TV Junkie: 5 New Shows The Networks Should Keep
Programs To Keep: After this weekend's news that NBC's "Outlaw" will have its remaining episodes moved to Saturday before it is removed from the air, we wanted to review the new programs that the networks should keep. Last month we made our opinion on "Outlaw" pretty clear and we're mildly surprised that NBC is pulling the plug this soon but if the ratings are that bad, then they're that bad."Raising Hope" (Fox) - Of the new comedies that are airing this season, this one is a keeper. The program based on a struggling single father and his quirky-to-the-point-of-obscene family is consistently funny, unafraid, and genuine, bolstered by performances unencumbered by "starpower" expectations. Contrast this with Fox's other new comedy offering, "Running Wilde", which is failing primarily because Fox corporate can't keep its fingers out of the cake batter, and secondarily because Will Arnett and David Cross aren't covering anything new. What is truly shameful is that "Running Wilde" would be a welcome replacement for sub-par programs on other networks, like "Outsourced" and "Sh*t my Dad Says". "Raising Hope" is on at 9pm tonight BTW.
"Terriers" (FX) - Shawn Ryan's new show, following ragamuffin private eyes Donal Logue and Michael Raymond James has plenty of eyebrow raising plot twists and spontaneous-feeling action, but its the camaraderie of the duo that keeps us coming back. Is there another new pair of well-played pals that deserve our attention? Certainly not Jerry O'Connell and Jim Belushi of CBS' "The Defenders". "Terriers" is on FX on Tuesdays at 10pm. See our interview with Donal Logue.