Skirting child labor laws by not paying the kids doesn’t sound like a manufactured controversy. I’d be surprised if it makes it to air. “K-ville” actually looks entertaining, but I think the police procedural has reached supersaturation and it and “Life” will be crumbs on the bottom of the beaker.
No way does **Pushing Daisies ** survive, and quite frankly, I’m surprised about the acclaim it’s getting. But, acclaim aside, Joe America is going to be bored with the show before the first commercial break.
They have a good lineup this season? Because they cancelled Kidnapped last season, after three episodes. I thought it was excellent – it just got buried with similar-sounding shows, and NBC didn’t promote it.
I’ve stopped trying to predict network failures ever since I was sure that Frazier was going to be nothing more than a desperate attempt to cash in on the success of Cheers by starring a peripheral and one dimensional character.
So, hell, maybe Cavemen will be the next must-see watercooler TV hit.
I’d say Pushing Daisies has a 50/50 chance of being a breakout success or a dismal failure. It is, by far, the most original show of the coming new season. It’s a highly stylized, dark and weird fairy tale with a pitch-black sense of humour which could easily turn off the general public. On the other hand, the public also loves Tim Burton, who’s style and sensibilities have had an obvious influence on the show. I absolutely loved it, so that means it’s probably doomed.
I also enjoyed Reaper, although it takes a more conventional approach to the supernatural. Good chemistry between the leads and the sometimes hilarious absurdist humour give it a good chance to last the season.
Your premise is flawed because, unlike BSG or Heroes, The Bionic Woman sucks. Sure, they tried to update it, but the lack of chemistry between the main actors, coupled with the crappy acting of the star make for a rather dull pilot (in-between the unintentional belly-laughs, of course). This could (and should) die an early death, but there’s a possibility it could hang on for a long time with a cult-audience built on its camp value.