Here are my nominees for the Best New Show of 2006. Remember the nominees are my picks based on my favourite shows of the year, hence the omission of Ugly Betty which despite it getting lots of love from critics is likely going to make my worst of list. Also, the show must have actually be on for the full season so ones that have been cancelled are ineligible.
Now on with the nominees:
- 30 Rock (NBC)
- Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
- Friday Night Lights (NBC)
- Heroes (NBC)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC)
30 Rock is one of those shows that has grown on me as the season has progressed. I watched the first couple of episodes and found them okay but not great. But all of a sudden something started to click with me in particular the brilliance of Alec Baldwin, the over the top a little goes a long way Tracey Morgan and the sarcasticly hysterical Tina Fey. Throw in Dean Winters as Tina Fey’s girl friend and we’re nearing perfection. Now that it’s been added to probably the best Thursday night comedy lineup ever it’s drawing power is compounded. Only place it loses marks is the annoying Jane Krakowski.
Brothers & Sisters started off horribly. I liked the cast generally (especially the amazing Sally Field) but just found that after the first few weeks I really didn’t care about their stories. Then something changed and his name is Greg Berlanti fresh off the fantastic and still missed Everwood. He took over and suddenly the show seemed to have some soul as the relationships between the characters started to matter and their interactions took centre stage. Still, as much as I’ve come to enjoy the series when I watch, I don’t particularly miss it between episodes.
I’ve written multiple times about my love for Friday Night Lights. I can tell you right now that this show will be on my best of the year list. It’s as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking often in the same episode. Kyle Chandler’s performance is dynamic and understated and I need to highlight the actor playing Jason Street as truly the best find of the year.
Heroes is also a shoo in for my best of the year list. I’m a comic book geek so I came into this show with high expectations that were greatly exceeded. 11 weeks in and the originally separated and unbelievably interesting characters (with Hiro as the breakout) are starting to intertwine around interesting mysteries (Save the Cheerleader, Are you on the List) with weekly cliffhangers that leave you anxious for the next episode. This show is going to be a huge hit on DVD and will likely result in many viewing marathons. After this year’s lackluster and meandering Lost season, this show has become the must see serialized drama. I can’t believe it’s another month until it starts again.
I’ve put Studio 60 on the list because I think it still holds promise. Still, it’s my disappointment of the year. I loved the pilot but the episodes since haven’t lived up to the premise. There have been many moments of brilliance and the few episodes before the break (since the John Goodman episodes) have started to pick up steam. I still detest the Harriet character and the show’s preachy approach to religion that seems to be a talking point in every episode. (Contrast this heavy handed approach with the intelligent integration of religion as a backdrop in Friday Night Lights.) As I write this I need to acknowledge that maybe this show shouldn’t be on my list. If I had time to watch Dexter perhaps this show would have been replaced with what I hear is a great program.
And the winner is:
- Heroes (NBC) with Friday Night Lights being a close runner up.