“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Expupery
Perfection? On TV? No, it’s never going to happen, but CBS likes to think it comes close every season. Not so this time guys. NBC has the bragging rights for 2012, thanks to its new series Revolution. Pairing the J.J. Abrams post-apocalyptic adventure up with The Voice on Monday nights was a huge ratings winner. The Voice has also stomped FOX’s X-Factor on Tuesday nights. The new sitcoms Go on and The New Normal are both doing well and have been renewed for a second season. They will fill the void left by 30 Rock and The Office, which are goners. Newbie drama, Chicago Fire, has found its footing on Wednesday nights, pairing up with the veteran crime drama Law and Order: SVU.
Grimm has found a huge following on Friday nights. We love our Blutbadens, especially Monroe! Then there’s the Braverman clan on Parenthood hanging on to Tuesday nights. NBC had the good sense to cancel that awful sitcom Animal Practice, after only two episodes. Add to that, the success of the 2012 Summer Olympics coverage and NBC Sunday Night Football and the Peacock has started gettin’ cocky.
Now I’m not saying CBS is hurting. Not by a long shot. They only gave us a few new shows this season and canceled two of them almost immediately. Do you even remember the names of the shows? I will help you, okay?
Now it’s coming back to you, right? One other newbie show is playing “jeopardy” right now. It’s Vegas, which follows the two most watched shows on CBS, NCIS and NCIS:LA. The show just can’t get anyone to watch, even with Dennis Quaid as the star. Nobody cares about cowboys in Las Vegas in the 60′s. That’s like having hippies at a malt shop in the 50′s. Here’s the deal with CBS. They like to present three new drama every fall. They have already dumped Made in Jersey. They have struck gold (again) with Elementary and have no plans of canceling it. This leaves CSI:NY, The Good Wife and The Mentalist along with Vegas, on their low ratings list. They will have to dump two of them to make room for those three shows coming in the fall. It SEEMS like it will be Vegas and CSI:NY, BUT there is a new mid-season replacement, Golden Boy, that starts in January. If it’s a success, then one other show will need to go.
If you’ll remember, they threatened to cancel The Good Wife last year, but Julianna Margulies won that damn Emmy. Will they dump her this year? By the way, if you think Two and a Half Men is going away, think again. It’s good for another year, with or without Jake.