Rome was cool for the view of the street life of the age. I don't know how accurate it was. the Titus Pullo Gladiator Execution scene last week was killer, I haven't watched the finale yet.
Sex and The City, Oz and SFU are gone, more's the pity. The Sopranos are stale, Entourage and Carnivale suck, there's still Deadwood, and my fav, The Wire, the HBO version of the Shield, is returning. FX is coming out with "Thief" with Andre Braugher of Homicide Life on the Street, worth checking out.
IMO, movie quality has declined in receny years, but TV has greatly improved, it's a net gain. Cable forced the networks to get better, I will admit I like Surface on now.
Do I watch TV, no, everything from the net to my monitor via Bittorrent, poor man's Tivo. Pay Per View, bahaha........