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The CBS Fall Schedule: My Take

Now that I've had a while to think through the new CBS fall schedule, I have some thoughts on which news is good, which is bad and which is still a little baffling. Take a spin through my list, then let me know what you think. (Don't forget to look at my thoughts on the ABC and NBC schedules, too!)


  • Could this be the year I actually watch CBS? (Sign No. 2 of the apocalypse, right up there with Friday TV being good.) I've rarely gotten hooked on a CBS show, and a lot of you say it's your least-watched network too. And yet, I'm finding myself excited about a couple of the shows they announced this morning, specifically "Viva Laughlin" (at right) and "Swingtown."
  • Speaking of "Viva Laughlin," I think it has an equal chance of being a disaster and of being completely brilliant. It's based on the BBC series "Viva Blackpool," which I've never seen, but YouTube has some clips. Anyone here seen it? What do you think?
  • A point raised by Phil: Will "Shark" being on Sunday nights hurt "Brothers & Sisters" on ABC? I've never seen "Shark," but I hear good things about it. Could their audiences overlap?

A few more thoughts, so read more

  • Regarding "Swingtown," I think the show sounds a little edgy for the network's typical baby boomer audience — and that's exactly why I like it. It sounds a little like a TV version of The Ice Storm, and it's got "Six Feet Under" producer Alan Poul behind it.
  • On the other hand, "The Big Bang Theory" sounds pretty bad — and honestly, I haven't found a comedy yet this week that sounds amazing (besides, possibly, NBC's "The IT Crowd"). I wonder, though, if comedies just don't translate well on paper, because so much has to do with the writing and the acting and the actual jokes.
  • I haven't watched much "How I Met Your Mother," but all of your comments in support of the show have convinced me to give it a try. I know what DVD set I'll be renting this summer!
  • "Kid Nation": Intriguing social experiment or cheesy reality show? Discuss.
  • Photo courtesy of CBS

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