Well, to my surprise, I've found myself starting to like TV again. There are some truly good shows out there and some of them look like they might even be around for a while.
Fringe - At first I couldn't get past the X-Files-ness of it all, but when I finally embraced it and started watching the first season on DVD I was hooked. I did everything I could to catch up so that I could watch the final episodes of season 2 as they aired. I was also skeptical after the debacle that was Lost, but it must be a different production team because these people actually seem to know what the hell they are doing and, more importantly, seem to actually have stuff planned out. I'm anxiously awaiting Season 3.
Stargate Universe - Imagine if Battlestar Galactica was good. Then mix it with the positive aspects of SG-1 and Atlantis. This show is well written, well acted, well directed, and well... Well, well everything. I also like that, unlike the previous Stargates, there is moral ambiguity, flawed characters, a larger ensemble case, ongoing story lines, and it feels believable. One of the major things that I think makes Whedon shows so good is that no matter what impossible supernatural thing is happening, the viewer is able to still feel like the show is real enough to step right into. Neither of the previous shows in the franchise felt that way even at their best. And that worked for those shows and what they were trying to accomplish. Stargate Universe is a completely different monster.
Merlin - Watching Merlin FEELS like watching the high school years of Buffy. What I mean by this is that I personally have the same feeling I did from episode to episode that I did watching Buffy for the first time. It's only just completed it's second 13 episode season, but if it continues the way it has I suspect it could reach Buffy/Angel quality. What's more, it isn't over written, which is something so easy to do when it comes to re-telling the legend of King Arthur. The writers also have the ability to make you like and dislike characters on a whim while never feeling the characters are out of character. Not to mention how they draw heavily on Arthurian legend while still staying fresh and original. Plus, ever since I saw Babylon 5 I have a new respect for any creative team that can tell you what's going to happen ahead of time and still keep you on the edge of your seat (much like Joss did with Epitaph One). Like JMS said, what happens isn't nearly as important as how it happens. And that is true with Merlin. Like I said, they draw heavily on Arthurian legend, but they don't butcher it to fit their own purposes. Which means, you know where all the characters eventually end up (assuming you have a passing knowledge of King Arthur).
How I Met Your Mother - The thing that sets this show apart from other sitcoms is that it's good. There are other sitcoms out there that are enjoyable and totally worth watching but none of them are good television in the way that Buffy and Angel are good television.
Some stuff on DVD that is definitely worth checking out if you haven't already:
Babylon 5 - Collectively Buffy and Angel will always be numbers 1 and 2, but if only one of the two shows existed, I think it would fall to number 2 behind Babylon 5. There is nothing I can say about this show except... Brilliant.
The Wire - See what I said about B5 because the same applies.
Farscape - Another really good show, and while it isn't Buffy/Angel/B5/Wire quality, it's definitely a must watch.
Some stuff to stay away from if you haven't been suckered in already:
Lost and Battlestar Galactica. If I can get one person to not waste their time on either of these shows and watch something good like, say, B5 or the Wire instead, then I will be happy. I, like many, got suckered in by both of these shows amazing first seasons. But I guess it's a lot easier to build mystery than to, you know, actually explain stuff. And when they did explain stuff it just felt like a fizzle effect. By the time either show announced that they were coming to a close I just didn't care enough to even finish them. These shows are, pure and simple, lazily written and plotted.