In case you missed the big news, CBS has already canned Smith, while NBC is subjecting Kidnapped to a slow, torturous "death by short-run series on Saturday nights." Yes, that's right, it's that time of the year: when new shows start getting axed and network execs start saving face!
Like any good gladiator-type activity, you can't tell the players without a scorecard. That's why this seemed like a good time to introduce a new gimmick to the Blogcritics domain, and thus, to the massive, freakish community we call the Internet.
Starting today, my very handsome brother, Drew, and I will be posting a weekly column, New TV Shows: The Power Rankings, to keep you up to date on what to watch, what to TiVo, maybe-watch-if-all-else-fails, and what to avoid at all costs. Okay, so it won't be that in-depth, but it will still rate the top 10 new shows each week in real time. (And by shows, we mean shows with real actors, no reality TV.)
This isn't an end-all list, but rather a concentrated place to chatter about the new slate of television series, argue about what is working and what isn't, and to rail on the general populous for watching reruns of CSI: Miami while our favorite new shows die on the ratings vine.
To us, the most interesting things going on in television right now are A) the ongoing battles between studio-produced shows and reality TV, and B) the annual survival of the fittest competition undertaken by all the new shows. We can keep an eye on all of that right here.
The initial list will focus more on the big picture, while subsequent Power Rankings will feature movement based on the previous week's slate of shows. Let's get it going.
The Top 10
1. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It appears Aaron Sorkin is back to his old manic (you fill in the blanks) ways. The rapid-fire dialogue, multi-tiered cast, and revolving plots of Sports Night and early seasons of The West Wing are back with him. The question is whether the viewers who failed to keep Sports Night on the air will show up this time around.
We know from Entourage that a surprising number of people will tune in to an industry show that might seem too far inside at first glance. However, we also know that Entourage airs on HBO, where the pressure to bring in 15 million viewers isn't a factor. So far, Studio 60 has been fantastic, allowing Matthew Perry to shine while balancing him against a stellar ensemble cast. It will be interesting to see if the story lines can remain riveting now that "Matt and Danny" are firmly entrenched at Studio 60.