Monday night’s biggest surprise last year was the success of Heroes, a show many thought would never fly (or leap Neilsen viewers in a single bound). Emboldened by that success, NBC launches two of this season’s more interesting looking shows in Chuck and Journeyman. Other new shows include Fox’s K-Ville, a cop show set in New Orleans, and Samantha Who?, a comedy starring Christina Applegate.
Chuck, about a tech support guy for a big box electronics retailer who is drawn into a world of high intrigue, looks the most interesting of any of the new shows, and Journeyman’s twist on Quantum Leap make NBC look like the place to be on Monday’s. That said, two of the most consistently funny comedies on TV (Two and a Half Men, and How I Met Your Mother) are on CBS, and will probably be where I spend my time.
STUFF EVERYONE’LL WATCH BUT COMPLAIN IT ISN’T AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE
Heroes had a huge first season, and attracted tons of devoted fans in a genre where the fanboys tend to examine every detail to the nth degree. In other words, the sophomore season of the show is going to be rough on it. Additionally, Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother still provided laughs last year, but seemed a bit stale to me.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
In a concept that sounds more tailor made for a cable network, Fox decides to set a gritty crime drama in post-Katrina New Orleans. Part of the fun of CSI Miami and Las Vegas is their locations. Will anyone really want to watch a show set in a disaster area that’s slow to recover? Especially one with lesser known actors?
IS THAT STILL ON?
I never understood the appeal of The Bachelor, a “reality” show with no seeming basis in reality. What makes people watch a dozen or so pretty but vapid women with a good looking and vapid Bachelor, all competing for non-existant G-List celebrity? I also might be willing to hurl this question at CSI: Miami, but the show is so gloriously awful that I’d miss David Caruso’s hip holding, eyeglass snatching, monotone one-liners.
Sorry Christina Applegate, I know your Samantha Who? is getting decent buzz, but I think the show will live up to its title. Dancing with the Stars might bring some women to the show, but it also seems like a bad lead in for a sitcom, especially one without another sitcom around it.