May 16th, 2007

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Up Next, What CBS Thinks Makes Good TV

But first, some thoughts on the current slate of TV…

The season finale of Bones was…odd. I enjoyed it, but it just felt…odd.

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I saw a commercial for Live Free or Die Hard for the first time. I don’t know if I should be excited or laugh uncontrollably. The stunts/effects look terrific, but also beyond the realm of reality. And hasn’t New York been through enough?

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Now, my two cents on the CBS upfronts:

First off, if you are a Jericho fan, sorry. The sad thing about this cancellation is its CBS’s fault. The long winter hiatus coupled with keeping it opposite American Idol seems to have been its undoing.

I already talked a bit about Cane which will air Tuesdays at 10. Apparently the Latino family at the center of the show owns a rum and sugar business, hence the title. I still like the previous one better. Plus I’m concerned it is a little too soapy. Jimmy Smit’s character is the adopted son of the family patriarch and is married to the man’s biological daughter which means technically he married his sister. Er, OK.

Viva Laughlin is a remake of Britain’s Blackpool which I didn’t watch, but I will be watching this because Hugh Jackman is executive producing and appearing in the pilot (a detail CBS seems to be pushing hard). There will be Hugh singing and me turning into a puddle of goo. It airs Sundays at 8pm.

Moonlight is the story of a vampire detective filled with remorse who makes it his life’s work to help mortals and eventually falls in love with one….wait a minute! The promo pic even shows the lead in a long black coat. Curiosity will get the better of me and I’ll give it a look though. It’s going to be on after Ghost Whisperer, a show I hope to never have to sit through again, but giving the supernatural element to both series it seems like a good pairing.

We have a runner up to Caveman as most confounding concept, Kid Nation, “a reality series where 40 kids will try to build a new society in an abandoned ghost town.” I bet the chubby kid with glasses gets it.

Captain Jack! The other one. No, not that one, the OTHER other one. Jack Davenport stars in the midseason series, Swingtown about suburban swingers in the 70’s. Yes, really.