On this Tuesday night: Dancing with the Stars' 90-minute final dance-off was watched by a season-high 26.7 million total viewers. The just-picked-up Friday Night Lights (5.52 mil) slipped 750,000 heads. Gilmore Girls (4.44 million) and Veronica Mars (2.74 mil) each dropped about 100K, with 'Ron sinking to a new season low. Man, that Pizzes me off. CBS' 3 LBS debuted to an audience of 9.85 million compared to time-slot predecessor Smith, which premiered to 11 mil. Just sayin'. And last but by no means least, while Law & Order: CI (9.06 mil) surged 1.3 mil in the 9 o'clock hour, lead-out SVU drew 14.67 million, its best numbers since May 2. (Hey, Raven, was it that good an eppy?)
I loved this show's opening scene: The x-ray vision of her tendons, muscles, wires moving as she plays the violin, struggling as her brain disconnects... the violin falling only seconds before she did. And suddenly we're in the tense, matter-of-fact New York medical office of Dr. Doug Hanson (Stanley Tucci), where a mother is being fed gigantic neurological terms she doesn't understand and Hanson is as cold as ice, but calm and collected at the same time, omitting any emotion or feeling, having not a care in the world other than the work at hand.We meet Penny who sells medical equipment someone finally able to break Hanson's straight face with a warm greeting in the locker room. A past fling perhaps?Things get interesting and personal when Hanson is scrubbing in and sees a vision of a little girl holding a sand pail. Who is she? A former patient he wasn't able to save? His daughter? It's as if he can turn it on and off when she disappears as he goes into ...
Meet the replacements. CBS' medical drama 3 LBS (Tuesdays, 10 pm/ET) — the title refers to the weight of an adult brain — fills the void left by Smith. ABC's Day Break (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET), a Groundhog Day-style thriller, takes over for Lost, which is on hiatus until February (to avoid repeats). How do the new shows measure up?
As the saying goes, you don't need to be a brain surgeon to see how 3 LBS got on air. In a took-the-words-out-of-my-mouth moment, an earnest young doctor wonders of his arrogant mentor, "Do you think in this business you have to have some glaring personality defect to be taken seriously as a genius?"
In the TV business, that's a must. Which is why brilliant neurosurgeon Doug Hanson,