(Apologies in advance if I'm a little muddy -- miserable cold, sinuses backed up into brain.)
HBO is replaying season 1 of Carnivāle starting (from the beginning) on Monday 12/6.
I think Carnivāle is excellent. Very intelligent. Somewhat strange, but in a very interesting way. Beautifully done as a period piece (1934). Beautiful subtleties, & very detailed. Some mystical stuff, some historical stuff. Comparative religions, mythologies & philosophies. "Twin Peaks" is often mentioned, although I'm personally confident that those in charge of Carnivāle have more of a clue where we're actually going with this story.
The single biggest problem with recommending it to people is that I can't imagine how somebody could possibly drop in partway through the series & have any chance of sorting out what's going on. However, since they're replaying season 1 from the start, now is a good chance to catch it.
You're on your own for time zone corrections. (For example, in Phoenix, we have the east coast feed at 9:00pm, & the west coast feed at midnight. Punt.)
Mon 12/6 11:00 PM EST Carnivale 01: MILFAY
Tue 12/7 11:00 PM EST Carnivale 02: AFTER THE BALL IS OVER
Wed 12/8 11:05 PM EST Carnivale 03: TIPTON
Mon 12/13 11:05 PM EST Carnivale 04: BLACK BLIZZARD
Tue 12/14 11:00 PM EST Carnivale 05: BABYLON
Wed 12/15 11:00 PM EST Carnivale 06: PICK A NUMBER
Presumably the rest of season 1 follows in the subsequent weeks.
Now to complicate matters, they're also running a parallel "thread" of episodes on Saturday nights; however, that's up to about episode 7 already. So don't get those by mistake -- you'll be very confused!
...kind of blew. It still had the staleness of the last few seasons. Someone on the staff continues to be amused by Will Forte's Bush impression, which mystifies me. It didn't help that Dane Cook was almost completely unfunny. (And I usually like him.)