ABC up, black-focused television shows down in my analysis of Fall TV for NPR
Because National Public Radio doesn't have a full-time TV critic, I'm often called when the fall television season comes around, to talk a bit about trends and good stuff coming as the the big broadcast networks take down their summertime gone fishing signs.
This week, NPR's Tell Me More asked for a few thoughts at an opportune time, just as I was brainstorming on the text for our new Fall TV preview, which will publish in Floridian on Sunday.
The segment, which actually aired Monday, features me test driving a few ideas, including my picks for the two best new series, ABC's Flash Forward (left) and Modern Family.I also noted that, even though the program lineup is more racially diverse with three new series featuring black casts or performers, two of the three -- Fox's The Cleveland Show and Brothers -- left me cold.
We also talk about the notion of this season being a pivotal moment for network television, teetering between the low-cost variety entertainment of The Jay Leno Show and the big-ticket scripted fare such as Flash Forward and ABC's way-cool remake of the science fiction miniseries V.
Click below to hear the segment, or click here for the transcript: