Have there ever been so many new series on TV as there are now? Every movie channel now has to have its own original programming, and all the "tweeners" as well (USA, TBS, etc.). At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if The Weather Channel started doing original drama. I'm finding it impossible to keep up with everything.

But out of this overkill, one show does stand out, IMO, and that's The Knick on Cinemax. It's a medical drama set in NY at the beginning of the 20th century, and it looks like a movie. Steven Soderbergh is directing, and Clive Owens stars. The show is a grim look at a world hovering on the brink of great medical breakthroughs...but it's not there yet.

Cinemax is repeating the first episode tonight right before showing the second episode.