.
I certainly hope so. Even in a stellar group of FX shows, "Terriers" has managed to carve out its own distinctive niche.
In other TV musings, my column for Deb Eckerling's writing site is up: http://writeononline.com/2010/11/29/write-on-review-ncis/
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: I gave up on "Psych" (USA, 10 p.m.) a while ago, but I do plan to tune in tonight, because Shawn and Gus are taking on a case which is a parody of "Twin Peaks," involving members of the cast of that show. Should be a hoot.
On the regular networks, "The Whole Truth" (ABC, 10 p.m.) returns for a new episode after a hiatus, following a night of reruns.
CBS has a new "Survivor" at 8 p.m., followed by a Grammy nominations show at 10 p.m.
Fox is all-new with "Human Target" and "Kitchen Nightmares," while NBC burns off the remaining "Undercovers" at 8 p.m., followed by the two "Law & Orders" from 9-11 p.m.
"Hellcats" (CW, 9 p.m.) is also new.
Also new is "I'd Do Anything," (BBC America, 9 p.m.), the surprisingly engrossing reality show in which young women try out for Andrew Lloyd-Webber's new version of "Oliver" on the West End stage.