“Survivor” gets a boost from two things as the show invades its new Wednesday timeslot: Fox Sports studio fixture Jimmy Johnson, and a young (30 and under) vs. old (40 and up) age divide.
Given the general complexion of the CBS audience, it’s not hard to figure out who most Eye network viewers — a demographic that can refer to the 67-year-old Johnson as “that nice young man” — will be rooting for, although some might also prefer the other football-related contestant, Brenda, a former Miami cheerleader.
CBS sent out a preview that cut off the ending, but as a sporadic “Survivor” viewer, I have to confess having Johnson in the mix — and the reactions he elicited — made the whole thing more entertaining. (In the disclosure dept., I’m currently writing a weekly column for Foxsports.com, meaning Johnson and I are both receiving checks from them, although I assume his are much bigger.)
Meanwhile, NBC was kind enough (foolish, really) to provide a second episode of “Outlaw” in advance of Wednesday’s preview, and viewing the new hour only confirms what I disliked about the show in my initial review.
This time, Jimmy Smits’ crusading lawyer takes on a police shooting in Arizona, which provides an opportunity to weigh in on the state’s controversial “May I see your papers, please?” (as the left is calling it) immigration law. Even with a counter-intuitive view of that story, the episode suggests “Outlaw” is going to be the dumb person’s version of “Law & Order” — ripping stories from the headlines, and then riffing on them in the most banal, dunder-headed manner possible. And that’s ignoring all the flirty banter among the supporting cast.
So much for the retrial. On to the next case.