In September I launched this blog looking ahead to a season that was ripe with promise. Lots of new, interesting and diverse shows that catered to the TV snob in me who hates procedurals with their “fill in the blank” of the week premises and favours complex serial shows that require a weekly committment.
So here we are 6 weeks into the new season and it’s been a bit of a mixed bag using this moment as a checkpoint.
Let’s start with the Good. Two of my favourite shows on the air right now started this season – Heroes and Friday Night Lights. Unfortunately at this time only Heroes has been given a full season while Friday Night Lights struggles. Hopefully the order for extra scripts means NBC is going to give it a chance to grow. Brothers & Sisters is also starting to grow on me after a pretty rocky start. If you are not watching any of these shows, please start now, especially Friday Night Lights.
I’m going to give honorable mention to Jericho and The Nine, the first of which has been given a full season and the latter which also has a script order. I like both shows but there’s something about each that keeps them off my “must see” list. For Jericho, I love the premise and the mysteries beneath the show but dislike Skeet in the lead and the “crisis of the week that only Skeet can fix” is wearing thin. The Nine is kind of the opposite. It has an excellent cast but the premise and mysteries don’t seem like enough to sustain an entire season let alone a long running show.
Now the Bad which I’m going to split into 2 categories, shows that I hoped would be good and aren’t living up to my expectations and shows that were good but got cancelled early.
For shows I hoped for better from, there is no better example than Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which I picked as my best of the year after seeing the pilot. It turns out that it’s all been downhill from there. Check some of my other posts to see why this is my biggest disappointment of the year. I’m still watching but this one is on life support with me. I also hoped Vanished and Six Degrees would have been better shows than they turned out to be. I’m still giving Vanished another chance after the World Series but Six Degrees got dropped long ago.
As for shows that I liked but got cancelled before getting a real chance to succeed, Smith and Kidnapped were both in my Good list. Smith got unjustly cancelled after 3 airings (check out this posting for comments from lots of angry viewers) and Kidnapped got sent to Saturday night to finish off its 13 episode run. Thinking about it a bit more, I’m going to move Kidnapped to the Good category and look at the show as a mini-series since it will actually have an ending and it’s a great show. Pick it up on DVD next year, you won’t be sorry.
Now for the Really Bad. In this category is Ugly Betty and The Class. Ugly Betty lasted 1 episode with me and I have no idea what the critics who love this show saw in it that I didn’t. The Class lasted two episodes but I knew after the first that it was off my list. Neither of these shows have anything redeeming about them. Check out some of my earlier posts on these shows to see what I disliked.
So where does this leave me 6 weeks into the new season – with 3 shows that I love, 3 I like a lot, a couple I hope will get better before December and some that were either awful from the get go or just didn’t appeal to me at all.
All in all a season that started with lots of promise but turned out to be the same as all the others. Bring on the mid-season replacements.