Is this the winter of our discontent? If you're running a network and launching new shows, you might think so.
With the possible exception of "The Follow ing" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14), starring Kevin Bacon, no new network series to emerge in 2013 has exactly soared.
"Decep tion" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) has received an icy reception. It's easy to make fun of NBC for still airing the pathetic "Biggest Loser," but that sad series had nearly twice as many viewers as "Decep tion" last Monday night. ABC's "Castle" had three times as many viewers. Heck, "Pawn Stars" on History attracted almost 2 million more folks than "Deception."
Viewers had a sneak preview of NBC's "1600 Penn" back in December, and they didn't like what they saw. NBC's new Thursday night medical mystery "Do No Harm" arrived all but dead on
arrival and was canceled after two airings.
Over on ABC, the
preposterous conspiracy thriller "Zero Hour" has had a similarly meager audience but has not been canceled yet.
I found the CW's new head-scratcher "Cult"
deliriously gimmicky and fun. It's a show that cries out to be watched a sec-
ond time, just to see all the clues you missed. Unfortunately for "Cult," not enough people are watching it the first time around -- at least on the CW. It debuted to a smaller audience than "Emily Owens, M.D.," which it replaced.
Curiously, the CW and "Cult" may be after a different measurement of success, or at least buzz. I noticed "Cult" was available online nearly a week before it launched on the network. Just how this translates into total viewers (or pleases advertisers) remains a mystery.
Not even ratings-dom-
inant CBS remains immune to the winter blues. The makers of "The Job" may have had the best intentions, but the show about ordinary folks competing for mere employment struck many viewers as demeaning and depressing. I think I used the word "grovel" in my review. It was can-
celed after two airings and replaced with additional helpings of "Un dercover Boss."
Hope does spring eternal, however. CBS will
debut its newest series, "Golden Boy," Tuesday night.
---A new smarty-pants intern (Brian Klugman) irks Brennan on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---New evidence rattles Kiera on "Continuum" (8 p.m., Syfy, TV-14).
---Hardy tries to avoid the clutches of new cult members on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Michelle leaves for a Broadway audition on the season finale of "Bunheads" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---John Ross needs Sue Ellen's help on "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---A trip to Iowa on
"Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).
---A cruise ends violently on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Edward's press conference reveals too much on "Deception" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---James Brolin guests as Castle's dad on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---The "Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-14) documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" profiles the contemporary artist and activist frequently at odds with the Chinese government.
---Tina's radical strategy divides the surgeons on "Monday Mornings" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---A verdict comes down on the multipart documentary series "The Staircase" (10 p.m., Sundance).
A city kid (Kevin Bacon) inspires a stodgy town to dance in the 1984 musical "Foot loose" (8 p.m., Sundance).
---Barney schemes on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A dream internship on "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Never say diet on "Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---Red ink on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Annie has feelings for Liam on "90210" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Molly at the mall on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Donnie Wahlberg is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Zooey Deschanel and Japandroids appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Quvenzhane Wallis and T.J. Miller on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Alec Baldwin and
Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell appear on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Russell Crowe and Robert Randolph with the Slide Brothers on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Matthew Fox, Radha Mitchell and Ryan Bingham appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Alan Cumming and
Michael Phelps visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Keith Olbermann on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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