Who’s on top in the week’s Top Five? Even in a week as action-packed as this one was, one guy stands out: Ashton Kutcher. And here’s why:
1) Charlie who? Ashton Kutcher is CBS’s new MVP: How could he not be? Kutcher finally debuted as Charlie Sheen’s replacement on “Two and a Half Men” Monday night and drew the kind of audience — nearly 28 million people — that network TV doesn’t usually see anymore. Sure, some of those who tuned in out of curiosity might not return next week, but plenty of them will, and we expect “Men” will remain network TV’s top sitcom for a while.
2) The Emmys are always a highlight: Even though a little more than only 10 million viewers watched this year’s awards, we feel nevertheless obligated to include them in the week’s Top Five. Hey, we happen to like awards shows, warts and all (their warts, not ours!). We also happen to like “Modern Family,” which loaded up on awards this past Sunday.
3) Ray Romano: As fans of Ray Romano, we feel it’s our responsibility to put the word out every time he pops up on TV, particularly now that he no longer has his TNT series “Men of a Certain Age.” We loved his brief appearance last spring as a job applicant on “The Office” and we enjoyed seeing him this week on “The Middle” on ABC, reunited with his “Everybody Loves Raymond” wife Patricia Heaton.
4) David Letterman, interviewer extraordinaire: We don’t usually cite the late-night comedians for their skills at interviewing. Sure, they have fun joshing with celebrity guests but it’s rare for them to actually dig out private information we haven’t heard before. But Dave really went in-depth with Minka Kelly (now starring in the new “Charlie’s Angels” on ABC), of all people, this past week on his “Late Show” on CBS. And she gave a fascinating interview.
5) The fifth spot goes to Ted Danson: The silver-haired TV vet made a sensational debut this week (in our opinion) as the new boss on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Danson’s the third boss in the show’s 12-season history, following William Petersen and then Laurence Fishburne, and we think Ted’ll do just fine. Truth was, his arrival wasn’t jarring at all — and the character he plays made himself right at home, in the fictional world of the Las Vegas crime lab and in our home too.