My brother sent me a depressing e-mail today. CBS has bought a sitcom pitch based on the life of ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd.
This is disturbing on a number of levels, but most notably that the irritating Cowherd, a Rush Limbaugh-styled blowhard for the sports world, is getting his own show. He's the reason I don't listen to ESPN radio.
It seems to amplify the fact that there aren't just very good ideas floating about these days, which is why we're seeing an increase of remakes of old TV shows. A new version of "Charlie's Angels" and a sequel to "Dallas" should hit the airwaves later this TV season.
CBS tried the Cowherd idea a few years ago when it lured Jason Alexander and Malcolm Jamal-Warner to do a series based on the "Pardon The Interruption" duo of Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon. That show didn't last a season. Ditto a show several years ago based on the life of columnist Dave Barry, which starred Harry Anderson of "Night Court."
On the other hand, CBS has found success with the biggest surprise of the season, "(Bleep) My Dad Says." Starring William Shatner and based on a popular Twitter feed, the show was one of the most panned coming out of the TV critics tour, yet has pulled in surprising numbers, consistently beating "30 Rock" on Thursday nights in the same timeslot.
Will the Cowherd show, if it gets made, have that level of success? Who knows, but the mere fact that CBS bought it can only make Cowherd more insufferable.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) should be re-named "Chock," as in chock-ful of guest stars. Rob Riggle, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Munn and Summer Glau all make an appearance. It's followed by "The Event" and "Chase."
On "House," (Fox, 8 p.m.) the team battles smallpox, followed by "Lie To Me" at 9 p.m.
The Robin Sparkles persona of Robin (Colby Smulders) returns on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 8 p.m.), headlining an all-night of CBS sitcoms, followed by a new "Hawaii Five-0."
"Castle" (ABC, 10 p.m.) is new, following "Dancing With The Stars."
The CW has new episodes of "90210" and "Gossip Girl," from 8-10 p.m.
Finally, Showtime has the season finales of "Weeds" and "The Big C" from 10-11 p.m.