Midseason check-up for 2009-10 TV series

From left: 1. "The Cleveland Show" 2. "Cougar Town. 3. "V." 4. "Three Rivers" 5. "Melrose Place" 6. "Accidentally on Purpose" 7. "Brothers" 8."Hank"
From left: 1. "The Cleveland Show" 2. "Cougar Town. 3. "V." 4. "Three Rivers" 5. "Melrose Place" 6. "Accidentally on Purpose" 7. "Brothers" 8."Hank" (Washington Post Photo Illustration)
By Lisa de Moraes
Sunday, December 6, 2009

Eleven weeks in, the 2009-10 TV season is proving to be particularly stressful for serious students of television trying to understand a world in which Jenna Elfman survives but Ashton Kutcher does not. Baffled? We're here to explain the situation so far.

SAFE FOR THE SEASON

"NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)

Because: This season's big mystery: how "NCIS" became the country's most watched show in its seventh season. After that, the L.A. spinoff becoming the most watched new series is easy.

"The Good Wife" (CBS)

Because: Chris Noth behind bars. We rest our case.

"FlashForward" (ABC)

Because: Skews "Lost"-like, and is the season's most DVR'd new show.

"Glee" (Fox)

Because: The show's tunes keep shooting to the top of the iTunes download list.

"The Cleveland Show" (Fox)

Because: After backing up a truckload of cash into creator Seth MacFarlane's bank account, Fox decided to go ahead and order a second season of his new animated series before it even premiered.


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