We're a couple of weeks into the new season, so naturally it's time to beg for a new series to be saved.

This year's hard-luck case is... Kidnapped.

The show airs Wednesday nights at 10 pm/ET on NBC. The pilot was very good. The second episode was even better.

Yet no one is watching. Why?

The competition: CSI: NY and The Nine. This crime thriller is battling a show too dark to see and a new series too painful to watch. Shouldn't be a problem here.

The lead-in: The Biggest Loser. A newsmagazine or sappy soap should follow Caroline Rhea's two-hour weightloss reality show. It's a tough transition from scales of weight to the scales of street justice. The good news? Lost makes its return this week, so the perfect audience is ripe for the taking.

The hype: It's not Heroes or Deal or No Deal. The mighty PR machine at NBC needs to crank it up here. You've got a creepy Timothy Hutton, a messed-up Dana Delany, an angry Delroy Lindo, a mysterious Jeremy Sisto, plus the streets of Manhattan. Who could ask for anything more?

There's a good show here, and it can be saved. Tune in Wednesdays at 10 to make a difference.