How do you spell purgatory on television? N-B-C.
Everyone already knows about "30 Rock," the critical darling and Emmy hoarder that can't get anybody to watch it.
Now "Life" -- undoubtedly one of the three best dramas this fall -- is fighting for survival. On Wednesday, NBC's new lineup of "Life" and Law & Order" finished fourth in the ratings out of the four major networks.
Does NBC have the Ebola Virus? Is Barry Bonds running the station? Why do good shows on the Peacock Network -- and often great shows -- sink into the abyss like Wesley Snipes' career?
"Life," starring Damian Lewis, is about Charlie Crews, a police officer who was just released from prison after wrongly serving 12 years for murder.
Every week, Crews and his partner, Dani Reese, solve a new murder, while he also works on the "big case" of who framed him, killed his friends and sent him to prison.
But "Life" isn't your typical police procedural: It's witty, bizarre and often hilarious, combined with the most interesting and intricate murder cases on television.
Critics love it. The fan base loves it. And I can tell you there's no better way to spend an hour with your television on Wednesday nights (assuming you don't get a channel that plays re-runs of "The Dark Knight," "WALL-E," and "Cool Runnings" all day long.)
But I digress. To put it kindly, prison has made Lewis a little loopy. He listens to Zen tapes, constantly eats fruit, speaks in philosophical tongues and is befuddled by new technologies like Blackberries and the Internet.
And while his lighthearted insanity provides much of the show's humor, "Life" also has a wonderful supporting cast. The always funny Adam Arkin plays Charlie's best friend, an ex-con businessman who embezzled millions of dollars and met Charlie in jail. Arkin has to live with Charlie while he's out on parole, and he lives in a room above Charlie's garage.
Arkin fears three things: going back to prison, not being able to re-start his life, and the wild coyotes who howl at night in Southern California outside Charlie's house.
Anyway, what I'm saying is, I hope people will watch this show. If you're still not interested in it, I promise my writing doesn't do it justice.
"Life" is smarter than the average show on television, but that should be a good thing. Hopefully there are people out there in SanduskyRegister.com-Land who will hear my plea.