Tag: CBS

The Good Wife Is Must See TV

Of the TV genres that I watch, Drama seems to have a real sway over me. In a past blog entry I wrote about how much I was pulled in by the allure of the 60’s setting of Mad Men. Well I already watched the available 4 seasons and with season 5 many months away from airing I have a void in my escapism slot that needs to be filled. Enter “The Good Wife”.

I’ve never seen “ER”. For whatever reason that drama series never quite got my attention. Despite that, I enjoyed the few things that I’ve seen Julianna Margulies in (her appearance in Scrubs and the movie City Island come to mind). So with this, I thought I’d give “The Good Wife” a try. The past promos that I’ve glimpsed when the show first premiered never got my attention. But the new promo that I saw a few weeks ago made me rethink my original assessment of this show.

I usually stray away from shows on CBS. My impression of their programming is that their shows are too formulaic and unoriginal. Just as a for instance, they are still the only network that has laugh-tracks in all of their sitcoms (I’ve long since grown out of love for the laugh-track sitcom medium). With this initial prejudice I somehow decided to give this show a chance and after the pilot and subsequent episodes became emotionally invested in all the characters of the show. In less than two weeks I caught up with all the episodes (only 2 episodes of season 3 have aired so far), and eagerly await the next episode.

Not to get into too much detail about the premise (you can read all about it in Wikipedia), the focal point of the show is ‘the good wife’,  Alicia Florrick, who stands by her husband Peter while he goes to prison amidst a sex scandal and trumped-up charges of corruption. While Peter is in jail planning his political comeback, Alicia leaves her role of house wife and re-enters the workforce by starting as a first year associate at Stern, Lockhart & Gardner thanks to her friend and old college love interest, Josh Gardner. The plots twists, sexual tension and drama build from there.

Anyway, this show did more than get my interest and now I must patiently await a new episode to see what more is in store for Alicia Florrick. I whole-heartedly recommend this show to fans of drama and good character development.

It’s Gotta Be The Chin

Once again NBC stabs someone else in the back in favor of Jay Leno.  NBC’s reason is because of poor ratings and they want to try to win back the lead that David Letterman currently gleaned from their poor management.  People seem to forget that it took Jay Leno 2 years before he started dominating late night for the next 10 or so. Yet despite that initial 2 year investment for Leno during the 1993-94 seasons, NBC feels that 7 months is more than adequate for Conan O’Brien to show his mettle and they aren’t pleased with the results.  Even though, Jay Leno’s new show is being largely credited for Conan’s lackluster ratings, he is still going to get rewarded by getting his old job back and forcing Conan to either eat a slice of humble-pie or move on. 

I’m glad that Conan has decided on the latter. If NBC has shown anything during the post-Carson years of late night, it’s that they can’t get over Jay Leno and beware anyone who stands in the way of their relationship.  The irony is that during his “final-run” at the Tonight Show, Jay said that he didn’t want a repeat of the messy battle he had with David Letterman for his job when Carson retired and initially handpicked Dave his successor. Yet 16 years later, not only is NBC going through the same fiasco, it’s actually worse because it’s completely out in the open that they couldn’t fulfill their part of their agreement with Conan (whereas back then “no promises” were made between NBC and Letterman). For his part, David Letterman has done well with his move to CBS.  I’m sure Conan will do the same wherever he decides to call his new home.