New TV season awaits hits, stars


At first glance, the new TV season looks less than heroic. There's been no water-cooler hit akin to last year's "Heroes," although two newcomers, "Pushing Daisies" and "Private Practice," hold promise. And after a spring audience exodus, network viewership compared with last fall is down as much as 10 percent by one measurement. 

Broadcasters have no one to blame but themselves, contends one analyst.  "The networks haven't delivered the compelling new shows that viewers get excited about," said Shari Anne Brill of ad-buyer Carat USA. She recalled instant, buzzed-about hits "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" from seasons past. 

(Source: Associated Press)

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