Monday, January 18, 2010
Bring on the Drama(s)!
Now that Jay Leno is moving back to being the king of late night television, there should be five prime time hours in the NBC schedule opening up for new dramas. I can't wait!
Since the Fall TV season started, and some long-running NBC dramas were cancelled, I've moved most of my drama watching to CBS and TNT. With the Leno shift change, I'm hoping for new NBC shows like the cancelled ER, a show that had strong female characters and broad appeal.
My favorite top ten, current, dramas in order are:
The Good Wife – one of the best shows I've seen in years. Great multidimensional characters.
The Closer – wonderful ensemble cast.
NCIS – Mark Harmon, Mark Harmon, Mark Harmon
Criminal Minds – despite the very dark mysteries, the ensemble cast is appealing.
Medium – long time favorite with characters to care about.
In Plain Sight – interesting female characters with unusual mysteries
Leverage – fast, fun, with quirky characters and the good guys win in the end every time.
Men of a Certain Age – despite the lack of female leads, this is a quiet charmer.
Law & Order – love the original, the theme music will hook me every time.
Burn Notice – strong female characters – and I'd watch anything with Sharon Gless in it.
I don't watch many comedies and I've never liked the over-the-top ones. Instead of laughing, I'd feel embarrassed for the one getting the pie in the face. I didn't love Lucy. I didn't love Raymond. The Golden Girls were more a pale yellow in my mind and Gilligan could keep his island. Cheers was kind of sad. I liked MASH but it was more of a drama than a comedy. I like PSYCH and MONK for the mini-mysteries. I liked Frazier for the dog, Eddie.
Maybe the reason I've always liked dramas best is that I was rewriting the endings in my mind all these years. Writing an extra joke or two doesn't do much for me, but writing a better or extended ending to a drama is something I can really get my writer's teeth into.
What are your favorites? Do you prefer dramas over comedies? Or vice versa.
A TV Addict in addition to being the Southern Half of Evelyn David