A lackluster stretch for new network dramas comes to an emphatic end tonight with the premiere of Golden Boy, the gripping new CBS cop show that breathes fresh life into the standard police procedural.
With Steven Spielberg's Lincoln still playing in theaters and among the favorites to win multiple Oscars, interest in the 16 th American President is high. National Geographic Channel is capitalizing on that Lincoln-palooza with its first scripted drama, Killing Lincoln, which is set for a President's Weekend premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m.
If the doctor drama was a hospital patient, it would be listed in serious condition, especially after last week's low-rated debut of NBC's Do No Harm all but guaranteed another cadaver will soon be ushered into the doc show morgue.
The TV medical drama is on life support. A genre that gave us ratings powerhouses like St. Elsewhere, ER and House has been disappearing from network lineups. ABC's Grey's Anatomy is the only one still standing. Till now.
The Americans , the new cold war-era spy drama that premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on FX, has a juicy premise: It is 1981, and Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are a seemingly hum-drum couple living outside of Washington, D.C. with two kids, a station wagon, a nice house and a picket fence. Unbeknownst to all, even their children, are their true identities as Russian sleeper agents, trained to live as Americans and unearth government secrets.
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