by Julian Spivey
SEAL Team (CBS)
I honestly didn't think I'd like "SEAL Team" that much before it premiered - so much so that it was a late decision on my part to even give it a shot. I just didn't think I'd be that into a military drama that felt like it would be all "hell yeah America" and testosterone. The writers of the show, however, have done a terrific job at building relationships on and off mission between these band of brothers and the story of these characters is one I'd like to see continue. CBS has already renewed many shows and there's only a handful left on the bubble, so it's probably a toss-up for a fifth season.
The Resident (Fox)
I watch three network medical dramas: "The Resident" (Fox), "New Amsterdam" (NBC) and "The Good Doctor" (ABC). Of the three "The Resident" is my favorite, but unfortunately it's also the only one not yet renewed for another season. Almost four seasons complete I still find myself enjoying everything about the show, which sports one of the best ensemble casts on network TV that includes Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Bruce Greenwood and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. As long as the series didn't end on an unfortunate cliffhanger I think I'd be OK with "The Resident" ending, but I hope to see it continue on to a fifth season.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
I thought the first season of NBC's "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" last year was one of the all-time great first seasons of a show I've ever seen. The show was unique (it still is) and the creator Austin Winsberg had something he wanted to do and say and did so supremely. Had the show only received one season it would've been complete in my book, but I was happy to see it renewed. Season two hasn't been as good, but honestly how do you top perfection? Jane Levy's lead character is one of my favorite on television and the show is still a must-watch for me regardless. There are shows on NBC, including Sunday nights with fewer live viewers, but I still feel like this show is probably ending with its upcoming season two finale.
The Rookie (ABC)
Overall, season three of ABC's "The Rookie" has been the best season of this series when it comes to quality, but the ratings are lower than season two and I was frankly a bit surprised the network renewed "The Rookie" for a third season. It's dumb, but it seems the series taking on bad cops within the system of policy has turned off some fans of the show, as you can tell by how many times you see "woke" used as a criticism on IMDb.com reviews of episodes. I'd like to see the show continue and the fact that it airs late on Sunday evenings with little competition is helpful. It's probably a toss-up.
I felt CBS's freshman series "Clarice," which follows FBI agent Clarice Starling (played by Rebecca Breeds) shortly after the happenings of "The Silence of the Lambs," got off to a slow start, but has picked up the pace and has been the best new drama of a weak slate of new network dramas this TV season. That slow start is probably why a fanbase never really formulated for this series and it's more than likely to be one-and-done at CBS, but I think if the network were to take a chance on it the show would only continue to get better.