Tuesday, October 17, 2006


This is what writers do when they can't think of anything to write about. We come up with lists.

Zodin2008 posted a comment on Monday's blog about how "Heroes" was his favorite new show of the season. It's mine, too, probably the one I would be most upset about if I missed an episode for some reason. Anyway, here's my Top 5 new shows:

1. Heroes
2. Studio 60
3. Ugly Betty
4. Friday Night Lights
5. The Nine

Three of those shows will probably be gone by the end of the year, if not sooner, which kind of sucks. No. 6 on that list, "Kidnapped," will definitely gone by the end of the year, with NBC only ordering 13 episodes and burning them off on Saturday nights.

Still, a third of the new shows making the cut isn't bad, and there are other new shows further down the list, such as "Justice" and "Standoff" on Fox and "Shark" on CBS that should make it. Of course, there are new shows such as "Brothers and Sisters," which just got renewed this week, that will also survive, for which there is no rational explanation.

"Heroes" continued its strong run last night with yet another kick-in-the-pants twist that compels you to see what happens next, while "Studio 60" rebounded with a very good episode over what I thought (but apparently no one else who likes the show) was a weak offering the week before.

By the way, for a great interview with "Heroes'" breakout star Masi Oka, go here: http://www.superherohype.com/news/featuresnews.php?id=4807

TUESDAY'S BEST BET: NLCS Game 5, take two (Fox, 8 p.m.) Let's see if Mother Nature cooperates.

If she doesn't, here is one final plea for "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 8 p.m.) Honestly, free will is highly over-rated; you should just watch my TV picks instead.


Zodin2008 said...

Believe me, I am already on board for "Friday Night Lights" but your top 5 is almost identical to mine and it's depressing that 3 of those shows will be gone by the end of the year.

Thankfully, "Heroes" is #1 on my list and has become a hit. If I could get one "Heroes" type hit every year, I think I could be happy.

I also like "Studio 60" and Aaron Sorkin has won a permanent fan in me with him railing (through the character of Jordan) against Reality Television, which is the biggest bane to good Television ever.

I hate that reality isn't going anywhere and I so hoped that it was a fad that would pass like a Kidney stone and it's still around, polluting airwaves as most Americans inexplicably watch this garbage.

I do think "The Nine" will have a repeat of "Invasion" (a show I loved last year that you admitted you never gave a fair chance to) in that I think "The Nine" (because ABC put so much $ into the show), will make it the full year, 22 episodes, and unless something drastic happens with the ratings, it will not be back for year #2.

The same thing could happen with both "Studio 60" and "Friday Night Lights" as they are two critically acclaimed shows and one thing I saw Matt Roush say (which made me feel better) is that it helps that those shows are on 4th placed NBC--NBC, unlike CBS, can afford to be patient and let shows ride out longer because they at least need the critical acclaim right now while they are mired in last place.

But yes, there won't be a year #2 for "Studio", "Lights" or "The Nine" sadly.

As for your Mets, I am telling you, mother nature gave them a huge break...you will see a much more ready Glavine tonight and I hope Tommy continues to get Pujols out on slow change ups so Prince Albert can whine and complain even more after the game.

Phillip Ramati said...

There's nothing wrong with reality shows if they are done right. The problem is, most of them are silly and exploitive.

But you can't argue with the ratings that "American Idol" pulls in. A lot of reality shows, though, are losing steam. "Amazing Race" and "Survivor" are no longer the ratings grabber they once were.

As for The Nine, as far as I know, ABC has only ordered the first 13 (come to think of it, only Heroes and Ugly Betty and perhaps Studio 60 have gotten the back nine orders) so seeing it through one full season isn't a sure bet, unfortunately.

Zodin2008 said...

Betty and Heroes are full 22 episode orders--that's a done deal. Studio 60 unfortunately is up in the air.

I do hope, like Kidnapped (which does air officially this Saturday at 8 or 9 pm), that if The Nine is told to stop production after 13 episodes, they have a contigency plan to wrap up.

Anonymous said...

Really disappointing that kidnapped didn't make it.

Best TV is watching University of Miami acting like animals. Beats wrestling . At least Miami are trying to injure people


Jonathan Heeter said...

1. Studio 60
2. Heroes
3. Kidnapped
4. Jericho (Not as good as it is interesting)
5. 30 Rock