By Michael Slezak
Updated September 20, 2006 at 08:53 PM EDT

Darn you to heck, CBS. Just when I was hoping to streamline my Tuesday-night TV schedule, you go and give me the wickedly addictive Smith, a drama with characters as compelling as they are reprehensible. So what if our first glimpse of Simon Baker’s Jeff is watching him cold-bloodedly gun down two dudes on a beach? Or if Amy Smart’s Annie makes our acquaintance while committing credit-card fraud? I’m giving Smith a permanent spot on my DVR schedule, and if that makes me a bad person, well at least when I get to hell, it’ll be populated by jaw-dropping hotties like Virginia Madsen and Jonny Lee Miller.

Seriously, though, the whole hour was fresh and slick and gorgeously acted — and a welcome relief from CBS’ standard-issue crime procedurals. I especially love how Ray Liotta’s Bobby can’t look Madsen’s Hope in the eye when he’s discussing his “business trips.” And the menacing authority in Shohreh Aghdashloo’s every line reading. So what say you, PopWatchers? Are you on board with Smith, too? Or are you going to ignore it and let it go the way of The Threshold?

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