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CBS’ new dramas: Let’s (not) hear it for the underdog

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While waiting for CBS to release clips of programs from its new 2011-12 series, I noticed a small pattern in the dramas. Here are some excerpts from their descriptions:

“Unforgettable” stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind … 

“Person of Interest” (pictured) … Reese’s (Jim Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Michael Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes.  Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens …

“A Gifted Man” is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.”  Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients …

Now it’s not as if these characters don’t face challenges, and plenty of them. But they sure seem to come equipped for the task — kind of the way the broadcast networks’ perennial leader in overall viewers faces the potential pitfalls of a new TV season from a position of strength.

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