By Wayne William Cipriano
Every autumn we try to watch the first program of each new series on television. During those programs they usually introduce all the characters and provide a lot of the background necessary to comprehend the subsequent episodes should we choose to watch them.
In case you missed some of the premieres this year I thought you might like a precis of what we gleaned from the nine shows we previewed. In alphabetical order the nine shows were about: trim, muscular, beautiful, confused young professionals searching for understanding and committed love as they go about their lives at 1) an Army unit; 2) a coroner’s office; 3) an emergency room; 4) a fire department; 5) a law firm; 6) a police department; 7) a public school; 8) a teaching hospital; and 9) a university.
After having watched all nine shows, we had a little trouble deciding which we liked the best, or least, which characters were most credible, or wooden, and which storylines were most or least interesting. It might be the uniformly excellent production values that made these programs so indistinctive, or perhaps it was something else.
Nevertheless, we are ready for the new shows coming up that will end the cascade of summer reality television that some entertainment moguls believe we prefer over reruns of series episodes we like the first time.
You know, it occurs to me that we might consider spending the cash required to get cable television with all the movie channels offered. It may just be worth the risk of starving to death in front of the television because you do not want to miss “the next part” of a great movie, just to have the option of seeing something you can remember twenty minutes after it is over.
Cable? Hmmmm….I will bet that is where all the good television is. Isn’t it?