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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

TV's Best In Show

The Television Critics Assocation has asked members for nominations for TV's best, as the 06-07 season comes to a close May 23.

So I'm soliciting your help on two of the categories. One is similar to the blog I wrote a few weeks ago about evaluating the 06-07 season. Here they are:

--Outstanding New Program: Best new series televised for the first time between May 26, 2006, and May 24, 2007. I'm allowed three nominations -- so which would you pick?
I'm leaning towards Heroes, Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters.
Among the others: 30 Rock, Jericho, Friday Night Lights (which has been renewed for fall, according to today), Rules of Engagement, Men In Trees, Shark, Dexter, Dirt, This American Life, My Boys, Sarah Silverman and a bunch of shows that likely will be canceled next week: Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, The Black Donnellys, Andy Barker, Kidnapped, Justice, Raines, The Nine, Daybreak, etc.

--Program of the year: The best program -- series, special, movie, news -- on TV this broadcast year, since May 26 last year.
I'm leaning towards Heroes, House and Ugly Betty, though I'm tempted to nominate Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Or American Idol? Grey's Anatomy? The Office? 30 Rock?
Your recommendations?

--Just saw a post to this blog about "24" and I've decided to add my own third category: What show were you most disappointed in this year? Which show creatively disappointed you the most? Was it 24? Lost? Studio 60? You tell me.


at 5/11/2007 10:12 AM Blogger Kelly said...

I tend not to watch new series on network tv because I find myself getting frustrated when I enjoyed one they would take it off. If it takes off Then I try and get the dvd of earlier seasons once it gains popularity. But as far as the best program I would have to reccomend The Office, not been a better comedy since Seinfeld IMHO. Lost could be another canidate.

at 5/11/2007 10:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lost" is the best show period

Fastest drop of a show: "24"

at 5/11/2007 11:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to vote for Jericho for best new show;

I agree that 24 has jumped the shark.

at 5/11/2007 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about "The Colbert Report" as best new show? But that may be too hip for the room.

at 5/11/2007 1:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly Betty and Brothers and Sisters for best new and def. Lost for overall.

at 5/11/2007 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Heroes being in the mix for best new show and best show. For new shows, I haven't seen Ugly Betty or Brothers and Sisters, but you should definitely consider 30 Rock for that category as well. It is a stand out among all the lackluster comedies that have come out in recent years.

at 5/11/2007 2:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jericho for best new show. The original CSI for best overall.

at 5/11/2007 4:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

for best new show shark
best show overall- the office

at 5/11/2007 9:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best new shows: Sarah Silverman, Heroes, Ugly Betty

Best program: House

Most disappointing: Lost

at 5/14/2007 5:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Show - House

Best New Show - Colbert Report!!!

Most Disappointing - 24 - not as edgy this year

Most Overrated - All the shows nominated for the best show award. Come on Hollywood...stop forcing bad crap down our throats!!

at 5/14/2007 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...



at 5/14/2007 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

30 Rock best new show - hilarious!

Lost and The Office are the best drama and comedy on TV now.

at 5/14/2007 11:16 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Bad new for Anon 10:08: NBC just announced fall schedule, and Raines isn't on it. It's likely canceled...

at 5/14/2007 2:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heroes and Jericho are two great new shows... Curious to see how the Heroes spin-off plays out, and how things end up on Jericho..

I was watching the other night and wondering - with a show like Jericho, do they intentionally leave the final episodes with the possibility of everyone dying off, just in case the show isn't picked up? I mean, it'd make for a smooth transition if it wasn't.. Make sense? Then if the show IS picked up again for next season, they leave some glimmer of hope so you'll tune back in.. Just curious.

at 5/17/2007 10:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best New Program: 30 Rock... finally a good new comedy! Where did comedies go? I'm bored of all these reality shows and slew of so-called dramas.
Best Program: "House"
Most disappointing: "Lost"
Suffering most from bandwagon jumpers: "24". I agree "24" may not be as "fresh" as seasons past, but it is still the most exciting show around.

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