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Slamming ‘Smash’ and savoring ‘Sherlock’

Megan Hilty in a scene from the NBC musical drama “Smash.”

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Megan Hilty in a scene from the NBC musical drama “Smash.”

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers last Thursday on Boston
.com. Here are excerpts:

Q. What are the most underrated shows on TV? I think “White Collar” is one.

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A. “Shameless” is one. It doesn’t get any critical or awards love, and it’s excellent. “White Collar” is good, too. Of course both of those shows get lots of viewers, so they are underrated but not underwatched. I think “Southland” is underrated, and “Treme,” too.

Q. I’m a “Smash” nerd. Did you watch?

A. I hope they change the show a lot next season. All due respect, I ended up hating it. The story lines were boilerplate and predictable. So much wasted potential there.

Q. I’ve watched a lot of clips from the new fall shows, and I am intrigued by almost none of them.

A. At a glance they do seem to be a fairly un-stunning batch. I’m in the middle of watching the pilots, and so far I’m a little smitten with “Nashville.” It’s a totally trashy look at the world of country music, but I wanted more. I love Connie Britton.

Q. I couldn’t get past the premiere of “Enlightened.” Should I give it another try?

A. I’d say yes, try again. But only if you’re willing to do some cringing. Laura Dern’s show is painful, and probably a little more dramatic than comedic. But as a portrait of a woman trying to change, against the tide of everyone around her who wants her to stay the same, it’s powerful.

Q. Is PBS’s “Sherlock” the best show on TV?

A. It’s a good one, for sure. The best? Nah. I’m more in love with “Breaking Bad” and a lot of other series.

Q. Does Benedict Cumberbatch have a chance of winning an Emmy? I think he’s brilliant.

A. Yes, he does. Also, you should know that CBS has a new adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s character due this fall, called “Elementary.” It’s similar, with Jonny Lee Miller as a contemporary guy named Sherlock Holmes who solves crimes in NY with Lucy Liu as his Watson. Not as good as PBS’s though.

Q. That CBS show sounds scary. Lucy
Liu?

A. I have a fear that the show is going to try to hook up Holmes and Watson, which would be awful.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at
gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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