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Fall 2006 TV Review, Part Seven (“The Nine”)

Before we get going on the next part of my Fall 2006 Review feature (here is part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six), let’s recap the series premiere ratings from Tuesday evening, of which there was only one.

Friday Night Lights

Averaged a 4.7/8 HH Rating with a 2.8 A18-49 rating (7.18M viewers). Staying consistent from half-hour to half-hour is the only good thing I can say about the ratings for the show. It’s certainly a high-quality hour of television and that it did worse than I thought it would (I would have figured numbers in the 10-14M range) really surprises me. It’ll be very interesting to see where the show goes from here, will it gain an audience, or will it just continue to drop week to week? It’s very hard for a show to gain viewers after its premiere, but perhaps NBC can use Sunday Night Football to propel the show some.

Alright, now let’s move on to my mini-review feature. Only one show is set to premiere this evening, The Nine.

The Nine

  • When and Where does it air?
    • Wednesday’s at 10:00 PM on ABC

I’m sure you all have heard of it, ABC has gone to great lengths to publicize it as the “best new drama” etc. in their tv and print ads, and most entertainment sources found much to like with the pilot. I though, did not. I just didn’t see it as the best show of the new season, but strong characters made it an interesting episode of drama television.

The key to the success of this show will come from the characters, who are well cast and are enjoyable to see on screen.

We don’t learn much of the bank heist turned bad (I suppose it’ll be used as a catalyst of some sorts to advance character development), the episode instead is intent on keeping the focus on these characters who before the day knew little or nothing about one another.

I usually don’t enjoy character only based shows as I’m much more interested in the story the characters are entrenched around. (I’m of the opinion that you can have the best characters ever, but if the story surrounding them is sub-par, I couldn’t care less about them).

Then again, when you have such a well-balanced cast, all interesting in their own right, I can certainly understand why so many critics have picked this show as the season’s best new series. The stand-out in my mind is John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise) who plays Egan Foote, a once suicidal husband who looks at the events that occur as a new chance at life. He provides for the potential of one of the best characters on any show this season.

Though I was a little disappointed in its reduced focus on story, the ensemble cast that has been assembled for this show is just too good to overlook, because of that I can recommend this pilot.


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The Nine