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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Dead Like Me
Pushing Daisies
We've been talking about writers.

Heroes is the creation of writer Tim Kring, and I'm still enjoying it. But it has been sinking in the ratings. If someone had asked me why ratings were going down, I would say it was the introduction of Hispanic characters in Season Two. There are a lot of American tv addicts who won't watch a show with sympathetic Hispanics. But the powers that be have decided that the problem is too much science fiction, and have brought in Bryan Fuller to make the show more human. Bryan Fuller got his start writing Star Trek, and so at least he has science fiction roots. We can hope that to "make the show more human" he won't take out all the science fiction. Here's what he's written:

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: "Empok Nor" and "The Darkness and the Light".

Star Trek Voyager: "The Raven", "Mortal Coil", "Retrospect", "Living Witness", "Drone", "Bride of Chaotica!", "Gravity", "Course: Oblivion", "Juggernaut", "Relativity", "Barge of the Dead" (with Ronald D. Moore), "Alice", "One Small Step", "Spirit Folk", "Fury", "The Haunting of Deck Twelve", "Flesh and Blood" (2 parts), "Workforce" (2 parts), "Friendship One".

"Carrie" and "The Amazing Screw-on Head" (made for tv movies)

Wonderfalls (14 episodes), Dead Like Me (29 episodes), and Pushing Daisies (22 episodes).

Heroes And two previous episodes of Heroes: "Collision" and "Company Man".

It is not a good sign that, even though I recognize the name and have seen 23 of his stories, I have only dim memories of any of them. Certainly, he is not as good a writer as Tim Kring.

On the other hand, Kring has made some ghastly missteps, the greatest of which is treating Hiro Nakamura as comic relief.

The good news is that the network probably would not have hired Bryan Fuller if the did not intend to renew Heroes for at least one more story arc.

Don't miss the new Battlestar Galactica webisodes at, leading up to its January 16 return to television.

Copyright © 2008 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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