Question: Nice choices for the AFI Best 2005 TV shows. What were the criteria for that? Were comedies and reality shows not considered, or are they just not that good? Did the shows have to premiere before a certain date? I know it isn't really a concern of the major networks to create quality TV (which is perhaps why CBS has the same show on every day of the week: CSI, Numbers, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, ad nauseum), but do they care that the "best" shows are, except for four, not on the major networks? Will the Emmy voters ever be presented with a ballot that reads more like this list than CSI, Law & Order and The West Wing?
Answer: For those who missed the announcement, the American Film Institute list of the year's 10 best programs (for which I was privileged to sit on a jury comprised of critics, industry professionals and academics) is as follows (alphabetically): Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, Grey's Anatomy, House,