Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Going To 'Amsterdam'

Fox disappointed a bit by not sending me a screener for "New Amsterdam" (Fox, 9 p.m.), which makes its debut tonight after "American Idol."

The series should be worth a glance, especially if you a fan of old guys who look young and have difficulty dying, as seen in shows like "Highlander"/"Angel"/"Moonlight" etc.

John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is the most experienced cop in New York City, due in large part to being 400 years old. Blessed (or cursed) with immortality after saving the life of an Indian girl back during the Dutch settler days, a magic spell will keep him from aging until he finds his true love.

CBS' "Moonlight" has been a minor hit for the network, though it has less to do with the supernatural aspects of the show rather than the huge appeal star Alex O'Laughlin has among female fans. Will "New Amsterdam" strike a similar chord among the public?

As John Amsterdam might say, time will tell, but the series should be worth a look.

RENEWALS: Some good news from the CW, which announced it was renewing several series for next season, including "Smallville," "Supernatural," "Gossip Girl," "One Tree Hill" and "America's Next Top Model."

No word on the various sitcoms from the network, including "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Aliens In America," but "Supernatural" is one of my top 10 series on TV right now, so that's good news at least.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of renewals, ABC is renewing "According To Jim" (ABC, 9 p.m.) I'll see you in Hell, ABC!

Enjoy "Jericho" (CBS, 10 p.m.) while you can; ratings for the series have been pretty weak, and it doesn't look like a candidate for renewal, no matter how many nuts get sent into the network.

The aforementioned "One Tree Hill" (CW, 9 p.m.) is also new.

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

I will certainly watch "New Amsterdam" tonight becuase it's a genre I've enjoyed signifigantly (Angel) and marginally (Moonlight). Plus, any cop that can be more old school NYPD than even Sipowicz, that's sayin' something.

I am also very pleased about "Supernatural", easily a top 10 show for me too. For this show to get to 4 seasons w/ small ratings and in 1 one of the worst time slots on TV, Thursdays @ 9 PM, it's a minor miracle.

On the "Jericho" front, I am pissed; CBS has done zero promotion for it and made such a short season, this had to feel rushed. Oh well, I will enjoy these last 4 eps. But the show did not get a fair shake.