Cops, doctors, and lawyers ... oh my!
by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 6th 2009 6:06PM
I was sitting down to watch TV last night, scanning through my choices on DVR: Lie to Me, Eleventh Hour, Life, Life on Mars.... I turned to my husband and said, "I think I'm sick of procedurals."
So I thought about what other shows we watch: Grey's Anatomy, House, Eli Stone, Damages... wait a minute, cops and doctors and lawyers... oh my! The only shining light, besides my TV on DVD, in our lineup is Leverage, so thanks again TNT for something different.
You can imagine, then, how I connected with James Hibbard's article today about the new fall TV pilots, and how they are all pretty much cop, lawyer or doctor shows. Yawn... I'm tired of these, so I scanned his list to find something unique. Did I?
Sadly, not on NBC or CBS, but FOX had some unique premises. Masterworks, which sounds like a cross between DaVinci Code and National Treasure, has some promise, and Human Target (based on the comic book) about a man who stands in for people who have a hit out on them could also be interesting.
ABC, too, has some fun premises, not necessarily original, but at least different than what's on TV right now. Eastwick, based on the book and movie Witches of Eastwick, with its supernatural mumbo-jumbo could work for me, as could the remake of V. I'd even check out the nameless pilot with the amateur detective who has his 11-year-old brother solve the cases for him.
All-in-all, though, it was disappointing to see that unique is "out." Even the shows that sound like I might watch them, although different from what's on TV right now, are based on something, a remake or stolen from another genre.
Are you, like me, craving something different in original programming?