Hits & Misses: The fall TV season

Media in Canada has been asking some of the industry's top broadcast specialists for analysis of the new programs being offered this fall. This week, Jeff Marchand, SVP/GM of Canadian operations, Starcom Worldwide, is asked:

Media in Canada has been asking some of the industry’s top broadcast specialists for analysis of the new programs being offered this fall. This week, Jeff Marchand, SVP/GM of Canadian operations, Starcom Worldwide, is asked:

Q: Where would you put your money on Sunday night?

A: ‘I would put my money into The Practice: Fleet Street (now renamed Boston Legal). I think Canadian viewers are dying to find a reason to schedule themselves in front of the TV on Sunday night again. Ever since Global owned Sundays with The Simpsons, X-Files, and The Practice, there has not been a really good reason to end the week with appointment television. I think Fleet Street will do it. Sopranos – too hard. Crossing Jordan - too soft. Fleet Street - just right.’

The buzz:

At 10 p.m., Boston Legal on CanWest’s CH stations, is up against The Sopranos/Grey’s Anatomy on CTV and Crossing Jordan on Global. It is on ABC in the U.S. and is expected to be a keeper. Aside from James Spader reprising his jump-the-shark character from The Practice, on the plus side is the return of David E. Kelley as producer and a comeback role for William Shatner.