May 17, 2009

YET IT DOES HAVE THE ONLY TWO NETWORK SHOWS WORTH WATCHING:

Not a Cop Out: Southland is pretty good, and thus temporarily halts the sad decline of NBC. (Troy Patterson, May 13, 2009, Slate)

Though certainly not a hit, the new cop show Southland (NBC, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) is not a ratings abomination either, much to the vexation of some of us on the TV beat. NBC—soundly established as the fourth-place network, headed by a dude widely believed to be a total clown—is growing more pathetic by the sweeps week. For the TV season currently drawing to a close, its failures include the Knight Rider remake, Crusoe, Kings, My Own Worst Enemy, Kath & Kim, and Chopping Block. In their particular awfulness—in the extravagant crassitude of their conception—these new shows inspired a hostility that needs purging.

Chuck and 30 Rock are the only regular shows--not on USA or TNT [or foreign television]--that we watch. But who's ever even heard of the rest of this slop?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 17, 2009 8:00 AM
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