They’re just called ‘dramas’ these days.
I watched a Tivo’d episode of Las Vegas (the one where Ed gets jury duty). The show is sometimes amusing, and I watched it a bit last year, thinking that it would be impossible for a drama to be any more over the top. But it’s gotten more so - the only thing missing is a laugh track.
I’m getting a bit burned out on procedurals, and I’ve never been into the WB teen drama stuff or E.R.-style hospital dramas. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, but I’d like one or two more good, different dramas. I think that’s why Lost is doing so well - if nothing else, it’s different from everything else out there.