By Marc Vera
Updated September 21, 2006 at 10:37 PM EDT

I’ve found my new TV addiction, Jericho. Something had to take over the void left when NBC cancelled last season’s best newcomer, Surface. I may be one of the few people in the country who was legitimately excited for Jericho. I even had the full page ad stuck to my fridge door.

True, the apocalyptic show had some ”oh no, not this again” moments. (And I don’t mean the ”oops, atomic bombs have just gone off in Denver, Atlanta, and maybe everywhere else” moments.) I mean the clichés — the missing school bus full of kids, a bus full of convicts, a semi-riot at the local gas station, and an emergency tracheotomy done with straws (ok, so that part wasn’t cliché).

But those are trivial and every show has them. What’ll inspire me to keep me coming back is the intensely written story and expertly picked soundtrack. (The first episode featured songs by The Killers, The Goo Goo Dolls and Snow Patrol.) And I’ll be honest, I’m stoked that Pamela Reed (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s partner in Kindergarten Cop) is in the show, as Skeet Ulrich’s mom. I love her.

What did you think of Jericho? And which fall show is most likely to inspire you to keep watching?

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