Question: Just when I think I have the pulse of the American public, they go and really confuse me. Didn't it used to be that cult fans like myself had to wait for years of heartbreaking cancellations before a genre show like The X Files could be picked up for good? And now we have Jericho and Heroes both looking strong, while an Aaron Sorkin show and a quality show about football of all things are in trouble? I think it's very interesting that genre TV seems to have caught on big time while what used to be "safe bets" are bombing. Maybe, like you suggest, people are finally fed up with being spoon-fed familiar cornflakes and they're ready to try some exotic crunch berries, even if they're not all that great! I just hope people stick around as reliably when a legitimately great genre show debuts.
Answer: While I would argue that neither Studio 60 nor Friday Night Lights were ever considered safe bets (quality shows almost never are), I agree that it's encouraging that the audience has