Midseason check-up for 2009-10 TV series
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.
Because: Skews "Lost"-like, and is the season's most DVR'd new show.
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.