Kathy Lyford

Kathy Lyford is the Managing Editor of Variety. Her addiction to television started at an early age with shows such as “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Hollywood Squares,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Family Affair,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “My Three Sons” and “The Flintstones.” Her all time favorite shows are “The Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue” and “ER” and she would rank the current critical darlings “Friday Night Lights” and “Mad Men” among those.

Friday Night Lights – NBC/DirecTV (Why aren’t more people watching this breathtaking drama?!)
Mad Men – AMC (Exquisite in its details)
Big Bang Theory – CBS (appointment TV)
The Office – NBC (You’ve gotta love it if you work in an office)
Ugly Betty – ABC (a soapy delight)
The New Adventures of Old Christine – CBS (makes me laugh out loud every week) 
Swingtown – CBS (still hopeful it can be given a second season)
Privileged – CW (I have high hopes for this adorable newcomer)
Dirty Sexy Money – ABC
House – (Hugh Laurie is mesmerizing)
Dexter – HBO (discovered this creepy gem during the WGA strike)
Worst Week – CBS (Hoping they can sustain this admittedly flimsy premise)
Eli Stone – ABC
Pushing Daisies – ABC
Desperate Housewives – ABC
ER – NBC (Hey, I’ve never missed an episode in its 14-year run. I’m nothing if not loyal)
Big Love – HBO
The Closer – TNT (Kyra Sedgwick makes an otherwise pedestrian show watchable)
My Boys – TNT
24 – Fox
Damages – FX

Amercian Idol – Fox
America’s Next Top Model – CW
Top Chef – Bravo
Hell’s Kitchen – Fox
Project Runway – Bravo
Amazing Race – CBS
The Biggest Loser – CBS
I Wanna Be a Soap Star – Soap Net

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