American television is a strange beast. There’s a more naked, pronounced competitive edge between the networks than there is on this side of the Atlantic. No more so is this evident than at the start of a new season. In the lead-up to a new season’s beginning, the likes of Fox, CBS, NBC etc. are readying and gussying up their newest shows. Buzz grows louder for some, while others are proclaimed the worst thing to be screened on television since that video that kills people in The Ring.
And then in the first week of the season, regardless of how ready they are for human consumption, the pilots for all the latest and hopefully greatest new shows are prodded from the traps, unsteadily blinking onto the course for the ratings race that is premiere week.