Question: I know CBS has won every week of the season. I bet they'll win every week until ABC's Bowl season starts. I bet they'll also win every week, with the exception of the Super Bowl week and the two weeks of the Olympics. Should CBS really celebrate this? Of course! However, once people get tired of the crime dramas, the whole schedule will collapse. I mean, they have nine procedurals on their schedule (excluding Saturday repeats of, you guessed it, more procedurals), so it's bound to happen. I hope that it does. I can't even watch CSI anymore because of how much I now hate procedurals. But to my question: Do you think that the same thing that happened to ABC with its multiple airings of Millionaire will happen to CBS? If so, when? Because I can't wait!
Answer: I'm not quite as bloodthirsty about the prospect as you seem to be. But to me the most depressing outcome of the season so far has not been the cancellations of promising shows like Threshold and Just Legal (most of the
Question: I would like to know why Just Legal wasn't given a better chance to prove itself. I am a great fan of Don Johnson and have never seen him in anything that wasn't wonderful. This was a good program showing that younger and older people could work together. Loved your review on the show. Just wish it would have had more time. It was a great show that never had a chance.
Answer: Of all the new shows canceled so far this season, this was easily the best of the lot. But it wasn't exactly a surprise. WB was taking a risk going outside its target demo with a show built around a veteran actor (albeit pairing him with a kid), and it didn't pay off. I doubt WB really believed in the show, which is why it was yanked so quickly. This is a classic situation of a show airing on absolutely the wrong network. If this had been developed for CBS, for example, it would probably still be on the air ...
Question: After seeing the first two episodes of the season, I just love Everwood more and more! The end of the second episode left me in tears. This show has the unique ability to be touching and real at the same time. What do you think of this season so far? How do you think it will fare against CSI? Do you think there is a possibility of it returning to Monday, when it clearly has a better chance of survival?
Answer: Everwood became a personal favorite show of mine last season — I wrote a column declaring it to be TV's best tearjerker — and it's just as strong and moving this year. It is hands-down the best "family" show on TV, with a broad range of sympathetic characters, and the writing and acting continue to improve and shine. I hate that WB moved the show to the overstuffed Thursday night, where it's in danger of getting lost and buried. But it's doing better than anything WB ever put there before, so it's far from a disaster for the network (which is merely looking to generate
WB has picked up Supernatural for a full season. Meanwhile, as we reported Thursday, the network has thrown the book at Just Legal after just three episodes. Its Monday-night replacement has not been named, but sources report seeing the cast of Everwood hightailing it out of Thursday with nothing but the shirts on their backs.
Although not confirmed by WB, sources tell TVGuide.com that the plug has been pulled on the Don Johnson-Jay Baruchel drama Just Legal after just three low-rated airings. Now let's hope the network does the right thing and returns Everwood to Mondays at 9 pm.
There oughta be a law. That's an understandable reaction to learning that this season would bring us two new buddy shows about quirkily mismatched lawyers.
At least Fox's irritating Head Cases was canceled after just two episodes. Still on the docket is WB's Just Legal (Mondays, 9 pm/ET), which mostly overcomes its contrived premise and clichéd courtroom theatrics with well-played characters you might actually root for.
Don Johnson, whose bad-boy persona served him well through Miami Vice and Nash Bridges, makes the most of his latest ne'er-do-well role: washed-up beachfront lawyer Grant Cooper, an alcoholic pariah who finds his way back to marginal self-respect by partnering with idealistic teen prodigy David "Skip" Ross (
Question: I watched the premiere of Head Cases and thought it was brilliant — similar to Boston Legal, but with more depth. However, I was disappointed to see that it didn't do too well in the ratings. Do you think this show has a chance of sticking around?
Answer: In short, no. (As it turns out, the show was canceled after Wednesday's toxic second broadcast.) But then, I'm not giving it the benefit of the doubt. I hated it. In the Fall Preview issue, I describe the show as being "like a bad episode of a lesser David E. Kelley series." I found Chris O'Donnell dull and Adam Goldberg incredibly obnoxious. When a show lacks buzz as well as ratings, it's probably doomed. (A similar but less-annoying lawyer-buddy dramedy, Just Legal, got better reviews for WB, but I'll be surprised if it survives, either. Its opening ratings were subpar, in part because, to me at least, it feels like it's on the wrong network.)
[Editor's Note: If you missed Monday's column, you'll find it here.]
FYI, Kelly Monaco isn't the only ex-Playboy Playmate making a career for herself in both daytime and prime-time TV. Passions' Daphnee Duplaix Samuel (Valerie) guest-stars as a flirtatious court reporter on Don Johnson's new WB series Just Legal on Sept. 18. She will later be seen as a pregnant lady in labor on Denise Richards' new UPN series Sex, Love and Secrets — costarring Days' Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) — on Oct. 4 and 11. Good for her, but Miss Daphnee better watch out. If she keeps on doing so well, Playboy might decide to dredge up her old pictorials, too!
Looks like the man behind all three CSIs, Without a Trace, Cold Case and The Amazing Race wants an even bigger piece of the prime-time pie. Movie producer turned TV-hitmaker Jerry Bruckheimer has five pilots vying for space on the fall schedule.
A military drama called The E-Ring
shines as the Bruckheimer series most likely to get picked up. Starring Law & Order
alum Benjamin Bratt
and Dennis Hopper
, the NBC pilot goes inside the Pentagon the way The West Wing
went behind the scenes of the White House.
"It's a formula that can be updated for these tenser times of insecurity over homeland security," says John Rash of ad agency Campbell Mithun, who's had a sneak peek at The E-Ring.
CBS is considering American Crime, a drama about a prosecutor who's also a new mom (Jennifer Finnigan could star if NBC cancels her sitcom, Committed).