Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Golden Boy?

Stop me if you've heard this one before: CBS is about to debut a new police procedural! This time it's called Golden Boy , and it's one of the few midseason entries The Eye has planned for this half of the TV season. But c'mon, is it another run-of-the-mill CBS cop show or is it the next mind-blowingly awesome genre-bending water-cooler-crowding living-room-couch-seatbelt-needing SUPER TV ART PIECE? Well, pal, I've seen the first two episodes and I'm about to answer some of those questions. Here we go!


What is Golden Boy ?

The hour-long drama centers on Walter William Clark, Jr. ( Bedlam 's Theo James, another Brit trying to crack the U.S.), a self-made man from a rough background who is shooting up the ranks of the New York Police Department faster than a precinct captain can take down a glazed donut (cop humor!). In fact, we know that in seven years he'll be the youngest police commissioner in the history of the NYPD because the pilot tells us that right in the beginning! Yup, Golden Boy shows us the end (seven years later) before it shows us the boring middle point, and that's part of its gimmick. In the future, Clark is police chief and explaining how he got there. In the past, where we spend the bulk of our time, he's a beat cop who just got promoted to detective. So I guess that makes it kind of like How I Met Your Police Commissioner ?


Who created Golden Boy ?

Nicholas Wootton, who previously wrote and produced some serious copper shows like N.Y.P.D. Blue and Law & Order , as well as Chuck . Prolific producer Greg Berlanti ( No Ordinary Family , Dirty Sexy Money , Arrow ) is also on board.


When does Golden Boy premiere?

Golden Boy debuts in a special slot on Tuesday, February 26 at 10pm on CBS. Then it'll air Episode 2 on Tuesday, March 5 before moving to Fridays at 9pm (right in front of Blue Bloods ) on March 8.


What audience is Golden Boy going for?

CBS isn't rocking the boat too hard here, delivering a procedural that will keep its preinstalled audience happy. But there is a bit of trickery at play, designed to make Golden Boy slightly more than what you're used to, and there's also a heavy character-driven part of the series that's trying to keep pace with cable dramas, draw in younger viewers, and stock trophy cases with awards. If you can't get enough of, "FREEZE! This is the police!" then this will be right up your alley.



Tell me about some good parts!

It's slightly more than a procedural, with some opportunity for some great characterization if the show goes where I hope it goes with Clark and the other detectives (please go there, show!). Some of the action scenes are very solid, and the show knows how to do high-intensity very well. And the gimmick about jumping forward seven years in the future has lots of potential if it's used right. If the first two episodes are any indication, it looks like each season will move in a linear fashion. But could they surprise us and jump around across the timeline? The possibility for time travel is there (though it might be a bit much for CBS to go very far with it). Also, can Chi McBride be in every television show? The man is awesome, and he's his usual fantastic self in Golden Boy as Clark's mentor and partner. It's nice to see Holt McCallany ( Lights Out ) back on TV as well.


And what isn't as good?

Here's the thing about Clark: He's kind of a dick. His drive and determination are admirable, but he isn't exactly happy-fun-times to hang out with for an hour. But that's not necessarily a deal-breaker because Clark the Dick is the character the show wants to explore. He's not a nice guy, but we're supposed to root for him anyway. And because we spend time in the future we know the fates of some of the characters in the past. Depending on your particular tastes, that could ruin the surprise. Aside from the gimmick and a larger focus on character, Golden Boy is fairly standard as far as police procedurals go.


So what's the verdict? Watch or don't watch?

This is one to keep an eye on, so if you're a fan of the genre, give it a look with medium expectations. At worst, it's a decent network procedural that echoes Southland but in the Big Apple. At best, it uses its time-jumping technique to great effect and really brings its characters to life, possibly reshaping the police drama.


Can I see a trailer?

Hmmm... okay.


What beverage should I pair with Golden Boy ?

Vodka. Rocks. And be mean about it.



Golden Boy premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10pm on CBS.

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Mar 06, 2013
Two thoughts:

1) "Golden Boy" and "Blue Bloods" on the same night?!!
2) Allow the present to catch up to the future and then continue the Commissioner Clark story . . .

So, the details:

I find the CBS Friday line up very interesting. They're going to have two series side by side about the same job / office at the same time.

Question: Has anytime similar ever happened before in television history?

Now, I'm wondering why the NYPD Commissioner job is such a popular position to have two series at the same time and back to back. hmm, I'm also wondering if there is or if there is going to be a relationship between the two universes / story lines.

I know the current Police Commissioner in Golden Boy is not Frank Regan. But, OH, boy what a great idea / twist if the same character / actor was on both series at the same time!!!! Obviously, this isn't the case so, so sad, your Dad.

This fact, though, doesn't mean the two series couldn't have a relationship, as I suspect there was one or more Commissioners between Pop and Frank's term, but I'm not sure. Also I suspect there would be one or more Commissioners between Frank and Jamie (or Danny). In any case, this article is about Golden Boy and not Blue Bloods.

Thought 2:

BTW, I do really enjoy the flash forwards and it is what caught my eye and gets me to continue coming back. JUST A THOUGHT: I hope the writers will allow the present and future to catch up with one another at some point in the series. The series would continue in what is now the future (but then would be the present) and would be about his term as the NYPD Commissioner.

Obviously, if the series is still popular enough to exist in "n" number years people will have an investment in the characters and any on-going plots / adventures / arc. Right, there isn't any reason we couldn't have an on-going plot / arc in the future at some point, instead of the future only being able / consisting of flash backs.

This way the series has an obvious shelf life of whenever the ratings drop or CBS decides to drop police shows (as what happened with the popular Hogan's Heroes) and NOT whenever the present catches up with the future interview in episode one.
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Mar 04, 2013
The pilot certainly interested me enough to want to watch more, for all its standard feel. Hopefully it can break out and be really special.
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Mar 02, 2013
I really liked this one... and oooo the potential.... and yeah the guy's a dick but his "evil dog" is what's supposed to be intriguing right?
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Feb 27, 2013
Watched it and liked it. Pity that, judging from the picture on the desk of the present day Clark, his partner is going to die. Yep, I'm already sucked into this :-).
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Feb 27, 2013
I really enjoyed the show. I felt it had the right chemistry with everyone and I would not compare it with any other show, that's unfair at best. I will continue to watch, I loved it.
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Feb 27, 2013
Golden Boy can't even begin to compare itself with Southland,,,bad bad Tim for doing such a comparison. Southland is up on top ALMOST side by side with Breaking Bad. Golden Boy is decent and I will keep watching.
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Feb 26, 2013
Aw Hell, lets just bring back Human Target and be done with it. This show can't be any better than that and Chi McBride makes everything better, so I'll give it a go. But think about that Human Target thing, it was such a good show...
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Feb 26, 2013
Not gonna check it out. But the title gets me every time b/c it's the same title as an old anime and originally I thought was an American adaptation. Oh well. Too many procedurals for me. Going to keep it strictly to NCIS and Elementary.
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Feb 26, 2013
Just watched the pilot and I'm really interested to see where this show goes! I originally took interest because of Chi (loved him on Human Target), but the other characters reeled me in. I see a lot of potential, and I'm hoping this can become the next Person of Interest (as in surprising, non-typical procedural)! I definitely be tuning in next Friday (though it'll conflict with my precious Grimm). Hoping good things are to come!
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Feb 26, 2013
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Feb 26, 2013
Shouldn't be a problem considering tonight's slot is a 1 time thing. It moves to Friday's next week for its regular home.
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Feb 26, 2013
Actually, I think it moves to Fridays on the third week, not the second. Although, it could change (and remain on Tuesdays) depending on its ratings.
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Feb 26, 2013
Thank you. I appreciate that information.
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Feb 26, 2013
Friday? Friday!? Well we all know what that means and we shouldn't become too attached, I'm guessing...
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Feb 26, 2013
Yep, it's almost like CBS is setting this up to fail...
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Feb 26, 2013
Chi McBride is the reason this flew on my radar....I loved him as Winston on Human Target and in Pushing Daisies....I will check this out
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Feb 26, 2013
Hi there, professional pilot actor Chi McBride!
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Feb 26, 2013
The very same and one of The Nine...
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Feb 26, 2013
Well, saw the pilot somewhere and downloaded it..watched it..left me with some questions, so i will be watching this series, only so they can answer the questions.
One thing i do agree, the lead guy, may look cute but he is a Richard!!, there is no kind about it.he simply is a Richard. But Chi is his Yoda, so i imagine his journey to someone we can root for is what the show is about. The other characters seemed a bit interesting enough.
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Feb 26, 2013
Wait a minute! Didn't Greg Berlanti create and produce a show with a similar narrative called 'Jack & Bobby.' That was IMO one of the bright spots for WB.
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Feb 26, 2013
Yes, it was good...
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Feb 26, 2013
ANYTHING! with Chi McBride is golden (pun intended)...major fan of him ever since Boston Public! So will be looking forward to this (despite it being a procedural)
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Feb 26, 2013
I'll check it out for Chi. I loath CBS, but I'll still give Golden Boy a SHOT or two. (pun not intended--scratch that. it was!)
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Feb 26, 2013
Well, anything with Chi McBride will get my initial attention.

So it's a question is his character good enough to keep me around long enough for the show to develop? Hmmm... I guess we'll see.
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Feb 26, 2013
2nded the love for Chi McBride. "Pushing Daisies" forever.
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Feb 26, 2013
saw it, just so-so, so that means they will give it a re-up for 10 years like everyone does now days!!!
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Feb 26, 2013
I was interested in checking this show out before reading this and now I definitely will. I was over police procedurals, just too many of them, but I love Chi Mcbride (the main reason I wanted to watch it) so I'll give this one a shot. Hopefully it is unique and interesting... and then hopefully CBS doesn't cancel it- is it too soon to hope for that?
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Feb 26, 2013
I'll probably give it a shot, but if the main character is too grating in how smug he is, I'll be kicking the show to the curb. I can't stand shows with unlikable characters at the forefront.
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Feb 26, 2013
That is a concern, but we did get past that with Harvey Spectre, didn't we?
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Feb 26, 2013
I expected to see the usual, "CBS is for old people and all they create are cop/procedural shows!" narrative. Yes, that's been mostly true with regard to CBS over the years, but Golden Boy seems a lot different. For one, the characters are quite likable for the most part and the writers plan to develop them as the series progresses (unlike your run-of-the-mill procedural).

I saw the pilot, and they're all compelling characters, even Clark the Dickhead. Chi McBride is the definite stand-out on this show, but it has a solid, core cast all-around. As Tim mentioned, there are some nice actions scenes and high-intensity, so again, not your usual cop show (unless your "usual cop show" is Southland, which it should be).

I also enjoyed the biographical nature of the pilot, because it's pointless to get invested in a bunch of characters not knowing if they're going to live to the end, or not. Golden Boy takes a more distinct tact by shielding its main character from the get-go, so the appeal is meant for longterm character growth and interactions. I'm not particularly a fan of the CBS cop-procedural (POI is a major exception, if you can call it a stereotypical procedural), but I believe Golden Boy with outperform expectations.
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Feb 26, 2013
Oh, and I think the poll is broken. :/
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Feb 26, 2013
"How I Met Your Police Commissioner" only if Chi McBride is a BAMF Barney Stinson.
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Feb 26, 2013
I watched the pilot and i liked it! Lets give it a chance....
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Feb 26, 2013
What a gross title. Seriously, it's upsetting how bad it is.

An unlikable workaholic being grumpy and constantly succeeding does not a good show make. I would be actively rooting against him. Sooo no, not gonna watch.
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Feb 26, 2013
Right? My hubby is refusing to watch because the title is so bad. has no one learned anything from Cougar Town?
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Feb 26, 2013
Haha! Grumpy Golden Boy deserves a shower of some kind. Bronze shower? ... No, that's not right.
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Feb 26, 2013
Ever notice how the popularly used acronym for Person of Interest is "POI" not "PoI"? Whereas Game of Thrones is "GoT" not "GOT". Acronyms, man ...

Yeah, I'm probably not gonna watch Golden Boy unless ACTUAL time travel is somehow involved.
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Feb 26, 2013
I think that's because POI is an actual law enforcement acronym. And agree with the time travel; I liked Life of Mars but sci fi cops don't seem to work out.
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Feb 26, 2013
Just curious, what does POI stand for?
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Feb 26, 2013
Hmmm... thinking about it, I think I use those distinct acronyms myself. I think it's just because of appearance... PoI looks a little weird... if the 'o' in POI is small, I think the 'I' looks more like a small 'L'... or something. Whereas GoT looks okay... or maybe it looks odd too. Basically, I don't know.
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Feb 27, 2013
Haha! Look what we've done! An honest to god acronym discussion. I love it! I think you and TQB raise some good points. PoI DOES look strange. Like someone misspelled "Poll". And it makes sense the police would use POI as an acronym. So if that's the way the boys in blue do it, who am I to argue?
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Feb 26, 2013
I think you're spot on... it's all about appearances. GOT doesn't look like because it spells got, but GoT looks ok.
What about SOA vs SoA? I think I usually use SOA mainly out of laziness (I can hold the shift key down and type it easier that whay) but SoA probably looks better.
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Feb 27, 2013
SoA. Definitely. And TVcom_editorial, I'd stick with the latter.
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Feb 26, 2013
*doesn't look right - we really need to be able to edit our own posts again lol!
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Feb 26, 2013
Just curious, do ya'll have an preference on OUAT vs. OUaT? Style-wise, we definitely use SoA, GoT, POI... but have waffled on OUAT vs. OUaT. (Lately we're using the former.)
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Feb 26, 2013
Nope not going to watch because I am still mad at CBS for moving the Mentalist to SUNDAYS!!!!!!
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Feb 26, 2013
Well that'll show 'em.
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Feb 26, 2013
It's the 21st century, folks. Who cares what night stuff is on, except for the fact that Friday is a real series killer...
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Feb 26, 2013
I am going to watch it.
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Feb 25, 2013
Poll broken, or what? Anyway, no, I pass. I get a vibe of "canceled" from this, it feels like someone had a good idea and then the producers just threw generic parts at it until it became a CBS' Frankenstein's monster (ironically a genre that CBS wouldn't touch). The main character in promos doesn't feel compelling, and the stuff given to Chi McBride feels generic which is too bad because when given better material he rises to it.
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Feb 25, 2013
I miss No Ordinary Family!
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Feb 25, 2013
Love Southland, POI and procedurals in general so I will definitely try this show
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Feb 26, 2013
Southland and POI are two stand-out procedurals who've really done a lot to change that specific category. They're basically the only two "procedurals" that I never miss.
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Feb 25, 2013
Well, if the show is canceled, you will at least know what happens to the guy, so you won't complain about the need to make more episodes, or a movie, to wrap it up.
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Feb 25, 2013
another CBS police procedural yeahhhh
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Feb 25, 2013
I'm going to be watching, if for no other reason than Chi McBride. I don't think I've not liked him in anything since I started revolving my life around watching TV, heh. He's great.

While there was brief stint in my life when I loved police procedurals, I'm not too big on em now. With that said, of the four shows I'd consider police procedurals that I watch, three are on CBS (POI, Elementary, and H50)... so if Golden Boy is a bit more like them, I could see myself liking this quite a bit.
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Feb 26, 2013
He was worth hating when he was in House.
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Feb 26, 2013
What is H50?
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Feb 26, 2013
Hawaii Five-0. Actually the show itself uses this "acronym", and this is the twitter hashtag that's being used for it.
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Feb 26, 2013
ok....thanks....
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Feb 26, 2013
Yes, FringeFanatic's assumption is right. I'm not one to shorten everything, but I've gotten accustomed to saying POI that I figured H50 would work too, heh.
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Feb 26, 2013
Hawaii Five-0, I assume.
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Feb 26, 2013
*FACEPALM*
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Feb 25, 2013
He was great in Bedlam. So I will give it three episodes to convince me to keep watching.

The premise sounds interesting, and they could do a lot with an anti-hero and the time jump. So we shall see.

I still want a spin off of POI only with Shaw though.
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Feb 26, 2013
I was trying to remember where I'd seen him before. Then again, I only watched an episode or two of Bedlam
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Feb 25, 2013
I'm conflicted (and not sure if I will just be distracted with a running question of what really actually happened to Jed on Bedlam, maybe he was murdered, maybe he is being held somewhere...I don't know but I liked Theo James a lot on that show) and I am not impressed by the commercials, but when I read the premise, that intrigued me. I am actually thinking of doing the on demand test with this, if I like it, then I can figure it out, if not, I am still obligated to the rerun episode of Pretty Little Liars and White Collar. What really worries me, is I don't really remember seeing a lot of commercials for it during Person of Interest, which makes me think it has more reins on it and Person of Interest might be enough of a potential heart attack each week for CBS (though, seriously, they should check out their fans' sites, we think it rocks).
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Feb 25, 2013
I thought that they revealed Jed was dead in the finale of season 2.

I wonder what they are going to do with Season 3.
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Feb 25, 2013
I think they (Max and...whatever the girl's name actually is) sort of decided that, but it wasn't real definite especially when considering that Jed and her father still seemed to be alive, despite the fact of his death and then her stabbing him. They were leaving the door open, I think even to just return as a ghost who could communicate with her.
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Feb 25, 2013
Yea, you are right they did leave that open a bit.
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Feb 26, 2013
And plus, Eve and Max were technically, well, you know, wrong about everything.
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Feb 25, 2013
I remember becoming interested in this after reading the "meteoric rise to police commissioner" logline. Aside from being yet another police procedural with a twist, Greg Berlanti is involved and the always entertaining Chi McBride is in it. What more do you need?
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Feb 25, 2013
I'll give it a shot. If CBS can greenlight Person of Interest AND let it flourish there might be hope for the network. If Golden Boy is more POI than NCIS then I'm on board. Time will tell.
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Feb 26, 2013
I hope CBS appreciates how much goodwill they have engendered by supporting POI. They've built trust with their audience that if they invest in a show, they will give it time and promotion. I've said this many times already, but I won't watch a drama on another network until it's at least received a full season order, but with CBS I trust that a decent show won't get scrapped after 3 episodes. Which is weird because I would really like to hate on CBS for all the CSI NCIS old fogey junk.
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Feb 26, 2013
I'm fairly certain POI is the only thing on CBS that I watch (I don't always know which network a show is on because I watch all my tv online) but it's definitely given me the idea that CBS is at least trying to produce slightly smarter/better quality/younger skewing programming.
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Feb 26, 2013
Aw, POI is just good and if it wasn't, CBS would have canned it...
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Feb 26, 2013
But there are plenty good shows on other networks that have been summarily canned and bad show on CBS that have been on air FOREVER so I don't think that's really all there is to it.
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Feb 26, 2013
bad show*s* Sorry, needs an edit button
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Feb 25, 2013
Already saw the first episode... loved it.
The procedural part is OK, but what will keep me coming is the character study of Clark and the rest of his precinct.
So I'll keep watching it, until it bores me, like most of CBS's procedurals end up doing... hopefully, it won't.
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