What’s at stake: The battle for runner-up to NBC’s still-strong “Law & Order” commences when David E. Kelley’s tale of three small-town brothers takes on a small-screen version of the FBI feature “Out of Sight.”
It’s always tough when three dramas oppose each other in an hour (especially when one of them is “L&O”), but at least each of these is distinct.
ABC perspective: Net squandered the post-“Bachelor” hour last season, but it hasn’t made that mistake this time around.
Carla Gugino is perfect in a role originated by Jennifer Lopez, and the execution and energy of this pilot is top-notch. This is clearly the struggling net’s best shot in years at a drama hit.
CBS perspective: Net has bombed in this hour the past two seasons (“Presidio Med” and “Wolf Lake”) and the early indications are that Kelley’s latest isn’t likely to reverse this trend.
An off-putting title and unattractive leads are only the beginning of the problems for this show, which has undergone significant retooling since its initial pilot. “Poland” may draw 35-64 auds early, but unless it pops a Prozac, this downbeat drama won’t get viewers to come back.
Bottom line: While nobody expects “Karen Sisco” to beat “Law & Order,” it could give the the Peacock vet a run for its money among young women. “Poland,” meanwhile, is the odd drama out in this hour.