Question: I was going to give Sons & Daughters a pass. The ads for it did not look too appealing. However, after reading your review I decided to give it a shot. Thanks! It was thoroughly enjoyable, all the way down to the opening music (Grateful Dead's "Althea" — thus stressing the improvisational nature of the show). The question is: Is this too quirky for network TV? My gut says low ratings will lead to a quick cancellation, although I hope I'm wrong. What's your take?
Answer: That is the several-million-dollar question, isn't it? The show doesn't clip or promo well, as you noted. It's going to have to survive, at least at first, on critical buzz and the network's patience. I'll consider it a triumph if ABC just lets it stay on the air for the allotted six weeks until Commander in Chief is scheduled to return to its old time period. The early ratings weren't great, but it put ABC in third place against powerhouse House and the expected strong launch for The Unit behind NCIS (a very