Originally Posted by fredfa
To me, the other list is far more impressive.
These are new shows which received full season pickups:
30 Rock NBC
Brothers & Sisters ABC
The Class CBS
Friday Night Lights NBC
The Game CW
Men In Trees ABC
Standoff (19 episodes)
Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip NBC
'Til Death Fox
Ugly Betty ABC
While there is no accounting for individual taste, it seems to me a great number of quality shows actually made it through the entire first season.
I'm with fredfa. I'm pretty surprized at the number of new shows that have not
been cancelled. I watched Justice and The Nine and of course am a bit disappointed. But with all the surviving new shows and returning shows, it's very easy to cut those two losses and move on.
Some weeks ago, the following article was posted in the fredfa's HOTP thread. I liked it so much, I saved it and am reposting it here. Some of the shows she mentions I don't watch, but I found it a refreshing change to hear a more upbeat assessment of this television season.
I suppose we will always have plenty of things to complain about. But my only complaint right now is that even with this year's cancellations, there's still an over-abundance of good-to-excellent programs and not enough time to watch them. Too much good tv...-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Critic's NotebookThis TV Season's Been A Real BeautWith quality shows like Heroes and Ugly Betty, the networks actually got it right
By Diane Werts
Newsday Staff Writer November 29, 2006
People say it so much, it must be true.
Critics don't like anything. They'd rather hate stuff than see it be good.
Well, if that were true, folks like me should be mighty miserable right now.
But I'm gellin' like Magellan.
Because this fall, tube viewers are living in the land of plenty. This new TV season has been plenty good. Probably even - see how critics actually love TV? - great.
If anything, network prime time has been too ambitious this fall, and whoever thought I'd live to write that? I cut my TV teeth on the era that gave us "Manimal" and "The A-Team," which today may sound like kitsch heaven but was actually a steady diet of empty calories that porked out our favorite medium. Two decades later, those once-lazy networks have studiously hard-worked themselves into a lean, mean quality machine the movies can only dream of duplicating.
There's great stuff airing every night, of every different tone and style. You want superb soap? "Grey's Anatomy" and its forebear, "ER." High adventure? "Lost" and, returning in January, "24." Character comedy? "Desperate Housewives." Savvy human drama? Slick mystery? "House" on both counts. Mind-blowing fantasy? That, too. You got 'em all.
And the new shows? Lordy, who'da thunk one season could proffer such bounty? The freshman class of 2006 has actually further elevated the playing field, it's so jam-packed with shows that are not just good but truly different in fresh, creative ways.
Look how NBC's Monday hit "Heroes" juggles its interweaving storylines of fascinating characters from around the globe, linked only by being confounded over their nascent "super" powers. Then add those prescient paintings by a future-seeing artist who's creating a living comic book from their distinctive deeds. There's dark mystery and deep character study and race-against-time adventure that so imaginatively takes flight (sometimes literally), you never know where you're gonna land. But you do know the ride will be exhilarating.
Same with ABC's "Ugly Betty," that swan of a sassy hour stew with ingredients from comedy, family drama and lurid soap by way of its telenovela roots. Spiced with high camp, it's also cheeky commentary on our beauty-and-celeb-obsessed culture. As an earnest American go-getter chases her dream among the privileged pretty people, competing on nothing but talent and niceness, this underdog saga gives us yet another new hero(ine) to root for.
And who are the stars of these fall gems? They're fresh faces, too - average-looking actors who radiate pluck and relatability. In the same season where ABC's once-hot "Lost" seems to be losing its identity, adding a pair of eye-candy newbies who do nothing, the breakout personalities are two vibrant unknowns playing a gutsy Japanese office geek (Masi Oka of "Heroes") and a Latina brain with braces (America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty").
Real-seeming people fill the season's sleeper success, too. CBS' "Jericho," which climaxes tonight with its fall finale (then returns in February), ranges far from the city pretties of a dopey dud like ABC's much-hyped "Six Degrees." The small-town denizens of Jericho, Kan., know and care about each other, and they depend on their sense of family and community, even in the case of - especially in the wake of - a nuclear disaster. Such feel-good compassion is a heartland value for which there's actually a universal audience, from "The Waltons" to "Touched by an Angel" to "7th Heaven," even if the networks often seem oblivious to its gut-check effect on the folks in the family room.
These successes illustrate another power that TV often neglects as it beams into homes populated by viewers of so many ages. Young and old share screen time in all the fall successes, whether it's a mom and her kid ("Heroes"), a college grad living with dad ("Ugly Betty") or parentless teens alongside prodigal sons returning home ("Jericho"). Rather than ogling trendoid cuties in young-centric shows, as the networks so often did in recent years, these shows mix their generations the way life does, involving youth in adult situations and vice versa. And intelligently for every age.
This fall season is even - no way! - redeeming the much-disparaged high school cheerleader. Twice. Hayden Panettiere's indestructible blonde on "Heroes," whose saga is intertwined with her furtive dad (Jack Coleman), may be the show's shrewdest and coolest character. Not quite matching her for smarts but certainly for sympathy is Minka Kelly's brunette cheerer on NBC's underappreciated "Friday Night Lights," a clearly sincere girl who reacts to her much-loved quarterback boyfriend's sudden paralysis by hopping into bed with his screw-up pal, much against both of their better judgments (in another show that assays the landscape of an entire community with a keen eye for all ages and status levels).
Their magnetic yet reluctant relationship is emblematic of this 2006 fall TV season in its simplicity, subtlety and complexity. There's an emotional directness that's affecting, yet nothing clear-cut about either its cause or effect. These new series are all delving deep, each in their own way, into just what it is that makes us tick. They're much more centered on people than situations, even when the situations are, like "Heroes," wild in their own right. None of these shows looks like any other. They're all strong individual visions, beautifully rendered. This is work TV should be proud of.
It's an especially gratifying reaction to the factory thinking that's recently given us three "CSI" series and 11 or 12 "Law & Orders." Break the mold and go for broke. While it's easy to pick at what went wrong this season - the thrown-together groupings of "Six Degrees" and "The Nine," the single-story season for "Vanished" and "Kidnapped," too many serialized sagas - it's all the more amazing how much went right.
Long before the holidays, we already had a season to celebrate.