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"NCIS:LA," "The Good Wife" To Keep Going; Notes on "Lie to Me," "Glee"

By admin Published: October 7, 2009

From CBS today:

CBS has given full season orders to NCIS: LOS ANGELES and THE GOOD WIFE, the top two new series of the 2009-2010 season.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the No.1 new program of the season and ranked second among all primetime programs, is averaging 17.47 million viewers, 4.1/11 in adults 18-49 and 5.6/13 in adults 25-54 over its three broadcasts. NCIS: LOS ANGELES has won its Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM) time period in viewers and adults 25-54 every week this season and placed first in adults 18-49 twice.
THE GOOD WIFE, the No. 2 new series of the season, is averaging 13.70 million viewers, 3.0/8 in adults 18-49 and 4.2/11 in adults 25-54, winning its Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in all key measures every week.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars Chris O'Donnell, LL COOL J, Linda Hunt, Peter Cambor, Adam Jamal Craig and Daniela Ruah. Shane Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
THE GOOD WIFE stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Makenzie Vega and Graham Phillips. Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Dee Johnson, Robert King, Michelle King, Brooke Kennedy and David Zucker are executive producers for CBS Television Studios

Can't say that the "NCIS" announcement surprises me; while the show isn't all that interesting, it seems able to keep much of the large "NCIS" audience. I am pleased about "The Good Wife," which I have liked in the two episodes I have seen; will be catching up to this week's show at some point.

Fox's "Lie to Me" continues to show improvement over its first season, with a darker and richer tone. The quality of guest stars -- this week including John Carroll Lynch and James Marsters -- has increased noticeably, and this week's episode dealt especially well with the idea that Lightman is not the Answer Man; he has his own demons, he is in an awkward place with his daughter, and even what he knows may not include everything that people need to know. Did regret the killing of Marsters' character, since I thought he could bring some things to the ensemble, but the show also stayed true to the ideas I just mentioned by killing him. And really liked the way "Kingdoms of Rain," the song at the end, fit.

Having reminded one and all in my video post to watch "Glee," I have to wish the episode that came up next was a little better. It wasn't on a par with the football or Kristin Chenoweth episodes, and it included the fake-pregnancy storyline that sets so many viewers' teeth on edge. On top of that, making Sue co-director of the glee club feels too much like an attempt to get Jane Lynch on camera more; she's much better when used selectively -- and I loved the bit where she wrote in her journal that she was turning 30; this is a woman who can't even tell the truth in her innermost thoughts. One very good element was that the two mash-ups were sung as if the performers really were hopped up -- no slowing it down to make them more palatable to the audience. And I have come to like Coach Ken very much. Still, I'm not anywhere near giving up on the show, nor am I taking it out of my favorite-new-show spot.

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