“Pushing Daisies” is by far one of the most beloved pilots of the new season. But a number of people are already fretting that “Daisies” and other popular new series (“Reaper” for one) won’t be able to match that initial hype in subsequent episodes and that they might meet an early grave creatively.
In the 2006-07 TV season, my favorite network pilot was “Friday Night Lights,” and I wasn’t alone on that one. Coming in on the next tier behind “Lights” for me were “30 Rock,” “Andy Barker, P.I.” “Heroes,” “The Nine” and “Six Degrees.” (OK, I rode solo on a couple of those.)
“Lights” only got better, as did “30 Rock.” The others drifted a little, but remained ever-so-watchable … until, in most cases, they were canceled. (Guess I don’t always mesh well with the masses.)
Other pilots that got preseason praise, like “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Class,” were borderline at best for me from the start, so I can’t really say those shows went downhill. It’s up to their original cheerleaders to make that call.
Historically, one could make a case that the good stay good and some of the bad get a little better. But the great almost never fall apart.
So keep the faith — at least in the show’s creative team. And then light a little candle so that Nielsen families across the country might share the love.
— Jon Weisman