2010 may be the Year of the Tiger in China, but on American TV it's clearly going to be the Year of the Reallly Bad Boss. Or, possibly, the Year of Lots of Sex at Work. Either way, you want to be careful about showing up late.
In the case of ABC's turgid legal melodrama The Deep End, you might not want to show up at all. Following five rookie lawyers being bullied and hazed by their firm's senior partners, the show is a dreadful attempt to duplicate Grey's Anatomy in a law office, except without Katherine Heigl or Patrick Dempsey or screenwriters of even marginal literacy.
The shallow stupidity of The Deep End will make you appreciate the profound trashiness of Starz' Spartacus: Blood And Sand. This newest retelling of a slave rebellion in pre-Christian Rome -- unlike the loopy leftist allegory of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film or the 2004 USA Network miniseries -- is all boobs and blood, compulsively watchable pulp. Read my full review in Thursday's Miami Herald.