I blogged early in the summer that Hollywood was running out of ideas--with a Lego movie in the works. Now, NBC is planning a tv show around a fallen magician who solves crimes. That sounds nothing at all like the Mentalist, which is a fun, fun show. Of course, old ideas can be good--with CSI taking a twist off of Quincy. But, they could be a little more creative. Or stick with good shows that they dump too soon, like Southland. At least Chuck is now getting a semi-full order.
Still, I must admit some Schadenfreude as Jay Leno's show tanks. It is not so much I dislike Jay, but that I am not happy to see five hours of potentially decent shows disappear. Moving darker dramas from 10pm Eastern Time to 9pm is probably not a good idea for a variety of reasons, but that is what NBC has to do with the late hour blocked off. There is no room now for the next ER.
It will be interesting to see if NBC's moves are a preview of the rest of the major networks or just its own spiral downwards.