The drop-off in quality from the AMC stable (The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, maybe the Killing) to the rest of basic cable's offerings is enormous. very true. there's not much on basic cable in terms of original programming that I watch. Sons of Anarchy is terrific though. So was Rescue Me. FX does ok with it's original programming.
Don't forget Justified.
I liked that too when it started but haven't kept up with it. but you're right, that was good as well.
Pick 2 Draft 2014: Cleveland Cavs:
Kyrie Irving, Kevin Martin, Luol Deng, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic.
Bench: Andray Blatche, Tyreke Evans, Corey Brewer, Kosta Koufos, Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow, Reggie Evans