A new Kiefer Sutherland series, a week of political give-and-take, and a beloved star saying farewell — that adds up to three of our Top Five right there!
And the other two aren’t bad either. Here they are — our weekly Top Five:
1) Touched by a Kiefer: OK, so it wasn’t exactly “Touched By an Angel,” but we’re very intrigued by Kiefer Sutherland’s new series “Touch,” which got a “sneak preview” this week on Fox, though it doesn’t premiere officially until March 19. The producer of this one is Tim Kring, who created the late, lamented “Heroes” on NBC. And “Touch” has several Kring trademarks — most notably, a lead character with a unique skill (the Kiefer character’s young son); and a penchant for setting some characters in exotic overseas locations. Rather than waste valuable space here by attempting to describe this show’s complicated premise, we invite you to see it for yourself.
2) The state of our politics: And what a state it’s in! This week alone we had two Republican debates plus the Democratic president’s State of the Union address sandwiched in-between. As a result, Item 2 in our Top Five is presented in two parts, courtesy of “The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” First, last Monday night’s debate, moderated by Williams and featuring Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich squaring off as never before. More than 7 million watched on NBC — not bad for a debate. Then, there was President Obama’s State of the Union — his last one unless he gets re-elected this November.
3) Big farewell on “CSI”: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” got its best ratings all season Wednesday night with Marg Helgenberger’s final episode. In case you missed it, we’ve got it.
4) “A Rhapsody in ‘Simpsons’”: Just the opening alone is enough to recommend this episode of “The Simpsons,” a show which delivers the goods so consistently every week that its creativity isn’t even chattered about that much anymore. Well, we never tire of talking about it, especially when we caught the opening to the episode we’re posting here, which featured the Simpsons family stuck in Manhattan traffic in a taxicab while George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” played on the soundtrack. And before long, they were seated on stage at David Letterman’s “Late Show.” Yes, that really was Dave’s voice too. Incredible.
5) Invitation to the “Dance”: Come to think of it, some choreographer should design a ballet tribute to Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” — who wouldn’t want to see this trainwreck of a reality show interpreted by one of our top dance companies, or maybe just Natalie Portman? Of course, we use the word “trainwreck” affectionately here because that’s the hallmark of great reality TV shows, isn’t it?