CBS Sucks – Smith is now cancelled

October 7, 2006

I really liked Smith. I just watched episodes 2 & 3 and found it to be not only movie quality with fantastic actors, great effects and a story that really drew me in but also unique on television. On the other hand, I knew this show was in trouble as a CBS show. I don’t believe CBS has patience for shows like Smith which are too complex for the network’s typical procedural or bad sitcom viewer (except How I Met Your Mother).  I doubt Jericho will be far behind and after this announcement I might just stop watching now and not waste my time.  Good luck CBS – you might get ratings with your focus instead on new shows like The Class and Shark (which are terrible and you shouldn’t waste your timing watching) but I have no faith in you and the next time you try and launch a show that doesn’t fit your mold I won’t even bother watching.


Capsule Reviews – Thursday Sept. 28

October 1, 2006

Survivor: Cook Islands – Episode 3

For a great take on this episode read Alan Sepinwall’s review where he suggests that the season should have worked in reverse, they should have mixed the teams first and then split them by race.  Instead the “social experiment” turned out to be much a do about nothing.  I am, however, liking the renewed focus on the social dynamics of the game over the challenges.

Avi’s episode grade: B+

Ugly Betty – Episode 1

I still haven’t watched this but my wife wanted me to take back her endorsement of this show.  She woke up the next morning and told me that after thinking about the show, she didn’t enjoy it afterall.

Nicole’s episode grade: C

Shark – Season 1, Episode 2

Let’s see how close I was in predicting the pattern of this show last week:

  • I’m the greatest prosecutor ever. I eat defense lawyers and even lawyers on my own team for breakfast.  – Check and check
  • My daughter hates me.  – Check
  • I might lose this case so I’m going to wallow. – Sort of, I got the “might lose” part right but not the wallowing
  • Watch me pull some new evidence out of my ass and win. – Check
  • I’m the greatest prosecutor ever. I eat defense lawyers and even lawyers on my own team for breakfast.  – Check
  • My daughter kinda likes me.  – Check
  • The End – Check
  • Final verdict: The show wasn’t horrible despite the formula (always great to see one of my favourite character actors Zeljko Ivanek) but I’m overloaded with TV so this one’s gone.

    Avi’s Episode Review – B-


    Shark – Season 1, Episode 1

    September 25, 2006

    Here’s how I would break this episode down for you from James Woods’ perspective:

    • I’m the greatest criminal defense lawyer ever. I eat prosecutors for breakfast.
    • I didn’t realize in my 30 years practicing that some of the people I defend and get off actually may be guilty and recommit crimes. Oops.
    • I’m the greatest prosecutor ever. I eat defense lawyers and even lawyers on my own team for breakfast.
    • My daughter hates me.
    • I might lose this case so I’m going to wallow.
    • Watch me pull some new evidence out of my ass and win.
    • I’m the greatest prosecutor ever. I eat defense lawyers and even lawyers on my own team for breakfast.
    • My daughter kinda likes me.
    • THE END

    Without having seen any of the follow on episodes my guess is that each will follow the same profile but to ensure that it is even simpler for the CBS procedural audience they’re going to start at bullet 3. I’m going to watch the next episode to see if my theory pans out but that’s probably where I stop.

    Avi’s episode grade: C