Battle of the Desperate Network Poo-Bahs

September 28, 2005 at 3:55am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Middle of the 2005 Fall TV season. From my vantage point - seems like ABC is the winner so far among the 3 networks for keeping their recent hit shows “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” strong (and I am biased as a big “Lost” fan); shoring up so-so formulae shows like “Boston Legal” at a respectable pace; and looking to the future with a strong gamble in “Commander in Chief” (Geena Davis/Donald Sutherland). In the meantime, looks like CBS is hedging on CSI and its cookie cutter variations and the same old reality show shit, and NBC’s bets are hedged on Martha and Donald.

I am waiting to see if “Commander in Chief” can somehow better NBC’s now tiring “West Wing” - inevitable comparison- in a creative, refreshing and challenging way. I don’t have TIVO so I switched from CIC to the season’s second “The Office.” Seems like an odd placing ratings-wise because both (according to press rumblings) are intended to/will appeal to white collar workers: Geena Davis/Donald Sutherland-white house family-friendly drama vs. dark comedy/Carrell fans.

By the way - “The Office” this season is sooooo much better than it was in the in its first chaotic no-identity/no-concept season. 

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