Searching for a station
Yes, another radio note today, but this is pretty cool. I just heard about a website where you can look at and compare play lists for radio stations. So if you're looking for a new station to replace "Jammin' Oldies," or just curious about who's playing what, go to www.yes.com.
If you type Cincinnati into the search engine, it will give you a list of area radio stations. Click on the station, and you get the real-time play list. Pretty cool.
Shark bites tonight
James Woods' new "Shark" drama debuts at 10 p.m. today (Ch 12) against ABC's new "Six Degrees" and NBC's "ER." Of the three, I'd watch "Shark." Woods plays an egocentric defense-lawyer-turned-assistant prosecutor who denegrates the young staffers who admire him and want to learn from him. (Sounds like "House?") I think it will take a bite out of aging "ER," which is due a drop in the ratings. I didn't like "Six Degrees" that much. Creator J.J. Abrams does connect-the-dots between six strangers in NY, but I couldn't get emotionally invested with the characters. To me, it doesn't compare with the magnetic pull of his "Lost," "Alias" or "Felicity." I see this as third in the time period, maybe second if "ER" struggles out of the gate.
The show not to miss Sunday is Calista Flockhart's "Brothers & Sisters" at 10 p.m. (Ch. 9). After watching it, I can see why it got the prized time slot following "Desperate Housewvies," which returns at 9 p.m. Sunday. (Though I wouldn't have moved "Grey's Anatomy" to 9 p.m. Thursday against "CSI," but maybe it doesn't matter in our TiVo world. I bet ABC moves "Grey's" before Thanksgiving to another slot.)
"B&S," like "The West Wing," requires full attention so you can figure out who's who in the premiere, but that won't be a problem after a week or two.
Flockhart stars as daughter Kitty, a conservative radio talk host in NY. She comes home to LA to see her parents (Tom Skerritt, Sally Field) and sisters and brothers (Rachel Griffiths, Matthew Rhys, Dave Annable, Balthazar Getty). The cast also includes Patricia Wettig and Ron Rifkin. Think "thirtysomething" for a new generation of viewers. (Ken Olin from thirtysomething is executive producer/director.) This one could be a hit, especially in tandem to "Desperate Housewives."
If you watch "Shark" or "Brothers & Sisters," -- or anything else that you love or hate -- let me know. I'm outta here Friday. Will catch up to you Monday.