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)

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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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